Posted tagged ‘spy’

Hacking is the new Rubik’s Cube.

March 21, 2010

The latest trend in the UK is not jeans or sunglasses. It’s not even a new gadget. It’s the simple joy of hacking someone’s Facebook account. It turns out that a large portion of teens are enjoy hacking their friends’ accounts for no other reason than the challenge and fun of it according to a report on BBC. However, a few did admit they hack because they want to screw around with their friend’s account. Hacking is not just to steal your credit cards numbers or sneak into a company’s files. Sometime it’s just to play a prank and with April Fool’s day coming up, I suggest you tighten up those hacking skill if you want to play a trick on a friend. Or you could just send a link to a shock site but I leave it to you to find one because I’m not about to be responsible for scorched retinas.


Hackers outdone by Spanish police.

March 4, 2010

A stylish portrayal of a brute attack style

While hackers are often made into rebels with a heart in cyberpunk fiction, the truth is not always so heroic. A group of Spanish police officers recently cracked open a massive botnet operated by three, potentially more, individuals. So far they know that it has infected a total of 13 million computers in 190 countries, infiltrating half of the Fortune 500 companies and 40 major banks. A botnet is a network of hacked computers that act sort of like zombies. Once one is infected by the virus, it will send infected packets to other computers. The brilliance of it is that these are not malicious viruses. The virus does not destroy your computer but instead lies dormant. When the hackers need to, they can instantly access their own personal army of computers who they can instruct to do whatever they need. This can be useful in planning DDOS attacks against large targets or stealing personal info en mass.

Wecome to the human network. Literally.

March 1, 2010

You're never alone with your little chip buddy around.

My recent post on the advanced, ahem, “partner simulator” Roxxxy asked the question of how we can be replaced or replicated by a robot. We’re all just a little curious about robots that could blend the lines between human and machine, let’s face it, but what about mechanizing a human being. This doesn’t need to be like a total systems overhaul, not anymore. Do you carry a Blackberry? How about an iTouch or iPhone? What about the new Droid by Google? If you have one of these you are already taking a step in the direction of mechanization or at least integration since you are carrying around a portal to the world of the net. However, let’s take one step further and say you get permanently connected with a microchip under your skin. According to a new poll, one fourth of Germans said they would not mind as long as it provided some kind of benefit.

I think¬† that human augmentation is a really exciting idea. Imagine swiping your hand and something being charged to your card or having a rescue team come straight to you in an emergency. Furthermore, imagine being kidnapped and being able to have the police find you before you come to any serious harm. It could even theoretically be used for people with diseases in order to monitor their health. There are a myriad of uses that this could have, including some that aren’t so positive such as having governments and businesses monitor where you are and such. The second someone puts a device they can access inside you, your liberties will take a hit. So what’s better? Do we take the potential benefits and accept there may be some drawbacks or is this getting to be a bit too much for some? Could there maybe be a middle ground?

The War for the Net Continues

February 23, 2010

Is Cyberspace going militant?

In an information society, the one who holds the information holds the power. The internet gives us all a little place to grab on to so that we too may have a voice in this big, loud world. But that means there is a shift away from traditional power structures. In the past, it’s always been either governmnets or religions that have held sway. Now, the internet is the single largest force out there, connecting almost every corner of the globe. We’ve seen what it can do. Look at the protests in Iran. Camera phones captured the violence, chaos, and oppression then beamed it to the web so we could all be a part of it and know what was going on. The power is now in our hands. This of course is going to scare traditional power structures which is why lately we’ve been seeing a slow, insidious push to rope in the internet. According to this site, a new treaty may require ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to spy on their customers. Oh how easy it is to make the service provider the slave master. Unfortunately, we are beholden to them to get to the glorious land of Madness and Funny (the web) so there’s really no running from this.¬† But it shows that the internet is a powerful force that, if used correctly, can do a lot towards changing the world. Whether people will make it a change for the better or worse, that depends on the people, but the opportunity for creating something new is certainly there. Which is why these people are scared and they should be because we all have a voice and cyberspace gives us a place to use it.