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Speaking of Google Glass and hacking, the new $1,500 spectacles, which are as yet only available to a select group of “Explorers”, have already been hacked. Tweets from Liam McLoughlin (also known as Hexxeh), who works for Google on the Chrome side of things indicate that he found a way to do it, and although he doesn’t say for sure that he rooted the specs yet for fear of breaking them. He did, however, tweet that he found a debug mode that seems to give him ADB access, and a reboot-loader offers a way to root the device through fastboot OEM unlock. Jay Freeman (@saurik) doesn’t... Read more...
If you've ever hacked or considered hacking your Android device, you're probably familiar with CyanogenMod. Although there are plenty of custom Android ROMs out there, CyanogenMod is one of the most well-known.  In fact, CyanogenMod just passed 1 million active users. CyanogenMod was created by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik. Given the success of CyanogenMod, it should be no surprise that the project is continuing to evolve and grow into new areas. Koushik Dutta, one of the CyanogenMod team members, would like to see an App Store for root apps and apps that are "getting shut down for... Read more...
Times are getting tougher for those attempting to root Android phones. While originally thinking that rooting the HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon's first LTE smartphone) would be a snap, it didn't turn out that way: HTC locked it down with a signed kernel, signed recovery image and a signed bootloader. It's reminiscent of what Motorola has been doing of late with its smartphones. That doesn't mean that the developers involved were unable to root the devices, but it does mean that, at least for now, there's no chance of custom ROMs. On the other hand, if all you want is access to SetCPU and Titanium Backup,... Read more...
There's been some concern that rooted Xooms would not be eligible for the free LTE upgrade that will come later this year. Motorola has taken to its support forums to clear up the matter. Xooms that hve been rooted will be eligible for the upgrade, with caveats. It's not a blessing by any means, and we know that Motorola is famous for its locked bootloaders. Those prevent custom ROMs, but not rooting. One of the caveats is that Motorola asks that the Xoom be returned to its factory installed ROM state, before shipping it for the upgrade. After all, they say, they can't guarantee that the software... Read more...
In this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco talk about rooting tablets with custom Android ROMs for a better experience, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 Ti and AMD's new Radeon HD 6950 1GB graphics cards, along with a view of a new light Linux desktop called Jolicloud, wrapping up with good ol' fashioned rip session on Duke Nukem Forever. Oh, and we let some contest details slip as well... Show Notes: 00:43 - Rooting the Viewsonic G-Tab 04:43 - NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 560 Ti, AMD Launches 1GB Radeon HD 6950 07:16 - Jolicloud Cloud-Based Linux Desktop Review 11:13 - Duke Nukem... Read more...
The Motorola Droid X was rooted a few days ago, but that required users to follow a long and somewhat confusing set of instructions. This method is far easier: download the file, unzip, and unroot. Rooting an Android device is sort of along the same lines as jailbreaking on an iPhone. It allows you to run apps that require root access, and on some devices allows the installation of custom ROMs. The new, easier, rooting procedure comes via the same forum that gave users the "long method," AllDroid. The poster has attached a file, DroidXRoot.zip that needs to be extracted to a folder, from which... 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...
The FBI recently uncovered approximately 3500 fake Cisco systems routers in government networks, but that isn’t the end of the problem.  Now it seems that Cisco routers may soon come under attack by rootkits:"A security researcher has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, a development that has placed increasing scrutiny on the routers that carry the majority of the Internet's traffic.Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, developed the software, which he will unveil on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London."Considering how many Cisco products... Read more...
Microsoft has certainly been on a buying spree of late, and their latest acquisition is an anti-rootkit vendor Komoku.  The purchase price has not been made public at this time, but it is expected that Microsoft will offer Komoku's technology to their enterprise customers as soon as possible and might open a few doors to security conscious organizations that have thus far shunned Vista."Komoku's customers include the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Microsoft security division general manager Ryan Hamlin said in a statement that it was Komoku's work for "ultra... Read more...
It's been nearly two years since since Sony got into the rootkit business. Not intentionally, but the DRM installed by Sony BMG CDs when you tried to play them on your PC had rootkit qualities. Not only that, but in a real-life example of the vulnerability, hackers used it to hack World of Warcraft.Unfortunately, it seems Sony did not learn its lesson. According to F-Secure Corp., the fingerprint-reader software included with the Sony MicroVault USM-F line of flash drives installs a driver that hides in a hidden directory under "c:\windows". That directory, and the files within it, are... Read more...