Opinion

Anthony De Rosa

Kevin Mitnick on being the world’s most infamous hacker

Anthony De Rosa
Aug 29, 2011 18:52 UTC

I had a chance to meet and interview Kevin Mitnick, who at one time was the most wanted hacker in the world. Today he’s one of the most sought after security experts, helping others to understand how hackers break into computer networks.

How Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account could have been hacked

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 2, 2011 14:56 UTC

Anthony Weiner is about as uncensored online as he is offline. But is he really bold enough to post a photo of himself sans pants over a Twitter account?

I’m less interested in the politics of the matter than the technical evidence that could show whether the congressman sent the photo himself or if it was sent by someone else. Over the weekend, I posted my analysis on the authenticity of the photo behind the scandal. Weiner’s friend and former “freeloading” roommate, Jon Stewart, used my post from the other day on The Daily Show to illustrate some of the methods for how the congressman could have had his account hacked. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Every photo tells a story

Within just about every digital photo, there are clues left behind called “metadata” that identify the make and model of the camera used, the time the photo was taken and sometimes even the location the photo was taken at. I ran one of the earlier photos that Anthony Weiner had taken through several tools (here is one you can try yourself) that look at the “exif data” within the photo. Here was the result from this photo:

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