1. Tech

    Dutch Art Installation Reportedly Hacked, Now Makes Porn Moaning Sounds

    Today's a weird day for art and explicit content, huh? Except this time it's not intentional on the part of the artist. Apparently a public arts project in Enschede, Netherlands, been hacked so that instead of playing natural bird sounds as intended, it emits very creepy sex-moaning noises out of loudspeakers placed around a large part of town.

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  2. Tech

    Did The New York Times Just Get Hacked? Here’s What We Know So Far

    If you tried to access the New York Time website over the past two hours, you might have encountered a very unusual error message saying that the site was down. It's back up now, but what happened? Hackers happened, an unnamed source at Fox Business claims. Uh oh.

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  3. Tech

    Oh Dear God No: Toilets Can Be Hacked

    High tech toilets have always fascinated us as a civilization. Well, maybe not always -- toilets didn't even used to exist for a while -- but there's something oddly appealing about a crapper that dazzles us with flashing lights. You know, except when it falls prey to hackers and floods your bathroom, because that's now a thing that's possible.

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  4. Tech

    New Tool Can Tell How Much Your Email’s Worth to Hackers

    Now that everyone is nice and freaked out about the NSA stealing all of their data, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a program to determine how much the data in your Gmail account is worth -- not to the government, but to the hackers that target such accounts, in case anyone forgot that this is still an issue.

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  5. Tech

    NATO Commissioned Report Gives OK To Killing Hackers In Cyber Warfare

    They shoot hackers, don't they? Well, not yet, but give cyber warfare some time to get its feet and that could change. A new report commissioned by NATO finds that applying the rules of conventional war to cyber warfare makes sense, meaning that countries could be in the clear as far as international law is concerned if they strike beck against virtual attacks with real life force.

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  6. Gaming

    Today in Geek History: Secret Service Raids Steve Jackson Games

    You probably figured our Today In Geek History series would cover only science events. You figured wrong! The gaming world has a colorful history, too. For example, on this day in 1990, armed Secret Service agents raided the Austin, Texas offices of Steve Jackson Games, the game company that published GURPS (Generic Universal RolePlaying System) but is perhaps best known in the community for the card game Munchkin. So why the raid? They were looking for a hacker. Sound familiar?

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  7. Tech

    Anonymous May Block Obama’s State of the Union Address Tonight

    Which are you more afraid of: Internet anarchists or Big Brother? Tonight, the live Internet feed of President Obama's State of the Union address may just get blocked by Anonymous, who've declared they would do so. Check the Internet tonight at 9PM Eastern Standard Time to find out if it really happens, but read on to find out why.

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  8. Entertainment

    Television Prank Has Zombie Apocalypse Begin in Montana of All Places

    Love them or hate them, you already know that flesh-eating zombies have been shambling roughshod through pop culture these days. Surely, the more we see them on the screen, the less we would believe in them -- except perhaps for those Great Falls, Montana residents who were spooked by yesterday's  TV-broadcast warning "that the dead of are rising from the grave."

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  9. Tech

    Hackers and Gabon Burst Dotcom’s Bubble, MegaUpload Successor Won’t Use Spiffy Domain As Planned

    Not to be confused with Gaben, which refers to Valve head Gabe Newell, Gabon is a sovereign state located in Africa which just so happens to control the .ga top-level domain. Because Kim Dotcom is clearly a clever wordsmith, it was announced that the upcoming successor to MegaUpload would be called "Mega" and -- you guessed it -- exist at the address. It looks like that's not going to happen, though, as both the Gabon government and an anonymous group of hackers have pulled the plug on before the service even had a chance to launch.

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  10. Tech

    Pinkie Pie Once Again Finds Chrome Exploit, Takes Home $60,000 Pwnium 2 Prize

    In case you missed it, Google just hosted their Pwnium 2 competition at the Hack In The Box conference in Malaysia. Like the name implies, this is the second such competition hosted by the search engine giant in order to improve the security in their Google Chrome browser. Pinkie Pie, for the second time this year, won the $60,000 prize for successfully producing the first Chrome vulnerability at the conference. Sadly, the name is just a handle, but we couldn't resist the above image.

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  11. Tech

    Hackers Attack Virgin Media In Response to The Pirate Bay Block, The Pirate Bay Disagrees With Attack

    Not too long ago, the High Court ruled U.K. ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay responded, suggesting easily implementable methods to get around the block, but that didn't stop Virgin Media from complying with the court order and swiftly enacting the block. In response to that, hackers attacked the Virgin Media website, getting it taken offline for a short while. Somewhat surprisingly, The Pirate Bay spoke out against the attack.

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  12. Weird

    Utah Medicaid Hack Affects Estimated 780,000, 280,000 Social Security Numbers Nabbed

    Late last month, the private information of people within the Utah medicaid system was accessed by nefarious hackers. The initial numbers of around 180,000 people affected were troubling enough, but those have ballooned several times over. The Utah Department of Health is now reporting that 280,000 people had their Social Security Numbers exposed and an additional 500,000 had less sensitive information -- such as names and addresses -- accessed.

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  13. Tech

    Google Chrome Successfully Cracked for $60,000 Prize

    Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it sure can buy a lot of other things. Google has recently been exploiting this fact by using it to buy hackers, essentially. After offering $1 million in prizes to potential hackers as a part of their Pwnium contest, Google is going to have to pay up, about which I'm sure they're happy. On the very first day, Russian University student Sergey Glazunov cracked Chrome wide open, snagging a $60,000 prize, marking the first time Chrome has been hacked in a public competition. He wasn't the only one to pull it off either.

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  14. Weird

    Former LulzSec Leader Aids FBI, Assists in Series of Arrests

    A lot has changed since last summer when the Lulz were abundant and the hacking was easy. LulzSec, insane mascot of Internet chaos, sailed off into the sunset, returned, and faded away again. Anonymous continued to pepper government sites with scattered DDoS attacks, though with less and less frequency, and the affected government organizations continued to swat at their Anonymous attackers, with increasing success. But there was more to it than all that, something that has only just come to light. It seems that Sabu, the figurehead of LulzSec, actually defected late in the summer of 2011 and has been working for the FBI ever since, and now it's become clear that he played an important role in the latest series of hacker arrests.

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  15. Tech

    One More Thing to Worry About: Smartphone Encryption Keys Can be Stolen Wirelessly

    Most of us probably don't give much thought to the digital encryption systems that keep our personal information, well, personal. If you do, you probably know more about it than I do. That said, the news that encryption keys can be stolen from smartphones by would-be nefarious hackers using only a nearby AM radio sets off all sorts of alarm bells in my head. Fortunately, no one has fallen victim to this technique, and the exploit's discoverers at Cryptography Research hope to keep it that way.

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