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Security firm RSA attacked using Excel-Flash one-two sucker punch

It has emerged that the underlying cause of RSA's SecurID gaffe was the recently-reported zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe's Flash Player. The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since been fixed. RSA was hacked sometime in the first half of March when an employee was successfully spear phished and opened an...

Kinect hacked to work with PlayStation 3, plays Killzone 3 badly

Microsoft's Kinect, the fastest-selling gadget ever, has now been hacked to work with the PlayStation 3. The Kinect isn't directly plugged into a PS3, though (that would be too awesome). Instead, it's plugged into a conventional PC laptop, where PrimeSense's first-party drivers are used to interface with Kinect. The data from Kinect is then converted into a format that the PS3 can understand...

webOS 2.1 arrives on original Palm Pre, unofficially

HP caused a veritable maelstrom recently when it announced that owners of the Palm Pre, Pre Plus, and Pixi wouldn't be getting an upgrade to webOS 2. The company then dangled an olive branch, saying that it would "do something" for those users, but never specified what that something might be. PreCentral, however, has been tracking interesting results from HP's update checker recently and noti...

eHarmony hacked, usernames and emails stolen

eHarmony, the massive online dating site whose late-night TV ads you just can't avoid, has unwittingly given away something much more significant that another weekend of free communication for singles. As reported by security watchdog Brian Krebs, eHarmony has been hacked. The worst part: Krebs and another researcher alerted eHarmony administrators about the flaws which allowed the hack to hap...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb for your Nook Color now free to download

Just days ago, developer deeper-blue announced his initial success porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Nook Color tablet e-reader. Now, he's made it a whole lot easier for anyone with some free time and patience to do the same.The ROM installs to your SD card, and most of the Nook's hardware is now functional -- including Wi-Fi, hardware graphics acceleration, touchscreen input, and control butt...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb ported to Nook Color tablet

The tablet-oriented Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been ported to the Nook Color. A lot of functionality is still missing -- 3.0 obviously lacks the necessary drivers for the Nook Color's older hardware -- but the graphics hardware acceleration seems to work! There's a video of it in action after the break. As cool as this sounds, it's not actually all that exciting as far as hacks go. The Nook Colo...

Microsoft invites PS3 jailbreak dev to take a crack at Windows Phone 7

20-something firmware magician GeoHot (George Hotz) has already been sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3, and caused a major stir in the iPhone dev community when he released limera1n. So what next for the ambitious young hacker? How about taking a stab at Windows Phone 7? The invitation has been handed out, with WP7 lead Brandon Watson offering to ship Hotz a device so that he can ...

How to pin documents directly to the Windows 7 taskbar

You may have tried to pin a document or file you work on frequently to your Windows 7 taskbar, only to learn that it's too smart for that. Instead, you wind up with a pinned item for the program associated with the file's type, with your file pinned to the jump list. After reading a writeup at Lifehacker earlier today, I couldn't help thinking there was an easier solution than what they proposed ...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on iPhone 3G (video)

Nick Pack, an iDroid developer, has just posted a video of an iPhone 3G running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (video embedded after the break). It's pretty sluggish, and the video quality is poor, but the proof of concept is clear: it's certainly Android 2.3 on an iPhone. The same developer went on to add that it's still very early days for the port, and that the "iPhone 4 port is under way and progr...

Install any OS on a Google CR-48 laptop with Luigi

Our pal Hexxeh is at it again, only this time it's not Google's Chromium OS that he's hacking -- it's the Google Chrome OS Cr-48 laptop. We've previously shared posts about installing Ubuntu, Windows 7, and OS X on the CR-48, but the process has been a little on the complex side until now. Hexxeh's new tool -- Luigi -- simplifies the process greatly. As long as you can follow his 12-step progr...

Google CR-48 netbook hacked to run Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

We already shared Google's instructions for installing Ubuntu on a CR-48 Chrome OS netbook with you, but one enthusiast has decided to take things a step further. After all, if you can get two x86 operating systems running on the CR-48 why not try for three or four? YouTube user Damis648 has managed to get both Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard running on Google's plain black machine. It's a com...

The best (or worst) security breaches of 2010

Very soon now -- probably in a year or two -- once everyone carries a smartphone, there won't be any discernible difference between our offline flesh-and-blood body and our online persona. That's not to say that real-life face-to-face interaction will slither into the abyss -- far from it! -- but we are reaching a stage where almost anything can be done online. This obviously raises security c...

Honda, Acura customer data stolen in third-party breach

The last couple months of this year are starting to look like Breachfest 2010, and a new report in The Columbus Dispatch indicates that the latest victims are registered owners of Honda and Acura vehicles. As was the case with the McDonald's incident, it wasn't Honda or Acura specifically that was attacked -- but rather a third-party company who handled a customer email database. In addition t...

Microsoft nerd reverse engineers Christmas lights, uses them as IM indicators

Apparently, even domestic Christmas lights are controlled by computers nowadays, and hopefully, as you all know, that means they're hackable. Andrej Kyselica, a Microsoft employee, took some GE-35 Christmas lights, hooked them into a .NET Micro Framework embedded controller, took another developer's work, developed a driver -- and voila! PC-controlled Christmas lights (video after the break). ...

LinkedIn shows technical savvy, deactivates Gawker-compromised accounts

It looks like at least one security team has their finger on the pulse: LinkedIn, after hearing about the Gawker Media hack, obtained the database of email addresses and cross-checked it against every member of LinkedIn. If a match was found, the account was immediately deactivated and an email sent to the user, forcing them to change their password. Judging by a thread over at Hacker News, oth...