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'Big bang' experiment is hacked

Part of the computer system of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was hacked into as the world's most powerful physics experiment got under way.

A group calling itself the "Greek Security Team" hacked into a computer connected to the system last Wednesday.

A spokesman for Cern, the lab that houses the LHC, said the hackers put up a message on the facility's website.

No harm was done but the incident has highlighted the need for security in the LHC's network, the spokesman said.

The hackers had targeted the computer network of the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment (CMS), a huge detector that analyses data from the particle accelerator.

The LHC is attempting to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, in which the universe was created.

With the world watching as the first particles began circulating in the LHC, engineers were searching the hacked computer for possible malicious damage.

The CMS website displayed a page with a mocking message, in Greek, which included the line: "We are 2600 - don't mess with us".

Full story, source: BBC

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GreyWeather

Why is it even hooked up to the internet anyway o.o

Why not have a seperate computer(s) on an internet server. Keeping the actual important equipment isolated. Updating the seperate online compouters regularly. (Hm. Looks so wierd when I type that word...)

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chaoszerg

Seems a little silly hooking something that important up to the internet.

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Seems a little silly hooking something that important up to the internet.

They are the original internet, the whole protocol and HTML was invented there.

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chaoszerg
They are the original internet, the whole protocol and HTML was invented there.

Oh I see. I never knew that, thank you. :tu:

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S2F

They could still isolate the equipment that runs the experiment. It figures, some idiot college kid will probably inadvertently cause the end of man by accidentally creating a black hole where otherwise none would have been. :lol:

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jesspy

I can collide particles through the interwebs now awesome!

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Withoutnight

I don't want to sound ignorant but do we even know what it is that causes black holes? I mean besides the scientific speculation.

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I don't want to sound ignorant but do we even know what it is that causes black holes? I mean besides the scientific speculation.

Gravity.

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jesspy
I don't want to sound ignorant but do we even know what it is that causes black holes? I mean besides the scientific speculation.

Black holes are where God divided by zero

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Moon Monkey

...and now it is broken. Ho hum.

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Bill Hill

Have they turned it on yet?

whop

Have they turned it on yet?

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chaoszerg
Black holes are where God divided by zero

You must now be sacrificed for using old lame jokes :P

:D

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chemical-licker

maybe god is so hidden that this is needed to uncover him :huh:

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el midgetron
Why is it even hooked up to the internet anyway o.o

Because nothing soothes the stress of playing with the existance of the planet better than internet porn.

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jesspy
Because nothing soothes the stress of playing with the existance of the planet better than internet porn.

lol

is that a dead cow or something in your sig

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el midgetron
lol

is that a dead cow or something in your sig

no, its a hiphopopotamus.....

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chemical-licker

its a goat, yes it tis a GOAT B)

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