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  • Netflix team hacks together custom playlists, sleep tracking
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    Netflix team hacks together custom playlists, sleep tracking

    By 28 February 2014

    Netflix recently held a company Hack Day, at which its team got experimental and made new projects for the streaming video network.  Netflix posted the most notable hacks on its blog, including Netflix Beam, custom playlists, and sleep tracking through...

  • Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers
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    Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers

    By 16 February 2014

    Crowd funding website Kickstarter has become the next company to be hacked, it announced on Saturday. No credit card data was taken in the breach that occurred Wednesday, but other customer information was. "Accessed information included usernames, email...

  • Hackers get root access to Google Glass, potentially leading to cool creations
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    Hackers get root access to Google Glass, potentially leading to cool creations

    By 27 April 2013

    Though it's been out to developers for only a few days, the "Explorer" version of Google Glass has been "rooted", essentially giving hackers full access to what the Android-based gadget has to offer. Well-known hacker Jay "Saurik" Freeman was one of the...

  • Kinect hack + Wiimote + cat + robot = Guaranteed internet hit (video)
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    Kinect hack + Wiimote + cat + robot = Guaranteed internet hit (video)

    By 3 January 2012

    The Internet loves a cat, that's for sure. And whilst Kinect hacks may be a bit old hat now, and the Wii is on its last legs; combine the three with some robot virtual reality action and you've got an internet hit on your hands. That's what Tokyo-based...

  • Anonymous: We'll kill Facebook on bonfire night
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    Anonymous: We'll kill Facebook on bonfire night

    By 10 August 2011

    Remember remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason, should ever be forgot... Written about Guy Fawkes' "Gunpowder plot", a plan to bring down the Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James...

  • UK police: Jack Davis is definitely LulzSec's Topiary
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    UK police: Jack Davis is definitely LulzSec's Topiary

    By 1 August 2011

    The British authorities are convinced that the now-named 18-year-old Jack Davis, arrested on one of the Shetland Islands, Scotland last week is indeed the famed Topiary, one of the leaders and founders of LulzSec. Reports at the end of the week suggested...

  • Could latest LulzSec leader arrest be the wrong Topiary?
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    Could latest LulzSec leader arrest be the wrong Topiary?

    By 28 July 2011

    Yesterday, police arrested a 19-year-old man on one of the remote Shetland Islands, Scotland, believing him to be LulzSec co-founder and leader Topiary. And, by all accounts, it is widely believed that he does, indeed, go by that name online. However,...

  • LulzSec: Lessons can be learned from hacking spree
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    LulzSec: Lessons can be learned from hacking spree

    By 5 July 2011

    A member of the now retired hacking group LulzSec has broken cover for an interview with the New Scientist magazine. And Sabu claims that, although originally for the "lulz", the team's attacks on several large company websites and databases have been...

  • Fox News has Twitter feed hacked - claims Obama is dead
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    Fox News has Twitter feed hacked - claims Obama is dead

    By 4 July 2011

    Following an alleged hack by members of Anonymous, Fox News had posted a tweet that claimed US president Barack Obama had been shot dead. The tweet, which read: "BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much....

  • Anonymous targets Apple in latest hack
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    Anonymous targets Apple in latest hack

    By 4 July 2011

    With the PSN all but restored and LulzSec gone quiet, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Summer hackathon was over. Not so..it now looks like Anonymous has gone and hacked the mighty Apple. Before you get too excited, no there wasn't any details...

  • FBI LulzSec raids continue - Iowa women gets visit
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    FBI LulzSec raids continue - Iowa women gets visit

    By 29 June 2011

    The LulzSec hacking group may have pronounced its retirement a few days back, but that won't stop the FBI and other international police forces from pursuing the individuals involved. One suspected member, Ryan Cleary, has been released on bail after...

  • The greatest hacks in history
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    The greatest hacks in history

    By 27 June 2011

    All the guffor currently surrounding LulzSec's hacking shenanigans got us thinking. The more stories we wrote about the group, the more we wondered where it all began... We set about sorting our DDoS attacks from our phreaks, our worms from our trojans...

  • LulzSec gets political with Arizona police hack
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    LulzSec gets political with Arizona police hack

    By 24 June 2011

    In recent times we've seen technology blogs inundated with stories of the latest hack from LulzSec. Only earlier this week there was news that the outfit had potentially lost its leader dominated headlines. It looks like it didn't. The hacking outfit...

  • 19 year old LulzSec mastermind arrested
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    19 year old LulzSec mastermind arrested

    By 21 June 2011

    Looks like the days of LulzSec's hackathon are now numbered, with the arrest of a 19 year old from Essex said to be the mastermind behind the cyber attacks. A joint operation between the FBI and Scotland Yard led to the eventual arrest of the teenager...

  • Games industry hacks continue: Sega's turn!
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    Games industry hacks continue: Sega's turn!

    By 17 June 2011

    It seems that this saga will never end, but yet another games company has been breached by hackers... Sega. Like with Sony Computer Entertainment, Codemasters and Bethesda before it, Sega has had vital information from its user base exploited for mischievous means....

  • 3 arrested in Spain for Sony hacking
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    3 arrested in Spain for Sony hacking

    By 10 June 2011

    A Spanish police statement has been released detailing 3 suspects who have been arrested in connection with a Sony hacking case. Also connected to the hackers, who were identified as members of anonymous, was cyber-attacks on Spanish banks, an Italian...

  • Accusations of Gmail spying unnacceptable, says Chinese gov
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    Accusations of Gmail spying unnacceptable, says Chinese gov

    By 2 June 2011

    Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei is not happy about the recent blame placed upon China for the attempted hacking of the Gmail accounts of top US gov officials and journalists. "Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim....

  • Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks
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    Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks

    By 31 May 2011

    UK cyber security is apparently getting a boost according to a report by the Guardian, which states that a Government programme has begun developing offensive cyber weapons - adding to existing defensive capabilities. The defence minister, Nick Harvey,...

  • Hackers post 'Tupac lives' story on major news website
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    Hackers post 'Tupac lives' story on major news website

    By 30 May 2011

    Social media sites have been buzzing this morning after hackers posted a story on PBS NewsHour which alleged that rapper Tupac was alive and well in New Zealand. The story survived about an hour on the PBS site before it was removed by IT workers. The...

  • Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords
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    Britain could cope with a cyber-attack, claim Lords

    By 18 March 2010

    According to an EU Home Affairs sub-committee of peers, the UK is "well-placed" to cope with a large-scale cyber-attack. The lords examined what'd happen if a group of cyber-criminals or a rogue state banded together to attack Britain's telecommunications...

  • Texas cars disabled by hacker
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    Texas cars disabled by hacker

    By 18 March 2010

    A whole pile of cars has been remotely disabled in Austin, Texas, by a mischievous hacker who accessed a vehicle-immobilisation system normally used to chase after people who are late with their lay-away payments. The culprit has been fingered as 20-year-old...

  • Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail also targeted in phishing scam
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    Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail also targeted in phishing scam

    By 6 October 2009

    Google has confirmed that a large number of passwords to its email accounts have been stolen in an "industry-wide phishing scheme" which affects Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL and a number of other service providers. Following the news that 10,000 Hotmail...

  • Hotmail passwords leaked out online?
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    Hotmail passwords leaked out online?

    By 5 October 2009

    It's being reported that passwords for "thousands" of Hotmail accounts have leaked out online. An anonymous user posted details of over 10,000 accounts with user names running from A to B on a site called PasteBin, which is used by developers to share...

  • Laptops hacked by repair technicians
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    Laptops hacked by repair technicians

    By 22 July 2009

    Some of you might have seen Pocket-lint on Sky News discussing a worrying bit of research that the channel has conducted into what happens when you send your laptop into repair shops. They created a very basic fault with a machine by unseating a RAM chip...

  • Study on how spammers get our cash
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    Study on how spammers get our cash

    By 10 November 2008

    A team of researchers have become spammers to understand how these cyber criminals work. The team of computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD), found that spammers have a very low rate of success, but are still...