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  1. Tech

    UK Anti-Porn Crusader’s Website Hacked, Replaced With, You Guessed It, Lots of Porno

    British MP Claire Perry is one of British Prime Minister David Cameron's top advisers on his Quixotic campaign to eliminate porn from the Internet. So when news was announced this week of wide-ranging Internet filters to be enacted in the UK that will make British adults ask 'Mother May I?'before viewing pornography on their home computers, Perry made a natural target for those upset over the new policy. And perhaps unsurprisingly -- this is the Internet, after all -- a few of those disappointed individuals proceeded to hack Perry's website, replacing the front page with porno, porno, and more porno. They didn't out Perry as being completely ignorant of how the Internet works, though -- she did that all on her own.

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  2. Weird

    Anonymous Hacks North Korea’s Official Twitter and Flickr, Posts Bizarre Images

    As North Korea continues to bolster its threats against the United States, it seems they've got some social media issues to deal with. The official Twitter and Flickr accounts of the North Korean government have been hacked, and hacktivist group Anonymous is taking credit. The Twitter account seems to mainly be posting about other sites that are being hacked, but the Flickr page has some pretty bizarre pictures of a half-pig half-Kim Jong Un creature.

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  3. Entertainment

    Glockentar Is The Guitar/Robotic Glockenspiel Mashup We Didn’t Even Know We’d Been Waiting For

    What do you get when you cross the remains of a dismembered guitar with an Arduino powered robotic glockenspiel? In the interest of full disclosure, we've never had occasion to ask ourselves that question. We have an answer to it today, though, and the answer is glockentar, a musical chimera of bells, circuits, strings and light projections that...you know what? Just check out the video. It's one of those "you have to see it for yourself" things.

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  4. Gaming

    Gamers’ Lawsuit Goes After Blizzard Over Battle.Net Authenticator System

    In the wake of a series of invasive hacks earlier this year, Battle.Net users are taking their anger and frustration out on Blizzard with a new class action lawsuit. While lawsuits are par for the course when it comes to potentially leaking users' credit card information, it seems that WoW and Diablo III fans are enraged over a different aspect of the scandal. Rather than focusing on the allegedly lackluster security of Battle.Net, users are suing over the fact that Blizzard tried to take advantage of the event by strongly recommending that insecure users buy the Battle.Net authenticator, a little keychain dongle that generates random passwords for players' accounts.

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  5. Gaming

    PlayStation 3 Security Keys Leaked Online: Kind of Matters, Kind of Doesn’t

    Over a year ago, Sony's PlayStation Network was hacked. It was an enormous deal, and Sony had to bring down the PSN for weeks in order to maintain safety, preventing consumers from PlayStation 3 and PSP online gaming and digital purchases for the length of the outage. Now, this far into the PlayStation 3's life cycle -- most likely a year or two away from Sony's next console replacing this one -- a team of hackers has reportedly obtained and released the console's "master key" online. This means that, along with some custom firmware, people can run pirated software on the PlayStation 3.

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  6. Tech

    SMS Attack Reboots Windows Phone 7.5, Disables Messaging Hub

    Khaled Salameh discovered a bug in Windows Phone 7.5 that reboots the devices as well as disables the messaging hub via an SMS attack. After learning of the bug, WinRumors tested the attack on a range of Windows Phones, and found that the denial-of-service vulnerability isn't device specific, but rather, seems to be how the Windows Phone messaging hub handles itself. The bug can also be triggered via a Windows Live message or a Facebook chat message.

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  7. Tech

    United Nations Hacked, Accounts Leaked

    Hacker collective TeaMp0isoN has leaked account information -- email addresses and passwords -- after hacking the United Nations. The accounts belong to individuals spread throughout groups within the United Nations, such as the United Nations Development Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and others. On their Pastebin dump, TeaMpoisoN noted that some of the user ids had blank passwords, something that is even ridiculous for your mom's junk email account to employ, much less a United Nations organization account.

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  8. Tech

    Hacking Attempt on AT&T, but AT&T Says Everything is Okay

    AT&T notified customers that it detected a hacking attempt that aimed at obtaining customer online account information. If you're an AT&T customer, you need not fret, as AT&T claims they don't believe any information was compromised in the attempt. Though AT&T service in the northeastern U.S. experienced a wireless outage earlier today for around three hours, AT&T claims this was unrelated to the hacking attempt.

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  9. Gaming

    Steam User Data Compromised, Minimal Damage So Far

    Steam, the premier PC digital distribution suite, experienced a security breach on November 6th. On its face, it appeared to be just some garden-variety forum vandalization, but on looking into it further, Valve found that a Steam user database was compromised as well. The server contained some actual Steam users' account information, which is distinctly seperate from Steam forum account information, but Valve says it has found no evidence that any of the encrypted information was taken.

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  10. Entertainment

    Sesame Street YouTube Channel Hacked, Videos Replaced With Hardcore Porn

    Last night, the YouTube account of Sesame Street got hacked, having all of its regular videos deleted and replaced with hardcore porn videos. YouTube was quick to react and shut down the channel in under half an hour, making the Internet once again safe for young, innocent eyes. Whoever the hacker was changed the name of the YouTube account to "MrEdXwx," a YouTube user who claims innocence in the fiasco, in that he was framed by the actual hacker. MrEdXwx posted a video (seen after the break) to his YouTube channel stating that he did not hack Sesame Street, and that he works hard to make "quality gameplay videos" and he respects the YouTube community guidelines.

    The above picture is a screenshot taken of the hacked page, sporting a banner that says "I'ts where porn lives," with the apostrophe out of place with no indicator as to whether or not that was intentional. As of Sunday, the channel had 140,000 subscribers when the videos were replaced with hardcore porn; one video clip being from "First Anal Quest," a website with a theme one can easily guess from the name. As of this time, no one has stepped forward and claimed responsibility of the hack, and Sesame Street's YouTube channel is still currently unavailable, so users will have to get their wholesome puppetry or hardcore anal porn clips elsewhere.

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  11. Tech

    uTorrent Website Hacked, Client Replaced With Fake Antivirus Scareware

    A post appearing on the BitTorrent blog states that at around 4:20 AM PDT yesterday (7:20 AM EST), the uTorrent.com web servers were compromised and the standard uTorrent software for Windows was replaced with one of those fake antivirus scareware programs. At around 6 AM PDT, BitTorrent took the web servers offline to deal with the issue, and as of this blog post, the servers are back up and everything seems safe again. The scareware that replaced the Windows uTorrent software was called Security Shield, which does the usual affair of launching on its own and claiming a virus has been detected on the user's system, followed by prompting the user to pay for the full version of the software in order to remove the fake detected virus. Anyone who has Windows and downloads things has likely dealt with, or at least knows someone who has dealt with, this kind of scareware, and knows that scareware tends to be more of a nuisance than an actual threat. However, if one downloaded the client from uTorrent's servers yesterday between 4 AM PDT and 6 AM PDT (7 AM EST and 9 AM EST), they should scan their computer and make sure everything is par for the course. There are a few scanners that make the process a bit easier when dealing with scareware, one of which can be read about here. (via Techmeme, BitTorrent blog)

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  12. Gaming

    It Never Ends: PlayStation Network Password Page Was Compromised

    A couple of days ago, we reported that Japanese authorities weren't allowing Sony to turn on the PlayStation Network in Japan because they felt Sony's promised security countermeasures were not yet completed. Well, it turns out said authorities may have been correct, as Nyleveia first reported and Eurogamer has seen video evidence that Sony's PlayStation Network password page was compromised. The hack allowed anyone to change any account password, so long as said account's email and date of birth was known, regardless of if said account had its password changed when the PSN returned. If a culprit did not know an account's email address or date of birth, said account remained safe, though the problem here is that the PSN went down precisely because that information -- along with a load of other sensitive information -- was obtained through the initial hack. Eurogamer reports they have seen video evidence that verifies the password hack worked, but luckily, Sony took down the password page shortly after Nyleveia began reporting the hack. As of now, users will still be able to sign into the PSN via their PlayStation 3 or PSP, but Nyleveia suggests "that everyone, regardless of if they have been affected or not, create a new password and change their account email to one they do not use anywhere else, and will not be sharing with anyone else just for additional security." (Nyleveia via Eurogamer)

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  13. Gaming

    Sony Hack Not Done Yet: Sony Online Entertainment Compromised

    Just when we thought the Sony mess was over, gamers ventured over to Sony Online Entertainment's webpage to find a message stating the service has been temporarily suspended. Last night, SOE gamers were greeting with the news that SOE was not spared from the original intrusion that brought down the PlayStation Network. Sony warns that the personal information gamers provided SOE, including name, address, email address, gender, birthdate and phone number have been compromised. Even worse, users login and password information was obtained, which is pretty terrible in general, but worse for SOE gamers because SOE is a network of online, persistent games, such as the legendary Everquest, and a hacked account allows the potential for someone's hard, grindy work to be ruined.

    If hacked MMO accounts and personal information weren't terrible enough, Sony also warns of something worse than the PSN hack: Credit card information was probably stolen, but it is not the worst scenario possible. Sony warns that there is information suggesting that an outdated database from 2007 containing around "12,700 non-U.S. customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained." However, they do assure us that the main credit card database has not been compromised.

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  14. Gaming

    Who the PlayStation Network Hack Really Affects

    The external intrusion, as Sony is wont to refer to it, into the PlayStation Network is kind of a big deal. Straight from their Q&A about the situation, Sony confirms that there are 77 million accounts that could possibly have completely compromised data. All data from the profile, such as name, email, birthday and address, plus maybe more, is in the hands of those who hacked the network. Smooth move, Sony. That said, they have finally announced that they have no evidence that credit card information had been gleaned. Unlike their personal data tables, they’d deigned to encrypt all of that. That hasn’t stopped people from coming out of the woodwork to blame Sony’s data leak for their own financial issues however. As other outlets have pointed out, that’s possibly due to being on high alert for such things.

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  15. Gaming

    PSN Update: Trophies, Cloud Saves, Download History Safe and Credit Card Info was Encrypted

    A few days ago, Sony spoke out about the PlayStation Network breach in great detail, delivering potentially devastating news. It looks like there is finally some good news regarding the fiasco, though, as Sony assures us that trophies, friend lists, PS+ cloud saves and account download history remain intact and will be restored when the network goes live once again. As for the worst potential piece of news that came out of this whole nightmare -- users' credit card information being stolen -- Sony claims that the credit card information was indeed encrypted, which, even if the info was stolen and decrypted, removes some of the negativity surrounding Sony, as anything can be hacked regardless of its encryption and security, so at least Sony was responsible regarding the most sensitive information they guard.

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