So, I think this is really funny. Maybe it’s because of I’ve never heard of the guy, nor do I know anyone who has, or maybe it’s just because the headlines are so ridiculous. Techdirt’s Mike had a few excellent comments:
What’s Next? The World’s Fattest Hacker?:
The tech news is filled with headlines today about the “world’s biggest hacker” who has apparently been caught in London. Of course, whenever you read sensationalistic headlines claiming some extreme, it should make you wonder. Like some others, my first impression was that, perhaps, this was the world’s fattest hacker. Otherwise, how do you judge exactly the world’s “biggest” hacker?
…the “biggest” part seems to come from the “damage” estimates, which tend to be about as accurate as BSA estimates on “lost revenue” from copied software. Often these estimates come from a combination of the value of the data that might have been compromised plus the cost of patching up the system that should have been secure in the first place.
It just doesn’t add up, “$1 billion” in damages by breaking into the “most secure computers at the Pentagon and NASA”. For starters, how are we calculating damages, and how confident should the American public feel if one guy in his late thirties can break into the “most secure computers at the Pentagon and NASA” by scanning “tens of thousands of computers on US military networks from his home PC, looking for machines that might be exposed due to flaws in the Windows operating system”. Later in the article, “Many of the computers he broke into were protected by easy-to-guess passwords, investigators said.”
Hmmm… as a taxpayer, my first question is this: “Why are the most secure machines at the Pentagon and NASA connected to (likely unpatched) Microsoft Windows machines with easy-to-guess passwords? How do we know he’s the ”biggest“? Is there a list somewhere, did we just ask a random sample of script kiddies who they thought was ”the biggest“?