Internet hacking emerged as one of the major concerns on the World Wide Web over the last decade or so. Though hacking itself presents many understandable threats to security, hilarious hacker attacks offer examples of the practice being used for good, or at least, entertainment. Hacking never looks like the movies, but the funny things hackers have done definitely make up for that.
Though malicious cyber attacks certainly should scare you, the funniest hacker attacks only come with the threat of shortness of breath and maybe a few tears of joy. Sometimes, as is often the case with Anonymous hackings, trolling, not terrifying, is the main goal.
Anyone visiting the official European Union website for the Spanish Prime Minister in 2010 came face-to-face with a strange surprise. Rather than a picture of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, visitors instead saw a picture of the British sitcom character Mr. Bean. Newspapers previously likened Zapatero to the character, possibly prompting the anonymous hacker to carry out the attack. According to the authorities who ran the site, the hack took advantage of a vulnerability known as cross-site scripting.
One hack discovered in 2013 on the Vogue website, as well as others owned by Conde Nast, involved dinosaurs. Inputting the famous Konami code on the keyboard while browsing the site led to dinosaurs appearing across the screen wearing various types of hats and headwear.
To this day, no one quite knows who carried out the attack. Some suspect an employee for the company, as this would have made it much easier to hide as an Easter egg of sorts rather than a genuine attack.
Security services do an important job of taking down propaganda and information from terrorist websites. MI6 from the UK achieved this in a rather unique way back in in 2011. Rather than just take down the instructions for making pipe bombs from an online al-Qaeda magazine, they simply replaced the instructions with recipes for cake. Anyone looking to create explosives would instead only get the recipes for cupcakes taken directly from Ellen DeGeneres's "Best Cupcakes in America."
My Twitter has been seriously hacked--- and we are looking for the perpetrators.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2013
Although most people are used to Donald Trump posting bizarre stuff on Twitter, things took an especially strange turn in 2013. An unknown attacker managed to get control of the account and post their own messages online. The most prominent of these happened to be a tweet containing lyrics from a Lil Wayne rap song, with the message reading, "These hoes think they classy, well that's the class I'm skippen.”
Trump regained control of the Twitter account some three hours later and let everyone know the search for the perpetrators was on.