Items tagged with Hack

We're actually starting to feel a little sorry for Sony. The gaming console giant is reeling on the ropes from the network hacks that exposed the personal data of some 70 million subscribers, and the hits just keep on coming. Sony had initially planned to begin the process of bringing the PlayStation Network back online today, but those plans have been scrubbed. In a recent blog post, Patrick Seybold (senior director of corporate communications) noted that "we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and... Read more...
Sony has sent an open letter to Congress detailing and defending its actions in the wake of multiple (successful) hack attempts over the past two weeks. The company previously declined to attend a hearing scheduled in the wake of its data theft debacle. The head of that hearing, Mary Bono Mack, tore the company up one side and down the other for its shortcomings; this recent missive is an apparent attempt to save face. Ironically for Sony, the company's data was stolen right around the time period it brushed off any concerns that Anonymous' attacks could negatively impact its security or systems.... Read more...
In this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco take a look at the new LSI WarpDrive PCI Express SSD, discuss HotHardware’s overclocked AMD Radeon HD 6870/6850 round-up, talk about why the CEO of AMD was just sent out behind the woodshed for a whacking and how the HTC HD2 Windows Mobile 6.x-based smartphone was recently hacked to run Windows Phone 7. Show Notes: 00:45 – LSI WarpDrive PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek 03:36 – Overclocked Radeon HD 6800 Series Round-Up 05:50 – New Details Emerge on AMD’s CEO Dismissal 08:36 - HTC's HD2 Hacked To Run Windows Phone... Read more...
In need of extra cash? Who isn't, right? If you're a smart hacker, you may be able to make a small fortune by simply tricking an ATM or two into spitting out money for you. We know that sounds crazy, and it certainly is, but it's true nonetheless. At the annual Black Hat conference -- where hackers and security experts gather to make public certain loopholes in order to encourage companies to fix them -- Barnaby Jack was able to demonstrate how he could trick an ATM into spitting out all of its cash, and more. The hacker spent two full years perfecting the ruse, which applied to the ATMs found... Read more...
By now, you've probably heard about the iPhone 4's reception issues where users have reported reception problems and dropped calls if they hold the phone in a certain manner. Apple has suggested that users hold the phone differently or buy a case to help fix some of these problems. Apple offers its own Bumper case that surrounds the outer rim of the phone. It's available in white, black, blue, green, orange and pink. Instead of spending $29 for a rubber case from Apple, some Apple fan sites have found a cheaper fix: Livestrong Bands. These plastic wristbands are available for about $1 each. To... Read more...
We're not surprised that someone managed to root HTC's EVO 4G smartphone, we're just taken aback by how quickly it was done. After all, you can't even walk into a Sprint store and pick up an EVO 4G just yet. But hey, that's the sort of risk your run when you hand out pre-release phones to developers ahead of launch, which is what Google did during its Google I/O conference last week. Not that Google probably minds too much. With the exception of slapping famed Android modder "Cyanogen" on the wrist (via a cease and desist letter) for bundling proprietary apps with his third party ROMs, Google has... Read more...
You've probably never heard of Pico Computing, and that's just fine. The company works mostly undercover, out of the line of sight from most citizens. It sounds like a story from a James Bond movie, but the company's execution is real: they're in the business of cracking codes, digging into top secret transmissions and giving their customers the ability to figure out what enemies are saying. It's a modern day spy story, and there's great potential for Pico to grow monumentally. The company was founded in 2004 in Seattle, and they currently sell a "a desktop-size supercomputer aimed at the modern-day... Read more...
2010 has not been kind to Microsoft's security team. In under a month's time, we've seen Microsoft address a bug that was supposed to fix an ancient exploit but instead caused more headaches, all while having to encourage consumers not to be duped by a fake security site parading around as something useful. As if those software savvy folks up in Washington didn't have enough on their plates, the company has today issued yet another startling advisory, and this is easily one of the more bizarre ones that we've seen. Microsoft has gone public with an investigation into a "a vulnerability in VBScript... Read more...
A tweak for Windows 7 has been making the rounds of the Internet. It's been labeled the Windows 7 "God Mode," but unlike "God Mode" in a game, it's not so godly after all.The tweak is enabled by creating a new folder and naming it with a certain text string at the end. The string is {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The reason it's been named GodMode is because it first started circulating with the name GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. In reality, the part before .{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} can be replace by any string. The folder icon that you see after renaming... Read more...
We had initially called the story about the school employee getting the boot for using school PCs to run SETI the weirdest tech story of 2009, but man, this one is giving the SETI one a run for its money at the tail end of the year. A former Massachusetts prison inmate has been nailed with an 18-month prison sentence for...get this..."hacking prison computers while he was incarcerated." We suspect things can get a bit boring behind bars, but hacking a computer system while you're already in jail for doing something illegal? Not exactly the brightest move. "Frank" Janosko is the guy at fault, and... Read more...
One day after security experts announced their iPhone SMS hack research at the Black Hat Security Conference, Apple released a patch to address the flaw. Experts revealed on Thursday that malformed SMS messages could be used to hijack an iPhone. Originally, an O2 spokesperson was the first to reveal the upcoming fix, noting that the patch would be available Saturday through iTunes. "We will be communicating to customers both through the website and proactively. "We always recommend our customers update their iPhone with the latest software and this is no different." Apple delivered the fix sooner... Read more...
Apple continues to give end users reasons to jailbreak their iPhones, by rejecting applications that are pretty darn useful, for various reasons (in this case, because it might affect AT&T revenue). Of course, jailbroken iPhones might destroy the world as we know it, if Apple is to be believed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is using the Copyright Office's triennial exemption process to try to get an exemption for iPhone jailbreaking. The process is moving along, and with the Copyright Office asking for clarification and both the EFF (.PDF) and Apple (.PDF) responding. Apple has,... Read more...
We wrote earlier that Apple has called jailbreaking "illegal." At the same time, however, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners can unlock their phones (their "Free Your Phone" campaign), as well as be able to legally "jailbreak" their iPhones. On Friday, the Copyright Office held the first of its hearings in the triennial exemption process. Scheduled to appear was Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak. Why is Apple's interest so heightened this time? While... Read more...
In what some might consider the most visible Internet-based prank to date, frequenters of the 4chan image-based bulletin board site's "/b/ - Random" imageboard claim to have rigged Time Magazine's Top 100 online poll, so as to render 4chan's founder, "moot," the winner. And even though some fairly convincing circumstantial evidence points to a hack of epic proportions, Time Magazine is accepting the poll's results as official, and has declared moot as the "new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person." The message hidden in the first letter of the first 21 winnersis very strong proof... Read more...
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