Tom Avril came for the awesome bioengineering work that Jordan did at Penn and Hive76, but he stayed to write an awesome article about us and the Philly hacking scene. Here is the awesome article that’s also on the front page. And below is the awesome video Inky photographer Clem Murray shot during one open house. Hack on!
Whenever the word “hacking” shows up in the news, it usually means one of two things. It’s either some government or group breaking into the system of some other government or group, or more likely, someone didn’t change their weak password.
The recent fuss about News of the World in the UK is the latter, the stupid hack (besides bribing the police and other non-hacking crimes.) This “hack” is just taking advantage of one of two voicemail vulnerabilities. One way in is to punch in the default VM PIN for the carrier, which is sometimes the last 4 of the phone number. The other way is to spoof your caller ID to match the voicemail number so the system lets you in like this. PS: don’t hack voicemails.
We don’t want your personal voicemails to be stolen like this. That’s why this Wednesday for open house, we can help you stay safe. A member can help you navigate the menus on your phone and change or add some security. Or maybe this post just pushed you right now to change your pin to something other than
Hacker Dojo managed to get a decent video piece out of Fox News. The idea of talking about what hackers really are (hint: not criminals) and tying modern spaces to older movements like Homebrew Computer Club. I’m going to leave the editorial comments about quality of reporting to someone in the comments section, and just post the video.
We like being in the news. We like being in a front page story even more. In this mornings issue, a story by Justin Lahart titled “Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis” about the DIY/Maker/Hackerspace revolution taking place in our busted economy and my shameless plug of phillys most awesome hangout.
Pick it up on your way today, it’s a good read.