NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shaq is Wack Posted by Mikko @ 06:40 GMT

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Online Gossip Magazine Radar Online is reporting that NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is facing a lawsuit accusing him of hacking, destroying evidence and indicating that he attempted to frame an employee by planting child pornography on his computer.

According to the lawsuit, O'Neal also threw a personal computer in the lake behind his home.

O'Neal (widely known by his nickname 'Shaq') is one of the most famous professional basketball players in the world and one of the wealthiest sport stars overall.

Mr. O'Neal is active online with his "THE_REAL_SHAQ" Twitter account, but so far he has not commented on these latest allegations.

For us who work with computer security, it's a bit hard what to make of these allegations. Listening to someone else's voicemail isn't very hard at all, neither is trying to hide computer evidence by throwing a laptop into a lake. As such, we wouldn't categorize Mr. O'Neal as a hacker. But I guess we'll learn more when the case progresses.

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Hat tip to Bob McMillan. Image credit: Keith Allison