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Marketplace for hijacked computers

Marketplace for hijacked computers

Brian Krebs went browsing in an underground proxy marketplace, where criminals rent time on hijacked computers to other criminals who want to use the compromised machines as launching-grounds for untraceable networked attacks. Krebs traced down some of the people whose computers were up for rent and let them know that they were being bought [...]

Geohot freestyles a message to Sony

Geohot (the iPhone jailbreaker) can rap! In case you hadn't heard, he moved his jailbreaking on to the Sony Playstation platform and Sony sued him. Maybe they should just sign him instead. Lyrics after the jump.... (more…)

Photography is a crime.

Nothing the guy can do now, hes already admitted a crime to the courts, under the advice of his attorney.

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison -- for reading his wife's e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara [...]

Hotel peephole doctored for easy removal and spying

Last week, as Kent Brewster was leaving his hotel room in the morning, he found a small piece of crumpled paper on the floor of his room; he realized that this had been used to plug up the peephole in the door, which had been doctored to allow people in the hallway to spy on the goings-on in the room. Says Kent: " The hotel manager took care [...]

Wikileaks Founder Walks out of CNN Interview

It's pretty obvious there is an ongoing smear campaign. Starting with the Swedish thing that is sounding more and more like a honeytrap. (more…)

Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Intel has confirmed that the rumored master key crack for HDCP (the high-definition video "copy protection" used in Blu-Ray, high def consoles, and many game consoles) is real. Blu-Ray and other systems that rely on HDCP are now terminally compromised. As a practical matter, the most likely scenario for a hacker would be to create a computer chip [...]

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

A Canadian cinema has been fined C$10,000 for invasion of privacy when it searched a mother and daughter's bags for video cameras, but instead pulled out birth control pills from the daughter's purse. The mother had no idea. She sued. She won. Staff at the theater were searching customers' bags for video equipment that could be used for movie [...]

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help

Couldn't the unnecessarily complicated means of communicating easily have been replaced with any number of prolific and untraceable communication methods that have been developed since the cold war? The Russian ring charged this week with spying on the United States faced some of the common security problems that plague many companies -- [...]

Washington Drug Agents Seize Pot Legalization Petitions

Washington Drug Agents Seize Pot Legalization Petitions

Washington drug agents have illegally seized signed petitions for marijuana legalization, according to organizers of ballot initiative I-1068. Marijuana advocacy group Sensible Washington says it has learned that a dozen signed copies of  the marijuana legalization initiative for Washington State of which it is the sponsor, were seized last [...]

This is what happens when you talk smack about Ice-T

This is what happens when you talk smack about Ice-T

I know im not the only one that read that in his voice.

Discarded photocopier hard drives stuffed full of corporate secrets

Discarded photocopier hard drives stuffed full of corporate secrets

Your office's high-end photocopier probably has a hard-drive used to store copies of documents that are scanned from the glass. Harvesting scanned documents from discarded office copiers (often returned at the end of a lease) yields a treasure-trove of fascinating corporate secrets. Of the dozens of multi-purpose copiers Beitner has cleaned out [...]

iPhone SMS database hacked in 20 seconds

iPhone SMS database hacked in 20 seconds

It's a story tailor-made for the fear-mongering subset of news media. This week, a pair of gentlemen lured an unsuspecting virgin iPhone to a malicious website and, with no other input from the user, stole the phone's entire database of sent, received and even deleted text messages in under 20 seconds, boasting that they could easily lift personal [...]

SOCOM cheater convicted in grand jury investigation

SOCOM cheater convicted in grand jury investigation

There's a few valuable life lessons in the following story, so pay attention: A Pittsburgh news station recently reported on a 17-year-old boy who was disqualified from a SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals tournament after it was discovered he was cheating. In retaliation, the young man hacked into the official PlayStation site, and crashed it for 11 days back [...]

Bunnie Huang uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards’ crappy QA

Bunnie Huang uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards’ crappy QA

When Bunnie Huang was in South China overseeing production on his versatile ChumbyOne device, he discovered a major quality issue with Kingston's MicroSD cards. At first, he assumed that he'd gotten a counterfeit batch, but further investigation proved them to be legit. Kingston wasn't willing to give Bunnie any details on its QA process, so [...]

Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks exactly like Windows XP

Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks exactly like Windows XP

From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes... Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release, a pirate version of Windows XP itself, is being cracked down [...]

Prisoner excapes prison, creates Facebook account

Prisoner excapes prison, creates Facebook account

Craig "Lazie" Lynch vanished from Hollesley Bay Prison in Suffolk in September this year close to the end of a seven-year sentence for aggravated burglary. Instead of hiding away from police Lynch has set up a Facebook account complete with a photograph sticking his middle finger up and boasts about eating 12lb steaks and his home being so warm it [...]

The raid that rocked the Met: Why gun and drugs op on 6,717 safety deposit boxes could cost taxpayer a fortune

The raid that rocked the Met: Why gun and drugs op on 6,717 safety deposit boxes could cost taxpayer a fortune

It's gonna cost the cops, and us taxpayers, probably 10 times what they netted in actual criminal proceeds once the operation's finances has been collated from all the investigations and several hundred court cases of "slightly suspect" boxes with the cops paying out a 6 figure sum in each to resolve the trials on the basis that the suspects are [...]

Vegas uses computers to bust card counters

Vegas uses computers to bust card counters

As if Vegas casinos don't already rake in enough money from suckers, now they are developing technology to automatically detect people who count cards. The anti-card-counter system uses cameras to watch players and keep track of the actual "count" of the cards, the same way a player would. It also measures how much each player is betting on each [...]

Wife bans FBI head from online banking

Wife bans FBI head from online banking

SAN FRANCISCO--No one is immune from cyberthreats, not even the head of the FBI. FBI Director Robert Mueller was banned by his wife from doing online banking after he nearly fell for a phishing scam, he said on Wednesday during a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California. He received an e-mail purporting to be from his bank that looked [...]

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