Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#772 Hacker fans give Mr. Robot website free security checkup
The USA Network show Mr. Robot has drawn a good deal of praise for its accurate (relative to other TV shows) portrayal of hacking and computer security. So, naturally, the site for the show has drawn a slightly different sort of adoring fan—"white hat" hackers looking for security holes.

On May 10, USA Network launched a new site for Mr. Robot promoting the July debut of the series' second season—a JavaScript-powered page that uses text input and mimics a Linux shell (complete with a GRUB bootup message). On the same day, as Forbes' Thomas Fox-Brewster reported, a hacker operating under the name Zemnmez reported a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Mr. Robot site that could have been used to trick the site's visitors into giving up their Facebook profile data. Zenmez sent an e-mail about the vulnerability to Mr. Robot writer Sam Esmail; within a few hours, according to NBC Universal (USA Network's corporate parent), the vulnerability was removed.
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