Hackers have infiltrated the computer systems of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest experiment in the world.
A group calling themselves the Greek Security Team put a fake page on the facility’s website mocking those responsible for its IT systems as ‘a bunch of schoolkids’.
But there was nothing more malicious in their attack and, in a rambling note written in Greek, they said they were not going to disrupt it further.
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The note read: ‘We’re pulling your pants down because we don’t want to see you running around naked looking to hide yourselves when the panic comes.’
The hack was all the more audacious because it began on Wednesday as the machine, which will smash protons together at near light speed, was being fired up and under the glare of the world’s media.
No damage was done and the work of the scientists was not derailed, but the website – www.cmsmon.cern.ch – can no longer be accessed by the public as a result.