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Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

The hacking of Sony Pictures has yielded some interesting takeaways. We know a large studio is not safe from digital assault, and we’ve seen more than our fair share of details surrounding stars and their pay. Seeing film budgets is interesting, but we still haven’t been down to brass tacks. What’s this all about? Why hack Sony Pictures? Speculation about the incoming movie The Interview suggested a link to North Korea, who have since refuted that assertion. The hackers, though — their recent demands suggest North Korean ties.

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Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Overnight, Sony’s PlayStation store went down. For roughly two hours, the online portal for PlayStation users was unavailable, and a hacker conglomerate is taking responsibility. The Lizard Squad, which cryptically refer to themselves as “lizards” who “want to watch the world burn”, seem to be claiming responsibility for the disruption in service. In a Twitter post right around the same time as the PlayStation store went down, The Lizard Squad said “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad”. Sony said they were aware of the service disruption, and are looking into it.

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Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Sony. A recent hack gave us all kinds of info about the inner workings of Sony pictures, with everything from employee passwords to full films being leaked. Now, it seems the hackers are making threatening remarks to Sony employees via email. While they don’t necessarily make any direct threats of harm, they do say employees who don’t comply will “suffer damage”. The hackers are also threatening the families of employees.

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Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

Hacked Sony data included personal info of stars, employees

It would have probably been just a wee bit of OK if the recent hacking incident at Sony only involved unreleased movies, secret trailers, or even overpriced budgets. But alas, the invasion is far more widespread and far more personal. The latest word is that included in the hacked data, which is now freely floating on the Internet, includes information on more than 47,000 current and former employees, as well as Hollywood stars. And that data unfortunately include Social Security Numbers and addresses.

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Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Before there were birds, plants, or candies, there were snakes. The semi-addictive game debuted on Nokia's mobile phones and become *the* mobile game, until colored screens and higher end hardware pushed it into obscurity. But what if you had fond memories of the game, a penchant for modding any hardware you can get your hands on, and lots of time in those hands? Why not recreate the game in the most unimaginable computer possible, as shown in this mod by Jeroen Domburg, software developer by day, hardware modder by night, and creator of possibly the world's first Snake game on a keyboard.

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Craigslist taken offline by hacker

Craigslist taken offline by hacker

Craigslist is a site where people run ads for all sorts of items they want to sell, jobs, and a plethora of other strange listings and personals. Millions of folks use the site each month and if you frequent Craigslist and were unable to get on the site yesterday, it wasn't just you. Craigslist was hacked and the hacker was able to take the site down for many users.

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State Department unclassified email system shutdown for repairs

State Department unclassified email system shutdown for repairs

The US State Department has shut down its entire unclassified email system after a suspected hacker attack. The email system was shut down it give techs time to evaluate and repair any damage done by the hacking attack. The first word of the attack came Sunday from a State Department official who said that "activity of concern" had been noticed on the email network around the same time as a similar incident targeting computers at the White House was noticed.

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Apple on Masque Attack: ‘just use the App Store’

Apple on Masque Attack: ‘just use the App Store’

Earlier this week, we told you about Masque Attack, which let hackers sideload apps onto your iDevices. Often without you even realizing it, an app was loaded, and scary people somewhere else could gain access to your information. The app loaded may not have even been the app you were looking for when you followed the link, either. Now, Apple has issued a response to the report. We gotta say, it’s about what you’d expect from Apple, and full of common sense, too.

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Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

You can say what you want about Microsoft's mobile platform, but apparently, Windows Phone is a rather tough nut to crack. This revelation came on the second day of HP's Pwn2Own hacking contest, with this round targeting browsers of mobile devices. One contestant tried to gain control of the phone by attacking the browser but ultimately failed to break through the sandbox. That said, there was still some access gained, so Windows Phone didn't completely emerge unscathed, surviving with just some war wounds and probably a bit of pride.

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US Postal Service employee, customer details hacked

US Postal Service employee, customer details hacked

If you thought only retail chains like Home Depot and Target or commercial services like Apple's iCloud are the only victims of data breaches, better thinking again and rethink your outlook on personal information security. The US Postal Service has just disclosed that it was the target of a cybercrime that compromised personal information stored in its databases. But unlike other data breaches, this one actually didn't affect customers as much as it did the USPS' own employees, with attackers able to run off with critical pieces of information.

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