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Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

It has never been easier to buy stuff online, be they digital goods or ordering for physical ones. But, like many conveniences, that may have come at a price that no one will be willing to pay. According to security researchers from Newcastle University in the UK, that price is security. They have demonstrated that it only takes six seconds to get a Visa credit or debit card’s number, expiry date, and security code, all thanks to a lax security implementation in its online payment system.

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Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

The Apple Activation Lock screen is there to prevent someone from stealing your Apple device and then being able to activate it to sell or use for themselves. Security researchers have now found a bug that allows them to bypass that Activation Lock screen and activate stolen or lost tablets and iPhones. The bug was first documented by security researcher Hemanth Joseph in November.

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Tiniest Game Boy Color fits on a keychain

Tiniest Game Boy Color fits on a keychain

We’ve seen a lot hacks and mods that aimed to relive the glory days of Nintendo’s most beloved handheld, the Game Boy. Specifically the Game Boy Color. Those ranged from near exact replicas to larger than life cabinets to palm-sized miniatures. Given off the shelf components, the smallest one could possibly get would be somewhere along the size of a Raspberry Pi board. Well, not anymore. Thanks to some dedication and persistence, Sprite_TM was able to craft what is perhaps the world’s smallest GBC clone, small enough to clandestinely stand beside your keys.

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Three Madison Square Garden hack lessons to shop safe on Black Friday

Three Madison Square Garden hack lessons to shop safe on Black Friday

Madison Square Garden has announced that it was the victim of a security breach that lasted nearly a year. As if that weren't bad enough, the breach affected five Madison Square Garden venues - four in New York City and one in Chicago. Considering how many people live in those cities and visit them each year, this has the potential to be a rather serious attack.

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Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

It is both a running joke as well as a tradition within the programming and gaming communities that a computer is really only a computer if it can run Doom. The first one, mind you. Well, now you can probably consider the fancy new Touch Bar introduced in the late 2016 MacBook Pros to be computers in their own right. Because, yes, someone has gotten Doom to run on that Touch Bar. No, not use the Touch Bar for controls but actually run on the Touch Bar, display and all.

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NES Classic can run “your own” Linux but not yet worth it

NES Classic can run “your own” Linux but not yet worth it

Despite its rarity, more because of shortage of supplies than being a limited edition, the NES Classic is just begging to be torn down, hacked, and even repurposed. The first has already happened, though not yet on iFixit. The third depends on the second, which is already on its way, albeit rather slowly. A couple of Japanese hackers have revealed how they were able to compile their own version of Linux on the Japanese Famicom Mini, though with little practical application.

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AdultFriendFinder hacked, 412 million accounts in jeopardy

AdultFriendFinder hacked, 412 million accounts in jeopardy

Let’s face it. Adult sites are just begging to be hacked, seen as treasure troves not just of sensitive data but also of details that most people would prefer to keep secret. Of course, that hasn’t stopped said people from flocking to these kinds of networks anyway. Case in point is a recent hack that target the Friend Finder Network, which includes AdultFriendFinder, Cams, and Penthouse, among other sites, which has yielded more than 400 million customer accounts representing 20 years worth of data.

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Big Mouth Billy Bass makes for the best Alexa hack

Big Mouth Billy Bass makes for the best Alexa hack

Alexa, Amazon's digital voice assistant that powers the Echo connected speaker, has already been used in a number of homemade hacks, such as using it to control a power wheelchair, remote start a car, and even have a Tesla Model S back out of a garage. But none of those compare to developer and artist Brian Kane's latest use of the technology: getting Alexa to speak through a Big Mouth Billy Bass animatronic fish.

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The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

Widespread internet outages that took Netflix, Twitter, Spotify and others offline today are being investigated as a possible cyber-attack, US officials have confirmed. The incident, which seemingly began around 6am central time, has seen major websites suffer periods of downtime or fail to be accessible altogether. Now, efforts are underway to see if it's no accident but in fact a concerted effort to disrupt the internet.

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iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

It would appear that some massively uninformed iPhone 7 users are falling for a hoax of epic proportions. The folks at TechRax have created a video which suggests - in title, only, really - that there is a secret "hack" to gain access to the iPhone 7's (perhaps hidden) headphone jack. The idea here is that the iPhone 7 has the hardware it needs to allow a headphone jack, but Apple has just covered up the area we'd need to plug the cord in. Then comes the power drill.

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Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Yahoo prepares to confirm rumors of extensive data breach

Back at the beginning of August, we heard claims of a massive Yahoo data breach, with a hacker named Peace saying he made off with credentials for 200 million accounts. At the time, Yahoo said it was investigating those claims to figure out if they were actually true, but since then, we haven't heard anything from the company about the supposed hack. That may all change quickly, as new reports are saying that Yahoo will soon confirm the data breach.

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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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