Culminating a two-week trial in which no hacking in the traditional sense occurred, a California man was convicted Wednesday under the same hacking statute internet sensation Aaron Swartz was accused of before he committed suicide in January.
Defendant David Nosal was convicted by a San Francisco federal jury on all six charges ranging from theft of trade secrets to hacking, despite him never breaking into a computer. Nosal remains free pending sentencing later this year, when he faces a potential lengthy prison term.
Nosal, a middle-aged man wearing a dark suit, sat stone faced as a clerk read “guilty” on all counts. Jurors deliberated for little more than two days.
After U.S. District Judge Edward Chen dismissed the 12-member jury, Nosal’s defense team demanded a hearing to urge the judge to set aside the verdict. A hearing was set for later this year.
“We think, legally, these counts can’t stand,” Steven Gruel, a Nosal lawyer, said outside the courtroom. Prosecutors declined comment.
A new bioprinter developed at a hackerspace can print living cells for less than the cost of an iPod touch.
3-D bioprinters have the potential to change the way medical research is conducted, even print living tissue and replacement organs, but they are expensive and highly specialized. They literally build living structures, like blood vessels or skin tissue, cell by cell, revolutionizing biomedical engineering. Unfortunately, they’re expensive, rare, and require a Ph.D. (or two) to operate successfully.
Frustrated by their cost and exclusivity, a group of makers at the DIYbio hackerspace BioCurious are developing a system open to anyone with a soldering iron and a serious passion for cell biology.
Read more @ Wired Design!
Cosmo is huge — 6 foot 7 and 220 pounds the last time he was weighed, at a detention facility in Long Beach, California on June 26. And yet he’s getting bigger, because Cosmo — also known as Cosmo the God, the social-engineering mastermind who weaseled his way past security systems at Amazon, Apple, AT&T, PayPal, AOL, Netflix, Network Solutions, and Microsoft — is just 15 years old.
He turns 16 next March, and he may very well do so inside a prison cell.
Read more from Cosmo, the Hacker ‘God’ Who Fell to Earth over @ Gadget Lab.
Mat Honan tells us the gory details of how he resurrected his digital life after his epic hacking.
Well, at 10am, really.
Our Google+ Hangout with Mat Honan!
The Hangout will occur at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, August 17, on Wired’s Google+ page, which can be accessed here. Please add Wired to your Google+ circles, and listen while we interview the new (and reluctant) poster boy for digital identity theft, asking him some of your user-submitted questions!
Note: A huge THANKS to all our Tumblr friends for sending us your questions yesterday. Tune in to see his answers! We’ll also post the video for y’all next week, so for those of you who can’t “hang” this morning, you can still check it out.
It’s the hack that sent ripples of panic (and a healthy helping of schadenfreude) throughout the internet: On August 3, hackers used simple social engineering to trick Amazon and Apple into providing information that would allow them to take over the AppleID of Wired reporter Mat Honan. Within minutes of securing his digital identity, the hackers erased all of Mat’s cloud accounts and assumed control of his Twitter stream.
And now this Friday [TOMORROW TOMORROW TOMORROW!] we’ll be interviewing him in a Google+ Hangout that everyone can watch and contribute to.
The video Hangout will occur at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, August 17, on Wired’s Google+ page, which can be accessed here. Please add Wired to your Google+ circles, and listen tomorrow while we interview the new (and reluctant) poster boy for digital identity theft.
OR BETTER YET, TUMBLR: What do YOU want to ask Mat Honan?
“Imagine you live in a suburb, and there’s a stop sign on your way home. One day you say, ‘Wait a second, every time I arrive here, I have to slow down for no reason.’ And then one day you pass the stop sign without stopping. And then nothing happens. What happens when you do the same thing the next day? Nothing happens. And the third day? Nothing happens. Tenth day, 50th day, 100th day — nothing happens.
“That’s what lulls people into complacency — this regularity of nothing happening. Your computer getting hacked, or your computer completely crashing, is what they call a ‘black swan incident.’ They only happen once in a while, but when they do everything comes crashing down.”
- Stanford business professor Baba Shiv, who specializes in neuroeconomics, studying how the brain works as a way of understanding economic decisions.
Read more about why it pays to submit to hackers, over @ Wired Business.