What on earth is? - Hacking

    Date22 Nov 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    2975
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Can you remember your last hacking experience? Perhaps it was carving a pathway through the Amazonian rain forest during your gap-year trek? Or was it a Sunday morning spent wrestling with the shears in an effort to make your garden-privet resemble . . . Can you remember your last hacking experience? Perhaps it was carving a pathway through the Amazonian rain forest during your gap-year trek? Or was it a Sunday morning spent wrestling with the shears in an effort to make your garden-privet resemble a cockerel?

    If you were teenager Raphael Gray, then your last hacking endeavour was certainly memorable. Why? Because it resulted in American FBI agents rapping on the door of his home in deepest Wales, one frosty morn in March. The young fool's crime was to hijack the details of some 23,000 credit cards from the databases of numerous online retailers using nothing more than a basic home computer and a modem. Gray considered himself a "saint of e-commerce" whose mission was to expose online security holes, but the media were quick to label him a hacker - and it stuck

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