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A Mobile Aquarium Steered By A Fish Named José

As mesmerising as an aquarium full of fish can be, it’s hard to not feel bad about imprisoning them in a glass cell. And maybe that’s partly what inspired Adam Ben-Dor, the creator of that awesome animated Pixar-like desk lamp, to build the Abovemarine; a glass bowl on omni-directional wheels that lets its sole swimming occupant steer it around.


This Firewall Keeps Phony Towers From Intercepting Your Phone Calls

Earlier this week, we reported about how rogue mobile phone towers all over the US could be intercepting phone calls and loading malware on devices. The good news: There’s a firewall that identifies these towers and alerts you instantly. The bad news: You need a $US3500 device to use it.


Phony Mobile Towers Could Be Intercepting User Data In The US

You wouldn’t know an interceptor from an ordinary mobile phone tower, there’s no way you can. Except that when your phone connects to one, a variety of over-the-air attacks become possible — everything from eavesdropping to pushing spyware on the device. It all happens stealthily, silently.


The iCloud Flaw That Could Have Caused The Nude Celeb Leaks

Over the weekend, there’s been a slew of images released showing celebrities in varying states of undress. Now, it appears that a flaw in iCloud could be responsible for the images making their way online.


Hackers Steal Gigabytes Of Customer Data From JPMorgan And Other Banks

Hackers broke into the computer networks of at least five US banks and siphoned off gigabytes of data, which included chequing and savings account information of millions of customers, the New York Times reports. Security experts are describing the attack as “extremely sophisticated”.


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.


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