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Washington Post fails to protect Deep Throat

Source revealed
Tue Feb 21 2006, 07:30
THE WASHINGTON POST, famous for hiding the name of its Deep Throat source during the Watergate scandal, might have accidentally revealed the name of one of its sources in a less important yarn about a hacker.

Hack Brian Krebs penned a fairly gushing piece about a 21-year-old hacker identified as "0x80" who claimed to have broken into 2,000 PCs around the globe. 0x80 apparently uses the hacked PCs to send out spam.

In amongst detailed descriptions of how 0x80 smokes, which in the US journalistic style is called 'colour', Krebs revealed that his subject lived in a small town in Middle America. "The nearest businesses are a used-car lot, a gas station/convenience store and a strip club," the article said.

All hard to trace, but for the fact that the article ran a doctored picture of 0x80 which when the people at Slashdot had a look at the metadata in the pic it revealed 0x80 lived in the town of Roland, population 2,842.

Since only a third of the population are 0x80's age, less than half of them are male, and not that many live close to the strip club, he shouldn't be too easy to find, particularly with Kreb's colourful description.

When this was pointed out to Krebs in his bog, he said that he was aware of it.

The picture is no longer linked from the article, but it should not be long before 0x80 will be located. Just as well digital cameras were not around during Watergate. ยต

 

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