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February 23, 2005

The Hacking of Hilton: Social Engineering, Not L33t Skillz

Informative article on how Paris Hilton's cellphone addressbook got hacked:


Tunrs out, this was not an example of actual cellphone hacking (which is
increasing possible, especially with Bluetooth phones), but "social
engineering"--Hilton's famous dog's name was used to recover her password
over the Web.

Moral of the story: Don't keep personal info. on the Web unless properly
secured, and don't tell people your pet's name. {Michelle and Jonathan}

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