The site, Australia's Public Transport Victoria, didn't respond, so the 16-year-old hacker's next move was to report it to the media, who in turn contacted PTV, who in response reported him to the police. Ungrateful? Yes. Unfair? Well, no, given that the hacker didn't ask permission to poke into a sensitive database.
None of the attacks have been particularly damaging, and the DDoS tool, dubbed "Destroy Obama Care", was never actually triggered. Now, the government's doing pen testing, which likewise hasn't come up with any egregious holes in the site's defense.
Slimy worms! Disguised as Facebook news! Unleashed on unsuspecting Facebook employees - by its own engineering team! This was the second year that Facebook celebrated Hacktober, a month-long feast of self-inflicted cyberattacks designed to tune staff's threat perception.
We all know good passwords are key to protecting against attack. So here's how to do it and not lose friends and alienate people.
Penetration testing is a valuable but tool but can quickly get expensive. Focusing on testing the right things in the right manner is key to getting the best bang for your buck.
There are many security implication we as IT guys need to think about when we host applications externally. Here is a list of things to ask your provider to reduce the risk of a data or malware breach.
It's not just big companies who can benefit from penetration testing - you can even apply the principles to your home computer.
Would you know where to begin with a security audit of your home PC?