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  • Major Security Bug In Aptean’s Customer Response System Puts User Data At Risk

    Major Security Bug In Aptean’s Customer Response System Puts User Data At Risk

    A bug discovered by security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh can change a standard customer feedback system called Aptean SupportSoft into a method for hackers to grab passwords, credit card information and usernames. Taylor and Welsh have also been able to inject code into chat sessions that makes small windows appear when a customer service chat session is initiated. Read More

  • How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    Clifford Stoll wrote one of my favorite books, The Cuckoo’s Egg, and then went a little goofy about the future of the Internet. But that’s OK because Cliff now sells Klein Bottles, “a one-sided surface which, if traveled upon, could be followed back to the point of origin while flipping the traveler upside down,” from his home. The most interesting thing, however, is… Read More

  • Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks

    Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks

    After a series of spam attacks and other obscene edits, Google has temporarily taken its crowdsourced map editing tool Map Maker offline. The online tool has, for years, allowed those in countries without detailed maps to be able to add various details and points of interest to Google Maps, like new roads or parks, for example. Read More

  • Dashlane’s “Inbox Scan” Tool Uncovers The Passwords You’ve Saved In Your Email

    Dashlane’s “Inbox Scan” Tool Uncovers The Passwords You’ve Saved In Your Email

    Even if you create and use secure passwords with your various online sites, there are still a number of ways they can leak out. One area that’s often overlooked, according to password manager and digital wallet provider Dashlane, is email. That is, people often share their login credentials and plain-text passwords along with other sensitive data via email messages. That means if… Read More

  • The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have much more at stake when it comes to security. A breach could prove devastating to their businesses. That could be why it’s hard to come up with a major security snafu involving a cloud provider. Other than the Jennifer Lawrence… Read More

  • Voltera, The Electronics Printer, Launches To Much Fanfare

    Voltera, The Electronics Printer, Launches To Much Fanfare

    One of our absolute favorites from the Hardware Battlefield just launched on Kickstarter and they are, if you’ll excuse the cliché, crushing it. The company appeared on our stage at CES 2015 and showed of an early working prototype. Now, however, they’re ready to take orders and start shipping. The printer is essentially a PCB maker. You put in a board, upload a circuit diagram… Read More

  • The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The latest Keurig K-Cup machines have a dirty secret: built into the little ground coffee pods that so many know and love is a nefarious form of DRM. A special ink found only on real cups (and damaged by use) ensures that you can only use “real” K-Cups, thereby preventing you from making your own pirate cups. But freedom’s just another word for sticking it to the man, and… Read More

  • The Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    The Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    It is my understanding, and correct me if I’m off base here, that you’re into piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Furthermore, you’re not into yoga and, I suspect this is unrelated but let’s not quibble, you have half a brain. And if you like making 3D-printed guitar necks at midnight on your home workbench, then you should probably take a look at this… Read More

  • The Lizard Squad’s “Lizard Stresser” Service Runs On Hacked Routers

    The Lizard Squad’s “Lizard Stresser” Service Runs On Hacked Routers

    Security expert Brian Krebs has analyzed the Lizard Stresser, an attack tool created by the so-called Lizard Squad hacker collective and touted as a test for webmins who needed to see what happens to their services under duress. His discovery? The network of attack computers actually consists of insecure and compromised home routers. This is the network used to take down the Playstation… Read More

  • High Tech Or Hangover? Watch Quake On An Oscilloscope

    High Tech Or Hangover? Watch Quake On An Oscilloscope

    Head spinning? Stomach gurgling? Did you just drink a Bloody Mary just to find some respite from your pounding gulliver? Why not take a look at Pekka Väänänen’s project, an attempt to play Quake on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope. Why? Because if it can’t run Quake it’s not a true piece of technological hardware, that’s why. But it’s pretty hard. To get the machine… Read More