Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hollywood Burglars Used Internet Without Hacking

These people aren't hackers by any stretch of the imagination. And their exploits weren't hi-tech. They were allegedly ordinary off-line thieves preying on Hollywood celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

But what makes them different is their creative, yet simple, use of the Web to get information to commit their alleged crimes, according to The New York Times. They just took information off of ordinary web sites. No slick exploits. No cool hacks.

What's even more interesting is that they didn't snarf private information the stars might have unwisely posted on social networking sites. Instead they got information from common well-known sites about celebrities, such as TMZ to learn about their victim's comings and goings. When someone like Hilton might be at some gala, they knew that was their time to rob her house.

Granted, ordinary people who aren't celebrities don't have their every move publicized for the world to see on web sites. And, maybe well-known personalities can't do much to hide their movements or protect their addresses from online snoops. But this is still an interesting case of low-tech thievery using a hi-tech tool.


Blogger Andy, ITGuy said...

Anymore even ordinary people do have their schedules out for the world to see on the web. With Twitter, Tripit, unsecured Google Calendars, blogs, Facebook/MySpace, etc.. people are telling the world where they are or where they will be and when.

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