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EA Origin exploit leaves 40m at potential hack risk

EA Origin exploit leaves 40m at potential hack risk

A vulnerability in EA's Origin online gaming platform could allow remote hackers to run dangerous code on gamers' computers without permission, by perverting links used to load titles like Crysis 3, its been revealed. Identified by ReVuln researchers Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante, and presented last week at the Black Hat security conference, the exploit relies on the URI links the Origin desktop client uses to trigger local software from the cloud, and which can be modified to install malware instead.

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Two men hacked Subway to steal gift cards totaling $40,000

Two men hacked Subway to steal gift cards totaling $40,000

Two men were charged for an elaborate hacking scheme. They have been identified as Shahin Abdollahi, whose alias was Sean Holdt, and Jeffrey Thomas Wilkinson. The two men hacked over 13 point-of-sale (POS) computers at a variety of Subways located in Massachusetts, Wyoming, and California. This isn't the first time Subway's been hacked. Last September, the franchise's credit card terminals were hacked at over 150 of its locations. It suffered $10 million in losses and 146,000 accounts were compromised.

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Legend of Zelda hack makes Link the damsel in distress

Legend of Zelda hack makes Link the damsel in distress

Inspired by the father who modded Donkey Kong so his daughter could play the Princess, another person had the idea of modifying another classic Nintendo game. Kenna W has always loved The Legend of Zelda series, and she always wanted to play the game as Princess Zelda instead of the male protagonist, Link. She wished that she had someone who could do for her what that man did for his daughter. She then realized, "I'm an adult now. If he could work it out, I could too."

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Colin Powell’s Facebook hacker also breached Bush Family e-mail accounts

Colin Powell’s Facebook hacker also breached Bush Family e-mail accounts

It turns out that Colin Powell's Facebook hack wasn't just an isolated incident performed by a 13-year old with good password-guessing skills. The hacker, who is known as Guccifer, is also the same hacker who breached e-mail accounts belonging to over a dozen of George W. Bush's friends and family members. He obtained "interesting e-mails", photos, list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and more. The hacker even obtained the gate code to Bush's home.

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Hackers get a hold of Colin Powell’s Facebook page

Hackers get a hold of Colin Powell’s Facebook page

It looks like hackers were able to take over Colin Powell's Facebook. Many of the former Secretary of State's followers were surprised this morning when they began receiving vulgar updates from Powell's Facebook page. All of the posts were juvenile and vulgar, and apparently the hacker jammed his caps lock button. Most of the posts were directed towards Powell's old boss and former president of the United States, George W. Bush.

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Xbox hacker “bunnie” Huang makes book free in Aaron Swartz tribute

Xbox hacker “bunnie” Huang makes book free in Aaron Swartz tribute

Xbox hacker and EFF Pioneer Award winner Andrew "bunnie" Huang has waded into the Aaron Swartz controversy, making his ebook Hacking the Xbox free to highlight the important role tinkerers and explorers play. The book, which details Huang's exploits of the original Xbox console, and subsequent legal battle with Microsoft, was first published in 2003, and had a troubled release with the first publisher pulling out at the last minute over fears of courtroom reprisals.

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China calls for global “rules and cooperation” on hacking issues

China calls for global “rules and cooperation” on hacking issues

China has once again denied its involvement in a series of hacks that plagued various entities in the United States, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and several U.S. companies. The Chinese government believes that the allegations were based on groundless facts and that this is just some scheme to worsen China's reputation.

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Google shows off hacked shoes at SXSW

Google shows off hacked shoes at SXSW

Google has shown off another one of its creative projects that, sadly, will not be making it to the market place. At SXSW, Google showed off its talking shoe. The modified shoe is part of a pair of Adidas high tops. It is customized with accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, and a microphone attached to its tongue. This shoe could be your best friend or worst enemy when it comes to exercising.

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Samsung Galaxy S III security issue provides lock screen bypass

Samsung Galaxy S III security issue provides lock screen bypass

It all started when Terence Eden discovered a bug that allowed someone to briefly access the home screen on a Galaxy Note II. Following the method to take advantage of the bug, another individual named Sean McMillan discovered another method that allows complete access to the handset's home screen, and not just for the Galaxy Note II. He reportedly tested the method on three Galaxy S III handsets, and it worked on each of them.

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