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 help… » 12/23/14 3:50pm Tuesday 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 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

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 1:53pm 4/01/14 1:53pm

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

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

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

The Shark Fin: How to Shotgun Your Beer With Class


Beer cans, once the vessels of crap beer only, have recently been embraced by craft brewers nationwide. It's a beer can renaissance! But despite the surge in popularity, beer cans aren't perfect. Invert the can too quickly and you're going to get a very uneven pour and a mouthful of air. But this simple hack, known as… » 8/02/13 5:00pm 8/02/13 5:00pm

What's Your Favorite Life Hack for Technology?

Because smart people who are good at solving problems with DIY methods or life hacks also happen to be very good at the Internet and because people who are good at the Internet also happen to be very good at finding DIY methods or life hacks to solve problems, it seems like we've come to a point where we already know… » 7/29/13 10:00pm 7/29/13 10:00pm