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Heroes of Newerth announces security breach

Heroes of Newerth announces security breach

Online games can be a ton of fun (provided you're playing with the right people), but unfortunately their popularity makes them frequent targets of hackers. Heroes of Newerth, a MOBA game that's pretty popular despite the stiff competition from the likes of League of Legends, is apparently the latest online game to fall victim to a security breach. The game's developers announced the breach early this morning on the Heroes of Newerth forums.

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Nokia engineer posts Windows 8 game hacking instructions, makes point about security

Nokia engineer posts Windows 8 game hacking instructions, makes point about security

Nokia engineer Justin Angel posted a series of instructions on his website yesterday detailing how to hack Windows 8 games. A short while later, his website went offline, although whether due to being shutdown or simply bumped offline from traffic is unknown. He didn't post the hacking directions in order to help users score free games, however, stating that he did so in order to expose security flaws.

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Instagram completes Twitter photo cull (but there’s a workaround)

Instagram completes Twitter photo cull (but there’s a workaround)

Instagram has fully pulled the plug on Twitter integration, with photos that late last week showed up poorly cropped or aligned now not appearing in the short messaging services "Cards" gallery system at all. The latest escalation of Instagram's attempt to coax users away from Twitter and onto Instagram profiles, the decision has left many users of both services frustrated, adding as it does another few clicks before photos can be viewed. Meanwhile, Twitter is believed to be readying an Instagram alternative of its own, launching in time for the holidays, while clever developers have cooked up an unofficial way to rejoin the two services.

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Tumblr blogs hacked to display racist, offensive posts

Tumblr blogs hacked to display racist, offensive posts

If you maintain a blog on Tumblr, it might be a good idea to stay away from the site for the time being. Apparently, hacker group GNAA has taken advantage of a major security hole to publish racist and offensive posts to Tumblr blogs, and visiting infected blogs while logged into Tumblr helps these posts spread. Buzzfeed originally reported on the attack, posting images of the inflammatory posts being published (just a warning: they're pretty offensive to anyone other than an Internet troll).

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Instagram exploit could see accounts stolen

Instagram exploit could see accounts stolen

A security flaw in popular photo filter and sharing app Instagram could allow hackers to steal user accounts, after it was discovered that certain cookies are sent in plain-text rather than secured. The exploit, discovered by Carlos Reventlov and apparently flagged to the Instagram team in early November, relies on the fact that while log-in and profile editing is done over encrypted links, Computerworld reports, a plain-text cookie is sent to the Instagram servers when the app is loaded. If the hacker intercepts that cookie - among other criteria - they can subsequently gain access to the account and lock out the legitimate user.

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Hotel room break-ins linked to key card lock exploit

Hotel room break-ins linked to key card lock exploit

I'd wager just about everyone has stayed in a hotel that uses the key card locks where you slide a little card into the door to release the locking mechanism. One hotel called the Hyatt in the Houston Galleria district that uses these locks had a rash of break-ins in September. The most puzzling aspect of the break-ins was that the locks weren't picked, the doors weren't forced open, and a key wasn't used to unlock the doors.

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US denies hacking French government

US denies hacking French government

The US government has "categorically refuted" accusations that it hacked computers used by the French presidency, after a magazine claimed a US team used malware and social engineering to access confidential data. The hack, which reportedly took place during the May elections, saw a staff member of then-president Nicolas Sarkozy fooled into clicking a fake Elysée presidential office webpage, L'Express claims. That supposedly allowed the US team to harvest that employee's login details.

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4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE might be a thing of beauty for mobile users who love a good and fast internet connection while on the road, but according to a document filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a laptop and a software-defined radio unit costing about $650 is all it takes to take down a 4G network within a reasonably-size radius.

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