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Irked By Cyberspying, Georgia Outs Russia-based Hacker 95

coondoggie writes "In one of the photos, the dark-haired, bearded hacker is peering into his computer's screen, perhaps puzzled at what's happening. Minutes later, he cuts his computer's connection, realizing he has been discovered. In an unprecedented move, the country of Georgia — irritated by persistent cyber-spying attacks — has published two photos of a Russia-based hacker who, the Georgians allege, waged a persistent, months-long campaign that stole confidential information from Georgian government ministries, parliament, banks and NGOs."
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Irked By Cyberspying, Georgia Outs Russia-based Hacker

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Can somebody help me out here? Since the title of this submission has "hacker" in it, I thought it'd be about some guy who does cool stuff with hardware, or somebody who has been writing some intense open source software. But I don't see any of that here. Is this submission actually discussing a "cracker", rather than a "hacker"?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I had the same eye-twitching reaction, but I fear we lost that battle 20 years ago.

      Anyway, with the word "cracker" in the headline people might have mistakenly assumed it was about the American state.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Communist dirt bag Got caught with his shirt off.

    The real story is they pawned him with porn lol

  • Once again, we can see how tremendously useful public servants have been in setting up secure systems, using secure OSes, good security practices, etc.

    The infection vector was what? Some automatically run PDF shipped Base64-encoded in an XML file?

    I mean. Like. Opening a PDF gets you rooted!?

    Wow. Just wow.

    But, hey, no problem... Because from TFA apparently some taxpayers money had been spend buying some local "Dr. Web" antivirus.

    As long as people are going to consider it normal to be infected this way an

  • by abirdman ( 557790 ) * <abirdman@maine.rr . c om> on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @06:54PM (#41824863) Homepage Journal
    This looks like another Adobe exploit. Both the bad guy and the good guys used it. And when they infected Boris Badenoff's computer, they only took .doc's and not .pdf's. I wish I could be so selective.
  • Tomorrow's news (Score:4, Insightful)

    by godel_56 ( 1287256 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @06:58PM (#41824893)

    "Bearded man found shot dead in Russian apartment, found hunched over keyboard."

    The Georgians don't mess around, any more than the Russkies do.

    He'd better watch his back.


    • by zerro ( 1820876 )

      I was thinking the same thing. Another lone-wolf hacker ;)

      If he has half a brain, he's trying to turn himself to the nearest NATO affiliated embassy. If not, he will shortly disappear.

      In Soviet Russia, you get hacked.

    • "that's the night
      that the lights went out
      in georgia..."

  • Politics are dirty (Score:4, Insightful)

    by epSos-de ( 2741969 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @06:59PM (#41824903) Homepage Journal
    This guy looks Georgian to me. He could be a human rights activist who is now accused to be a spy. Politics are dirty and the truth is far from what the officials say in that part of the world.
  • Webcams (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @07:01PM (#41824929)

    Public Service Announcement:
    Don't hack with a web cam plugged in.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by zerro ( 1820876 )

      ..... or microphone plugged in, or from your own pc, or from a non one way-terminal (like x/vnc), or open unknown target's docs on your own machine instead of a burnable vm, etc,....

      Doesnt sound like a top-level professional, but the junior-grade trainee - probably taking orders from above.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Exactly if this guy wasn't hacking from via some node he pwned (or through several routed nodes) he's just a neophyte. Too bad he's good as dead now that the georgians are after him and the russians don't like failure.

      • Re:Webcams (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Mitreya ( 579078 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [ayertim]> on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @07:40PM (#41825333)

        Doesnt sound like a top-level professional, but the junior-grade trainee - probably taking orders from above.

        Or, you know, also sounds like not a hacker at all.

        What makes you think he's an actual hacker and not just someone who was a source of inconvenience for other reasons?

    • Forgive me my Intercal, but PLEASE DO hack with your webcam plugged in. It's only fair to give your victim a change to hack back.
  • Carpet (Score:4, Funny)

    by Psychotria ( 953670 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @07:05PM (#41824983)
    I love the carpet on his ceiling. Not sure how easy it is to vacuum though. Also, have I seen that guy in a movie somewhere?
    • by zerro ( 1820876 )

      Borat's bumbling was just cover for a true-to-life Eastern European cyber-James-Bond?

      uh, no...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Looks more like pressed tin

    • Probably embossed plaster or tin. In the old days people would do that in North America too. Not common, but not uncommon either. Matter of taste and location. Not so prevalent any more on this side of the ocean.
    • Also, have I seen that guy in a movie somewhere?

      Edward Norton. []

    • by rxmd ( 205533 )

      It's not carpet, they're styrofoam plates to imitate embossed plaster. You see that quite often in flats in Soviet-era prefab apartment blocks.

      People used that sort of thing as part of low-to-medium-end remodels to individualize their flats a little bit, in particular in the 1990s, together with closing their balconies with masonry to get a little bit of extra (super-small) floor space, partly removing the inner wall sections to get a more individual layout, and moving the kitchens to the balcony to use the

      • In Eastern Germany in 1995, I saw an ornately and tastefully decorated apartment inside a building with a soul-crushing grey exterior.

        I also got a ride (over cobblestones) in a Trabi, since consigned to history.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    First his ARM got hacked..... then his legs and head!

    Captcha: deterred

  • by H3GS ( 2763571 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @07:19PM (#41825123)
    ...Computer Hacks You! Seriously loving the decor though.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Since when does having a mustache enough for one to be considered "bearded". As a bearded man myself I'm offended. lol

    • Since when does having a mustache enough for one to be considered "bearded". As a bearded man myself I'm offended. lol

      I noticed that as well and the only reasonable conclusion is that the rest of his beard is invisible.

  • by Guru80 ( 1579277 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @07:51PM (#41825421)
    How is that not the first thing removed if it isn't built-in or covered up with a piece of duct tape if it is? High skilled dumbass apparently.
    • Most laptops have a hardwired LED that comes on when the camera is powered up. It gives you less than a second to get out of the way though.

      • by Guru80 ( 1579277 )
        Good ole piece of duct tape permanently over it renders it completely useless. I couldn't hack a machine to save my life but if I were going to be engaged in such things I've seen enough movies to know the good and/or bad guys always use your camera to watch you.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Don't hack the country you're in. Russia has a history of excusing hackers who steal from other countries. You almost get congratulated if you steal and bring more money into the local economy. Even if they're upset, a lot of countries don't like to extradite.
  • Doesn't look like a government agency to me, although it's possible that the guy works from home.

  • "This guy had high-class skills", Gurgenidze said

    I don't think so ...

    'The accounts are encrypted with a 1024 bit cipher. Even I can't break through the fire wall', Swordfish
  • He should have used the phone buster buster.

  • by PerlPunk ( 548551 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @11:32PM (#41826895) Homepage Journal
    I would think that at some point we are going to see intelligence agencies start to send hit teams to kill hackers. It has probably already happened but we haven't seen headlines for it.
  • From the story:

    >On that computer, they placed a ZIP archive entitled "Georgian-Nato Agreement." He took the bait, which caused the investigators' own spying program to be installed.

    Elite, wasn't he? Infected by a ZIP file...hmm.

  • He should have bounced his connection through InterNIC and then erased the logs.

  • If running a premade script and following instructions someone else wrote makes me a hacker, does that mean I can go buy a toy store chemistry set, perform a few preset experiments and call myself a chemist?

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