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This space unintentionally left male (mostly)

I'm a woman (mostly), and I'm the chairperson for our local hackerspace, we have female participants but it's a small minority... and we would really love to be more diverse. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Aug 25, 2014 - 68 answers

Is Feedly's DDoS attack as extortion common online?

For the last two days feedly has been down for significant chunks of time because of DDoS attacks (article). They say hackers are trying to extort them for money. Is this common online? [more inside]
posted by lownote on Jun 12, 2014 - 9 answers

What good alternatives exist for WordPress for the semi-skilled?

After the probably eighth hacking attack (and success) on my site in less than a year, I'm sick to death of using a platform that has to be updated on an hourly basis or get totally nuked by Moldavians. What platforms are relatively user-friendly for people who want to blog? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 9, 2013 - 12 answers

How much do hackers cost, really?

So, we sometimes hear about hackers who break into XFamousCompany and cause untold gazbillionty dollars in damage. How accurate is that? How do they get these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Mar 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Can a terrorist murder me with my car's computer?

Can "hackers" use the power of the internet to control anything that has a computer in it? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Mar 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Who the hell added these videos to my favourites folder on YouTube?

I found several "favourited" videos in my YouTube account that were definitely not my or my partner's doing. What could have happened? Was I hacked? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Nov 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Welcome, Hackers!

Does including a "welcome to my website" statement on your homepage invite or legitimize hackers? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on May 10, 2012 - 13 answers

MacBook possessed by mystery entity

So...I'm thinking my Mac has a virus. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8. I keep running out of hard drive space and deleting files constantly, so I got Disk Inventory X to see where my space is. Turns out there is 20 GB of 130,000 text files on my computer in a hidden file marked "private". I can't see this "private" folder from the file manager...only from Disk Inventory X. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by HylandErickson on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Anonymous hackers are planning to post my information on the web. What should I do to avoid getting my identity messed up?

My information got hacked by Anonymous. They got an expired debit card number, my name, address, and password, and are about to publish the whole mess on the internet. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Computer Security Compromised?

What exactly is occurring in my Outlook Account. And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jcworth on Nov 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Hackey Sackey

When did hacking acquire the patina of illegality? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Sep 4, 2011 - 13 answers

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Looking for books/essays/authorities on the history of hacking and hacker culture. [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Sep 27, 2010 - 17 answers

Two separate online email accounts have been broken into within six months.

Two separate online email accounts (Hotmail then Gmail) of my wife's have been broken into within six months. Each time the hijacker changes the password, sends a message to the contact list asking for some emergency money, then deletes the contact list. Any idea why my wife would be targeted? And what should she do to protect herself from now on?
posted by markcmyers on Sep 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Please Help Me

Do hackers go into people's Skype accounts and break up with the account owner's SO? Also, if there's anyone in Melbourne, Australia, preferably Carnegie, who could give me some help, I could definitely use it. [more inside]
posted by smorange on Jul 5, 2010 - 61 answers

Is teenage hacker culture alive out there?

What are the cool technologies that kids on the fringes are playing with these days? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Who outsources to Cleveland, anyway?

Apparently I am one of the freelancers whose profiles Outsourcingroom.com (allegedly) stole from elance. Unfortunately, the Outsourcingroom.com profile appears very high in Google searching for my name. How can I get Google to remove this badness from their index? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Hacker Essays

Do you know of any more essays like Hackers, In the Beginning Was the Command Line, or the DadHacker Atari Articles?
posted by MotorNeuron on Mar 6, 2009 - 16 answers

I need resources / links information to convince a friend that his small computer network might be of interest to hackers?

I need resources / links information to convince a friend that his small computer network might be of interest to hackers? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jan 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Mecha armor, you say? You know, I can weld.

PugetSoundFilter: We're relocating to Kitsap County, from Philadelphia, in a month. I need to find the other hackers and tinkerers. Help me build a new network. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on May 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Recompense for Incompetance

I received a letter last December from UCLA stating that "a restricted campus database containing personal information has been illegally accessed by a sophisticated computer hacker" (gotta love the assumption of "sophisticated there"). And that they regret to inform me my name is in the database. My question is, can I sue for damages? Is there already a class action lawsuit for damages against UCLA? What are my options? What traditionally happens to victims in these cases in terms of compensation?
posted by about_time on Mar 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me help a friend find/hire a coder who has written games and is willing to do it again.

Where would I look for a couple of experienced game designers in the Baltimore Washington area who aren't so experienced that they avoid startups? [more inside]
posted by Grod on May 21, 2006 - 3 answers

RISC architecture is gonna change everything.

Cyberpunk, hacker culture, BBSs and alt.2600 newsgroups... have they really all gone? Is it really all virus breeders and script kiddies now? What has happened to the cyberpunk movement - I keep reading it has died and post-cyberpunk doesn't seem to be doing much. What is the current counterculture on the net? Please don't tell me it's goths weeping on their keyboards? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Jan 13, 2006 - 13 answers

Internet Identity Theft

How do you deal with your Internet identity being compromised? What do you do if someone has changed the passwords to every account you own? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Nov 4, 2005 - 20 answers

what to do about a hacker?

I've found the IP address of someone who's hacked my phpBB. now what? [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Apr 12, 2005 - 10 answers

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