Czech crackers facing trial for faked nuclear detonation.

Jan 08, 2008

Last June, a group of crackers and art hackers in what used to be Czechoslovakia hacked a webcam feed to make it look like someone had detonated a nuclear device by scaling the tower that the webcam was mounted on and patching into the network link directly, which let them inject their altered images. Coincidentally at the same moment that the webcam feed was shown by the local news. They're facing a court trial and up to three years in jail for their prank, which scared not a few people silly. They say that they did it to call into question the validity of the news media - in a world in which readily affordable computer technology can spoof one of the most famous films in history on a shoestring budget, you really have to wonder about the footage on the evening news...