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Hacker Brings Down New York Magazine Website Because He Really Hates NYC

On Sunday night, New York Magazine published the accounts of 35 women who say Bill Cosby raped them. It’s a powerful, first-hand narrative coupled with striking portraits of the victims but you can’t read it, because a racist hacker who apparently hates New York City took the magazine’s website offline.… » 7/27/15 10:02am 7/27/15 10:02am

How the Army Screwed Over Targets of Biggest Government Hack Ever

Here’s proof that the government blind-bumbles its way through tech problems like some hydra-headed bureaucratic Mr. Magoo: The Army thought a legitimate email of warning from another agency was also from hackers—and ended up leaving people affected by the hack in the dark because of its mistake. » 7/21/15 12:27pm 7/21/15 12:27pm

Costco and Sam's Club Shut Down Photo Sites After Hackers Break In

Last week, hackers breached CVS’s photo site, so the company shut down its photo service to deal with potential credit card theft. But CVS wasn’t the only company affected. Now, Costco, Sam’s Club, Rite Aid, and dozens of other retailers that used the same photo service hosting company as CVS are temporarily shutting… » 7/21/15 11:06am 7/21/15 11:06am

MLB Teams Are Hacking Each Other's Dumb Passwords Now, Apparently

The FBI’s Houston office is conducting an investigation into an alleged cyberattack against the Houston Astros by the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a New York Times report today. It’s the first time a pro sports team has hacked a rival (or the first time they’ve gotten caught), and involves—surprise!—a terrible,… » 6/16/15 12:07pm 6/16/15 12:07pm

Awesome Dad Upgrades a Power Wheels With High-Speed Brushless Motors

Fisher-Price’s Power Wheels toys promise kids all the thrills of driving, without the need for a license. But in reality the battery-powered vehicles are usually disappointingly slow, unless your dad is Richard Whelan who upgraded his daughter’s tiny pink Mini Cooper Power Wheels with brushless electric motors giving… » 6/08/15 4:10pm 6/08/15 4:10pm

You Can Hack a Children's Toy to Open Random Garage Doors

Do you value what’s in your garage? Then you’d better make sure your garage door opener uses a secure wireless system, because it is frightfully easy to hack the more basic ones. Security researcher Samy Kamkar just proved as much when he turned an old Mattel toy into a scary universal garage door opener. » 6/04/15 11:00am 6/04/15 11:00am

Ghosts Should Still Fear a Single Pixel Pac-Man

At 35 years old, Pac-Man has managed to remain a popular video game for decades. If only his dated graphics weren’t really showing their age. Instead of giving the yellow hero a facelift, though, Hackaday’s Mike Szczys has instead made the game’s graphics even simpler with his 1-Pixel Pac-Man de-make that you can… » 6/02/15 11:50am 6/02/15 11:50am

Looks Like Russian Hackers Stole 100,000 Americans' Tax Returns Online

The Internal Revenue Service suspect that Russian hackers are the culprits who stole the tax records of at least 100,000 people this year, and—yep, you read that right. Russian hackers! If you’re getting déjà vu, that’s because this marks the third time in very recent history that US government websites have been… » 5/29/15 10:22am 5/29/15 10:22am