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Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has been hacked

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has been hacked

One of the most anticipated videogames of 2020 was Cyberpunk 2077 from developers CD Projekt Red. The game launched and was immediately panned for being unplayable on some game consoles and for being riddled with bugs and issues. The bugs and issues with the game led to refunds being handed out and the game being pulled from some online stores. CD Projekt Red has now announced that it has been the victim of a targeted cyber attack.

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Hacker almost poisoned a Florida city’s water supply

Hacker almost poisoned a Florida city’s water supply

Mainstream media news about hackers often portrays them as petty criminals out to make a quick buck or unconscientious agents working at the behest of some nefarious organization or government. Often, the effects of their actions range from comical annoyances to frightening privacy invasions but only a few have been considered life-threatening on a large scale. Unfortunately, that was almost the reality that citizens of Oldsmar, Florida faced when a hacker tried to poison the entire city through its water supply.

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Nintendo Switch Android root released – but why?

Nintendo Switch Android root released – but why?

Today an unofficial root project was released for Nintendo Switch, allowing the masses to access Android on the device. But why? Why would you drop in on this sort of software when you have a Nintendo Switch in the first place? Today we're taking a look at what it'll take to access this software AND why you might want to do so - or avoid doing so.

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Cyberpunk 2077 mods/custom saves exploit found – what to avoid

Cyberpunk 2077 mods/custom saves exploit found – what to avoid

A bit of caution should be used when playing Cyberpunk 2077 with mods and custom saves this week (and on into the future). According to moderators for the game, an exploit of the game has been found, and users should take care to avoid files of unknown origin as much as possible. CD Projekt Red suggests that they're working on a fix for the exploit as discovered.

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Perl.com domain for programming language hijacked, tied to malware actors

Perl.com domain for programming language hijacked, tied to malware actors

Those familiar with the geekier side of the tech industry will probably be familiar with the many programming languages behind the world's most popular software. There's Java that's used for Android, C# from Microsoft, and C and C++ that underlies many high-performance applications from server to games to those that control rockets and satellites. When it comes to the Web and the invisible layers of the Internet, however, the venerable Perl has been one of the languages of choice and it has now experienced a rather major setback that could put many of its users at risk from hackers.

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Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

An interesting little device was discovered planted in the iPhone of Russian anti-corruption activist Lyubov Sobol's campaign manager over the new year. On December 21, 2020, Sobol's campaign manager Olga Klyuchnikova was taken into custody by the Russian FSB. She spent a week in jail on "administrative charges" and was released - but something was amiss.

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Windows 10 bug corrupts with simple command

Windows 10 bug corrupts with simple command

There's a Windows 10 bug out there in the wild today that can corrupt your computer with the greatest of ease. With a issue has to do with directing Windows 10 to open a file - or extracting a ZIP file, or opening an HTML file - and the list goes on. At the moment, this vulnerability remains live and in-effect for the masses. Microsoft is aware of the issue and is apparently working on a fix right this minute.

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Ubiquiti IoT device owners urged to enable 2FA after data breach

Ubiquiti IoT device owners urged to enable 2FA after data breach

2020 ended with the rather big and bad cybersecurity news around the SolarWinds exploit that laid bare many government and company emails. If you thought that 2021 would be more positive, that clearly isn't the case given the news of the past few days. In terms of cybersecurity, the year is starting off rather poorly for owners of Ubiquiti routers, security cameras, and other IoT products as the company started reaching out to owners to tell them to change their passwords after discovering a rather serious security breach on a third-party cloud server.

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Flipper Zero multi-tool tries to make hacking look friendly

Flipper Zero multi-tool tries to make hacking look friendly

The word "hacking" has had a rather tumultuous history. Originally associated with trees and plants, the word took on a more playful tone in the 60s before becoming synonymous with "cracking" in more recent times. Although it now carries largely negative connotations, hacking is sometimes described with different shades, some of which make security-oriented activities like penetration testing sound more interesting and more fun. It is perhaps in the spirit of the latter that a few hardware geeks have banded together to create the Flipper Zero, described appropriately as a Tamagotchi for hackers.

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T-Mobile data breach exposed thousands of phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile data breach exposed thousands of phone numbers, call records

2020 was pretty much a disaster and it ended like one as well, at least for the cybersecurity community, governments, and some companies. Even just a day before it ended, another major US name was added to that list, though this time with far less nefarious consequences as the SolarWinds hacking incident. That said, it still isn't reassuring that one of the four (now three, really) biggest US mobile operators did get hacked, even if all that may have been accessed were mostly phone numbers.

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Microsoft, Google back Facebook in lawsuit against NSO spyware company

Microsoft, Google back Facebook in lawsuit against NSO spyware company

The last few months of this already troubled year will also be remembered for reports of massive and high-profile data security breaches, a.k.a. hacking. From security firm FireEye's disclosure to the still-spreading SolarWinds exploit, the incidents have revealed not only the flaws in current software but also the lapses in organizations and laws in protecting data, especially private ones. Facebook has been on the receiving end of that hack last year and has sought legal action against one of the biggest sources of hacking tools and is now joined by Microsoft, Google, and Cisco in its fight against the NSO Group.

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SolarWinds hack also affected a hospital, major tech companies

SolarWinds hack also affected a hospital, major tech companies

Back in the days, hacking attempts and data breaches often got away with personal user information. While the security and privacy implications of such incidents are grave, they don't often have life-threatening consequences. These days, nothing is sacred, and even hospitals and healthcare facilities can become the targets of such activities. The most recent example is the scandalous SolarWinds exploit that has gone beyond just US government agencies and megacorporations, creating backdoors into at least one identified university and one hospital.

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