Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hackers Hit Large Hadron Collider Website

Ellen Messmer writes on Computerworld UK:

Hackers have broken into the network of the Swiss particle-physics laboratory operating the Large Hadron Collider that began smashing atoms this week.

The hackers, calling themselves the "Greek Security Team," defaced the CERN Web site with comments made in Greek, according to the Daily Telegraph, which reported the incident today. CERN has now taken down this public-facing Web site, and according to the Telegraph, CERN spokesman James Gillies said, "There seems to be no harm done."

It's not believed that the Greek Security Team hackers -- thought to be targeting the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment (CMS) that is using the Large Hadron Collider to make new discoveries about particle physics -- were able to penetrate further into the CERN network of control systems for the giant collider.

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