By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
July 23, 2009
The news report begins with shots of a tense space shuttle launch.
Engineers hunch over computer banks and techno music pounds in the
background. There is a countdown, a lift-off, and then you see a young
man in a black T-shirt and sunglasses, apparently reporting from space.
This is the Hacker News Network, and after a decade offline it is
lifting off again, this time with a quirky brand of video reports about
Hacker News Network is one of the side projects of the Boston-based
hacker collective known as L0pht Heavy Industries. They're the guys who
famously told the U.S. Congress that they could take down the Internet
in about 30 minutes, and who helped invent the way that security bugs
are reported to computer companies. Click here to find out more!
The L0pht's eight members were hacker gods back in the '90s, but most of
them have faded from the limelight, even as they've watched a cottage
industry of security research firms sprout up based on many of the
disclosure techniques they pioneered. The L0pht disbanded after it sold
out to consultancy @stake in 2000, and its members gradually watched
their dream of being paid to do cutting-edge hacking and security
research wither and die.
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