Modernizing Authentication — What It Takes to Transform Secure Access
Teenage hacker Junaid Hussain, a.k.a. TeaMp0isoN leader TriCk, recently pleaded guilty at London's Southwark Crown Court to hacking into former UK prime minister Tony Blair's e-mail account, and to making prank calls to the UK's counter-terrorism hotline.
"Hussain, of Birmingham, broke into the online account of Blair aide Katie Kay and stole information including Tony Blair's address and phone book -- containing email addresses, phone numbers and postal addresses for Blair's family, friends and MPs," writes Sophos' Graham Cluley. "Members of Team Poison, who like to use the keyboard-challenging moniker 'TeaMp0isoN,' published the hacked information on the internet a year ago, sparking security fears about the safety of the former Prime Minister, his friends and family."
"The then 17 year-old ... was alleged to have used an automated system to flood the [counter-terrorism] hot line with calls in which a computerized voice said 'TeamPoison,' overwhelming phone operators," writes Threatpost's Paul Roberts. "He and another 16 year old UK teen were charged with one count of causing a public nuisance and one count of violating the UK's 1990 Computer Misuse Act."
"The hacker’s attorney attempted to convince the court that the calls he had made were a mere hoax, but Judge Peter Testar stated that there was a good chance that Hussain could go to prison," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "The sentencing will take place next month."