Wired: How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer

Wired: How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer. “John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom.”

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