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Mac hack offers super user status by resetting the clock

Mac hack offers super user status by resetting the clock

Security researchers have discovered a way that hackers can gain super user access to Mac computer systems by exploiting a security flaw that has remained unpatched by Apple for the last five months. If the flaw is exploited, users can gain root access to Mac computers that they already have limited control over. This particular authentication bypass vulnerability was first reported back in March.

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Samsung Smart TV a spy in the living room as webcam hack revealed

Samsung Smart TV a spy in the living room as webcam hack revealed

Samsung has patched a smart TV bug that allowed hackers to remotely activate the integrated webcam and spy on viewers in their living rooms, as well as redirect the onboard browser to a compromised webpage. The security flaw, spotted by researchers at iSEC Partners, has been fixed with a firmware update pushed to affected sets, Samsung told CNN Money, but renews questions about the inherent safety of home appliances and the so-called "internet of things" as ubiquitous connectivity becomes commonplace.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 “Future Capture” puts out call for PureView hacks

Nokia Lumia 1020 “Future Capture” puts out call for PureView hacks

Nokia isn't leaving adoption of the Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel PureView camera up to chance, pairing its new Imaging SDK with a hackathon to encourage innovative uses of the oversampling and lossless zoom system. The new Windows Phone, revealed yesterday after a cavalcade of leaks, will support more advanced photography than most any smartphone on the market today out of the box, but now Nokia is calling for suggestions as to how to make it even more flexible, as part of its Nokia Future Capture program.

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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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