Real Black Hats Hack Security Experts on Eve of Conference

Real Black Hats Hack Security Experts on Eve of Conference
Real Black Hats Hack Security Experts on Eve of Conference

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By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
July 29, 2009

LAS VEGAS - Two noted security professionals were targeted this week by 
hackers who broke into their web pages, stole personal data and posted 
it online on the eve of the Black Hat security conference.

Security researcher Dan Kaminsky and former hacker Kevin Mitnick were 
targeted because of their high profiles, and because the intruders 
consider the two notables to be posers who hype themselves and do little 
to increase security, according to a note the hackers posted in a file 
left on Kaminsky=E2=80=99s site.

The files taken from Kaminsky=E2=80=99s server included private e-mails between 
Kaminisky and other security researchers, highly personal chat logs, and 
a list of files he has purportedly downloaded that pertain to dating and 
other topics.

The hacks also targeted other security professionals, and were 
apparently timed to coincide with the Black Hat and DefCon security 
conference in Las Vegas this week, where Kaminsky is unveiling new 
research on digital certificates and hash collisions.


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