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Submission + - Hector "Sabu" Monsegur Is Back, and He's Gone Legit (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Five years earlier, Monsegur would have stolen the company’s data, posted it online, and announced the info dump on Twitter as another hacktivist victory for Anonymous, its subgroup Lulzsec, and Lulzsec’s prolific frontman known as Sabu. But in 2016, a very different Monsegur instead passed it on to team members, who’d write up a report about the company’s insecurities—to be followed by a substantial invoice—and called it a day.

Submission + - How to destroy an American family with a cyberattack (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Since 2010, the Straters have been under assault from an online campaign of ever-increasing harassment—prank deliveries, smear attacks, high-profile hacks, and threats of violence against schools and law enforcement officials in their name—and it’s slowly torn them apart. Masterminding it all, Blair charges, is a teenage computer hacker from Finland, at war with him over a seemingly minor dispute spun completely out of control.

His family is just collateral damage.

Submission + - The 'New' Mac Pro Is a Failure (

An anonymous reader writes: The "new" Mac Pro ("trashcan Mac") is a joke; for real pros, it's a plain and simple failure. In fact, a lot of professional Mac users are still clutching to their aluminum tower "classic" Mac Pros ("cMP"). The latest 2010/2012 cMP models are particularly coveted. And for good reason. Those machines are just better than the trashcan Mac. Right now, a cMP simply spanks the trashcan Mac's performance.

In this poll running in the Mac Rumors Mac Pro forum, as of this writing, 58 percent think the trashcan Mac Pro is a failure—which is astonishing in such a traditionally fanboy/pro-Apple forum. The thread is filled with discord and choice comments like this:

You are right. I know for sure that Apple are losing professional audio users. Composers mainly I believe, but possibly also ProTools users. Because many people are questioning Apple's commitment to pro computers because of the nMP... Many people are jumping from Mac/Logic to PC/Cubase these days.—Simon R.

Is it a giant mistake for Apple to not understand it is alienating its most core group of users?

Submission + - Simple Flaw Exposed Data On Millions Of Charter Internet Customers

Daniel_Stuckey writes: A security flaw discovered in the website of Charter Communications, a cable and Internet provider active in 28 states, may have exposed the personal account details of millions of its customers.

Security researcher Eric Taylor discovered the internet service provider’s vulnerability as part of his research, and demonstrated how a simple header modification performed with a browser plug-in could reveal details of Charter subscriber accounts. After Fast Company notified Charter of the issue, the company said it had installed a fix within hours.

Submission + - Massive Sony breach sheds light on murky hacker universe (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Who is really behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures? The FBI has placed the blame for the attack, which caused the entertainment giant to temporarily halt its Dec. 25 release of its film "The Interview," squarely on North Korea, but some security experts are not convinced.

They suggest several other possibilities, not all of them involving North Korea. Based on available evidence, they say that the Sony data breach could have been accomplished by North Koreans inside North Korea; expatriates in China loyal to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; international hackers abroad sponsored by Pyongyang; or simply bored hackers from another continent doing it for the lulz.

Submission + - Gawker reporter offered FBI informant money for stolen emails (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: In August of 2011, Adrian Chen, then a reporter at Gawker, offered money to hacktivists who claimed to have acquired a bevy of top-secret NATO emails and documents after hacking Britain's News of the World, according to chat logs obtained by the Daily Dot. The chat logs show how the bureau was privy to a media misinformation campaign involving its own informant and a journalist’s efforts to expose a NewsCorp-affiliated publication.

Submission + - A Hacker Built a Dark Net Version of the FBI Tip Form (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: A London-based programmer has set up a new hidden service for anyone using Tor to submit anonymous tips to the FBI.

With the new .onion hidden service link (http://tksgyw4u4t6peema.onion/), which accesses the FBI’s tips page through a reverse proxy, Mustafa Al-Bassam told me in an IRC chat that he’s engineered a “proof-of-concept,” demonstrating how the bureau might go about setting up a more secure system for receiving crime tips.

Submission + - Celebs Turn Out In Support of Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The final chapter in Poitras’s trilogy of post-9/11 films, CitizenFour is the stranger-than-fiction narrative of her and other journalists’ first encounters with the NSA whistleblower. Chronicling investigative journalism’s biggest scoop since Watergate as it unfolds before Poitras’s lens, the real-life adventure has so far only reached a few major cities, but it’s struck a nerve.

Perhaps Poitras’s closer peek into Snowden’s soul may be the sentimental treatment the whistleblower movement needs. The film’s up-close, personal examination of Snowden—done in pursuit of revealing intrusions into citizen privacy—is in itself, a production of celebrity and spectacle. Who better to empathize with him now than celebrities?

Submission + - The Plane of the Future Has No Windows (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Hope you're not too attached to looking out the windows when you fly—the designers of tomorrow's airplanes seem intent on getting rid of them. A Paris design firm recently made waves when it released its concept for a sleek, solar paneled, windowless passenger jet. Before that, Airbus proposed eschewing windows and building its cabins out of transparent polymers. Now, the Center for Process Innovation has floated its own windowless plane concept, and it's attracting plenty of attention, too.

Submission + - WikiLeaks finally following other twitter users (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: But yesterday, the account of 2.3 million followers started following Twitterers outside of its own family of accounts for what it told Motherboard was a “strategic reason.” WikiLeaks declined to elaborate further. I was alerted of the account’s sudden following spree by my roommate who’d excitedly told me he’d just been followed by and had sent it a thanks-for-following direct message, but alas, he hath yielded no response. The account is now following a large handful of international politicians and presidents, journalists, publishers, lawyers, whistleblower support and activist groups, including what appear to be all the Swedish embassies and ambassadors the account could manage to follow. Among its new followees is Googler-in-Chief, Eric Schmidt, the adversarial focus of Assange’s recently-published book, When Google Met WikiLeaks . At the time of this writing, WikiLeaks was following 1,491 people and counting fast.

Submission + - Film Review: The Hacker Wars (

An anonymous reader writes: A flashy portrait of rebel “hacktivists” and their anarchist accomplices that opts for superficial, unconvincing glorification over in-depth analysis.

Weev and his talking-head comrades spend copious time preaching about the horrific perils of America’s current “surveillance state,” and how they’re combating the powers-that-be through distribution of vital information. Yet The Hacker Wars’ depiction of these high-tech rebels reveals them to be, first and foremost, grating narcissists more concerned with their own celebrity than with any larger cause. That’s especially true of Weev, a self-proclaimed “troll” (i.e., an online person who stirs the pot for its own sake), who says his behavior is akin to that of Jesus and who gleefully sells himself as an obnoxious and antagonistic cretin, never more assertively then when he tells an Esquire reporter that, in World War II, “the Jews were the criminal people in Germany—they did have something coming to them.” In the face of such look-at-me ugliness, the film’s attempts to bend over backwards casting Weev and his self-involved hacking brethren as selfless altruists rings thoroughly and laughably false–and the fact that another oft-heard interviewee, Joe “Subverzo” Fionda, has parlayed his notoriety into an acting gig on “Boardwalk Empire” merely furthers the impression that these men and women are primarily interested not in the greater good, but in themselves.

Submission + - How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid 'The Sun' (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known online as "Sabu," was caught by the FBI in June of 2011 for a litany of hacking-related offenses and, within hours, began cooperating with authorities in hopes of receiving a lenient sentence.

Now, never-before-published FBI records and exclusive interviews detail how the informant rallied other hackers to attack various News Corp. interests, including The Sun, at a time that the FBI has said it was tracking all of Monsegur's online activity.

And for a week shortly after his arrest, he was privy to the anti-Murdoch campaign waged by Anonymous, according to the documents obtained by Motherboard.

Submission + - Peru's Erection Vendors Are Driving the Scrotum Frog to Extinction (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: In parts of Peru, there's an old culinary delicacy that consists of liquefying a rare frog. Drinking the concoction is said to cure a wide range of ailments, include bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma, arthritis, and yes, even impotence. The amphibian garnish in question is not just any frog, but the critically endangered Telmatobius culeus , or more commonly known as the scrotum water frog, which is endemic to the Lake Titicaca region. As unflattering as it sounds, the nickname is rather apt considering the croaker's many blanket-like skin folds that cover its body; think of it as amphibious version of a blubbery bulldog, with skin that helps it breathe.

Submission + - SPAM: How to Grow an Artificial Penis

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Lab-grown penises will be made available to men with genital injuries and abnormalities within five years, according to scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

In their trials, researchers make "scaffolds" of rabbit penises by washing donor organs in detergent to kill all the living cells. This process leaves a collagen frame that can be seeded with penile cells from the recipient rabbit. The lab-grown penis is specifically rich with cultivated muscle and endothelial cells, which are essential for erectile function.

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