Adrian Lamo Story

Adrian Lamo Story

orelThe person about whom this story will go is known in America by many: federal marshals, the FBI, and the police were chasing him, and he also managed to participate in NBC, CNN, and despite his youth (in 2010 he was 27 years old) ), managed to hack into the networks of such monsters as AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, Excite @ Home, AT & T Telecom, MCI WorldCom, Intel, Bank of America, CityBank, Cisco, Google and many, many other well-known companies.

1. The first interesting feature of Adrian Lamo (Adrian Lamo), and our hero is called that, in that he is perhaps the only homeless hacker in the world. If he was lucky, he spent the night in abandoned buildings, in warm weather - on park benches, in cold weather - in youth squats. He uses the Internet only through public hot-spots, in Internet cafes, bars and other free places to use wireless Internet, of which in America are in bulk. “For my life I have not paid a dollar for the Internet,” he jokes. He left school a long time ago as unnecessary, since then he has traveled around America, not staying anywhere for a long time.

2. The second feature of Lamo - for penetration into the closed intranet networks of companies, he does not use anything other than the browser.This is its main principle - no additional or specialized hacking tools: scripts, exploits, trojans and sniffers, automation tools and automatic analysis. All this, as Adrian himself puts it, is “too much for him.” As a rule, Lamo uses incorrect settings of corporate proxy servers to penetrate intranet organizations, and various types of SQL injections are used to hack databases in these closed networks.

3. When Adrian Lamo was invited to the NBC Nightly News evening show in 2002 so that he, as a invited expert, commented on someone else’s hacking of a major website, no one expected how this would end. Since Lamo, despite his young age, is a recognized security specialist, the interviewer did not fail to ask him, by the way, if he could, for example, hack into the network of their television channel NBC. Not at all embarrassed by such an unexpected turn, Lamo replied: "Spit once," and, opening his laptop, went out to the external Internet. Exactly 5 minutes later, and everything under the camera lens, he was able to get on the NBC intranet, successfully passing all authorization pages and getting full access to the channel’s database with the personal data of all experts,guests and staff, on the main page of which, in evil irony, it was written in capital letters: "It was held in the strictest confidence."

4. The greatest peak of "success" by Adrian Lamo in the number of hacks and the name of the companies being hacked fell on his 22-year-old age. Usually, Adrian’s strategy was this: he quietly and anonymously penetrated the intranet networks of companies, hacked their databases, without modifying anything and causing no damage, and then wrote off with their network administrators and detailed the problems of this particular network. demonstrating and proving visually its vulnerability. Thus, he tried to remain "White Hat" (at least in his own eyes), using essentially illegal methods. It usually worked as it should, and companies did not prosecute him. Many were even grateful for free testing and strengthening their networks, although, of course, most companies treated this with barely contained irritation.

5. No matter what kind of art this 23-year-old guy seemed to be then, but now it is clear that such a “game with fire” with very serious companies was very dangerous,and this could not go on forever ... And at the end of 2002 there was a fatal one, and therefore the loudest hack in Adrian’s career. As usual, he successfully penetrated the intranet network of The New York Time. Using the incorrect work of the corporate proxy server, he entered it in 5 minutes, after which it took him another hour to get rid of the internal database of the newspaper, which kept a lot of confidential information. When he wrote to network administrators about the presence of vulnerabilities, they simply did not believe him, writing in response:
"Who the hell are you and where did you come from?"

Then he came back, and added his personal data to the newspaper’s database on the list of top IT security experts with whom the newspaper consults during his work as a journalist.

He resubmitted the letter to the administrators, where he already referred to his resume in their own database of world IT authorities, in addition, he cited the personal mobile phone number of Jimmy Carter, the former US president, taken from the most secure part of the database containing contacts with VIP -persons of America, to show the local admins what he actually achieved.

This time everyone believed in everything at once, but the events took a turn that was unfavorable for Adrian - the newspaper filed a formal request to the FBI on the fact of hacking the database and illegal entry into their corporate network. He was accused of illegal entry, hacking and modification of the database, as well as stealing from the base more than 3,000 phone numbers of mobile phones of Hollywood stars, famous actors and musicians, political leaders, athletes, businessmen, TV presenters, models, and well-known journalists and writers of America.

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