Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
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."