With an abundant array of ways to hack and numerous reasons to do so, it’s no wonder that hacking has come such a long way since the old school hackers of yesterday. While a good number of today’s hackers are untouchable geniuses, some of them have yet to overcome the first rule of hacking– don’t get caught! Here is a list of the greatest Hacker #FAILS:
Busted by Boasting
Scott Arciszewski thought it was pretty awesome when he hacked an FBI-sponsored website. In fact, he thought he was so awesome that he Tweeted about his hack to the FBI’s official press office account. The 21-year-old computer engineering major at the University of Central Florida is accused of infiltrating and uploading files to the website InfraGuard, which is a program dedicated to cyber crime prevention. The FBI connected his Twitter account to his website and used that IP address to discover his name. They matched pictures to his name and showed up at his dorm room at the University of Central Florida to arrest him.
Exposed by Exposing Miley
Josh Holly was sentenced to 3 years of probation for hacking into celebrity accounts on Myspace and Gmail and using them to obtain the credit card information of individuals. When he hacked into Miley Cyrus’s Gmail account he couldn’t help but post her risqué photos all over the internet. He also couldn’t resist bragging about it. Holly says either his IP address was traced to his home or someone got tired of his bragging and ratted him out. Either way, his boasts led to the FBI tracing him to his home in Tennessee where they seized his computers and phone. Holly was so sure that he would never get caught that he didn’t bother to delete the evidence from his computers.
High Scoring Minor
A minor from Manchester, U.K. was caught when he launched a DDoS attack on the Call of Duty website using Phenom Booter. This stopped the game and kept users from logging in and playing. It also kept the minor’s high score, his entire reason for the attack. He even tried to sell his plan to other potential hackers. It didn’t take investigators long to discover the amateur hacker’s whereabouts. He didn’t use any redirection services to mask his location, which left his IP address up for grabs by the officers. All they had to do was trace the attacking server from the Call of Duty website back to his bedroom.
PayPal gets Revenge
Fourteen people associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous were found to have launched a DDoS attack against PayPal for no longer allowing people to make donations to WikiLeaks through its site. They used a tool called “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” which was supposed to send massive amounts of data to the site causing it to crash. It worked, but the program wasn’t very good at hiding the locations of the attackers. PayPal identified the IP addresses and handed that information over to the FBI which quickly found the suspects.
Chatty Cathy’s Get Caught
Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler were accused of hacking into an AT&T database and exposing thousands of email addresses for iPad users. Working under the name “Goatse Security,” they created their own script called the “iPad 3G Account Slurper.” Many of the email addresses found were of prominent national leaders such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Of course they couldn’t keep their mouths shut about how great their hack was. Numerous emails and chat logs provided by a confidential source gave their ruse away. Auernheimer wasn’t too fond of hiding his internet trolling anyway, and was most likely already being watched by the FBI.
His hacking was a success, but…
The website of Union Sportive Dacquoise, a French rugby team, crashed for two weeks after a hacker sent 80,000 hits to the site, 100x its average daily traffic. The hacker also sent the site numerous insults in German. Apparently the hacker thought he was targeting DAX, the Frankfurt stock exchange in Germany. Both sites contain “dax” in the URL. Lucky for the rugby team, the attack has resulted in greater popularity of their fan site.
Anonymous Gets Hacked… to pieces?
Members of Anonymous threatened to post information about one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels, Los Zetas. Many members of the hactivist group changed their mind after Los Zetas announced a violent counter attack, which included finding members of Anonymous and hacking them to pieces. Anonymous claimed this was due to the fact that attacking the drug cartel wasn’t part of their mission as hacktivists. Supposedly Anonymous hacker Sabu still supports the operation because he believes in fighting corruption on all sides.
The Real Sabu?
Speaking of Sabu… The member of the hactivist group Anonymous and leader of LulzSec says he believes in fighting corruption on all sides. Does this include the hacktivist side? While Sabu was busy tweeting about how “the federal government is run by a bunch of [expletive] cowards,” and how we must not “give into these people,” Fox News was busy exposing him as an FBI Informant responsible for snitching on his fellow LulzSec crew. Hector Xavier Monsegur, otherwise known as Sabu, was charged with computer hacking and other crimes in June, pleaded guilty to 12 accounts of hacking in August and had been working as an informant ever since. How did one of the most wanted hackers get caught? He logged into a chat room without masking his IP address. From that moment on the FBI watched every move he made for months, while they gathered evidence. Could this be the end to Anonymous?