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Caller ID Spoofing to be Made Illegal in the USA

The US Congress recently approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof Caller ID in the USA. A while back the FCC announced the wanted to crack down on Caller ID spoofing as it was still too easy. The amount of the forfeiture penalty (…) shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or […]

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German Hacker Successfully Clones E-Passports

So the latest news is that the RFID chips in electronically enabled passports are NOT encrypted, which bright spark came up with that idea? Ok so you implement ‘more secure’ RFID passports, and leave all the data in plain text for anyone to tamper with – nice! So what do you think they are gonna […]

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NASA Hacker Gary McKinnon Wins Right to Lords Appeal Extradition Hearing

As we followed the Gary McKinnon case quite closely whilst it was happening, here’s the latest update. At least he seems to be getting a break in the case as he’s won the right to have his extradition case heard by the House of Lords. Gary McKinnon, the ex-systems administrator accused of conducting the biggest […]

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Michigan Man Fined $400 for Using Coffee Shop’s Wi-Fi Network

Well this is a harsh turn of events, a while back an ‘ethics expert’ said Wifi Jacking is OK, now this poor guy has got pretty harshly screwed for using an open wireless connection from a nearby coffeeshop. A Michigan man has been fined $400 and given 40 hours of community service for accessing an […]

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Legal to Unlock Cell Phones Since November 2006

As with the UK, many phones in the US are sold under contract and are given at very discounted rates or even free in some cases if you sign a contract for year withe service provider. Before that it was illegal to unlock your phone but finally in November 2006 it came out in court […]

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Blue-Ray DRM Cracked Already?

It didn’t take them long! A while ago some smart chaps worked out the a way to extract the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc “volume keys” to decrypt AACS DRM on individual films (This was about 2 months ago). Now they have cracked the scheme behind it, the so called “processing key” used to decrypt […]

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Logic Bomb Backfires on Hacker Employee

Ah the logic bomb, a source of humour for many due to it’s frequent showing up in ‘hacking’ movies, and it’s complete mis-use. ZOMG THE LOGIC BOMB IT’S GONNA PWN US ALL! A former UBS PaineWebber employee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for planting a computer “logic bomb” on company networks […]

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Class President Hacks School Grades

Ah the old mythical tale of hacking your school to change your grades to straight A’s, well I know people do it, I’ve seen it in the past…but now someone has actually gotten caught for it. And what’s more..he’s the senior class president! Cooper City High School’s senior class president was arrested Tuesday and charged […]

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Pentagon Hacker Gary McKinnon Appeals against US Extradition

It seems like it’s getting really serious in the Gary McKinnon case, he’s facing what looks like his last appeal against the US anti-terror law case against him for hacking some NASA systems by guessing the weak passwords. Not like he’s really a terrorist, or did any damage…he did something very stupid though, bruised the […]

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