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The Twitter account of the U.S. Department of Defense’s US CENTCOM, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia, have apparently been hacked by a party either working for, or sympathetic with, the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS a.k.a. Da’esh. A slew of important looking documents — including scenarios about North […]

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It’s only the second time in history that a cyberattack delivered confirmed physical damage to its target, but no one seemed to notice because the hacking story at the time was all about a Seth Rogen movie and Sony executives. Just before Christmas a German report confirmed that an unnamed steel mill was attacked by […]

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Vapor-based electronic cigarettes have become a ubiquitous item for people trying to quit, those who want to smoke indoors, and consumers simply hunting for what they believe to be a safer alternative. While the jury is still out on whether or not e-cigs are harmful to the body, they might be harmful to your computer. The […]

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As the “Polite Revolution” continues in Hong Kong, protesters are finding that their phones are being infected with malware. It isn’t clear who’s behind the attack but experts say the sophistication of the virus leads them to believe it was deployed by the Chinese government. The protests began September 22nd, when a rare mass demonstration […]

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And according to FBI director James Comey, the bureau’s no-tolerance policy for hiring pot smokers means it is missing out on the upper echelon of cybersecurity specialists. All the best hackers, it would seem, smoke weed. At the White Collar Crime Institute, a conference Monday at the New York City Bar Association, Comey admitted he’s […]

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Geohot, née George Hotz, the hacker who was the first to jailbreak an iPhone back in 2007–at age 17, no less–also makes rap songs, as The Verge points out. Let’s have a look at his SoundCloud. Needless to say, he is not exactly Kendrick Lamar. Fuck, he’s not even Paul Barman. “Literally Sick” is Odd Future-lite, three […]

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We haven’t gotten a chance to watch DEFCON: The Documentary, but given its circumstances and pedigree, it’s almost certainly worth a viewing. Directed by longtime technology historian and filmmaker Jason Scott, the film focuses on DEF CON, the enormous and enormously influential Las Vegas convention (the latest iteration of which went down last week). According to Scott, […]

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From Swordfish to The Matrix, from WarGames to, yes, Hackers, the Eclectic Method’s new supercut compiles the most 1337 footage from a slew of code-friendly films. Plus Bob’s Burgers. The beat’s pretty hot, too. […]

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This one couldn’t be more terrifying: at a security conference in Amsterdam, hacker and researcher Hugo Teso demonstrated how to hijack a plane’s controls from the ground using his Android smartphone. The details are almost a moot point, but just in case you’re interested, Teso exploited a protocol called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Report System (ACARS), […]

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Hacker Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. “Weev,” was sentenced to 41 months in prison today for his role in accessing AT&T’s website and aggregating email addresses and data from around 100,000 iPad users, then publicizing the hole in AT&T’s security system. The last tweet Auernheimer sent before being sentenced was an apparent display of indifference. No matter […]

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