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DEF CON uninvites Feds after NSA PRISM backlash

DEF CON uninvites Feds after NSA PRISM backlash

Organizers of DEF CON 2013, the annual hacking convention, have told the US federal government not to attend, after revelations about the NSA PRISM program and other surveillance activities have left the security community wary of the feds. In a post on the conference's homepage, DEF CON founder Jeff Moss (aka "The Dark Tangent") said that, while traditionally DEF CON has been open to a low-key federal presence, this year the various agencies should sit the show out.

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Club Nintendo Japan hacked

Club Nintendo Japan hacked

Nintendo Japan has warned Club Nintendo users to change their passwords, after revealing that the member rewards site was hacked back in June, leading to tens of thousands of unauthorized logins. The first Nintendo realized of the compromised security was a dramatic increase in errors spotted on July 2, with subsequent investigation turning up 23,926 stolen logins and almost 15.5m attempts.

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Glass Boutique app store, MP3 player, Lock-screen & more revealed

Glass Boutique app store, MP3 player, Lock-screen & more revealed

Google's recent XE7 update for its Glass Explorer Edition already shows signs of an unactivated locking system for the wearable, as well as a "Boutique" app store and media player. The official changes in XE7 include a web browser - which you can see demonstrated after the cut - using physical head movements to navigate pages, along with boosts to search, contacts, and other features. However, some digging through the update itself has revealed a number of much-anticipated extras that Google hasn't mentioned publicly.

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iOS Mobile Hotspot crackable in 50s if you stick to defaults

iOS Mobile Hotspot crackable in 50s if you stick to defaults

iPhone and iPad users who use their iOS device to share a 3G/4G connection are being advised to change the default Mobile Hotspot password, after researchers showed it was possible to crack them in under sixty seconds. Apple supplies mobile hotspot users with a preconfigured password when they enable the feature, but the default is generated from a limited number of dictionary words, researchers at the University of Erlangen in Germany discovered. With some GPU-accelerated brute-force shuffling, the team managed to break into any iOS hotspot using the default password within 50s.

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Sony Open SmartWatch Project turns wearable into hack platform

Sony Open SmartWatch Project turns wearable into hack platform

Sony has thrown open its SmartWatch to support alternative firmware, with the company hoping the Open SmartWatch Project will kickstart wearable development and maybe even give it a few new ideas itself. The new scheme - which, unsurprisingly, voids your SmartWatch warranty - allows coders to access the wearable's hardware in new and unusual ways, with Sony detailing all of the components and protocols for the various parts.

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PlexConnect brings Plex to Apple TV 3rd-gen, no jailbreak required

PlexConnect brings Plex to Apple TV 3rd-gen, no jailbreak required

The Apple TV, may be easy and affordable, but it's not much use if you want to run third-party services; until now, systems like Plex have required an older, jailbroken box if you want them to run. That's all changed with PlexConnect, a new homegrown hack by the company which puts Plex in Full HD on 2nd- and 3rd-gen Apple TV boxes, with only a single modification on the Apple box itself.

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Google Glass hidden labs give rooted users Wink and more

Google Glass hidden labs give rooted users Wink and more

Google Glass Explorer Editions are a developer's wonderland, full of little secrets we probably won't see - in part, at least - in the regular consumer edition. Some Easter eggs and various hidden features have already been discovered, and now the folks over at Android Police have itemized a whole host of them that are available via Glass's hidden labs, including a simple change for getting Wink, browser support (kinda) and more.

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Name.com hacked: Encrypted card details and more stolen

Name.com hacked: Encrypted card details and more stolen

Domain retailer Name.com has been hacked, the company has informed customers today, with usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords and credit card details all stolen from the company's servers. The hack, Name.com said in an email to registered users, is believed to have targeted "information on a single, large commercial account" with the company, with the other stolen data being taken along for the ride.

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US directly accuses Chinese government of cyberespionage

US directly accuses Chinese government of cyberespionage

After months of suggesting that China is behind high-profile hacking attempts on businesses and the US government, the US has finally laied some blame for cyber attacks directly at the feet of the Chinese government and military. The Pentagon issued a report Monday making a more direct accusation of cyberespionage perpetrated by China than it's ever issued in the past.

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