• Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    After Hackers Pwn Twitter, New York State Beefs Up Its Cyber Security

    "In the 21st century, almost all of our daily activities are linked to the internet - from banking to shopping to using our telecommunications networks and physical infrastructure systems," Governor Cuomo said, announcing the creation of an all-star New York cyber security advisory board last week. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    The Week in Privacy Problems: Who's Hacking, Selling, and Manipulating Your Data

    This hasn't been a good week for privacy -- but is it ever, these days? Here are the hot messes that dominated the depressing privacy discussion this week. Hacking: Last night, Chinese hackers broke into the Times' computer network and stole every single employee's password, then used the data t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    How Happy Is Your Subway Stop?

    The L train = happy by day, happier at night. ​Making us happy today is a project called HappyStance, recent winner of Hack Day and "a mashup of Twitter geo-location API data and sentiment analysis research," reports the New York Times. Essentially, it's an app, created by Jeff Larson, Al Shaw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    'Invade Wall Street': Occupy Wall Street's Evil (And Probably Fake) Twin

    Occupy Wall Street is in its 18th day. Things are picking up steam a bit: the protesters have a big rally with the Transport Workers Union planned for tomorrow and they've also teamed up with a fancy PR firm, though they deny that they asked for any professional help with their media relations. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Anonymous Wants To Destroy Facebook

    Twitter​Anonymous, the shady-yet-principled hacktivist group that has previously hacked into Iran's government emails, the Pentagon, possibly the IMF, News Corp, Anders Breivik's Twitter account, and much more, has a new target in its crosshairs: Facebook. The hackers have set the date for Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2011

    News International Scandal: UK Cops Now Investigating Alleged Computer Hacking

    ​A new twist in the seemingly endless News Corp debacle: now authorities in Britain are expanding their investigation into allegations of computer hacking on top of the existing phone hacking and police bribing. Scotland Yard released a statement: "Operation Tuleta is currently considering a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Phone Hacking: A Guide to Journalistic Jackassery

    ​Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we dive into the seedy world of phone hacking. Beware, it is a process so treacherous, so disgusting and so complex that you may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Anonymous Hackers, Banned From Google , Launching Social Network: AnonPlus

    ​With their popularity (or at least ubiquity) at an all-time high, the hacktivist group Anonymous still can't play nice with others, but it's not their fault -- at least in their own estimation. Google banned the online mischief-makers from the new social network Google , where they had create ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Anonymous Hackers Announce "Military Meltdown Monday," Claim to Have Infiltrated Pentagon Contractor Booz Allen Hamilton

    ​The internationally feared hacktivist group Anonymous produced a new mother lode of intel today, up for download on The Pirate Bay, that they're calling "Military Meltdown Monday: Mangling Booz Allen Hamilton." The contractor Booz Allen works, in Anonymous-speak, "on behalf of the U.S. federa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    World of Fourcraft Turns NYC Into a Giant Game of Risk

    ​As part of Game Hack Day NYC 2011, a group of hackers combined Foursquare, Warcraft, Risk and Google Maps to create a brilliant new interactive game called World of Fourcraft. In Risk, players attempt world domination, but in the World of Fourcraft, players align with one of the five Burrough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2011

    I.M.F. Victim of "Large and Sophisticated" Hacking Attack

    ‚ÄčThe International Monetary Fund, once headed by new TriBeCa resident and alleged sex offender Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been hit by a cyber attack that an official called a "very major breach." Anonymous, is this you? The attack occurred over the last few months, but as of yet it's unclear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2011

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn Staying Near Ground Zero

    ​Former IMF chief and alleged sex offender Dominique Strauss-Kahn has left Rikers Island and is being housed in a building near Ground Zero. The building is part of the NYPD's "Ring of Steel," which is a network of private and police cameras near where the Twin Towers used to be. During DSK's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Is There a Civil War Raging Within the Hacker Group Anonymous?

    ​The internationally known hacker and activist collective by the name of Anonymous -- which we've watched with equal parts appreciation, horror and befuddlement -- may have broken into warring factions this week when a dissenting hacker by the handle "Ryan" hacked the hackers. Ryan seems to ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Anonymous Exposed: Hacker Group Infiltrated, Chat Logs Leaked

    ​Late last week Gawker posted a story outing correspondence between users thought to be "leadership" members of the internet hacker and activist group Anonymous, one previously referred to in the press as non-hierarchical. In the chat logs, a clear chief can be seen giving orders to his fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Hacked at TED, Just Like Chuck Schumer Said

    ​Earlier this week, New York senator Charles Schumer made public an open letter he sent to the owners of some of the internet's biggest websites -- like Twitter, Yahoo and Amazon -- urging them to stop using the HTTP web protocol in favor of HTTPS, which is more secure. On shared WiFi networks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Anonymous Hackers Do Their Tiny Part in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen

    ​Anonymous -- the scattered, non-hierarchical and anarchistic hacker group best known for their prolonged campaign against Scientology -- have transitioned recently not only into a pro-WikiLeaks group, but also into fervent supporters of revolution in the Middle East. Yesterday, about 500 memb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Where Are Wikileaks' Media Friends?

    ​Where are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks? Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have been the first line of resistance. More to come. Michael Lacey Executive Editor, Village Voice Media

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Ex-Scientology Official Scrambles As His Blog Gets Hacked

    Marty Rathbun (left) and actor Jason Beghe​Our old pal, Mark Bunker (a/k/a Wise Beard Man) sends along this holiday breaking news... Marty Rathbun's blog has been hacked and hijacked, and with Wordpress folks unavailable for a week or so, the former high-level Scientologist is relying on a ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Nude Celebrities on LinkedIn May Not Be What They Seem

    If you're trying to do the sort of business networking on LinkedIn that the site is meant for, and all of a sudden you come across an offer to download nude celebrities, it probably isn't the eccentric opening gambit of a contract negotiation. Hackers have been flooding LinkedIn with malware bait, h ... More >>

  • Books

    September 7, 2004
  • News

    June 25, 2002
  • News

    November 6, 2001

    Outside Chance

    Meet the Thinkers Who'd Help Uncle Sam—If Only He'd Bring Them In

  • News

    October 17, 2000

    'Pecked to Death by a Duck'

    Hacktivists Chat up the World Bank

  • News

    February 15, 2000

    I, Mitnick

    After a Year in Solitary Confinement, the World’s Greatest Hacker Has a Lot to Say

  • News

    February 15, 2000

    Hacking the Future

    Why Code Crackers Will Lead the Digital Age

  • News

    November 17, 1998

    Cracking the Code of Ethics

    Upstart Computer Pranksters Scramble Hacker Unity

  • News

    April 28, 1998
  • News

    December 9, 1997

    Access Denied

    Did the thought police kill a Web site?