Off the Media
While the media decides whether they are or are not Charlie Hebdo, hactivist group Anonymous is getting started with their own plans for the extremists who attacked the Paris weekly.
A YouTube video, uploaded by a Belgian arm of Anonymous and spoken entirely in French, claims that the group will begin shutting down social media accounts and websites of extremists who in line with this week’s massacre of at the Charlie Hebdo offices.
Over the last few weeks, a handful of people have tweeted at me or emailed to ask what can only be described as a preposterously dumb question. They want to know if I’m behind Sony’s marketing campaign for The Interview or if “someone like me” has orchestrated the entire thing as a stunt.
Meanwhile in Canada
A hacker has appeared to have gained access to Satoshi Nakamoto’s email account, and is now threatening to sell the elusive Bitcoin creator’s personal information to anyone with 25BTC — or around $12,000 — to spare.
The hacker took to anonymous posting site Pastebin to lay out the terms of their shady offer, the Guardian reports.
When Hackers Attack
We Canadians might not all live in igloos and wear beaver pelts, but some of us are really as ridiculously polite as the rumors say.
A pair of 14-year-old boys from Winnipeg managed to hack a Bank of Montreal ATM on their school lunch break, the Winnipeg Sun reports. But once they broke into the system, instead of pocketing heaps of cash, they politely informed the bank about the ATM’s vulnerability.
It’s a sad, sad day in legal news.
The Romanian cab driver who rose to fame after hacking George W. Bush’s AOL e-mail account and posting his bathroom self-portraits online has been sentenced to four years in prison, The Verge reported.
Marcel Lazar Lehel, 42, used the alias “Guccifer” to hack into the accounts of the former president and several of his family members in 2013, according to the Guardian.
He uncovered top secret info — home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses belonging to both former U.S. presidents and dozens of their relatives — but the bathroom nudies are obviously what went viral.
It’s an Apple emergency.
Several Aussies woke up this morning to find their Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and laptops, locked by a hacker demanding money, Time reported.
Bitly users’ account information may have been compromised after a recent hack, according to a blog post published yesterday. Now, the company is urging users to change their passwords, as well as reconnect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to the site.
In the blog post, Bitly CEO Mark Josephson provided details on which information, specifically, was compromised:
It’s so simple, and yet so genius.
A band called Vulfpeck has devised a brilliant plan to reap major royalties from Spotify so they can fund their upcoming tour, Noisey reports.
Proving yet again what a fabulous idea it was to stage the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, NBC has discovered that all the Games’ attendees can expect to immediately get hacked as soon as they get to Sochi.
“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night. “And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything.”