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New Email Policy from Apple For iCloud Users

Posted in Apple,Security by Tam Yue on September 10th, 2014

iCloudAfter the huge hack into some celebrities private photos last week, Apple has come up with a temporary fix, kind of. You will now get an email from Apple telling you each time your account has been accessed from the web.

The email will read: “Your Apple ID has been accessed from a web browser on (date and time). If you accessed your account disregard this email. If you have not signed into your iCloud account recently and believe someone accessed your account please go to My Apple ID and reset your password.”

Yeah, this kind of helps. We are just going to pray that none of us here ever get this email.

via Gizmodo

Anonymous posts 90,000 military e-mail accounts

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2011

Looks like anonymous is not finished with its hacking just yet. They are claiming responsibility for an attack that targeted US military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. The group reportedly posted e-mail accounts from 90,000 military personnel who were associated with the consulting company.

Along with the email accounts, the hackers allegedly posted 4GB of source code from the company’s servers, along with “some related data on different servers we got access to,”. The company was said to have been targeted due to their alleged role in the SWIFT surveillance program.

Sega’s online Pass hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2011

Looks like Sega is the latest online entity that has been hacked. Sega Pass, the company’s web portal, suffered a breach on Thursday, which affected 1.29 million users. The hackers got everything. Usernames, the customer’s real names, birth dates, passwords, email addresses, etc.

They did not get credit / debit card numbers however. Sega’s keeping the Pass service offline for now while it beefs up security. We wonder who will be next and when this craziness will stop.

Sony Pictures hacked by Lulz Security, claim 1,000,000 passwords stolen

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

You shouldn’t kick someone when they are down, but that is just what Lulz Security has done by breaking into SonyPictures.com. It claims to have stolen the personal information of over 1,000,000 users, stored in plain text format.

Lulz says that it was done with a simple SQL injection. Part of the group’s exploit is even posted online in a RAR file, which contains over 50,000 emails and passwords of users. Poor Sony. They just can’t catch a break. The Playstation store was only just restored and now this.

Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online store hacked

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Sony just can’t seem to catch a break. First there was the PSN breach last month and then an attack on the company’s Greek online music service earlier this week and now Sony Ericsson has been hacked again with the personal data of more than 2,000 Canadian Eshop customers taken.

The company says that the passwords taken were encrypted and no credit card details were lost, but this is still a huge problem. The Eshop service has been taken off line for now. What will be next?

Sony BMG Greece hacked

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Man, Sony just can’t seem to get a break. Now Sony BMG Greece is the latest of the company’s properties to be hacked. The hackers attacked over the weekend and Hackers News Network uploaded sample extracts from a database of users’ names and email addresses onto pastebin after hackers who broke into SonyMusic.gr sent them a dump from their hack.

The data that was uploaded omits telephone numbers and password hashes that they claimed to have swiped from the site. The identities of the hackers are unknown and we have no idea if these are the same people behind the PSN attacks. Sony better get this under control before things get worse.

Hacked Kinect used to make 360 Snowglobe display

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Flatscreen displays are so last decade. Taking a hint from the shape of our own planet perhaps, some students from Queens University have created a snowglobe display. They hacked a 3D HD projector, two Kinect sensors, and a hemispherical mirror inside of an acrylic sphere, to create “Project Snowglobe”.

The result is an almost holographic display with a 360-degree view of a digital subject. The object isn’t really projected in 3D, but follows the movements of a single person, rotating and shifting position with the viewer. You can still gesture to control various aspects of the object as well.

Sony PlayStation Network hacked again

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

This is getting ridiculous. A month ago you might have said that PSN stood for Pretty Safe Network, now it seems more like Pretty S**T Network. PSN had only just gotten back online when hackers breached it once more with a vulnerability having to do with the system’s password reset. This whole situation is crazy. They should have had some sort of plan in place for a total system meltdown in the first place.

I say we all get an extra 2 “Welcome back” games for this. If they ever get things straightened out, we may even get a full gaming session in which we can play them before it crashes again.

Square Enix gets hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Sony isn’t the only company to get hacked. The makers of Final Fantasy, Square Enix, has just been hacked as well. A few of their websites have been compromised and the company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen.

Also, resumes of 350 people applying for jobs in its Canadian office could also have been copied from the web servers. They immediately took the sites offline to assess how it happened and what had been accessed, then they took the necessary measures to increase security of all of their websites, before going live again.

Dominos Pizza website hacked, customer data leaked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

You might not be aware of this fact, but Dominos Pizza has been in India for more than a decade, so they decided to launch their online ordering system late last year. Clearly they weren’t ready for that move as a hacker managed to get a lot of customer data by hacking into their server.

The company isn’t saying what the extent of the damage is, but they have sent an apologetic letter to customers. Online privacy is apparently not taken very seriously. Their privacy policy is dated 2005.

Read Kindle books on your hacked NOOKcolor

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Rooting a device will allow you to install any app you want on it. It’s a pretty useful trick if you have the know-how. And now the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor has fallen victim to this. The result is a NOOKcolor that allows you to read Kindle books. How do you like that irony?

Obviously Barnes & Noble is not happy about this. It doesn’t just stop at Amazon’s Kindle app, though. The rooting process in this case also added Gmail, YouTube and some other Android tricks to the NOOKcolor.

PlayStation 3 gets hacked by a USB-based modchip

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

The PS3 has been a tough nut to crack for hackers. Many have tried and failed, but now an Australian online store called OzModChips is claiming that they have a thumb drive that’s loaded with the world’s first PS3 Modchip.

The drive is available for a pre-order price of $169AUD which is about $150. I guess thats not a bad price to hack the device and copy games from discs and play pirated games. Not that we endorse that. It apparently works with any model of the PS3.

New Xbox 360 250GB hacked to play backup discs

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 15th, 2010

We are pretty sure Microsoft isn’t happy about this, but a video has surfaced which claims to have successfully patched the DVD drive to play burned discs on the new Xbox 360. The issue isn’t just about piracy though. Many Xbox users like to burn a backup copy of their game CDs in case the original disc gets damaged.

Even so, I’m sure microsoft will be on this quickly, trying to figure out a way to prevent the hack. The group behind the video(It can be found below) claims that the patch will be available soon, which is good news if you want to backup games for your new Xbox 360.

Hacked Wiimote saves scientists money

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

Hacked Wiimote saves scientists moneyHacking a Wiimote is nothing new, but William Luxemburg from the Delft University of Technology is using the Wiimote and an LED light as a water-level sensor, measuring evaporation. The image tells the story. Just a tub of water with a Wiimote pointing at a plastic boat.

It’s simple and cost-effective and yields the same, or better results than pressure sensors that cost $500 or more. He re-programmed the Wiimote’s output and when it was connected wirelessly to a laptop he was able to receive real-time information on what the water level was doing in the tub.

A hard drive hacked into a turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

A hard drive hacked into a turntableIf you’re a DJ or a wannabe DJ, you’ll want a turntable that sets you apart from the rest. You could spend some real money to get yourself a decent set-up or you can make your own if you have an old hard drive laying around. That’s what a group of students at universities in the UK, Austria, and New Zealand did.

They all worked together to come up with a digital DJ interface, and the HDD-turntable you see above sits at the center. The students fell in love with the weight of the disk and the quality of its bearings. All you need are “a few op amps, resistors and a programmable microcontroller of some kind” and you can be mixing like they do. Hit the link for instructions.

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