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    Talking 20 Things You Didn't Know About "Computer Hacking"

    1 Hacker originally meant “one who makes furniture with an ax.” Perhaps because of the blunt nature of that approach, the word came to mean someone who takes pleasure in an unconventional solution to a technical obstacle.

    2 Computer hacking was born in the late 1950s, when members of MIT’s Tech Model Railroad Club, obsessed with electric switching, began preparing punch cards to control an IBM 704 mainframe.

    3 One of the club’s early programs: code that illuminated lights on the mainframe’s console, making it look like a ball was zipping from left to right, then right to left with the flip of a switch. Voilà: computer Ping-Pong!

    4 By the early 1970s, hacker “Cap’n Crunch” (a.k.a. John Draper) had used a toy whistle to match the 2,600-hertz tone used by AT&T’s long-distance switching system. This gave him access to call routing (and brief access to jail).

    5 Before they struck it rich, Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs made and sold “blue boxes,” electronic versions of Draper’s whistle.

    6 Using a blue box, Wozniak crank-called the Pope’s residence in Vatican City and pretended to be Henry Kissinger.

    7 Hacking went Hollywood in the 1983 movie WarGames, about a whiz kid who breaks into a Defense Department computer and, at one point, hi*jacks a pay phone by hot-wiring it with a soda can pull-ring.

    8 That same year, six Milwaukee teens hacked into Los Alamos National Lab, which develops nuclear weapons.

    9 In 1988 Robert T. Morris created a worm, or self-replicating program, purportedly to evaluate Internet security.

    10 The worm reproduced too well, however. The multi*million-dollar havoc that ensued led to Morris’s felony conviction, one of the first under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (PDF).

    11 They all come home eventually. Morris now researches computer science at...MIT.

    12 British hacker Gary McKinnon broke into 97 U.S. Navy, Army, Pentagon, and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002.

    13 McKinnon’s defense: He wasn’t hunting military secrets; he was only seeking suppressed government files about space aliens.

    14 According to rumor, agents of China’s People’s Liberation Army attempted to hack the U.S. power grid, triggering the great North American blackout of 2003.

    15 It took IBM researcher Scott Lunsford just one day to penetrate the network of a nuclear power station: “I thought, ‘Gosh, this is a big problem.’”

    16 Unclear on the concept: When West Point holds its annual cyberwar games, the troops wear full fatigues while fighting an enemy online.

    17 Think your Mac is hackproof? At this year’s CanSecWest conference, security researcher Charlie Miller used a flaw in Safari to break into a MacBook in under 10 seconds.

    18 Cyborgs beware: Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington recently hacked into a wireless defibrillator, causing it to deliver fatal-strength jolts of electricity.

    19 This does not bode well for patients receiving wireless deep-brain stimulators.

    20 The greatest kludge of all? Roger Angel of the University of Arizona has proposed building a giant sunscreen in space to hack the planet’s climate.

    Source : Discover magazine

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    Thanks for the informative read

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    it is not by accident that my first e-mail started with captcrunch[ at ] ;-)

    Thank you, very interesting

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    hi !

    thanks, very interesting.

    nice reminder about "punch cards", haven´t used those for a long time

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    Nice post buddy

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    nice share Rahul

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    Thanks for the informative post.

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    Smile Just for fun:-

    The 11 signs that your co-worker is a hacker
    10. You ticked him off once and your next phone bill was $20,000.

    9. He's won the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes three years running.

    8. When asked for his phone number, he gives it in hex.

    7. Seems strangely calm whenever the office LAN goes down.

    6. Somehow he/she gets HBO on his PC at work.

    5. Mumbled, "Oh, puh-leeez" 95 times during the movie "The Net"

    4. Massive RRSP contribution made in half-cent increments.

    3. Video dating profile lists "public-key encryption" among turn-ons

    2. When his computer starts up, you hear, "Good Morning, Mr. President."

    1. You hear him murmur, "Let's see you use that Visa/Master card now, jerk."

    0. After he was scolded by the boss, the system in the room of boss stops responding.


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    ^^ lols good one

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    Quite interesting and accurate!! (I didnt know most of those )

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