New Tech City

Make a Face or Swallow a Pill - This is the Future of Passwords?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Chinese and Syrian hackers, internet trolls and hacking collectives like Anonymous tend to give hacking a bad name, but some people hack for good too. This week on New Tech City, meet the participants of a civic hackathon as they try to solve the problem of price gouging at bodegas in Newark. 


New Tech City

New Tech City: Internet Troll or Freedom Fighter?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Internet troll Andrew Auernheimer (aka Weev) is facing up to 10 years in federal prison for breaching AT&T's servers.  On this week's New Tech City he explains why he believes his actions helped consumers and upheld American democratic ideals.

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On The Media

Aaron Swartz

Friday, January 18, 2013

On January 11, 26-year-old hacker, programmer, and activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. He had a history of depression and faced federal prosecution for downloading millions of articles from the online academic article repository JSTOR. Brooke talks to Gawker's Adrian Chen, who wrote about Swartz's legal troubles this week.

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The Takeaway

NSA Declares 'Anonymous' a Threat to National Security

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In Anonymous's move away from denial of service attacks and toward real-world interactions — such as recent threats against the Los Zetas Cartel — the hacktivists have attracted the attention of the National Security Agency. In private meetings at the White House, NSA director General Keith Alexander warned that in a year or two the group could attack the energy grid and shut off power for millions. 

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The Takeaway

Hacking Group LulzSec in Spotlight as 19-year old Taken into Custody

Friday, June 24, 2011

British police have arrested 19-year old Ryan Cleary.  They've connected him to Lulz Security, or LulzSec, a hacking group that has been on an Internet crime spree in recent weeks.  The group has attacked sites and networks belonging to the United States Senate, the Central Intelligence Agency and Sony, among others.

British Police have labeled the 19-year old suspect a "criminal mastermind", but Cleary's supporters call him a "hacktivist".  Ravi Somaiya has been covering the story for our partner The New York Times.  He joins the show, to talk about what's next for what he calls the "brazen hacking group".