While most 3D printers are still too expensive for home use, there are a variety of online options for ordering 3D printed objects and for finding the equivalent of 3D blueprints for a variety of objects. One of those objects happens to be a plastic gun called the “Liberator”. That printed gun was recently successfully fired without the plastic body breaking.
Either it’s right on time or two hacks too late. Twitter is reportedly testing its two-factor authentication system before releasing it — incrementally according to Wired — to users.
If you incorrectly enter a password, is it because you mistakenly typed it wrong, or because you are trying to hack an account? Apple reckons it can tell the difference.
Usually when two people or companies get into a spat, very few bystanders get affected. This time a spat between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker is slowing down the global web. Everyone seems to have been affected in some way shape or form. It seems that Cyberbunker has unleashed a nuclear denial of service (DDOS) attack in the ongoing grudge match.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled the use of National Security Letters (NSL) is unconstitutional, according to The New York Times. The letters, typically written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were used to obtain United States subscriber information from Internet Service Providers in secret and without a warrant, dodging the courts in near entirety. In the name of national security, ISPs were kept from disclosing to users they may be monitored by the FBI.
In the United States, the police have always been allowed to search and inspect any item a suspect may be carrying on their person at the time of their arrest. These searches typically turned up little due to the limits of what a person can carry. Enter the cell phone, which can often give officers of the law access to every little embarassing detail in cell phone user’s life.
The phone numbers, emails, and email subject lines of users who contacted three major Internet companies for support have been compromised after hackers infiltrated Zendesk’s system. The three customers: Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, according to a Wired report.
The Chinese government says claims the country’s military is running a major hacking operation lack technical merit. A spokesman said that by the logic of a report pointing the finger at China, the US is the world’s biggest hacker.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to boost security for corporations and companies critical to the United State infrastructure. Obama’s signature on the order has some Internet-rights advocates worried the U.S. government may rekindle its efforts to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) — a bill which, they argue, would have violated the privacy of consumers.
Emails of several of the Presidents’ Bush’s family and friends were hacked by Guccifier. The emails revealed personal family correspondence concerning the elder President Bush’s health and the younger President Bush’s self portraits. Apparently the hacker “only” obtained personal family information and not national security secrets. Still revealing personal family emails about President George H. W. Bush’s failing health that feels incredibly intrusive.
If you don’t have a backup plan for your computer you’re courting disaster. And if you’re in a disaster an external drive might get damaged. Fortunately there’s a variety of services out there for online backups, and they just happened to make it to Macworld 2013. Here’s a breakdown of the various backup programs which made an appearance on Macworld 2013′s expo hall floor.
The New York Times claims that it suffered a major hacking operation, and was infiltrated by what appears to be Chinese hackers over the last four months, according to a report published by the Times on Wednesday, January 30th. The hackers were apparently retaliating against the international news organization for its critical story of new Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao’s wealth, and gained access to the passwords of every Times employee. Especially targeted were the journalists who wrote the story on Wen and his family.
Anonymous, the hacking collective responsible for various Internet-related retaliations and general insanity, has recently announced their biggest target: the United States Government. The collective allegedly has access to U.S. government secrets, and is threatening to release them in a Wikileaks-style dump.