Laura Jordan Bambach
- hacks that 'made my mouth drop to the floor
HACKER – ROCK STARS… PABLO
One of Pablos’ better quotes was “Hackers don’t ask ‘what does this do?’, hackers ask ‘what can I make this do?’”.
He then demonstrated some of the cooler things you can do when you know just a little bit more about simple
technology than the average person — hacking into the TV-network in your hotel room, hacking into someone’s
cell phone voicemail and changing the greeting message (which he demonstrated live on stage by doing it to
Cory Doctorow’s voicemail, who was actually sitting in the audience). He was able to spoof identities by scanning
RFID tags and using the info on them to do all sorts of freaky stuff. His most applauded feat was a remake
of the famous ‘Samy is my hero’ code that was released on MySpace. He added those four words to every
profile that came in contact with the original profile which contained the code.
Pablos pointed us all to the PICNIC Network site, where, to everyone’s amazement,
the words ‘Pablos is our hero’ had been added to a couple of profiles.