Social engineering and Xbox

On April 4, 2011, in Rants, by

So it looks like some 15 year old kid hacked into the DNS  of network solutions of Stepto who runs the security at Xbox.  Once he got that, he gained control of the mail server settings and then reset the xbox/liveID account.

The Tech Game – Stepto’s Xbox Live Account Hacked:
http://www.thetechgame.com/News/article/sid=1509.html

And has posted on YouTube about how Microsoft needs to hire him to make Xbox better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0wi9zWsFM8

Dude, where’s your parents?  In this crazy world of ours where Charlie Sheen had millions of followers on twitter after opening the account … folks I think we have a problem here. 

Do me a favor, if you are a parent of a child with a computer, go get a bit more paranoid and walk by their computer.  Go look at what they are doing.   Talk to them about their computer activity and what they are doing on the computer. 

Be involved in your child’s computing life and see what they are up to.

If that kid was my child, he’d be grounded for life.

 

3 Responses to Social engineering and Xbox

  1. chris seiter says:

    1 family computer(mine) in the living room. I see all and know all, and they know I see all/know all. I haven’t hooked a computer up in the 11 year old daughter’s room yet but when I do it will have network printing but no internet.
    My kid; my house; my rules. No questions. Dictatorship until the wife wakes up then it’s her house, her rules.

  2. Dean says:

    “Charlie Sheen had millions of followers on twitter after opening the account”

    And then lost them the other night after his “show”.

    “Talk to them about their computer activity and what they are doing on the computer”

    Uh, so kids won’t lie ? You must not be from Earth. That would explain why you think it’s a crazy world. 🙂

  3. Joe Raby says:

    If your kids are brought up in an environment where they think they should lie to cover up their tracks, there’s a lot of software that allows you to monitor their activity. Last time I looked, Windows Live Family Safety was still free. It’s still not a replacement for good parenting though. Communication works better than being a silent tyrant.