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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Had Her Phone Hacked

At the height of the diplomatic and humanitarian crisis that was the MH17 disaster, it’s understandable that the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop MP, would have been glued to her phone carefully negotiating access to the site. Upon her return to Australia, however, intelligence officials seized the device following reports it had been hacked.


The Gyroscope In Your Smartphone Can Be Easily Used To Spy On You

Sure, the gyroscope in your smartphone is great for whizzing past the competition in Need For Speed. But did you know that it can also be used to eavesdrop on your conversations?


Catch Of The Day Is Finally Cancelling Its Users' Compromised Accounts

Catch Of The Day announced on Friday last week that it had been hacked. That hack happened in 2011, though, and a lot of people rightly weren’t happy about it. Plenty of people wanted to delete their accounts. Now, it looks like that’s finally happening.


An Open Letter To Catch Of The Day: We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Hey, Catch of the Day. Can I call you Catch? Look, I know we haven’t talked in a while. I haven’t opened your emails, dropped by to say hey or even looked at what you’re up to on social media. But what you did on Friday was probably the worst way to get my attention you could have thought of, and now we have a problem.


Catch Of The Day Hacked In 2011, Only Now Informing Users

This week, deal site Catch of the Day sent out an email regarding an “illegal cyber intrusion” of its website to affected users. The company believes “names, delivery addresses [and] email addresses”, as well as encrypted passwords and “in some cases” credit card data, were comprised during the attack. Fair enough you might say, letting people know you’ve been hacked. Shame it took CotD three years to do it.


New Kinect For PC Arrives July 15 (And The Hacks Not Long After)

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor will be available for PCs from July 15 — and it will usher in a whole new wave of fascinating and useful hacks.


It's Easy To Infect People With Malware If You Pay Them A Few Cents

Would you install malware on your computer if someone paid you to do it?


A New Vulnerability Could Leave Smart TVs Exposed

A new hack that requires little more than a $US250 1-watt amplifier could leave your smart TV vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. It’s called the “Red Button” attack, after the red button on your remote that allows you to control the interactive features of your smart TV, and was discovered by two researchers at the Columbia University Network Security Lab.


How To Get Rid Of Your Facebook News Feed

Remember the days when Facebook was simple? There was no News Feed, no FarmVille requests, no massive privacy violations — it was a nice, clean directory of all your friends and their basic information. Well, thanks to a developer from Hamburg, you can finally have that Facebook back.


A Wall-Mounted Computer Chess Game Is Playable Art

Staring at the Mona Lisa provides a few minutes of enjoyment and contemplation, but were the famous portrait on the wall of your living room, you’d soon find yourself wishing she did more than just sit there and smirk. Maybe that’s what inspired the Artful Dodger to build this portrait chess set that lets you play against the computer.


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