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Adorable Five-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel's parents didn't want him getting into the grown-up games on the family's Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer's an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard—and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process. Read More >>

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Twitter Accidentally Resets Users' Passwords

Don't panic! Your Twitter account hasn't been hacked, the password has just been accidentally reset. Read More >>

security
Visa is Exploring Biometric Payment Systems

Apple's iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, and now Samsung's revealed a print-reading Galaxy S5. Each allows for payments to be verified using a swipe of your digits. Is this the possible future of all transactions? Perhaps, and Visa is now exploring the area too to ensure it will be ready for the possible sea-change. Read More >>

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Any Key You Can Photograph is a Key That Can be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes—quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an address (lots of Googling, mostly) and then I decode the cuts in the key. Read More >>

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The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2013: God Help Us

You'd think that, by this point, people would start being a little more discerning with their passwords. You would be wrong. And here are the 25 most common (i.e. worst) passwords of 2013 to prove it. Read More >>

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Your Hacked LinkedIn Password is Now Art

Last year, LinkedIn suffered the embarrassment of having millions of its users' passwords stolen. So someone went and turned it into art. Of course they did. Read More >>

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Oh Good, a Magical Internet Machine That Guesses Your Passwords

Got a super secure password? Maybe you shouldn't be so sure. Telepasswords can help you find out, and practically read your mind in the process. Read More >>

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Somehow, Everyone's Password is Still "123456"

A team of security researchers just stumbled across a massive cache of two million login credentials for sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and ADP payroll. Shockingly, a large number of the passwords were overwhelmingly dumb. Like "123456" dumb. Read More >>

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Internet Password Logbooks Shouldn't Be a Thing

Writing down your passwords is dumb. But buying a logbook specifically to write them down, in a single place, which announces to the world that it contains all of your passwords? That's even dumber. Read More >>

security
The Dumb Ways Some Websites Store Your Passwords

In an ideal world, passwords would be secured so tightly that not even the best hacker could get the merest sniff of your details. Sadly, that's not always the case. Read More >>

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Knock for iPhone Is the Most Fun You'll Ever Have Unlocking Your Mac

Passwords are obnoxious, but until desktops start coming with a fingerprint/retina/any other type of body part scanner, they're stuck dealing with the passcode security of yesteryear—or so it would seem. The new Knock app for iPhone, though, takes a more fun approach. Read More >>

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Super-Long Passwords Now Guessable by Open-Source Cracker

The concept of using lengthy sentences for passwords (as popularised by that one about the horse) isn't as safe as it once was, thanks to a widely-used offline hashed password guessing tool getting an update to support 55-character phrases. Read More >>

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Syrian Electronic Army Bigs Itself Up Over CNN, Time and Washington Post Semi-Hack

The good old Syrian Electronic Army is back in town, with a new "hack" supposedly compromising the sites of Time, CNN and the Washington Post. All it really did was fish for logins and redirect an advertising plugin, but still. It's quite proud of the job. Read More >>

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Google Chrome's Insanely Open Password Security Strategy

Chrome does something interesting when you first run it. The other day, I was using Chrome in development for an Ember.js app. I use Safari for day-to-day browsing, but it has a habit of aggressively caching files when I least expect it, so from time to time I switch to Chrome. Read More >>

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Ch4nge Your P4ssw0rd: Ubisoft Servers Hacked, Login Details Nicked

Gaming giant Ubisoft is at the centre of a new gaming hack attack, with the game maker telling players that "user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords" have been pulled from one of its servers. Read More >>

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