Hackers Step in to Protect Mr Robot's Vulnerable Website

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Last week, a teaser website for the second season of much-loved hacking drama Mr Robot went live to promote the show, but unfortunately it wasn’t anywhere near as secure as lead character Elliot Alderson would surely have made it.

Not to worry though, a couple of computer-savvy fans of the show were on the case.

A white hat hacker by the name of Zemnmez -- who actually reported his find to Sam Esmail, the show's creator -- first discovered that whoismrrobot.com was vulnerable to a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. This could have allowed somebody not quite as nice as him to gobble up the Facebook data of anyone who did a quiz on the site.

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Soon after, another hacker called corenumb found a way to perform a Blind SQL Injection, which allows data to be stolen from the website's database. Both flaws have now been patched, though probably not by Rami Malek himself. [Cnet]