Sex, Drugs, and .. CODE! The story of GREEN HATS

This article is something different. It’s not the typical cybercrime. This is next level hacking activity. Just .. read 🙂

The article is not mine, unfortunately. You will find the source on the bottom of this page. Now, ENJOY 🙂

 

They’d been high all weekend long — on Ecstasy, coke, mushrooms and acid — so there seemed little harm in doing one last bump of Special K while they packed up to leave their $5,000-a-night duplex in South Beach. For the past three days, the three friends had barely bothered leaving their hotel, as a dozen club kids in town for Winter Music Conference, the annual festival that draws DJs and ravers from all over the world, flocked to their luxury suite to partake of the drug smorgasbord laid out on the coffee table. But even stoned on industrial-grade horse tranquilizers, Albert Gonzalez remained focused on business — checking his laptop constantly, keeping tabs on the rogue operators he employed in Turkey and Latvia and China, pushing, haranguing, issuing orders into his cellphone in a steady voice. “Let’s see if this Russian asshole has what I need,” he’d say calmly. Then he would help himself to glass plates of powder, each thoughtfully cut into letters for easy identification: “E” for Ecstasy, “C” for coke.

Albert’s two friends were in no shape to think about work. Stephen Watt, a freakishly tall bodybuilder, was planted on the big leather sofa, immobile as the hotel suite’s potted palm. Only 23, Watt was the group’s coding genius, who until recently had been employed in the IT department at Morgan Stanley, the giant Wall Street investment bank. Patrick Toey, 22, Albert’s most loyal foot soldier, was lazing around the suite, staring at the Miami seascape through the two-story picture windows, letting his thoughts drift.

“Listen, I need you to do this now,” Albert was saying in a firm voice as he set his laptop on the desk in the master bedroom upstairs. For weeks, he had been badgering Stephen, known in hacker circles as the “Unix Terrorist,” to refine a crucial bit of code for him. They were in the midst of pulling off the biggest cybercrime ever perpetrated: hacking into the databases of some 250 companies — including Barnes & Noble, OfficeMax, 7-Eleven, Boston Market, Sports Authority and DSW — and stealing 170 million credit-card numbers. But unless Albert could get Stephen to focus, the whole thing was in danger of falling apart.

“Now that I’ve got you here, I need you to do it, or it’s never gonna happen,” Albert urged. The whites of his brown eyes had gone veiny from the K, but he was still the ringleader, still in control. Continue reading “Sex, Drugs, and .. CODE! The story of GREEN HATS”