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Dead End on Silk Road
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
February 13th, 2014
It was the eBay of vice, an online hub of guns, drugs and crime. But its alleged founder soon learned that you can't rule the underworld without spilling some blood.
The Wikileaks Mole
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
January 29th, 2014
How a teenage misfit became the keep of Julian Assange's darkest secrets - only to betray him.
Anonymous Vs. Steubenville
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
December 14th, 2013
Online vigilante Deric Lostutter helped expose the cover-up in the Steubenville rape case. Now he's facing more jail time than the convicted rapists.
The Man Who Hacked Hollywood
Written by David Kushner, GQ
April 24th, 2012
They've become a part of the pop-culture landscape: sexy, private shots of celebrities (your Scarletts, your Milas) stolen from their phones and e-mail accounts. They're also the center of an entire stealth industry. For the man recently arrested in the b
The Hacker is Watching
Written by David Kushner, GQ
January 17th, 2012
Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment. But every so often, a new type of hacker comes along. Someone who rewrites the rules, not just the code. He secretly burrows his way into your hard drive, then into your
A Simple Scheme to Rob 45,700,000 People
Written by David Kushner, Boston Magazine
April 2nd, 2010
Three years ago a group of computer geeks slipped into the servers at Framingham-based TJX — the parent company of T. J. Maxx — and orchestrated the world’s biggest identity heist. Now, as the hackers head to prison and the secrets of their scam are revea
The Boy Who Heard Too Much
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
August 25th, 2009
He was a 14-year-old blind kid, angry and alone. Then he discovered that he possessed a strange and fearsome superpower - one that put him in the cross hairs of the FBI
Boyz Under the Hood
Written by David Kushner, Rolling Stone
November 13th, 2008
Inspired by a renegade teacher, the kids at Philly's toughest high school are saving the environment - and themselves.
Like Minds
Written by David Kushner, Wired
February 1st, 2008
Push Singh and Chris McKinstry had a lot in common: Both Canadian. Both coders. Both obsessed with tapping the Web to create a true artificial intelligence. And both found dead in the same strange way.