Hilton hackers revealed?

The gang that broke into Paris Hilton's handheld and unleashed the hotel heiress's personal messages and saucy photos onto the Web used a one-two punch of hacking and conmanship, according to a Washington Post report.

A teen who claimed to have taken part in the data theft--one of two unnamed sources for the story--told the Post that a small group of hackers had taken advantage of a flaw on T-Mobile's Web site.

The vulnerability let them into the accounts of Sidekick owners. After getting bored of bugging friends and acquaintances, and a spate of prank calls to "Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne, the group latched on Sidekick promoter Hilton as a prime target.

But the real key to the data heist was getting the goods on T-Mobile's customer account Web site, which one of the group winkled out of a T-Mobile sales rep by posing as a company supervisor, the teen said.

Some of the juvenile pranksters are also thought to have been involved in the theft of data from LexisNexis--a crime that seems to be being taken very seriously by federal investigators. According to another report in the Post, the teenager who gave the account of the Hilton attack has been served with a search warrant by law enforcement officials.

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    Karen Said is an assistant department editor for enterprise coverage.

     

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