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Bank of America demands thumbprint from man with no arms

Bank of America demands thumbprint from man with no arms

The Bank of America in Tampa, Florida has a no-exceptions policy requiring a thumbprint when cashing a check. And they do mean no exceptions: the bank refused to cash a check for a man with no arms because he couldn't provide a fingerprint. "They looked at my prosthetic hands and the teller said, 'Well, obviously you can't give us a thumbprint'," [...]

Subway yearbook photos from Improv Everywhere

The Subway Yearbook project is the latest bit of fun from the joy-sharing pranksters at Improv Everywhere... We installed a photography studio on a random subway car. We claimed that the MTA had hired us to take photos of every single person who rides the subway and that we'd be producing a yearbook at the end of the year. Most people were happy [...]

Megan Fox is “only fit to be a porn star”

Megan Fox is “only fit to be a porn star”

I don't know much about Megan Fox, and I certainly have seen the Transformers movie. She may be an idiot. She may be unpleasant to work just like these guys said. However, they accused her of being unprofessional, and they did this in a letter that they posted on the company web site apparently without the permission of the people who are in [...]

Time to party like its Windows 95!

Remember the good old days of the 1990s, when you could teardrop attack any Windows user who'd annoyed you and bluescreen them? Microsoft reintroduces this popular feature in Windows 7, courtesy the rewritten TCP/IP and SMB2 stacks. IV. PROOF OF CONCEPT #!/usr/bin/python # When SMB2.0 recieve a "&" char in the "Process Id High" SMB header [...]

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned. Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” [...]

Domain tasting scam ended by ICANN

Domain tasting scam ended by ICANN

"Domain Tasters" who grab a domain name for a few days and then return it before having to pay have been thwarted by a new ICANN policy that charges for excessive returns. Monthly returned domains have dropped 99.7% from a year ago. Domain tasters managed to make money with the practice, which essentially cost them nothing, in several ways. By [...]

This is why you shouldn’t allow your boss to be your Facebook friend

This is why you shouldn’t allow your boss to be your Facebook friend

Facebook.com screenshots... the new bash.org This is why you shouldn't allow your boss to be your Facebook friend. (imgur.com)

Black Hat 2009: Parking meter hacking

Black Hat 2009: Parking meter hacking

For day two of Black Hat, we sat in on on Joe Grand, Jacob Appelbaum, and Chris Tarnovsky's study of the electronic parking meter industry. They decided to study parking meters because they are available everywhere, but rarely considered from a security perspective. They focused on the San Francisco’s MTA implementation of electronic smart [...]

CLIQ and other “unpickable” locks pwned at Defcon

CLIQ and other “unpickable” locks pwned at Defcon

Lockpicking legends Marc Weber Tobias, Toby Bluzmanis and Matt Fiddler demo'ed a series of ingenious hacks for opening "unpickable" locks at Defcon last weekend. Included is a hack that opens the expensive electronic/mechanical CLIQ lock, which requires an electronic handshake between the key and the lock, and which logs every open/shut event) by [...]

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

A former British fraud cop has assembled a database of 4,000,000 British identities, including credit card numbers and PINs, seemingly by buying data from hackers and phishers. Now he's selling access to the database to panicked members of the public who want to know if their identities have been stolen. Highly sensitive financial information, [...]

How To Hijack “Every iPhone In The World”

How To Hijack “Every iPhone In The World”

If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly. That small cipher will likely be your only warning that someone has taken advantage of a bug that Miller and his fellow cybersecurity researcher Collin Mulliner [...]

Pwnie Award Nominees 2009

The Pwnie Awards are an annual event at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. They award the Golden Pwnie in a variety of categories: mass 0wnage, most innovative research, most overhyped bug, most epic FAIL, and our favorite: Best Song. Embedded above is ’s 50 Ways to Inject Your SQL. While a strong entry, it doesn’t touch last [...]

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Looks like someone should start putting up fake all-night events at random addresses in that town... "Alright boys, there's obviously forty-six raves going on all over town tonight. GEAR UP!" Riot police raided a 30th birthday barbecue because they thought the organizer, who had invited his friends via Facebook, was staging a rave. Four [...]

“Anti-Sec” group hacks ImageShack and demands changes in security research

“Anti-Sec” group hacks ImageShack and demands changes in security research

ImageShack, one of the Web's largest image hosts, was attacked over the weekend by a group called "Anti-Sec," which is demanding changes to the security industry's practice of full disclosure of vulnerabilities. According to a report, the group replaced many of ImageShack's hosted images with its own manifesto, which states, in part: "The [...]

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out how to predict Social Security numbers from publicly accessible birth data with frightening accuracy. The researchers analyzed a public information source known as the "Death Master File," which includes birth data and SSNs for people who have died. The scientists found that in [...]

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won't see the light of day due to "legal issues," so he's responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R. Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also [...]

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

After a long legal wrangle, some defendant-side attorneys have audited the source-code of Alcotest, the breathalyzer used in New Jersey DUI stops. Turns out it was programmed by muppets who don't know how to calculate an average and who throw out error messages by the dozen. Like voting-machine vendors, breathlyzer vendors go crazy when [...]

RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

Techdirt are reporting that the data collection systems ued by BayTSP (the company appointed by the RIAA and MPAA to deal with p2p infringers) is wide-open. Thanks to BayTSP's inability to write a robots.txt file, Google has indexed just about every page on their server. You can get a good idea of the kinds of things that the company are sending [...]

More than 60% of US Twitter users fail to return the following month

More than 60% of US Twitter users fail to return the following month

From David Martin, Vice President, Primary Research, Nielsen Online... Oprah embarrassed herself on it with a stuck caps lock. That guy from Punk’d competed with “the most trusted name in news” for audience. A befuddled Jon Stewart shook his fist at it in anger. Let there be no doubt: Twitter has grown exponentially in the past few months [...]

PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security

PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security

Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator. The attacks involve both unencrypted PINs and encrypted PINs that attackers have found a way to crack, according to an investigator behind a new report [...]

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