Thursday, March 18, 2010

Revenge Hacking

Next time you read amount layoffs, think about the people on the receiving end. Then think about all that fear and anger, combined with a general mass sense of unease and the ability to use technology to leverage that anger into revenge...

Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely
By Kevin Poulsen, Wired
More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots...

And when the layoffs hit a biotech firm? One wonders what an angry bio-hacker could accomplish...

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