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Old Sep 22nd 2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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LHC Hacked

Old news, but still. Hope it hasn't been posted before though.

Originally Posted by News24
Atom smasher computers hacked
13/09/2008 13:28 - (SA)

London - Hackers claim they have broken into the computer system of the Large Hadron Collider, the mega-machine designed to expose secrets of the cosmos, British newspapers reported on Saturday.

A group calling itself the Greek Security Team left a rogue webpage mocking the technicians responsible for computer security at the giant atom smasher as "schoolkids", the Times and Daily Telegraph reported.

The hackers vowed they had no intention of disrupting the experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) on the Swiss-French border, they just wanted to highlight the flaws in the computer system's security.

"We're pulling your pants down because we don't want to see you running around naked looking to hide yourselves when the panic comes," they wrote, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The hackers claimed to have gained access to a website open to other scientists on Wednesday as the LHC passed its first test with flying colours, the reports said.

They appear to have tried to gain access to the computer system of the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment, one of the four detectors that will be analysing the progress of the experiment.

James Gillies, a spokesperson for Cern, told the Times: "We don't know who they were but there seems to be no harm done. It appears to be people who want to make a point that Cern was hackable."

Scientists hailed the success of the start of the experiment on Wednesday in the Large Hadron Collider, the 27-kilometre circular tunnel in which parallel beams of protons will be accelerated to nearly the speed of light.

Superconducting magnets will then steer the counter-rotating beams so that strings of protons smash together in four huge laboratories, fleetingly replicating the conditions that prevailed at the "Big Bang" that created the Universe 13.7 billion years ago.
Source: Atom smasher computers hacked: Sci-Tech: News: News24

Gotta love them Hacker kids
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Old Sep 22nd 2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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Maybe we should unleash an unrestrained TPH at them?

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Old Dec 5th 2008, 05:57 AM   #3
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Oh my goodness! That is so mean! I'm sure it's a bunch of those idiots who think these scientists are trying to blow up the Earth...
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Old Dec 5th 2008, 06:03 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by ILoveMaths07 View Post
Oh my goodness! That is so mean! I'm sure it's a bunch of those idiots who think these scientists are trying to blow up the Earth...
A hacker is not an idiot.

They did not cause damage, only pointed out an exploit. And it is disgraceful that one would let such machines be unsecured, albeit only the research computers.
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 07:56 AM   #5
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And you should know that the one who created this thread is a HACKER....
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 08:29 AM   #6
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lol really?!?!? jan is a hacker?!?
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 09:08 AM   #7
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I wish I were a hacker

I know one or two basic things. But as for being a real, true hacker, no. A wannabe, yes.
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 09:12 AM   #8
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You wannnnnnnaa beeee a hacckkkkkerrrrr?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!!??
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 09:21 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by ILoveMaths07 View Post
You wannnnnnnaa beeee a hacckkkkkerrrrr?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!!??
Who wouldn't?
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Old Jan 9th 2009, 09:26 AM   #10
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lol I wouldn't... too evil. I don't like invading others' privacy.
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