HACK AT­TACK

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FOUR OTHER OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS THAT CAME UN­DER CY­BER-FIRE… SOME­TIMES WITH STRANGE RE­SULTS

Al-Qaeda/Op­er­a­tion Cup­cake

In a 2011 hack, MI6 took down the in­struc­tions for mak­ing pipe bombs from a rad­i­cal Mus­lim preacher’s on­line mag­a­zine and re­placed the ar­ti­cle with a col­lec­tion of cup­cake recipes taken from The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s “Best Cup­cakes in Amer­ica”. Sweet vic­tory.

MyS­pace/The Samy Worm

On 4th Oc­to­ber 2005, Samy Kamkar, a 19-year-old hacker, re­leased what would be known as the “Samy Worm”, the fastest spread­ing virus of all time. It reached more than one mil­lion MyS­pace ac­counts and forced ev­ery­one who vis­ited Kamkar’s pro­file to add him as a friend and dis­play the words “but most of all, Samy is my hero” on their own page. Not-so-su­per, Samy.

Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion

Hacked in 2010 by At­tila Nemeth, who threat­ened to re­veal con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion if Mar­riott did not of­fer him a $150,000 job, free ho­tel room and the right to work when­ever he wanted. He was even­tu­ally ar­rested and sen­tenced to 30 months in prison.

iCloud

The in­fa­mous 2014 photo hack saw 500 pic­tures of naked celebri­ties il­le­gally re­leased on­line — among those were 60 pic­tures of Jennifer Lawrence. This led to an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the in­car­cer­a­tion of hack­ers Ryan Collins and Ed­ward Ma­jer­czyk.

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