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The US Doesn't Like It When China Wants To Build Encryption Backdoors

The NSA and US tech giants have come to blows over government backdoors in encryption products lately, with the government arguing that backdoors are vital to national security, and the likes of Yahoo claiming it will make encryption pointless. Well, it looks the party line on backdoors changes pretty sharpish when China is involved.


The Golden Age Of Jailbreaking Is Over

Your smartphone may be as powerful as a computer, but it’s also hobbled. You can only install apps on it from the walled garden of the official app store. Your options are limited to the small, vetted collection of “approved” apps as opposed to the unlimited options available for PCs. That’s where jailbreaking comes in.


It Took Police Three Years To Fully Shut Down A Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down.


It Looks Like Lizard Squad Hacked Lenovo

If you happened to visit Lenovo.com this morning you might’ve seen a random teen with an amazing haircut, wearing a headset, and posing for a webcam. This is no accident. It looks like the Lizard Squad hacked in and took over the homepage. It’s a pretty funny hack, honestly.


How To Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish, that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising. Research from EFF’s decentralised SSL observatory has seen many thousands of Superfish certificates that have all been signed with the same root certificate, showing that HTTPS security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.


Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo’s pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it’s cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code and licence of the removal tool for scrutiny.


Lenovo Installs Superfish Adware On Its New Computers

Oh no, Lenovo. Users are reporting on the company’s forums that its computers are coming installed with adware straight out of the box — that can monitor secure connections.


Game Lets You Hack The Mainframe Just Like In Jurassic Park

Every nerd born before 1990 knows the Jurassic Park hacking scene. “It’s a UNIX system — I know this!” Now, thanks to some nostalgic developers, you too can hack into the mainframe. A newly developed game mimics the 3D interface that Lex conquered to save everyone from the dinosaurs over 20 years ago. It’s pretty fun!


Lonely Hacker Builds Arduino To Trade Pokemon With Himself

Video: Pokemon. To catch them all, you have to have two of everything — two Game Boys, two (slightly different) copies of the same game and, if you’re lucky, a friend to play with. Trading monsters was addictive, fun and included forced social interaction! Well, it used to: someone just built an Arduino so he could trade with himself.


Change Your Passwords! More Social Media Accounts Have Been Hacked

In the last couple of hours three prominent social media accounts have been hacked: The Twitter accounts of Newsweek and Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, as well as the Facebook account of Delta Airlines. And there’s more.