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Billabong, NVIDIA, and Android Forums all affected by hacks

Billabong, NVIDIA, and Android Forums all affected by hacks

Yesterday Yahoo! suffered a major security breach as it saw over 400,000 passwords leak out. The group responsible for the hack claimed it was to expose the shoddy security methods employed by the company, and wasn’t intended as a malicious attack. It looks like Yahoo! wasn’t the only victim, as several other companies have had their databases exposed and pasted onto the internet due to similar security lapses.

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New Android malware spreads via hacked websites

New Android malware spreads via hacked websites

Android is being plagued by malware once again. The security firm Lookout has warned users about a new Android trojan that spreads itself via compromised websites. The trojan can potentially break into government and corporate networks if left unchecked. Right now the trojan seems fairly innocuous, posing as a software update to the user and residing on the system once installed.

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Anonymous China hacks government websites in protest

Anonymous China hacks government websites in protest

Looks like those hacktivists are at it again. Anonymous has defaced even more websites, although the legion of hackers seems to be branching out, with this attack being perpetrated by Chinese Anonymous members. Hundreds of Chinese government websites have been defaced in the usual spectacular fashion. Dumps full of emails and phone numbers have also hit the internet via Pastebin, as well as instructions by the group on how to bypass the Great Firewall of China.

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Anonymous pledges weekly attacks on Friday

Anonymous pledges weekly attacks on Friday

We're all used to celebrating Fridays as the end of the work or school week, giving us a chance to relax and unwind, and creating excuses so we don't have to wake up early on Saturday. But for another group of people, Fridays will become a bit more serious. Infamous hacking group Anonymous has decided to commit to at least of hack every week, and it will happen on Fridays.

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Anonymous Disowns Operation Facebook, Attack Talks Continue

Anonymous Disowns Operation Facebook, Attack Talks Continue

It appears very likely now that the original call to action for what was (and still possibly is) called "Operation Facebook" is now being disowned by a large number of members of the famous hacker group. If you'll take a look at the monstrously popular Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction post from late night Tuesday, you'll find the original release as created by a very real member of the collective, but this newest set of information confirms that the entirety of the Anonymous collective may not agree with the proposed action.

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Codemasters Hacked, User Info Compromised

Codemasters Hacked, User Info Compromised

If you're a fan of British video game developing, you know exactly what Codemasters is. This is The Codemasters Software Company Limited, aka one of the oldest video game developer companies in the world, having in the last 10 years established themselves in the USA as well with games such as DiRT3. In an email to customers today, Codemasters have noted that they've had an unauthorized entry into their codemasters.com webpage that has subsequently made the company have to take the entire site offline. Though they did so in order to stop the intruders from accessing information from user accounts specifically, these hackers have done so anyway.

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LastPass CEO details data breach: “maybe too alarmist”

LastPass CEO details data breach: “maybe too alarmist”

LastPass has further detailed the security breach which saw the password management company lose customer information and advise all customers to change their master password, as well as attempting to remedy issues some users had in doing so. Speaking to PCWorld, LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist confirmed that the names and passwords of up to "a couple hundred" users could have been taken, as well as their encrypted passwords; however, he also suggested that the company was "maybe too alarmist ourselves" and that the potential for misuse after the data breach was in fact low.

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BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

BlackBerry PlayBook native code hack beats RIM’s SDK to the punch

RIM's native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook - demonstrated at BlackBerry World 2011 earlier this week - isn't expected until sometime this summer, but one developer has already figured out a way to bypass the existing Adobe AIR environment and get QNX native code running on the 7-inch tablet. Adam Bell discovered that, with a little tweaking, it's possible to copy QNX apps coded on the QNX desktop environment, aka the Neutrino SDP (software development platform), over to the PlayBook and have them run as native code.

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Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7 handsets unofficially upgraded to NoDo (aka update 7390) using the ChevronWP7 tool will not be able to upgrade to the new 7392 version being pushed out now, at least by official means. According to the Windows Team Blog, the unofficial modifications leave the Windows Phone handsets looking to the Zune PC software as incompletely upgraded: because of that you get error code 80180048 and can't go any further. Build 7392 isn't expected to bring any especially interesting changes, but the issue could lead to headaches down the road when Microsoft releases more significant updates like Mango to the platform.

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Project iKinect adds iPhone to Kinect gaming for boosted control [Video]

Project iKinect adds iPhone to Kinect gaming for boosted control [Video]

The great Kinect hacks continue, and next up is a way to bypass Microsoft's limitations on micro-movement recognition by throwing another controller into the mixture: namely an iPhone. Project iKinect is a PC-based co-play system which allows for more complex gameplay, using the Kinect motion sensor to track general movement and the iPhone's various sensors and touchscreen for micro-movement recognition.

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