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Illinois hack scare mistook own team for Russian spies

Illinois hack scare mistook own team for Russian spies

Local and Federal blunders have been blamed for the false Illinois hack attack scare in November, described as a "comedy of errors" with investigators mistaking a contractor logging in for remote maintenance for an attack by Russian cyber-criminals. An initial report distributed by the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center incorrectly assumed a remote log-in by one of the contractors behind the water pump system affected was an aggressive attack, Wired discovered, after he was asked to check data history charts in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) while on holiday in Russia.

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HP printer loophole permits data harvesting [Update: HP responds]

HP printer loophole permits data harvesting [Update: HP responds]

Certain HP printers could be remotely persuaded to collect confidential information or even cause physical damage, researchers have demonstrated, with a covert reprograming hack causing them to overheat and present a possible fire hazard. The government and industry funded research team at Columbia University were able to tweak an official HP management tool to include malicious programming in with a regular print job, MSNBC reports, allowing them to coax some LaserJet printers into overheating their fuser.

Update: HP has issued us with a statement; you can find it after the cut.

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Nokia lights up London for Lumia 800 promo

Nokia lights up London for Lumia 800 promo

Nokia hasn't been shy promoting the Lumia 800, but it cranked things up even higher in London, UK, last night with a huge animation projected onto a 120m high building on the banks of the River Thames. Millbank Tower saw electro producer deadmau5 pumping out an exclusive set while its 800 windows - specially vinyl-clad for better graphics - were painted by light from 16 projectors across the water. Check out the video after the cut.

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Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota has taken the wraps off its latest car concept, the Fun-Vii, a display-clad urban vehicle described as a "smartphone on four wheels." Revealed just ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show in a few days time, the Toyota Fun-Vii measures just over 4m long and 1.75m wide, and features dynamically customizable body panels that, like the interior of the car, can be updated to show your favorite photo, a text message or other content.

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3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

Chess between two people is tricky enough, but add a third player and the classic board game takes on a whole new - circular - dimension. 3 Man Chess takes the original pieces, moves and rules of chess and throws in a third, gray set of pieces and transfers play to a round board: despite the extra manpower and the unusual shape, all of the core tenets actually stay the same.

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BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

The BBC has developed a WiFi-enabled toy Dalek that can mimic the on-screen actions of the Doctor Who arch-villain, though fans hoping for a living room invasion will be disappointed. The "synchronised Dalek" project, the BBC's R&D team reveals, is a proof-of-concept intended to demonstrate the Universal Control system, a way of getting internet-connected devices to perform specific functions in time with TV shows on-screen.

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DHS denies Illinois victim of Russian hackers

DHS denies Illinois victim of Russian hackers

The Department of Homeland Security has denied foreign involvement in what was believed to be a sabotage attempt on utility equipment in Illinois earlier this month, claiming an earlier report from the state's Terrorism and Intelligence Center was incorrect in its apparent findings. "DHS and FBI have concluded that there was no malicious traffic from Russia or any foreign entities, as previously reported" DHS spokesperson Chris Ortman told MSNBC, going on to insist that there was "no evidence" that login credentials had been stolen.

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Nintendo creates full-size Mario Karts

Nintendo creates full-size Mario Karts

Nintendo has created two life-sized Mario Karts, intended to celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 7 on December 4, and a lucky gamer will get the chance to drive one of them away in a huge giveaway. The two electric buggies - one for Mario and one for Luigi - were constructed by West Coast Customs, and members of GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program stand a chance of winning one of the iconic vehicles if they make a purchase or trade in December. Check out the video of the Mario Karts in action after the cut.

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Anti-Mario fur campaign “tongue-in-cheek” insists PETA

Anti-Mario fur campaign “tongue-in-cheek” insists PETA

Animal rights group PETA has defended its anti-Mario campaign, in which the Nintendo character was accused of "sending the message that it's OK to wear fur" for sporting a Tanooki suit, describing its intentions as "tongue-in-cheek." In an email from PETA's media coordinator to gaming site Kotaku, the headline-grabbing claims and gory mini-game was said to be "a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur."

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Galaxy Nexus launch day blunders

Galaxy Nexus launch day blunders

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the UK this morning, but retailer Phones 4U's exclusivity period hasn't gone entirely smoothly. The first in line this morning to buy the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone - promptly tweeted out by Samsung UK - actually received a device running what was apparently a test ROM, Engadget reports, and had to return to have his phone exchanged. Meanwhile, Phones 4U has confirmed to us that, while no mention of SIM-free handset sales is made on the company's site, the Galaxy Nexus is available unlocked and off-contract; in fact, we believe more unlocked devices than contract devices have been sold today.

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