Anonymous, the same group of hackers behind the recent assault on Scientology have taken their "griefing" too far this time. In the process, they may be the first hackers to use computers to physically harm other human beings.
Their target was the website of the Epilepsy Foundation. Using Javacode exploits, they inserted flashing images into innocent-looking threads, which would induce seizures and headaches in the unfortunate epileptics that visited the threads. One of those epileptics was RyAnne Fultz, pictured above.
"I locked up.", RyAnne said in an interview with Wired, "I don't fall over and convulse, but it hurts. I was on the phone when it happened, and I couldn't move and couldn't speak."
Several other members reported similar bouts. The hack was only in effect for 10 hours, and it is unknown how many people were effected. Fortunately, epileptic seizures are not normally triggered by flashing lights. Only 3% of epileptics are sensitive to the effect.