It seems the media feeding frenzy about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has attracted the hacker community, as reports are coming in that the Web system for the "black hole generator" has been well and truly hacked.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a hacker group calling itself the `Greek Security Team' has hacked into the LHC facility and posted warnings about the insecurity of the system.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the GST hacked into the main system for the LHC and left messages for the IT team, describing the team as "schoolkids."
As a result of the system hacks, the www.cmsmon.cern.ch Web site is down and officials aren't saying when it will be back up again.
Perhaps more worryingly, the Daily Telegraph says that CERN scientists are "extremely worried about the attack because the hackers were a `step away' from the computer control system of one the machines
Marvellous stuff. Black hole creation technology under the control of teeny hackers who could cause serious damage to the fabric of the entire universe.
It's ironic that it should be CERN that's been hacked, as this was one of the first systems I hacked into back in the early-to-mid-1980s via X25 dial-up connections (PSS), mainly 'cos you could play multi-user
text-based games all day on the BBC Model B.
The thought of collapsing the universe into a black hole using hackery has its appeal though.
It's the end of the world as we know it- and I feel fine.
Michael Stipe eat your heart out...