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How a five-year-old hacked his dad’s Xbox One, only to be rewarded by Microsoft [VIDEO]

A 5-year-old boy has found a serious and easily exploited security vulnerability in Microsoft's Xbox One games console, that allows unauthorised parties to log into Xbox Live accounts without the correct password. Kristoffer Von Hassel wanted to play games that he wasn't supposed to, but needed to crack into his father's Xbox Live account to do it. So, this is what the pint-sized wannabe penetration tester ...

Twitter Accidentally Resets Passwords, Delays in Telling Account Holders

Many Twitter users’ account passwords were reset due to a potential security issue caused by a “web site or service not associated to Twitter,” according to Re/code. Letters notifying users of the reset were not sent immediately, leaving many users locked out of their accounts. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” the notificatio...

‘Password’ Ousted by ’123456′ as Most Popular Password

After lingering for years as the second-choice of computer users, “123456” overtook “Password” to become the world’s most popular – and worst - password in 2013. “Password” fell to second place after two years in the spotlight, as reported by Splashdata – a security firm that puts together a yearly list of the worst password-choices on the web. Adobe was unwittingly the main provider of raw material for the...

Heartbeats Instead of Passwords

Security company Bionym makes public a new authentication device in the form of a bracelet. The gadget is a miniature electrocardiogram that replaces passwords with the owner’s unique heartbeat pattern to log into computers, make payments or get into cars. The login bracelet, called Nymi, reads the electrocardiogram of the person wearing it. When the heartbeat pattern is confirmed, the bracelet becomes an a...

Hacked Instagram Accounts Show Nutri-Spam

A round of attacks against Facebook-owned Instagram has ended badly for a number of users. According to multiple user reports, the hacked accounts have been used by an unknown group to spam other followers with pictures of smoothies. More than that, a number of users have found that they had been locked out of their accounts, making it impossible for their legit owners to take down the messages. According t...

Hackers Grab Opera Certificate, 1,000 Users Infected with Password-Stealing Malware

Over a thousand Windows users were infected with password-stealing malware after hackers stole a software-signing certificate from Opera and used it to write malicious code. Users affected by the cyber-attack automatically installed the Trojan, which posed as coming from Opera’s legitimate software. In the last week, following the attack, Bitdefender detected the malware mostly in the US. The Oslo-based com...

Turkmenistan TLD Leaks Domain Data, Unencrypted Passwords

A group of pentesters in Iran have successfully breached Turkmenistan’s Domain Registry and gained access to the name-server management console for the registered .tm domains. The hackers say they found a way to inject SQL code in hidden form fields with insufficient validation and input sanitization. The attack yielded a complete database dump, which one would expect to contain customer names, e-mail addre...

Password Security in Immediate Danger, Deloitte Claims

Computer users will have a hard time keeping passwords private this year. At least, that’s the view of Big Four auditing firm Deloitte. The findings of Deloitte’s TMT Predictions 2013 report reveal rampant re-use of passwords, which puts computer users at risk when these passwords are leaked and bruteforced with modern technologies. “If you take a site with over six million users and you take ten thousand p...

Crack Passwords like a Boss With GPU-Based Cluster

Hashed passwords have always been the way to go when storing authentication credentials in databases. If in the early days of the web simple hashing algorithms were enough to offer decent protection in case of data leaks, the currently-available computing power makes brute-forcing a breeze. Researcher Jeremi Gosney – also known as epixoip – demonstrated at the Passwords^12 conference in Oslo that no passwor...

“Jesus” and “Ninja”: Newcomers in Scariest 2012 Passwords

“Jesus” and “Ninja” join older entries such as “password”, “123456” and “12345678” in the list of the scariest 2012 passwords, according to SplashData, a California-based company that makes password management applications. Other newcomers in the list of unsecure passwords include “welcome,” “mustang”, and “password1.” “At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, b...

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