What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.
Obviously, hacking can be a major problem. Gross amounts of money have been spent in an attempt to prevent hacking, and Internet security remains an important issue. Still, it happens. On Friday, Reuters was hacked and fake stories were posted concerning Syria.
What do you do if you manage to hack Grammy award-winning and controversial dresser Lady Gaga's Twitter and Facebook accounts? Go phishing and pretend you're giving away iPads to her millions of "little monsters." That's what hackers tried to do yesterday, before the the hacking ended.
According to a congressional commission report to be released next month, on four separate occasions between 2007 and 2008, hackers (who may or may not have been affiliated with the Chinese government) were able to take complete control of two U.S. satellite systems, Landsat-7 and Terra (EOS AM-1), for up to 12 minutes at a time.
What if you could highjack someone else's video chat in real time and essentially steal their face? That's the idea one creative coder had when concocting this real-time video chat masking hack, and the effect is amazing.
A 10-year-old hacker who goes by the handle CyFi has an "important lesson" that mobile phone app makers can "learn from a Girl Scout." She's found a way to cheat Android and iOS games on smartphones and tablets using a common console and PC video game exploit: the clock.
The LulzSec hackers claim they're a team of six. If the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect who goes by "Topiary" on Twitter is considered a win for the U.K.'s Metropolitan police's e-crime unit, then the hacking group is now down to five members.
That feeling of smug you get with your sleek Macbook and its integrated battery may not be worth it anymore, as a security researcher has shown that Apple batteries are vulnerable to hacking. It's possible to brick the battery completely, or even worse, infect it with malicious code that not even a complete OS re-install can fix.
After getting banned from Google's new Google+ social network, the hacker collective known as Anonymous went and built their own social network: AnonPlus. That was two days ago! In an ironic twist, the hackers who have been hacking everybody and everything, well, got hacked themselves.
Just when you thought the hacker group Lulzsec had gone into retirement, it appears that the low hanging fruit of NewsCorp's recent phone hacking scandal was simply too juicy to resist.