Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Sep. 11th
Mat Honan, the tech reporter whose digital life was all but wiped out thanks to a hack, has been diving deeper into the world of hackers since they invaded his life. It may come to pass that the Mat hack– which was all over a coveted Twitter handle (@mat)– may prove to be more trouble than it was worth. Because Honan is documenting the world of hackers like a bloodhound.
Today a meaty post at Wired about a famed 15 year old hacker nicknamed Cosmo The God is all kinds of fascinating terrifying. Cosmo is an expert at “social engineering” and its shocking just how easy some of these security manipulations turn out to be. Even more shocking: the ideas you’ll come up with for dealing with these problems will seem so bloody obvious (say, an employee passphrase of the day?) that you may never trust an online company with your sensitive information ever again.
It’s a must read: Cosmo, the Hacker ‘God’ Who Fell to Earth [Wired]