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Did you know: these were the best phones five years ago (2010)

What did smartphones look five years ago? What were the best smartphones available five years ago, and how did they look?
These were the questions we asked ourselves, as we contemplated on the fact that these days it seems more and more like Android devices are increasingly becoming very similar to each other and the pace of progress has slowed down, or at least does not manifest itself in the great leaps that we were used to seeing in previous years.

A revolutionary year for phonesCoincidentally, five years ago brings …

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Hack to steal cars with keyless ignition: Volkswagen spent 2 years hiding flaw

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Supposedly you could become a “keyless” car thief capable of stealing Ferraris or other high-end cars with keyless engine start functions such as those in Audi, Fiat, Honda, Volkswagen and Volvo vehicles if only one sentence had not been omitted from a research paper. That deleted sentence was the end game for three security researchers who have been gagged for two years about a flaw in keyless cars. Most people have a “dream” car which they would own if money were no option. Mine is a Tesla S P85D with a hardware upgrade so it would include a “Ludicrous” mode making it capable of doing 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. “It’s faster than falling,” explained Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “It’s like having your own private roller coaster.” For some people, a high-end Volkswagen, a Porsche or a Lamborghini is their dream car and they actually own one. Those are the types of luxury vehicles that high-tech car thieves get “orders” for and then steal. Volkswagen should be ashamed of funneling its money and resources into gagging security researchers for two years instead of fixing a flaw in high-tech keys that thieves could exploit to steal high-end cars. Responsible disclosure Three researchers […]

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How The LAPD Has Been Hacking Our Phones For Years

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The LAPD has had access to a device called a “dirtbox” for the past several years. This equipment allows them to intercept calls and text messages from numerous cellphones at once. A “dirtbox” gets its name from the acronym of the company that makes them: Digital Receiver Technology, Inc., which is owned by The Boeing Co. These devices, which used by the military and the Justice Department, are also being used by police. Police departments in both Chicago and L.A. bought the equipment in 2005, according to an investigation by Reveal News. Los Angeles spent $260,000 on the equipment, using money from a homeland security grant to pay for the actual devices and a two-week training program on how to use it. Their reasoning was the same as it always is: to fight terrorism. Chicago, on the other hand, used funds from the controversial practice of asset forfeiture. A dirtbox is something called a cell site simulator, and it works by mimicking a cell phone tower. Cell phones within range start using the dirtbox, and any information—voice calls, who you’ve called, texts, data you’ve sent—is intercepted and decrypted as it passes through. A dirtbox is capable of drawing from 200 […]

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10 years after his epic MySpace hack, Samy Kamkar is trying to turn hackers into heroes

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Samy Kamkar is in a dark room in Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas; the room is lit by blue lights and the glow of laptop screens. A DJ is spinning lyric-less music while hackers sit at round tables intermittently coding and chatting. This is the designated “chill-out room” at DEFCON, the annual hacking convention, but Kamkar is not feeling chill at the moment. He’s preparing to give a presentation to thousands of fellow hackers on how to “wirelessly steal cars,” and he’s still putting the finishing touches on his PowerPoint. “I submitted the idea for this talk months ago, but I only did the work for it in the last two weeks,” he explains. Kamkar, 29, knew the conference organizers would choose a talk about hacking cars, and he was so sure he’d find a security flaw that he proposed the talk before he actually found one. And he was right; in the month before the conference, he built a device that can wirelessly unlock people’s cars. “This security flaw has been known about for 20 years. That’s why we have those RSA tokens with codes that only last for seconds,” he says. “But you need a good demo for […]

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Identity theft defendant sentenced to 17 years, ordered to pay $568,625

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A Miami man convicted in a fraud case involving identity theft and income tax refunds was sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $568,625 in restitution Tuesday. Eddie Blanchard, 37, was convicted by a federal jury in May on 21 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings, and obstruction of official proceedings. He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.   Federal sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of 14 to more than 17 years. The government asked for a sentence of 17 years and nine months while Blanchard sought a term lower than the guideline range. Two co-defendants, Junior Jean Merilia, 34, and Ramoth Jean, 35, pleaded guilty to charges earlier in connection with the case. Blanchard was indicted last October for participating in the Miami-based tax refund fraud scheme. He and three co-defendants, Jean, Merilia, and Jimmy Lord Calixte, who is still at large, traveled repeatedly to Richmond in 2012 and used stolen personal identifying information and online tax preparation programs to file hundreds of fraudulent tax returns. Authorities allege the scammers posted fake job openings on […]

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See what Qualcomm’s new Adreno GPU will add to next year’s Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm has unveiled its new and upcoming Adreno 530 and 510 GPUs. The next generation in mobile graphics from the company will offer improvements in both overall performance and imaging. These new chips will be bundled with the Snapdragon 820 and 620/618 respectively, which are set to arrive in 2016 with the launch of new mobile hardware.

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China jails TV hacker for 12 years over anti-govt broadcast

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SHANGHAI (AFP) — An engineer who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party — including showing the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” image. Wang Yibo accessed the cable feed to 465,000 set-top boxes in the eastern city of Wenzhou last August, state broadcaster China Central Television said. “Bandit Communists you ve done too many evil deeds and now you re feeling guilty,” read one of the messages shown, viewers said at the time. The phrase “Friends, don t co-operate with Communist devils,” was imposed over a basketball match, and the emblematic photograph of a lone individual standing in front of a column of tanks during the 1989 pro-democracy protests was also shown, they said. Such images are almost never shown by domestic media in China, where the Communist Party censors anti-government messages and references to incidents it deems sensitive. Wang, a Beijing-based employee of a technology firm which serviced the cable company, was detained the same month as the incident as he returned to the capital from a family vacation in the US, and confessed after two days of questioning, CCTV said. He was sentenced last […]

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SanDisk and Toshiba’s speedy new 3D NAND flash storage could grace next year’s iPhone 7

Even though Apple’s so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have yet to arrive, it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what might be in the pipeline thereafter. Cupertino’s smartphone may be designed entirely by the fruit company, but it’s no secret that many (read: all) of the hardware features are provided by external manufacturers. Samsung, despite the fierce rivalry and constant patent battles with the Mac maker, is one such firm. Toshiba and SanDisk, meanwhile, are major providers of the flash memory component found within the iPhone 6, and following some exciting developments announced by the two …

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Vietnamese computer hacker gets 13 years for selling data of 200 million Americans

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A computer hacker who peddled the stolen personal data of 200 million U.S. citizens to other cybercriminals from his Vietnamese home was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison. Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty to a string of federal charges including wire, identity and computer fraud, reports NBC News. The 25-year-old ran a sophisticated international identity theft scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He sold the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and bank account details of millions of Americans to other cybercriminals via shady online marketplaces. The scam, which he operated for six years from 2007 to 2013, generated about $2 million, authorities said. He was arrested when he entered the U.S. in February 2013. “Specifically, Ngo admitted he offered access to PII (personally identifiable information) for 200 million U.S. citizens, and that more than 1,300 customers from around the world conducted more than three million ‘queries’ through the third-party databases maintained on his websites,” the Justice Department said in a press release. Ngo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro in New Hampshire. “Criminals buy and sell stolen identity information because they see it as a low-risk, high-reward proposition,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie […]

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Revenge porn hacker pleads guilty, faces 7 years

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Charlie Evens, 26, has pleaded guilty to hacking into the email accounts of hundreds of women to steal and resell their naked pictures. He faces up to seven years in prison. This act — posting non-consensual nude photos of a person on the web — is a growing form of online harassment known as “revenge porn.” Evens — who was the focus of a recent CNNMoney report — fessed up on Wednesday before United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee in California. When Evens was 23, he was hired by Hunter Moore, who is known as the “king of revenge porn” to steal naked photos of women. Moore would pay Evens for the pictures and post them on his now defunct site, IsAnybodyUp.com. In February, Moore pleaded guilty to the same two felony charges — federal computer crime and identity theft. “I did it for money, it makes me sound like a monster,” Evens told CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall earlier this year. Evens said he met Moore after hacking him — he didn’t even know who Moore was at that time. “He contacted me saying that he’d pay me to [hack] for him,” he said. So Evens began stealing photos to […]

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