MySpace, Your Space ... but Not HIS Space

Kara Reeder

DefCon, an annual conference that unites hackers from all over the world for frolicking, sharing and ... oh yeah ... hacking, was held in Las Vegas August 3-5. No doubt, fun was had by all and a great deal was learned, including how to hack into MySpace. College student Rick Deacon demonstrated that if a hacker could trick a user into clicking on a bogus link, it would be possible to copy session cookies and log data into the victim's MySpace page.

 

MySpace was none too happy about the sharing of this little tidbit of security weakness, which it was apparently aware of, and gave Deacon the boot. MySpace has fixed the vulnerability, but Deacon has graciously offered to help MySpace in exchange for getting his profile back.



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