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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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E-Sports Entertainment involved in bitcoin mining scandal

E-Sports Entertainment involved in bitcoin mining scandal

The E-Sports Entertainment Association is currently in hot water right now after several of its subscriber's discovered a Bitcoin miner in the ESEA's anti-cheat client. For a period of 2 weeks, gamers noticed that their computers were generating unusually high GPU loads and frequent BSOD errors. Some gamers stated that their GPUs were damaged due to them reaching temperatures above 90 degrees Celsius.

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Fake Firefox spreads spyware as makers Mozilla retort

Fake Firefox spreads spyware as makers Mozilla retort

Mozilla has sent out a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International, who has been disguising commercial malware as Mozilla's Firefox web browser. Gamma's software uses Mozilla's trademarks and brand to mislead consumers into thinking its product is affiliated with the company. In the properties of the fake Firefox browser, all of the information, including version number, copyright, trademark claims, and more are exactly the same as the genuine Firefox browser.

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Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

When the robots finally come to harvest us, they'll probably descend from the skies and then scuttle, spider-like, into our homes and shelters, just like MadLab Industries' terrifyingly ominous Hexa. The combined horror of a six-bladed hexacopter and a 6-legged hexapod, the omnidirectional robot can either tackle terrain on-foot or take to the air to avoid obstacles, then using the multipurpose legs as a grapple to snatch up objects (objects that, it has to be said, are roughly the size of a human baby's head in MLI's demo video).

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