Uber Got Hacked Because It Left Its Security Key Out In Public

Remember how Uber, in a Friday night post last week, admitted that the names and personal info of 50,000 drivers had been accessed by an unknown party? Well, Ars Technica has an update. A sad update. » 3/03/15 11:30am 3/03/15 11:30am

Oh Shit, Anthem the Health Insurer Was the Victim of a Massive Hack 

Anthem, the second-largest health insurance company in the U.S., admitted today that it got majorly hacked, exposing the Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and more of what may be millions of customers. » 2/05/15 12:57am 2/05/15 12:57am

This Table Protects You From Burning Hot Beverages

What if your dining room table could show you when your coffee or cocoa is too hot to drink? That could be a reality today: hacker Ken Kawamoto shows us how with a technique called thermal projection mapping. » 12/29/14 10:00pm 12/29/14 10:00pm

So Who Shut Down North Korea's Internet?

Just this past Friday, North Korea's already shaky internet access started to crumble. Over the weekend, things just got worse, and by yesterday morning, the country was in a state of total blackout. Considering that the U.S. just officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, and that the U.S. asked China for… » 12/23/14 3:50pm 12/23/14 3:50pm

Sony Execs Knew About Extensive IT Flaws Two Months Before Leaks

Earlier this year, Sony Pictures released one hell of an internal IT assessment. The report showed that not only was the company ignoring basic security protocol, its IT security was plagued with unmonitored devices, miscommunication, and a lack of accountability. It's dated Sept 25th, almost two months to the day… » 12/12/14 2:26pm 12/12/14 2:26pm

Sony Pictures Top Lawyer’s Emails Exposed in Latest Leak

As had been promised by GOP (or Guardians of Peace), the hacking group responsible for the trove of leaked Sony information, one of the worst batches yet has been released: The email history of Sony Pictures General Counsel Leah Weil. » 12/10/14 11:11pm 12/10/14 11:11pm

Sony Kept Thousands of Passwords in a Folder Named "Password"

It's been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT—that is, until you realize that they hid their most sensitive password data under the label "Passwords." Go ahead and… » 12/04/14 12:38pm 12/04/14 12:38pm

Change Your Password: Hackers Claim Hundreds of Dropbox Passwords Leaked

Reddit users are claiming that several Pastebin files containing hundreds of Dropbox users' usernames and passwords have been leaked. Change your password just in case and activate two-factor authentication if you haven't already. Update: Dropbox claims that their servers have not been breached and this info was… » 10/13/14 11:15pm 10/13/14 11:15pm

The Tempescope Puts the Weather in a Box on Your Desk

Sure, you could just download a weather app to see what conditions are like outside your front door, but where's the fun in that? Ken Kawamoto's Tempescope actually creates rain, clouds, and simulated lightning right inside your house. It's the ultimate push notification. » 10/10/14 1:51pm 10/10/14 1:51pm

Home Depot Confirms 56 Million Cards Hit By Hack

Home Depot has confirmed that 56 million cards were compromised in a major security breach between April and September of this year. The breach affected customers in the United States and Canada. » 9/18/14 4:51pm 9/18/14 4:51pm

Keep Your Cookbooks Clean With a Temporary Recipe Tattoo on Your Arm

The cookbooks I've used in my life have endured drippings, grease splatters, and one especially harrowingly bath in a pot of tomato soup. Let's face it, a big block of paper is an inconvenient thing to lug around the kitchen. But there's an ingenious little idea that puts tattoos in a perfectly convenient place to… » 5/09/14 3:40pm 5/09/14 3:40pm

How to hack your air conditioner thermostat to make a wall explode

Sponsored by the game Watch Dogs, the folks at RatedRR explain how you can hack into anything in real life—from cameras to AC units to smart power outlets to wireless LED lights—to use those home devices as remote bomb detonators. And of course, their demonstration includes actual bombs and explosions for your… » 4/01/14 1:49pm 4/01/14 1:49pm

New Netflix Phishing Scam Tricks You Into Calling Fake "Tech Support"

If the screen below has ever popped up as you were supposedly logging into Netflix, we've got some bad news for you. No, it's not your Netflix account—that's perfectly safe (at least for now). But if you followed the instructions on the screen, you've been duped by a new phishing scheme that seems so painfully… » 3/03/14 12:23pm 3/03/14 12:23pm

How to turn old pizza into pure deliciousness using a waffle iron

I nominate Serious Eats' J. Kenji López-Alt for fast food genius of the year for this clever hack: turn a leftover pizza slice into a delicious snack using a waffle iron. Oh gods of the junkgourmandize, simplicity can be truly beautiful and succulent indeed! » 1/27/14 11:37am 1/27/14 11:37am

Target Hackers Also Swiped Personal Info of 70 Million Customers

So remember a few weeks ago when Target admitted that hackers had swiped the data of 40 million customers, but no one needed to worry because it was all encrypted? Well, Target's starting to realize that quite a bit more data was swiped than it previously thought—specifically, the names, mailing addresses, phone… » 1/10/14 9:46am 1/10/14 9:46am

Get This App That Lets You Secretly Save Snapchats While You Still Can

Dick pic enthusiasts and general voyeurs, rejoice! The new app SnapHack lets you effortlessly download any Snap (pic and video alike) without the person on the other end ever having any idea that their privacy has just been demolished. » 10/15/13 12:30pm 10/15/13 12:30pm

Can Your Brain Be Hacked?

Your computer can be hacked. Your phone can get hacked. Your e-mail account. Your Facebook account. And even... your brain. AsapSCIENCE explains how we're coming up with ways to use technology—special lasers!—to hack our brains. » 10/01/13 8:02pm 10/01/13 8:02pm

A Guy Hacked Zuck's Wall After Facebook Ignored His Bug Report

Khalil, a Palestinian white hat hacker, submitted bug reports to Facebook about a vulnerability that allowed him to post on anyone's wall. But Facebook's security team didn't do anything. So Khalil wrote on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall about it and was generally a badass. » 8/18/13 5:42pm 8/18/13 5:42pm

How to Safely Continue Using TOR on Windows

An attack against Tor Browser users on Windows machines was discovered this Sunday, and there is speculation that the uncovered malware was used by a law enforcement agency to harvest the IP addresses of users of several hidden services hosted by Freedom Hosting. The malware exploits a serious JavaScript security… » 8/07/13 4:45am 8/07/13 4:45am

A $10 Hack Fixes One of Apple’s Most Annoying Product Design Missteps

Apple's stock headphones aren't exactly the most-loved product in the company's oeuvre, even after Jony Ive's team revamped them last year. Yet they're free (with purchase) and produced by the millions. So Sprng, an inexpensive little plastic do-dad that makes them useful, is worth paying attention to. » 8/05/13 5:05pm 8/05/13 5:05pm