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Michael Calce, once known as "Mafiaboy," shut down sites like eBay, Yahoo! and CNN.com before his arrest at age 15.

August 15, 2011 10:11 a.m. EDT

Michael Calce once briefly shut down this site.

It was February 8, 2000, and the then-15-year-old was egged on by a fellow hacker who believed CNN.com would be impossible to bring down because of its “advanced networks” and “huge traffic numbers.” It took Calce just a few minutes.

“The sense of power I felt was overwhelming,” he wrote later of the attack, which slowed CNN.com’s news operations for nearly two hours. “It was also addictive.”

By then, the Canadian teen better known as “Mafiaboy” had already made national headlines by toppling Yahoo!, eBay and E*TRADE with a brazen series of denial-of-service attacks, which usually involve barraging a website with so many requests that its servers are overrun.

It’s a story he tells, breaking years of silence, in “Mafiaboy: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man,” which chronicles Calce’s rise to becoming arguably the most famous, or infamous, computer hacker ever.

The book, co-written by Craig Silverman, takes Calce from the day he got his first computer at age 6 to the secretive chat rooms of a then-burgeoning hacker community.

Along the way he single-handedly prompted then-President Bill Clinton to convene a cybersecurity summit at the White House. Attorney General Janet Reno swore her office wouldn’t rest until he was arrested.

Those are deep political and legal waters for a kid who, when the police finally busted him, was having a sleepover at a friend’s house, staying up late eating junk food and watching “Goodfellas.”

“My attacks of 2000 were illegal, reckless and, in many ways, simply stupid,” Calce writes. “At the time, I didn’t realize the consequences of what I was doing.”

Calce eventually pleaded guilty to 56 counts stemming from hacking and attacking the sites. He was sentenced to eight months in “open custody” at a rehabilitation home for youths and spent another year on probation.

Calce’s message now, a decade later? It’s way easier to do what he did now than it was then.

“Twelve years ago, they actually were real hackers. You had to work and build your arsenal of tools,” he said. “These days, they make hacker desktops that you just download and you have every tool out there on the market. If you’re interested and you want to be a hacker, you can be a hacker in 30 minutes.”

And while Calce and many of his compatriots hacked more out of curiosity than anything else, he said many of today’s generation of hackers have crime, or even espionage, in mind.

“I could have launched those attacks and tried to make money off of it,” said the former online bad boy, now a Montreal, Canada-based Internet security consultant. “I was more (about) running tests. Everyone at that point in time was running tests and seeing what they could do and what they could infiltrate.”

Calce talked with CNN.com recently about hacking, Internet security and why Facebook, Twitter and other popular online sites can be a bad thing. Below are excerpts from that conversation.

On misconceptions about the term “hacker”

“The problem is that, over the years, it’s been misconstrued. The media has used it a couple of times improperly. The problem now is that anything associated with hackers or hacking is in the malicious sense when that’s really not true. A hacker is anybody looking to manipulate technology to do something other than its original purpose. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

On recent hacking by “Anonymous” and “Lulzsec”

“They’re a different breed. They’re considered ‘hacktivists.’ They hack for a lot of political reasons. They believe information should be free. But some of them do have malicious intent.

“It’s really hard to classify them in the white-, black- or gray-hat hacking, but if I had to pick one, I’d probably go with gray. And you’re going to see a lot more of these groups. Technology being where it is, it allows people to fight back. (Compared to traditional political protests) what Lulzsec and Anonymous are doing is way more potent in actually trying to awaken people and raise awareness.

“Not that I really condone what they’re doing, but I understand their point.”

On the risks of Facebook

“I do have a Facebook account, but it’s very, very limited. I don’t use it in the same fashion that other people would. There are people putting up hundreds of pictures of themselves, updating their status every 10 minutes and adding people they don’t know just so they can say they have 1,000 friends.

“We’re putting too much information online. I understand the networking part. But the way it’s being utilized right now is not going in the right direction. People are data-mining. (Facebook) is such a viable spot for hackers to launch viruses and trojans. People just don’t understand the ramifications.”

On the prospects of “cyberwar”

“We’re going to see a lot more cyberattacks. .. It probably could be the next world war for all we know. It could be online.

“Places like China actually have hacker camps. They’re training you to infiltrate government secrets and whatnot. The government is going to have to realize that they’re going to need to fight dirty the same way. You’re going to need hackers to fight hackers; that’s just how the world is evolving right now.

“You’re going to have to set up hacker schools to train people. Hacking can be in the positive fashion. There is a white-hat side to hacking and I think we’re going to need to breed a lot of white-hat hackers right now to fight the black-hat hackers. Right now, they’re winning the war.”

On how to stay safe online

To be safer online Calce suggests the following:

_ Stronger passwords:

“The No. 1 problem is strength of passwords,” he said.” A lot of people don’t use strong passwords. It’s getting a bit better, because websites are forcing you now to make longer passwords.”

_ Adding firewalls

Calce suggests protecting your computer with “after-market” firewall software, meaning not just relying on the ones already installed on your computer. “Without having a firewall, it’s basically like leaving your home with the doors unlocked and the windows open,” he said.

_ Be wary of open Wi-Fi:

“Almost every router is installed with Wi-Fi now,” Calce said. “Wi-Fi is so incredibly easy to crack or manipulate and people fail to realize this. Even if you are on password-protected Wi-Fi, it’s so buggy to the point where it’s very easy to crack wireless passwords.”

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/08/15/mafiaboy.hacker/


using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9



Michael Calce

4          3    5

his primary challenge = MC = 43 = Friends.  Having fun.  This is no fun.  The party’s over.

how he lost his heart’s desire = Investigation.  Power.  Addictive.  Bad boy.





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Jun. 16 2011 – 11:33 am

Have you heard of Clodagh McKenna? If not, you will soon. Like millionaire
soccer players not named Beckham, F1 drivers, and most European Heads of State,
her notoriety has yet to reach our shores, but she’s already famous in much of
the world.

And she is coming this way, with the release this month of Homemade:
Irresistible Recipes For Every Occasion
, the first of her books to be
published in the US (Kyle Books, $24.95) and the perfect gift for foodie friends
who already have everything and are sick to death of Batali, Ramsay, and

McKenna is Ireland’s answer to Rachael Ray or
Martha Stewart, a multi-talented food and home personality at the head of a fast growing media empire. And while many folks here still
take a dim view of Irish cuisine, that view is completely unfounded: Ireland has
long had the best food in the British Isles, was way ahead of the US on the
localvore and farm to table trends, makes incredible cheeses and seafood and has
tons of ultra-fresh and natural lamb, beef, and pork, is home to numerous
Michelin-starred restaurants and one of the world’s top cooking schools.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, owner of the third greatest tally of Michelin
stars of anyone alive, chose County Wicklow, outside Dublin, for a branch of his
eponymous fine dining eatery, not Vegas.

Following inthe model of Rachael Ray or Martha Stewart,
McKenna goes beyond cooking to offer a complete home life package

So what does Clodagh McKenna do? Better question would be what can’t she

She cooks (and did a 3-year stint cooking at Ireland’s famous Ballymaloe
House, after studying in France, Italy and at the UK’s answer to the Culinary
Institute of America, Ballymaloe Cookery School).

She writes bestselling cookbooks, like The Irish Farmers’ Market Cookbook
and Fresh From the Sea.

She has her own television shows, with a two year series Fresh From the
Farmers Markets
, followed by Fresh From the Sea, which were also
broadcast throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

She is also on seemingly every television channel at once, and has cooked on
countless TV shows, from Rick Stein’s Food Heroes on BBC to Ireland
AM Show, The Late Late Show, Saturday Cooks
on ITV, and yes, The Today
on NBC here in the USA, as well as Bobby Flay’s Ireland on
the Food Network (US).

She writes a monthly column for The Irish Times’ Gloss Magazine and
has also written for the The Sunday Tribune, Aer Lingus Magazine, Delicious
and RED Magazine.

She has a “glam” kitchenware line, and in Ireland, her retro 1950s aprons are
all the rage. She preaches freshness and has launched Farmers Markets throughout
Ireland. She opened a cooking school, The Village at Lyons Cookery School with
Clodagh McKenna in County Kildare. She owns a popular kitchen retail shop, The
General Store by Clodagh, half an hour our outside Dublin. She has traveled the
world giving cooking demonstrations in the USA, Italy, the UK and Holland.

And with the release of Homemade, she will almost certainly be on
our shores more, in person, in print, and on the television. You heard it here
first: Clodagh McKenna is coming your way!

Synopsis of Homemade: Irresistible Recipes For Every Occasion

Clodagh McKenna’s third cookbook focuses on cooking
at home, from favorite recipes to dinner party hosting tips to making homemade
jam, with an emphasis using “pantry ingredients” to create interesting homemade
meals and lunches to go for work or school. It is part cookbook, part good life
at home guide, with instructions on how to make things like from-scratch ketchup
and your own pickled carrots, tips for making packed lunches, and a guide to
cheeses with recommendation on their uses. The first half of the book focuses
more on things you can make for everyday use, to keep around the kitchen, while
the second half is more traditional recipes for entertaining, from starters to
desserts. Suggested retail is $24.95, but both Borders.com and Amazon.com have it for around $17. Amazon also has her last
two books, The Irish Farmers Market Cookbook and Fresh From the Sea.

from:  http://blogs.forbes.com/larryolmsted/2011/06/16/meet-irelands-rachel-ray-and-a-hot-new-global-brand/


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9


Clodagh McKenna

3         4

her primary challenge = CM = 34 = Generating a buzz.  Skyrocketing.  Meteoric rise.  Things happen really quickly.

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Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant

Keanu Reeves has collaborated with Los Angeles artist Alexandra Grant for the book

21 June 2011 Last updated at 22:42 ET

Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves takes time out from his film
career as his first “grown up children’s book” is published.

Keanu Reeves has developed a reputation in the media for being a bit glum and

In recent years, the notoriously private actor has suffered a series of
personal tragedies including the deaths of his long-term girlfriend and baby

Then last year, a picture taken of Reeves sitting alone on a bench eating a
sandwich fuelled his lonely image and sparked a “Cheer up Keanu” campaign on

So a cursory glance at the 46-year-old’s first book – entitled Ode to
Happiness – would seem to confirm the actor is thoroughly depressed and full of

Image from Ode to Happiness
Each page features a line of Reeves’ poem and an image created by Grant

The slim, handstitched book is a poem penned by Reeves, with a line on each page accompanied by simple blotted ink drawings by Los Angeles artist, Alexandra Grant.

“I draw a hot sorrow bath/In my despair room,” the poem begins, before going
on to mention his “regret shampoo”, “pain soap”, “I hate myself face cream” and
“alone again silk pyjamas”.

If you’re now smirking at the strangeness of the sombre lines, that was
Reeves’ intention as the book started out as a private joke between friends.

“Our friend [the book’s editor Janey Bergam] sat at Keanu’s house one night
listening to wonderfully sad self-pitying songs and Keanu, in the spirit of
poking fun at them, began to write a poem,” says Grant.

Bergman passed the poem on to the artist who spent six months making it into
a book to be handed back to Reeves as a gift.

“I thought it was fantastic,” says Reeves. “Holding it I just had this moment
of looking at it and going ‘wow, if I’d like to have this, then other people
would like to have this,’ so we tried to make it a work as a book.”

Reeves is keen to stress that the poem is not a true reflection of his
personal life, nor was it designed to counteract his media-created lonely

“It’s only personal in the sense of looking out and regarding my sense of
humour. I don’t usually take baths in my despair room with a misery candle
burning,” he says.

He does admit however, to owning silk pyjamas and using face cream.

The challenge for Grant was creating the right kind of artwork to go with
Reeves’ text.

There is a kind of life experience in it. I was hoping
people would find it relatable and hopefully transformative in a

“It needed images to match the power of the humour of
each line, but also the sadness,” she says.

“The work I’m known for in the States has a specific look and I wanted to
come up with something that matched the DNA of the poem.

“So thinking through what it would look like took a long time, but the actual
making of it didn’t take as long because they’re very fast drawings.”

The resulting published work – which Reeves describes as a “grown up’s
picture book” – is almost an exact replica of the original gift book.

The pair went to Germany to work with Gerhard Steidl – a renowned printer of
arts books – to reproduce Ode to Happiness, printed on thick, quality paper with
its own slipcase. And with it being limited to 4,000 copies, is almost a piece
of art in itself.

“It’s very much an artist’s book – a book that’s meant to be held and
touched,” Grant says. “We really cared about the quality of the paper as the
drawings are really prints.

“I’d like to encourage people to cut it up – which sounds weird – but you
could have this framed artwork if you wanted to.”

Although not entirely serious, Reeves thinks the book does have an element of
self-help to it.

“There is a kind of life experience in it. I was hoping people would find it
relatable and hopefully transformative in a sense,” he says.

Image from Ode to Happiness
Reeves says he and Grant are planning a second book

“It does start off being a true moment – that time when you’re melancholic or
sad, that kind of very insular moment. Hopefully looking at this you can come
out of it and become objective about what circumstances you’re going through and
maybe have a smile about it.”

Grant adds she has experienced a range of reactions to the book: “I’ve seen
people cracking up over it.

“Then I showed it to someone at a bookstore in LA and she started weeping, so
you never know what the reaction will be. It depends what people bring to the
book but there’s a real power to it.”

Amidst Reeves’ poetic ponderings, he has been busy filming his latest movie
in England, 47 Ronin – a take on a well-known samurai legend. He’s also
producing a documentary called Side by Side which the actor describes as being
“about the science, art and impact of digital cinema”.

Then there’s a possibility of a third Bill and Ted movie: “We did a draft
[script] and then we went back with some notes and hopefully we’re getting
another draft soon,” he says.

But what about more poetry collaborations with Grant? Reeves says the pair
are planning a second book entitled Haikus of Hope, but he hasn’t started on it

“I hope we get to do another book – I just have to get down and do the work.”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13838742


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9


Keanu Reeves

25153 955451       45


his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 45 = Brooding.

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Tatum O'Neal and John McEnroe

June 17th, 2011  11:40 AM ET

Last night Piers Morgan interviewed Tatum O’Neal last night, and the emotional sit-down touched on her relationship with her dad, the way she overcame drugs and more. “I know for sure my dad made a lot of mistakes,” she says of Ryan O’Neal. “I’m sure that he’s living with them today.”

She also talked about her battle with drugs:

“I’ve had terrible rock-bottoms with heroin where I thought I would definitely die,” she told Piers Morgan. The full interview re-airs Sunday night, 9pmET/PT.

story from and video at:  http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/17/clips-from-last-night-tatum-oneal-on-her-battle-with-drugs-and-her-father/?iref=allsearch


Tatum O’Neal was born on November 5th, 1963 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatum_O%27Neal

November 5th, 1963

11 + 5 = 16 = her core number = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unpredictable.  Revelations.  Stunning.  Expect the unexpected.  Rise so high, so far to fall.


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Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson

June 17, 2011 12:03 pm ET

One of Michael Jackson’s sister’s, La Toya Jackson has written a book, and in  the new book, the King of Pop’s sibling writes about his passing, and how she  feels as a result. According to various reports, an excerpt of the book  discusses the state of Jackson’s room after he passed, and also how he  reportedly was feeling up to his passing.

According to zap2it, La Toya Jackson’s book entitled, Starting Over, will be released next week on the 21, and fans are  looking forward to reading what Michael Jackson’s sister has to say in her new  book.

Fans around the world were shocked and devastated when the news of Jackson’s  passing was revealed, and now that La Toya Jackson’s book is set to be released,  fans are looking forward to reading her perspective as to what she believes took  place in regard to her brother — arguably the most famous entertainer in the  world. Fans everywhere are hoping that justice will be served, and that the  truth of what happened to the performer will be revealed.

from:  Michael Jackson: La Toya Jackson to release book discussing star’s passing – National Jackson family | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/jackson-family-in-national/michael-jackson-la-toya-jackson-to-release-book-discussing-star-s-passing#ixzz1PcZVvUab


La Toya Jackson was born on May 29th, 1956 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Toya_Jackson

May 29th, 1956

5 + 29 +1+9+5+6 = 55 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Writer.  Author.  Wordsmith.  Books.


May 29th, 1956

May 29th

5 + 29 +2+0+1+1 = 38 = her personal year (from May 29th, 2011 to May 28th, 2012) = I care.  Baby [brother Michael].

38 year + 5 (May) = 43 = her personal month (from May 29th, 2011 to June 28th, 2011) = Entertainer.  Entertaining.  Janet Jackson.

[Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Janet Jackson was born on May 16th, 1966.  5 + 16 +1+9+6+6 = 43.

So La Toya’s 43 month indicates that Janet Jackson (whose life lesson number is 43) is potentially significant to her during her 43 month.]

43 month + 21 (21st of the month on Tuesday June 21st, 2011) = 64 = her personal day = Conclusion.  The final chapter.  Undoing ruin.




Starting Over will be released next week on the 21st

June 21st, 2011

6 + 21 = 27 = her book’s core number = Starting over.


June 21st, 2011

6 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = her book’s life lesson and personal year (from June 21st, 2011 to June 20th, 2012) = what her book is her to learn = Controversy.  Stirring things up.  Provoking a reaction.

31 year + 6 (June) = 37 = her book’s personal month (from June 21st, 2011 to June 20th, 2012) = Heartfelt family person.  Musician.  Singer.  Music.  Songs.  Dad [Joe Jackson].

37 month + 21 (21st of the month on Tuesday June 21st, 2011) = 58 = her book’s personal day = Doctor [Conrad Murray].  Prescriptions.  Medications.  Going to bed.

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