filed in Security Stuff on May.28, 2010
“News 14 Carolina gets pwnt (sic)”
OK… a few years ago (2004) this hack/prank had me in tears (the funny sort). I had the good presence of mind to download the posts relating to the hack for offline viewing and future pleasure.
Today, for your viewing pleasure, I’ve uploaded the pictures and message board threads so you can relive the hack/prank. Have you seen anything funnier? If you have, I’m all ears…lemme know.
Here’s a description of the hack/prank as covered on the North Caroline State university site (originally at http://www4.ncsu.edu/~smheath/news14.html ), unfortunatly I don’t know/can’t cite the author.
“News 14 Carolina gets pwnt
OK, maybe I should explain what this is all about. On February 26, 2004, we had a snowstorm here in Raleigh, and all the news channels posted the businesses and schools that would be closed the next day. One of these fine news organizations, Time Warner Cable’s News 14 Carolina, chose the most convenient but least secure method to allow businesses to report closings: the Internet. Well, it wasn’t long before members of The Wolf Web, an NCSU message board, exposed this flaw. They went crazy, as you’re about to see. The best part of the whole thing was once a closing was accepted, it could be edited on the Internet and would go straight to TV without having to be reviewed again, so a fake closing that seemed plausible the first time it was shown could be outrageous the next time
Click here to read the thread on The Wolf Web.”
Note: Here’s the mirrored pages (mostly with pics) incase the WolfWeb goes the same way at the North Carolina page http://www.securityg33k.com/mirror/message_topic.aspx-topic=180137&page=1.htm
The hack was also covered by SecurityFocus, here http://www.securityfocus.com/news/8191 and it’s still live.
Here’s some of pics, but note that the message board has text descriptions of other “alerts” that weren’t snapped/captured. Some were priceless. You also get the sense of the prank spreading to more and more people and gaining momentum. From an intial “hey guess what I found” to all out pwnage … seriously funny stuff.