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World's Greatest Hacker Says Obama's BlackBerry Can Be Breached
FoxNews.com ^ | Friday, February 13, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 02/13/2009 3:27:55 PM PST by Joiseydude

There's a new "holy grail" for hackers — President Obama's super-secure BlackBerry.

Despite warnings from his advisers, the president insisted on keeping his beloved PDA, which now has specially designed superencrypting security software.

But that just makes cracking into it more challenging — and, yes, it can be done, says the world's most famous hacker.

"It's a long shot, but it's possible," Kevin Mitnick told FOXNews.com. "You'd probably need to be pretty sophisticated, but there's people out there who are."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; blackberry; cybersecurity; hacker

1 posted on 02/13/2009 3:27:55 PM PST by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude

Im sure all our enemies are already at work on it


2 posted on 02/13/2009 3:29:22 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom. I love sarcasim)
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To: Joiseydude
The Chinese probably have an entire division of IT geeks on it.

Then again, Obama probably gives the Chinese full access, so belay my last.

3 posted on 02/13/2009 3:30:21 PM PST by SampleMan (I'm not drinking the kool aid! Is it 2013 yet?)
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To: Joiseydude
he was warned by the Secret Service, but insisted....guess he takes security real serious
4 posted on 02/13/2009 3:30:38 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Joiseydude

I’d think that anything that isn’t hard-wired can be breached.


5 posted on 02/13/2009 3:30:58 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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To: Doogle

I don’t think I could give up my Instinct either. Have to cut him slack there.


6 posted on 02/13/2009 3:31:40 PM PST by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Joiseydude

Mitnick is not a “Hacker” in the sense that he figures out software and the weaknesses in it. Rather, he is a proponent of “social engineering”, whereby passwords and other critical data are searched out by other means such as lax security, phishing, and the like. He could no sooner crack Obama’s blackberry than I could. He could, however, perhaps find a way to steal the password, which is a hazard all secure networks must contend with.


7 posted on 02/13/2009 3:33:30 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Joiseydude

What does he have to worry about? He is already friends with all of America’s enemies.


8 posted on 02/13/2009 3:33:53 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Joiseydude

A honeypot for the technically adept but super-stupid.


9 posted on 02/13/2009 3:34:08 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Crazieman

He just wants to talk to Ayers and the rest of his commie pals,. since the white house logs calls you know..


10 posted on 02/13/2009 3:34:13 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: Joiseydude
Can you imagine what you would find on his Blackberry?

To Nazi Pelosi - AYSOS? IM BBMFIC!!!!

To Pinky Reid - NIMJD!!!!!

To Chillary - UR A PIAPS!!!

11 posted on 02/13/2009 3:37:57 PM PST by BossLady (Fauxbama is a lipsomaniac....)
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To: Joiseydude

Putin already has Obama’s PIN number.


12 posted on 02/13/2009 3:40:50 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: domenad

Social Engineering is a well respected form of hacking.


13 posted on 02/13/2009 3:41:20 PM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: Crazieman
I don’t think I could give up my Instinct either.

You aren't Commander in Chief.

14 posted on 02/13/2009 3:41:44 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Crazieman
...whats gonna happen is some 7th grader from a local DC school is going to make headlines saying he hacked it....then a new policy “bill” will be signed into law..all computers will be registered with the FEDS
15 posted on 02/13/2009 3:43:53 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Joiseydude
"If I was the attacker, I would look to Obama's close circle of friends, family and associates and try to compromise their machines at home,"

A good starting point would be his two little skullsful of mush.

16 posted on 02/13/2009 3:44:20 PM PST by libh8er
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To: BossLady
To Chillary - UR A PIAPS!!!

PIAPS? Prick In A PantSuit?

17 posted on 02/13/2009 3:45:20 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: BossLady

lol.....ysan


18 posted on 02/13/2009 3:45:21 PM PST by BigBlueJon ("And shepherds we shall be....For Thee, my Lord, for Thee....")
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To: Mmogamer

...YOU MAY BE RIGHT ON THAT.....


19 posted on 02/13/2009 3:45:23 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
You aren't Commander in Chief.

That would be Commander in Thief. He's the biggest thief in the country right now.

20 posted on 02/13/2009 3:45:34 PM PST by libh8er
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To: Joiseydude

What could they learn?

The pager number of his coke supplier? His mister(ess)’s number?

Could be some very actionable blackmail materials on bammy’s crackberry.


21 posted on 02/13/2009 3:48:32 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg
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To: sam_paine

Pig In A PantSuit LOL!


22 posted on 02/13/2009 3:54:58 PM PST by BossLady (Fauxbama is a lipsomaniac....)
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To: BigBlueJon

Y 02! ;)


23 posted on 02/13/2009 3:57:41 PM PST by BossLady (Fauxbama is a lipsomaniac....)
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To: Smogger

I always sort of categorize hacking as literally breaking into a system, getting it to do things it wasn’t meant to do, rather than simply stealing a password or the like, but I will grant one as a subset of another. Still, I think it takes a real quality caliber of thief to crawl through an air conditioning duct into a building, as opposed to simply stealing a key.


24 posted on 02/13/2009 3:58:15 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: domenad

Your entitled to your opinion, but it’s a lot more sublime to steal the key. ;-)


25 posted on 02/13/2009 4:02:27 PM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: domenad
Mitnick is not a “Hacker” in the sense that he figures out software and the weaknesses in it. Rather, he is a proponent of “social engineering”, whereby passwords and other critical data are searched out by other means such as lax security, phishing, and the like.
Thank you. Mitnick the "World's Greatest Hacker?" Puh-leeze. Erik, Phiber, and Corrupt might have a differing opinion on that.

Mitnick isn't even a Script Kiddie...
26 posted on 02/13/2009 4:07:37 PM PST by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: Joiseydude

Mitnick is a script kiddie. Nothing more.

He is great for a laugh when he opens his mouth, though.


27 posted on 02/13/2009 4:08:48 PM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Glenn

bttt


28 posted on 02/13/2009 4:09:26 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Joiseydude

I can’t wait to see the email exchanges that Obama and Ayers are having.


29 posted on 02/13/2009 4:20:29 PM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: libh8er
"...He's the biggest thief in the country right now..."

Yeah, but the biggest gun salesman!

30 posted on 02/13/2009 4:27:33 PM PST by Does so (White House uncomfortable? Sleeplessness? The 0bama will quit before 6 months are up.)
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To: Glenn
Mitnick is a script kiddie. Nothing more.
Heck, Mitnick was a dumpster diver, nothing more. Leave it to the MSM to promote him to "Hacker" status. I know the guy, couldn't write a driver to save his a**.

Definately NOT a Hacker...
31 posted on 02/13/2009 4:37:55 PM PST by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: Joiseydude

but but but the great says he “neeeeeeeeeeeeeeds” it


32 posted on 02/13/2009 4:40:10 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Mmogamer

Speaking of which....

It’s Federal law that all companies keep all emails and IMs on company computers for an indefinite period of time for future lawsuits.

Does this apply to FedGov itself?

If so, do they have to keep a call log and IMs from his Blackberry?

If not, why does the law not apply to him?

THAT would be some interesting reading....


33 posted on 02/13/2009 5:14:08 PM PST by NorthernTraveler
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To: Joiseydude

“Despite warnings from his advisers, the president insisted on keeping his beloved PDA, which now has specially designed superencrypting security software.”

Well, DUHHH. The encryption only protects what is on the blackberry. As soon as he brings up text on his screen or sends an email it has to be decrypted unless the person receiving the email has the same encryption.

When encryption isn’t enough, resort to superencryption.


34 posted on 02/13/2009 5:31:50 PM PST by yazoo
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To: Joiseydude

Old Eagle’s first rule of security “If somebody can build it, somebody can break it”.


35 posted on 02/13/2009 5:32:25 PM PST by OldEagle
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To: NorthernTraveler

“If so, do they have to keep a call log and IMs from his Blackberry?”

Interesting point. I haven’t used a blackberry in a while, but I am fairly certain a Blackberry does nothing more than collect emails from a server where they are stored. I know with my IPHONE my mail is kept in “the cloud” which is my mac mail account (or any other email app I use). I assume that is in control of the government in terms of storage for the record.

If one wanted to hack his blackberry the place to go would be his email app, and not directly to his blackberry.


36 posted on 02/13/2009 5:37:07 PM PST by yazoo
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