[ISN] Hacker Threatens to Take Down Olympics Computers

InfoSec News isn at c4i.org
Tue Feb 14 01:38:29 EST 2006


Associated Press
February 13, 2006

TURIN, Italy - A would-be hacker was being investigated by police 
Monday after threatening to attack the internal computer network of 
the Turin Olympics organizing committee. 

The man - a technical consultant for the TOROC committee - illicitly 
gained access to off-limits sections of the network, police officer 
Fabiola Silvestri said.

"This consultant - who is now a former consultant - said in a very 
strong way that he could do certain things to the network," TOROC 
spokesman Giuseppe Gattino said. "Nothing has happened and all the 
passwords have been disabled."

Officials declined to reveal the consultant's identity, and Gattino 
said he didn't know the reasons for his threatening behavior.

No charges were immediately filed against the man.

In a separate case, police found that a Turin antiques dealer had 
acquired five Internet domains that had similar names to Olympic Web 

If accessed, the domains redirected users to the dealer's Web site, 
which also carried Olympic logos and other copyrighted material, 
Silvestri said.

Once he had been told that what he was doing was illegal, the dealer 
deleted the material and redirected users from his domains to Olympic 
Web sites, she said.

More information about the ISN mailing list