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UK, Australia, Pennsylvania Speed Traps Thwarted

UK, Australia, Pennsylvania Speed Traps Thwarted

Vigilantes have thwarted speed traps across three continents over the past two weeks. In south Essex, UK a speed camera located next to Canvey Fire Station was set alight with a gasoline-soaked tire. The £40,000 (US $60,000) device on Long Road in Canvey was destroyed, despite its proximity to firefighters who eventually managed to put out the [...]

Dodgy diners in Melbourne Facebooked

Dodgy diners in Melbourne Facebooked

Melbourne restaurateur Peter Leary has used Facebook to track down bill dodgers in his up-market establishment, Seagrass. The drama unfolded last week when a group of five young diners, after drinking at the bar, requested a table at the Southbank restaurant. Over dinner, they worked their way expertly through the menu, ordered and drank [...]

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon Wireless has fired employees connected to a breach of records from a cell phone used by President-elect Barack Obama this year, a Verizon source said Friday. The source would not say how many people were terminated but said "we now consider this matter closed." Verizon reported the breach Thursday, and Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs [...]

Cruel blue screen of death prank with revolting ASCII goatse

Cruel blue screen of death prank with revolting ASCII goatse

Make contributor Joe Grand (aka "Kingpin") shows his BSODomizer prank gadget in action. Complete plans are available or you can buy an assembled unit for $79. What is BSODomizer?BSODomizer is a small, battery-powered, mischievous electronic gadget that interfaces between a laptop or desktop and VGA monitor and flashes images onto the monitor at [...]

Student points out school server security flaws and gets charged with 3 felonies

Student points out school server security flaws and gets charged with 3 felonies

A 15-year-old high school student in New York State has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly accessed personnel records on his school's poorly configured computer network and then notified his principal of the security weakness. The unnamed student of Shenendehowa Central School was charged Thursday with computer trespass, [...]

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Cyberintruders used the Internet to crack into at least 18 computer servers at the World Bank Group last July. The intrusion, revealed Friday in a FoxNews.com story by veteran investigative reporter Richard Behar, underscores how relentlessly criminals probe corporate IT systems, especially banks, say tech-security experts. "The [...]

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

In Alaska, a legislative panel investigating vice-presidential Sarah Palin has issued a report finding the governor unlawfully abused her authority by firing the state’s public safety commissioner. Also, remember that hacked Yahoo Mail account she used to hide correspondence from subpoenas? Snip from NYT: In another setback for Ms. Palin, [...]

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

"I've just come back from Parliament Square in London, where about 30 of us have spent the morning building a giant picture of Prime Minister Gordon Brown out of photos of CCTV cameras and other surveillance state ephemera. Take a look at some of the photos of the day - it looks fantastic (and the great weather helped!) Today, to celebrate an [...]

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has indicted the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate [...]

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

For less than a pound a security expert has got front-door access to a council's internal network. Andrew Mason from security firm Random Storm bought some network hardware from auction site eBay for 99p. When he switched it on and plugged it in, the device automatically connected to the internal network of Kirklees Council in West [...]

Wal-Mart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection

Wal-Mart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection

...it seems only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans. Ugh. Hey suckers! Did you buy DRM music from Wal*Mart instead of downloading MP3s for free from the P2P networks? Well, they're repaying your honesty by taking away your music. Unless you go through a bunch of hoops (that you may never find out about, if you've changed [...]

For those disappointed with the sound quality of Metallica’s Death Magnetic album

For those disappointed with the sound quality of Metallica’s Death Magnetic album

I'm sure many of you (at least, those of you who are interested at all) have heard the new album by now, and a lot have not been happy with the sound quality...specifically the way the mix has been amped up increase the loudness at lower volume levels, at the expense of loss of dynamic range, going so far as to cause distortion and [...]

Anon hacks Palin’s yahoo email account

Anon hacks Palin’s yahoo email account

The images below were posted to a Photobucket account owned by a user named “anoncrack.” They include a message to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, a message of encouragement from Amy McCorkell (a member of Palin’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Alaska), general screen shots of Palin’s inbox, a message [...]

University Brings Charges Against White Hat Hacker

University Brings Charges Against White Hat Hacker

A university student at Carleton University is learning that no good deed goes unpunished. After hacking into what was probably a not-so-secure university network, this guy took the time to write a 16-page paper on his methods and sent it to the system admins. Sounds like White Hat behavior to me. Yes, he should have asked permission before [...]

Nine Inch Fail!

Nine Inch Fail!

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 [...]

Meet Frankenboob (Don’t Throw Out Old Hard Drives!)

Meet Frankenboob (Don’t Throw Out Old Hard Drives!)

Aug 31st is move-out day in college town, and that means dumpster diving! This years haul: 3 computers (2 P4 Dells and an HP Laptop!), a 20" monitor, 2 power conditioners, a lot of furniture and the Cryptonomicon! So, after booting up the computers and a bit of poking around, we found this in Mr. Kyle M's photos folder... People! Never, ever [...]

User Buys Millions of Bank Records (and a PC) on eBay

User Buys Millions of Bank Records (and a PC) on eBay

When Andrew Chapman bought a PC on eBay for about $150, he didn't expect the added bonus -- the personal records of millions of customers of a major international bank. Chapman says he found "several million" personal records on the PC. The records, which belonged to the National Bank of Scotland, its NatWest subsidiary, and American Express, [...]

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

Nine American Eagle aircraft were grounded today at Chicago O'Hare after they were damaged by a TSA inspector according to ABC News. TSA spokesperson Elio Montenegro confirmed the incident occurred when an inspector was conducting an overnight security check and decided to see if he could climb on top of parked aircraft in order to gain entry into [...]

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: [...]

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