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That computers are vulnerable is no Myth. Evidence read here
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nooby

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2011, 15:01    Post subject:  That computers are vulnerable is no Myth. Evidence read here  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15277900
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Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, was arrested on Wednesday on charges stemming from a year-long probe known as Operation Hackerazzi.

He is accused of hacking into more than 50 email accounts.


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Mr Chaney is charged with hacking Google, Apple and Yahoo email accounts.

He set up each account to forward a copy of every email received to himself, according to the charge sheet issues by a Los Angeles grand jury.

He faces up to 121 years in prison if convicted on all 26 charges, including accessing and damaging computers, wire tapping and identity theft.


If he could so can many others. I wish we helped each other to be more secure.

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2011, 15:15    Post subject:  

Apparently celebrities are no better than ordinary people at picking secure passwords to their email and social networking accounts.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2011, 15:22    Post subject:  

As you know I am a poor reader of texts. Did he use special programs
that test many many user names and passwords until he was able to break in.

Him maybe also used the trick to lure them to give away
their username and passport by setting up faked sites
that promised one could win expensive things if one took part
in lottery but one had to give away much about oneself for
to get the price.
I drown in all the details when there is much to go through
to get at the gist of a text.

What exactly did he do to get in? just wild guessing their passwords? ?
guessing 50 accounts seems not reasonable so he must have had some other means?

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2011, 15:32    Post subject:  

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Mining details of the stars' personal lives in celebrity magazines and websites as well as Twitter and Facebook posts, Chaney looked for potential passwords that would give him access to their accounts, the FBI said. The name of a dog. A favorite movie. An old address. A sibling's nickname.

Once he cracked the password, officials charged, he hit a gold mine, gaining access to the stars' address books as well as any photos and other files saved on their emails. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the stars received into his account. So even when the celebrities change their passwords, he'd know about it, officials said.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2011, 15:36    Post subject:  

Yes I understood that part Smile but from 50 different individuals?
Seems so unlikely? okay him maybe tested on hundreds and
thousands and only made the lucky guesses for these 50 then.

PS just for the fun of it. We had a thing here in Sweden.
Politicians reading the emails of the political enemy.
One politician had the name Sigge and to everybody's
surprise he used the name Sigge as his password.
A bit like having the username root and password root Smile

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