Feeds

Romanian cops cuff suspected serial hacker TinKode

Alleged Royal Navy, Pentagon invader gets keelhauled

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Romanian police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into the websites of NASA and the Pentagon in a series of high-profile hack attacks.

Razvan Manole Cernaianu, 20, from Timisoara, is accused of publishing details of the SQL injection vulnerabilities discovered on the targeted websites under the hacker handle TinKode. The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) further alleges that Cernaianu, an IT student, sold hacking tools from his personal site.

TinKode bragged about breaking into the Royal Navy's official website in November 2010 and making off with site passwords. Other attacks claimed by TinKode include breaking into the MySQL site (using a SQL injection vulnerability) and the European Space Agency. These alleged targets fail to appear on the rap sheet, which concentrates on the NASA hack and an assault of US Army systems that allegedly resulted in the extraction of confidential data.

Investigating officers from the FBI and NASA took part in the investigation that led to Cernaianu's arrest.

The motive for all the attacks was all about claiming high-profile scalps, obtaining bragging rights in the process, plus a heady mix of intellectual curiosity and pure devilment, rather than any form of money-making scam.

A statement by Romanian police on the case can be found here. Security commentary on the arrest can be found in a post on Sophos's Naked Security blog here. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.