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“How I hacked Sarah Palin’s email account”

“How I hacked Sarah Palin’s email account”

I decided to spare everyone's eyes and not post this hax0r's photo on the front page. His photo is after the jump. Instead I present hot chicks. :) "The son of a US state politician has reportedly been revealed as the hacker who broke into Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email account. Democratic state representative [...]

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

(CNN) — John McCain's campaign said Wednesday it has contacted "appropriate authorities" over a report that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail had been hacked. "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. "The matter has been turned over [...]

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

The folks at Xbox Evolved are of the belief that Rare will be bringing N64 classic Goldeneye to the Xbox Live Arcade. Citing "very reliable sources," as well as "seeing evidence ourselves," the site suggests that Goldeneye will make it to the Arcade shortly before Activision releases the new Bond game. Goldeneye would naturally sport revamped [...]

Google planning “data barges” at sea… away from national laws and taxes

Google planning “data barges” at sea… away from national laws and taxes

Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”. The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore. The “water-based data centres” would use wave [...]

VLC 0.9.2 is finally released!

VLC 0.9.2 is finally released!

...and kaboom. Unfortunately, it seems as though most 3rd party download sites use the videolan.org server to fetch the link to a mirror. Here's a taste of the change log (The wiki seems to be on a different server and not down): What's new in this version: The 0.9 version of VLC media player adds a new interface module for Linux, Unix [...]

Sept. 9, 1999: 9/9/99 No Big Deal for Computers

Sept. 9, 1999: 9/9/99 No Big Deal for Computers

1999: Some people fear massive computer problems, but does 9/9/99 create headaches? Nein, nein, nein. As 1999 entered its final months, most of the tech anxiety focused on Jan. 1, 2000, and what would happen if older computers interpreted 00, a year marked with only two digits, as 1900 rather than 2000. The Y2K problem was getting plenty of [...]

KFC Tightens Security For Secret Recipe

KFC Tightens Security For Secret Recipe

Pssst. The secret's out at KFC. Well, sort of. Colonel Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was to be removed Tuesday from safekeeping at KFC's corporate offices for the first time in decades. The temporary relocation is allowing KFC to revamp security around a yellowing sheet of paper that contains one of the country's most [...]

Russia in legal bid to ban “extremist” U.S. cartoon

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series "extremist" after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday. South Park, a cartoon aimed at adults and featuring a group of nine-year olds in a Colorado ski town, has courted controversy from its 1997 [...]

Massive Takedown of 4,000 Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube

Massive Takedown of 4,000 Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube

Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology. Clips included footage of Australian and German news reports about Scientology, A [...]

Michigan law passed requiring MediaSentry to have PI license

Michigan law passed requiring MediaSentry to have PI license

The RIAA's campaign against filesharers follows a standard procedure: find a computer offering files for download, get a court to force the ISP or organization that provided the computer's IP address to reveal the computer's owner, and then sue the owner. The group has contracted with MediaSentry to do the work of identifying the infringing [...]

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

This kind of overreacting is what makes the United States so 'different' from the rest of the planet. Ugh... "Denver Police have issued an internal bulletin for all officers to be on the lookout for anyone stockpiling potential weapons that may be deployed during next week's Democratic National Convention, including items like maps and [...]

U.S. at risk of cyberattacks, experts say…

U.S. at risk of cyberattacks, experts say…

The next large-scale military or terrorist attack on the United States, if and when it happens, may not involve airplanes or bombs or even intruders breaching American borders. Instead, such an assault may be carried out in cyberspace by shadowy hackers half a world away. And Internet security experts believe that it could be just as [...]

We’re running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6.

We’re running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6.

A week ago, we reached the magic number of 2.7 billion IPv4 addresses used. With 3.7 billion possible addresses,¹ this means we now have less than a billion unused IPv4 addresses left. There are 39 blocks of 16.78 million addresses in the IANA global pool and another 339 million addresses that have been given out by IANA to the five Regional [...]

VMWARE Users: All your ESX 3.5 are belong to us

VMWARE Users: All your ESX 3.5 are belong to us

As of tomorrow morning, VM's running on all hosts with ESX 3.5U2 in enterprise configurations will not power on. Boom. Apparently, there is some bug in the vmware license management code. VMware is scrambling to figure out what happened and put out a patch. There is a major discussion going on in the vmware communities about it: [...]

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

I think this entry should be titled "Mass Transit submits substantially more detailed vulnerability assessment of themselves as public record... Hilarity ensues." But, to be fair, there's a legitimate enough reason to halt the talk the students were going to give. The justification for malicious hacking is that it helps the security world fix it's [...]

Security 101: Running SSH on an alternate port

Security 101: Running SSH on an alternate port

Changing the port sshd listens on is a simple and necessary security process; it's just a matter of updating your sshd_config file and then reloading the new configuration. Use the procedure below to change the port that sshd is listening on to 6969: Warning: Incorrectly following this procedure may render your server unreachable through [...]

FCC Declares Comcast’s Filtering Illegal

FCC Declares Comcast’s Filtering Illegal

It's official, as far as the FCC is concerned, that Comcast's throttling of peer-to-peer traffic was illegal and in violation of the FCC's network neutrality principles. The highly expected ruling came down today, with Chairman Kevin Martin crossing the political aisle to join commissioners Copps and Adelstein, serving Comcast with a [...]

California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal

California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal

crazy California... In one of the most significant legal rulings in the tech industry this year, a Superior Court judge in California has ruled that the practice of charging consumers a fee for ending their cell phone contract early is illegal and violates state law. The preliminary, tentative judgment orders Sprint Nextel to pay customers [...]

Asus eeePC Mod Workshop at DefCon 16

Asus eeePC Mod Workshop at DefCon 16

DEFCON 16: August 8-10, 2008 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Deviant and I were kicking this idea around a little bit after I'd taken apart my Asus to see its guts. The eeePC is seeming to be the new ricecar of the laptop world. Actually getting to see mods and stuff might be an inspiration to some of the defcon attendees [...]

MPAA wants to randomly break your home theater depending on which channel you’re watching

MPAA wants to randomly break your home theater depending on which channel you’re watching

The MPAA is petitioning the FCC to lard cable television with "selectable output control," a DRM system that allows broadcasters to specify which of your TV devices can decode which shows. With selectable output control, parts of your home theater would go dark as you flipped up and down the dial: this show won't play through your Dolby, that one [...]

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