Experts agree: Wind turbine 'hacker' is a fake

    Date19 Apr 2011
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3108
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    An anonymous hacker who claimed to have broken into monitoring systems at a New Mexico wind turbine facility made the whole thing up, security experts said Monday. The hacker, who called himself Bigr R, said he broke into NextEra Energy Resources' Fort Sumner wind facility in revenge for an "illegitimate firing." He posted what he said was proof of his exploits to several places Saturday, including the Full Disclosure mailing list.

    In fact, the "proof" he provided had been gathered from public websites and contained contradictory information.

    Ruben Santamarta, head of security assessment at the security consultancy Wintercore, was the first to uncover the hoax. He found that the screenshots allegedly proving Bigr R had access to the Fort Sumner management console were lifted from a file on a publicly available FTP server.

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