WK9 hack haven

Highlight the passages you find especially riveting. Why?

 

  1. “Big Bad Bionic Boy”–used a computer at his high school library to hack into Jukt. He used a school computer to do so
  2. “Computer Insider, a newsletter for hackers, estimates that about 900 recreational hackers were hired in the last four years by companies they once targeted” Thats a large number, meaning its becoming more common.
  3. “According to Nevada officials, the boy racked up more than $32,000 in credit before he was caught–but the store wouldn’t press charges. It let him keep the money, then threw in a $1,500 shopping spree–all in exchange for showing them how to improve their security.” The  main reason that the law force has trouble stopping stuff like this is because stores or companies won’t press charges.
  4. Little wonder, then, that 21 states are now considering versions of something called the Uniform Computer Security Act, which would effectively criminalize immunity deals between hackers and companies–while imposing stiff penalties on the corporations who make such deals. It only states that they are considering it, it does not say that the law has been passed

 

What verification questions would you ask? What seems unbelievable or just too good to be true?

  1. Has the Uniform Computer Security Act been passed?
  2. How did they do it?
  3. Are the companies now succeeding?
  4. How many companies have hired hackers now?

Highlight every fact in need of checking.

  •  Ian had just signed a contract for $81,000 in scholarship money
  • the boy racked up more than $32,000 in credit before he was caught–but the store wouldn’t press charges. It let him keep the money, then threw in a $1,500 shopping spree–all in exchange for showing them how to improve their security.
  • breaking into its databases. In March, Restil–whose nom de plume is “Big Bad Bionic Boy”–used a computer at his high school library to hack into Jukt. Once he got past the company’s online security system, he posted every employee’s salary on the company’s website alongside more than a dozen pictures of naked women, each with the caption: “the big bad bionic boy has been here baby.” After weeks of trying futilely to figure out how Ian cracked the security program, Jukt’s engineers gave up. That’s when the company came to Ian’s Bethesda, Maryland, home–to hire him.

 

Journalistic plagiarism / academic plagiarism. Is there a difference?

Yes, one is for profit while the other is for knowledge

 

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