Time '100 Most Influential' hacked

Time '100 Most Influential' hacked

Summary: Even venerated Time magazine isn't immune to hackers.The magazine's annual online poll of the top 100 most influential people in government, science, technology and the arts was flooded with fake votes by followers of 4chan, the popular online message board.

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Even venerated Time magazine isn't immune to hackers.

The magazine's annual online poll of the top 100 most influential people in government, science, technology and the arts was flooded with fake votes by followers of 4chan, the popular online message board.

The 4chan hackers took advantage of the lack of authentication or validation of the online process and used '"autovoters" to inundate the poll with millions of votes for "moot," a pseudonym of Christopher Poole, operator of 4chan, according to Folio.

In addition to voting moot to the top of the list, the hackers apparently rearranged the top 21 names so that the first letter of their names—looking down the list—spelled out the phrase “Marblecake Also the Game.”

Voting went live March 19.

This is an example of clever, exacting hacking -- but it also shows how much a high-profile property is at stake when the right people are motivated.

If you don't believe it, take a look (or see it live on the site):

Topic: Security

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Electronic Voting Easy To Skew

    Unless rigid controls are in place, it's too easy with modern technology to distort voting tallies.
    American Idol voting is most certainly manipulated, from time to time.
    The integrity being impugned, or reasonable suspicion thereof entertained causes loss of confidence and respect.
    And this is sad, so very sad. Vote tampering, then skewed process.
    But, then, so is Bygone Bush's St. Chad.
    There's work needed here, and lots of it too.
    PreachJohn
  • RE: Time '100 Most Influential' hacked

    Come on Kobe Bryant! Give us back our MARBLECAKE!
    bluewig
  • RE: Time '100 Most Influential' hacked

    this isn't so much hacking as exploiting lax security
    CTRLurself