Identity theft is a huge problem, and there isn’t a crazy amount you can do to protect yourself. Today we take a look at 4 infamous examples of data theft in order to provide you a better understanding of what’s happening, especially with simple data and privacy exploitation. We offer some tips (not legally binding) that might help minimize the consequences of someone else’s poor security or incompetence.
This week, The Zipline Show goes on the road, and we’re headed (not very far) to Washington D.C. for Shmoocon 2011! Shmoocon is a D.C. hacker convention that is “an annual east coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues” (shmoocon.org).
School has just started in Perkins, Ohio in the fall of 1985. The Raiders have just beat the Browns in the exhibition season, Ronald Reagan takes aim at a at a national rail strike, Weird Science, Back to the Future, and Goonies are in theaters, and Terry Dunlap is getting ready for a final semester of Calculus… or so he thinks. Unfortunately, as he sits in class, the Principle and Vice Principle show up to deliver him to the police on charges of credit card fraud via hacking with a computer.
Our discussion today concerns hackers, and is a mandate for you to go out and Hack Life! Essentially we follow Eric Raymond’s main theme from his essay: How to Become a Hacker, discussing why true Hackers are different from what Eric calls “Crackers” (pun intended). We start out mainly talking about Hollywood’s definition of hacking- are we the introverted basement dweller? The supergenius with a photographic memory? We expose all these Hollywood myths and more!