Comcast Hackers: Company Dismissed Our Warning

Teens await police, say they may strike again
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 3:10 PM CDT
Comcast Hackers: Company Dismissed Our Warning
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts gestures during his keynote speech.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Two teens who wrested control of Comcast’s homepage and webmail for 5 hours yesterday say they warned the company before the hijacking but were brushed off. In an interview with Wired, the two anonymous teens were triumphant about their assault on the ISP but expected to be arrested. “I wish I was a minor right now because this is going to be really bad,” said 19-year-old Defiant.

The hackers, members of an underground group known as Kryogeniks, won't say exactly how they took over the site. The hijacking temporarily prevented Comcast's 14 million subscribers from using email or contacting tech support. Why did they do it? "Comcast is just a huge corporation, and we wanted to take them out, and we did," says Defiant. (More Comcast stories.)

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