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Syrian Electronic Army targets The Guardian’s Twitter accounts

Syrian Electronic Army targets The Guardian’s Twitter accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army has struck again, and this time they decided to hack into several accounts belonging to The Guardian. A couple of the accounts hacked were @GuardianBusiness and @GuardianFilm, and they were used to send out tweets promoting the Syrian Electronic Army. This is the latest attack coming from the SEA, and is most likely not their last. This recent hit should speed up Twitter's process of implementing a two-factor authentication system.

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Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game piracy isn't just something that affects big studios, and it can have a huge impact on smaller teams; that's why the coders behind Game Dev Tycoon decided to release their own cracked version, albeit with a moral lesson hardcoded for pirates. Fully expecting a cracked copy of the game to surface shortly after the $7.99 Game Dev Tycoon was released, Greenheart Games pipped the pirates to the post and added a torrent of their own. However, what downloaders didn't realize was that the cracked version had a bug the authentic one didn't: players would inevitably run into the effects of game theft.

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Hacked LivingSocial unplugs the phones as call-center support frozen

Hacked LivingSocial unplugs the phones as call-center support frozen

Hacked online deals site LivingSocial has temporarily frozen its customer phone support, blaming extremes of call volume from security-worried users. The daily promotions site, in which Amazon is an investor, admitted on Friday that its database had been compromised, with names, email address, some dates of birth, and encrypted passwords of in excess of 50 million users taken. LivingSocial is now working with authorities to investigate the breach, the company said in an email to users, but in the meantime has shut down its telephone support line.

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Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement

Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement

Google and FIDO, the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, have joined forces in an effort to replace passwords completely with a new authentication system altogether. FIDO is only looking to replace passwords used when trying to log in into online sites and services, saying that the current password system isn't secure enough to protect users. Its message has been reinforced many times over in the past week alone thanks to the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Twitter and Syrian Electronic Army go to battle

Twitter and Syrian Electronic Army go to battle

After the Syrian Electronic Army took over several of CBS's Twitter accounts recently, Twitter has focused its priorities on taking the hackers down, well at least their Twitter accounts. Twitter proceeded to shut down the SEA's official Twitter account, and the hackers responded by creating another Twitter account named @Official_SEA. This quickly led to a back-and-forth ban/account-creation battle between the two entities.

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Obake stretchy touchscreen concept lets you pinch, prod and pummel data

Obake stretchy touchscreen concept lets you pinch, prod and pummel data

A 3D touchscreen display prototype that can be pinched, pulled, and pushed around might represent the future of digital interaction, allowing immersive data to be physically manipulated. The concept, Obake, is named after Japanese shapeshifting folklore and the handiwork of an MIT Media Lab team led by Dhairya Dand, combining a flexible rubber surface, a Kinect sensor for motion tracking, and a projector for creating a dynamic image your fingers can dig into.

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Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Yesterday, several of CBS's Twitter accounts were hacked, including its main account, and its accounts for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and CBS Denver. The hackers got into the account and tweeted a series of things relating to President Obama and the United States being in cahoots with Al-Qaeda. The tweets also had links that led users to malware-infested sites. While CBS was able to regain access to its accounts, it was unable to figure out who was behind the attacks, until now.

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Hackers take control of several CBS News Twitter accounts

Hackers take control of several CBS News Twitter accounts

It looks like CBS is the latest victim in a series of Social Network account hacks that seem to be prevalent this year. Today, CBS stated that several of its Twitter accounts, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBSDenver, and its official Twitter account were all compromised earlier today. The hackers used the accounts and tweeted things like, "General Dempsey calls for #Obama's arrest under new anti-terror laws #48hours".

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Reddit suffers down-time due to DDoS attack

Reddit suffers down-time due to DDoS attack

Reddit was targeted by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) attack earlier yesterday morning, resulting in some unpleasant downtime for Redditors all around. Why it became the target of an attack is still a mystery, but a Reddit representative told the Huffington Post that "All we know is it is blatantly malicious." Some speculate that the DDoS attack was related to Reddit's manhunt for the Boston Marathon terrorists.

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