The Island Blown Up By a Gas Cooker

From the Daily Mail:

This was the astonishing scene after a faulty gas cooker exploded in a timber-framed shack – and devastated a tiny Caribbean island.

The blast caused an inferno that leapt from hut to hut, taking less than ten minutes to sweep across half the shanty town-style community.

As gas cylinders in more wooden homes exploded, many of Soledad Miria’s 1,014 inhabitants dived into the sea or took to fishing boats to escape.

More than a third – 348 – were injured but, amazingly, no one died.

(via Look at This)

Congressional aide admits trying to hire hackers — to boost his college GPA

From Networkworld.com:

The communications director for Montana’s lone congressman solicited the services of two men he falsely believed to be criminally minded hackers-for-hire — with the expressed goal of jacking up his college GPA — during an exchange that spanned 22 e-mails over two weeks this past summer.

Todd Shriber, 28-year-old press aide to U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., e-mailed the security Web site attrition.org on Aug. 9, writing: “I need to urgently make contact with a hacker that would be interested in doing a one-time job for me. The pay would be good. I’m not sure what exactly the job would entail with respect to computer jargon, but I can go into rough detail upon making contact with a candidate.”…

…Two members of attrition.org, “Lyger” and “Jericho” (a.k.a. “security curmudgeon”) corresponded with Shriber and fooled him into believing that they would carry out his wishes, with Jericho warning him at one point: “You are soliciting me to break the law and hack into a computer across state lines. That is a federal offense and multiple felonies.”

Shriber wanted Lyger and Jericho to break into the computer system at Texas Christian University, from which he graduated in 2000.

Be sure to read their email correspondence which can be found here. The hoops they make this idiot jump through are hysterical:

From: security curmudgeon (jericho@attrition.org)
To: Todd Shriber (nascar24_08530@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 18:51:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Question for you or other Attrition members

: I don’t live near the college anymore, I’m 1,000 miles away. Is there
: some other sign of trust I can extend to you or should I wait a few
: weeks and travel to my school and get these pictures?

A picture of a squirrel or pigeon near where you live is fine. One close
up, one from the distance enough so there are buildings or anything to
help identify the location of where the pic was taken from.