Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/04/hacker_eclipse/

Hack attack linked to annular eclipse

Proof of hacker lycanthropy links?

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 4th October 2005 13:28 GMT

Are hackers affected by lunar cycles? The question arises after we were sent a screenshot of the defacement of space.com yesterday morning. The attack happened hours before an annular eclipse reached Europe.

Click for full size imageCoincidence? We think not. There's a lot of talk about zombie bots (PC infected by malware and under the control of hackers) but what of werewolves? Admittedly the defacement of space.com made no mention of lycanthropy but security vendors are always fond of talking about "silver bullet solutions" to hacker threats. There's even been a werewolf virus.

This might all sound a bit thin but if college profs can get financing to do studies on gay cows then surely the links between malicious hackers and shape shifting merit closer inspection. And while they're at it the putative study might also want to consider why the major virus outbreaks of the year (Nimda, Blaster, Zotob etc.) always hit in August. We suspect virus writers getting bored during their summer holidays from school or college might be behind this one. ®