By Mike Harvey and Mark Henderson
September 13, 2008
Hackers have broken into one of the computer networks of the Large
Hadron Collider (LHC).
A group calling itself the Greek Security Team left a rogue webpage
describing the technicians responsible for computer security at the
giant atom smasher as "schoolkids" . but reassuring scientists that they
did not want to disrupt the experiment.
The hackers gained access to a website open to other scientists on
Wednesday as the LHC passed its first test, sending its protons off on
their dizzying journey through time and space, close to the speed of
The work of the scientists was not derailed and insiders scoffed at
claims that the hackers were 'one step away' from the systems
controlling the experiment itself. The engineering team completed four
days of scheduled work in the first 24 hours but what physicists are
really waiting for is the big bang machine's first collisions.
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