[funsec] UK: Six-Year-Old Successfully Hacks MP's Computer

Brian Loe knobdy at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 15:00:12 CDT 2007


On 3/27/07, Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu <Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu> wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Mar 2007 13:34:21 CDT, Brian Loe said:
> > Based on the comments it sounds more like the girl placed a device
> > between the keyboard and the computer...not nearly as exciting as the
> > opening paragraph made it sound.
>
> pwned is pwned. At least it took a 6 year old human - somebody managed to
> hack a Diebold voting machine with the assistance of a trained chimp (ISTR
> that it involved popping the case open and swapping a flash card).

But the point is, if you leave your computer in an unlocked room (as
most do) and then do not check your machine for tampering (or run a
service that logs and alerts on physical changes to the system - which
are then reviewed routinely) you can easily get "hacked". However,
this article was much more about sensationalism than security. Too bad
its easier to teach a 6 year old how to unplug and plug in a keyboard
than it is to teach a journalist good journalism.


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