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BigPond GameArena hacked, 35,000 passwords reset

Quick disclosure from Telstra
Telstra has taken the unusual – in Australia – step of proactively announcing that a service has been compromised.…

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Robotic falconry: winged unit lands on you!

It doesn’t have four rotors, but this advanced-glider is every bit as impressive as the most complicated of quadrotor offerings. It’s the first glider that can successfully perch on your arm. We can’t help but think back to the owl in the original Clash of the Titans movie. The team at the Aerospace Robotics and Control …

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EXCLUSIVE: Hacker Adrian Lamo Who Betrayed Wikileaks’ Manning Turns Fire on Anonymous

Adrian Lamo is considered the world’s most hated hacker after turning in Wikileaks source Bradley Manning to the feds attacks during their cyber-campaigns. A DDoS attack involves multiple compromised systems, usually infected with a Trojan, targeting a…

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Hackerspace Intros: Squidfoo in Springfield, Missouri

I am particularly pleased to be announcing SquidFoo, an Art gallery/studio and hackerspace in Springfield Missouri (hackerspaces.org link). For those unaware, this small town is where I’m located (Brad Pitt came from here too!). I would love to take credit for this hackerspace, but I can’t. [Scott Sauer] and [Phil Broussard] created it and reached …

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Laptop touchpad as a standalone peripheral

[Viktor] is working on salvaging parts from a dead laptop. In his eyes the biggest gem to be had is the touchpad, so he set out to see if he could make the touchpad a standalone device. You might be envisioning the many hells of interfacing this with a microcontroller and writing firmware to measure and translate …

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Armenia jails Bredolab botmaster for 4 years

First computer crime conviction in the former Soviet republic
A cybercrook who established a 30 million computer strong botnet has been jailed for four years in Armenia.…

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Your face in chocolate

We think in might be absurdly vain, but wouldn’t it be fun to give everyone in your family a chocolate modeled after your mug this holiday season? [Eok.gnah] has already worked out a system to make this possible. It consists of three parts: scanning your head and building a 3D model from it, using that model to …

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Telepresence robot lets you play a hand of cards

Virtual card games proliferate the interwebs, but this card-playing telepresence device is unique. [Patrick] calls the project Vanna, and we’d bet that’s an homage to the tile-flipping TV star [Vanna White]. Much like she flips the blank tiles to reveal letters, this device can flip the hand of cards either face up or face down. …

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Power Index Window Display turns buildings into LED matrices

What started off as a fun project using light bulbs picked up some sponsorship and is going on tour. This project now uses LED modules controlled on the 2.4 GHz band to turn buildings into full color displays. It’s the product of students at Wroc?aw University of Technology in Poland. The group is something of an …

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Google sounds alert on virus that could leave hundreds of thousands without Internet

It is now easier than ever to find out if your computer is infected with a virus that would leave you without an Internet connection later this summer.

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