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NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

Despite launching in the last few months of the year, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition turned out to be one of the hottest devices of 2016. But other than being incredibly hard to find over the holiday season, the only real drawback of the tiny retro game console is that it's limited to the 30 titles that come pre-installed. Fortunately modders and hackers have been hard at work at rectifying that problem, and the latest successful trick manages to add another 30 games over a USB cable.

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Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

The company behind many sports and other trading cards, Topps, has disclosed a data breach. According to a notice sent to Topps customers, the company became aware of the breach in mid-October 2016, something that triggered an investigation revealing that ‘one or more intruders’ possibly stole some customer data. That data could include credit and debit card numbers, names, email addresses, and more.

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Wolfenstein 3D on unmodified GameBoy Color uses cartridge hack

Wolfenstein 3D on unmodified GameBoy Color uses cartridge hack

Move over DOOM! Wolfenstein 3D is now the new standard of “is it a computer?” Well, considering both games were made by the same company the same company, it’s not really a competition. But DOOM has had its time in the spotlight and has been ported to almost every thing imaginable and unimaginable, and now it’s Wolfenstein’s time to shine. And while it might sound too simple to have Wolfenstein running on a GameBoy Color, this one is particularly intriguing because the GBC itself is unmodified. The trick is in the cartridge.

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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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