Many of the stories we run on BGR revolve around hacks and security flaws that we believe our readers should know about. Online security is a hot topic in 2015, and you need to have all the tools to keep yourself safe. But every once in a while we have a chance to sit back and admire a hack, rather than run to our computers to change all of our passwords. More →
Not everyone wants to accept this simple truth, but that doesn’t make it any less real: hackers outpace security advancements. When it comes to both online security and real-world security, hackers have already devised 10 new tools by the time security researchers come up with an effective way to block one old tool. As a result, no one is ever truly safe — and a new device recently shown off by a well-known security researcher is yet another example of just how vulnerable we really are. More →
The notorious “hactivist” group “Anonymous Operations” has the National Security Agency on edge, with the Agency’s director warning of the group’s dangerous growth. General Keith Alexander has warned that within a year or two, the group could have the ability to create a “limited power outage” through a cyberattack, reports the Wall Street Journal. General Alexander provided his assessment during a private meetings at the White House and has previously warned about the emerging ability of cyberattackers to disable or even damage computer networks. The warning highlights a growing federal concern over Anonymous’s activities, however cybersecurity experts have a different opinion on the potential threat posed by the group. Read on for more. More →
If you really love Linux, and are a Nexus One owner, nexusonehacks.net has a tutorial for you. The site’s founder has managed to get Ubuntu linux running on top of Android 2.2 on his rooted Nexus One handset. The site provides a video walkthrough of what Ubuntu will look like on the Sexy Nexy as well as a step-by-step guide on how to accomplish this feat. If you are looking to spend some quality time with your N1 whittling away your Thursday, hit up the read link and have at it. More →
Want to know what was not found within the GM release candidate of iOS 4? Patched vulnerabilities which make jailbreaking an iPhone painfully simple. msftguy, a man known as a bit of a fixer-upper in the jailbreaking scene, has released a custom bundle for PwnageTool that allows anyone to jailbreak their iPhone 3Gs with the iOS 4 GM candidate. What’s more, the jailbreak preserves the baseband so it’s possible to unlock your iPhone right after freeing it from Apple’s shackles. If you’ve got an iPhone 3GS and have a means of getting the GM release candidate — not to mention know exactly what you’re doing — jump the bump and hit up the read file. For everyone else, we’ve got a short and sweet YouTube video of the jailbreak in action. Awww.
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Mobile gaming fans who roll with Android, prepare yourselves — a PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices in the works. A joint collaboration between emulation gods ZodTTD and yongzh, the emulator is currently said to run faster than ZodTTD’s PSX port for the iPhone 3GS while possessing a UI with an Android look and the ability to take advantage of hard keys and trackpads/trackballs. And, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The controller skin is indeed from the GameBroid emulator, but will be swapped out for a PSX specific skin before release. Once that’s done, ZodTDD said he’ll be setting his sights on the N64 and then VLC. No release target has been announced for the Android PSX emulator.
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Google’s high profile war of words with China has garnered much public attention but the underlying cause of the dispute — the alleged hacking of Google by Chinese individuals, possibly with government sanction, has stayed quietly under the radar. A source with knowledge of Google’s internal investigation revealed to the NY Times that one of the targets of the attack was Google’s universal login system known as “Gaia”. Though you may not be familiar with the name, every Android-toting, Gmail-checking Google user is familiar with the system. Gaia, now known as “Single Sign-On”, is the password and login system that powers Google’s universal login and lets you read your feeds in Reader, analyze your website traffic, and check your Gmail using a single, simultaneous login. No passwords or accounts were compromised but the hackers allegedly obtained some, if not all, of the source code for this password/login system. Google declined to comment on this latest leaked information and towed the company line by re-affirming that it has dealt with all the security issues associated with this attack. We don’t need to elaborate on the potential ramifications this revelation has on the perceived security of Google’s cloud system; we can let you do that in the comments. More →
Firefox users take note: You need to do this. Now. As in, this instant. More savvy users are probably already familiar with editing Firefox’s configuration file but whether you’re a computer rookie or a seasoned veteran, Gnoted has issued a handful of tweaks that really get Firefox cooking. As much as we all love the fox, it can get a bit slow on occasion – especially if you’re like us and have 35 open tabs spread across four windows at any given time. By tweaking the way Firefox handles some caching functions, you can dramatically improve page load speed and even prevent Firefox from hogging your system resources while minimized. If you don’t currently have any experience playing with your configuration file, don’t be scared. Just follow the simple instructions, take your time and if you want a security blanket to squeeze, jot down each setting before you change it so you can always restore the default configuration if need be. So without further ado, hit the jump and get tweaking – just remember to restart Firefox when you’re done.
No, this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen multi-touch demonstrated on the HTC G1. This time around however, the sweet demo is accompanied by an extensive how-to guide that will walk you through enabling your T-Mobile G1 for some sexy multi-touch zooming action. Of course the process is hardly T-Mobile approved so we have to warn you that you’ll likely void any warranties, but such is the price for the more ambitious mobile users out there. All in all, the process isn’t overly difficult for savvy gadgeteers but there’s always a chance something could go wrong – consider this your brick warning. This hack is also still in early stages so multi-touch is not yet implemented in all of the areas you’d want it to be. If you’re still fiending for some multi-touch love on your G1 however, toss on your hacker hat and hit the read link. For those who don’t quite have the stomach for invasive G1 surgery, no worries – you can still enjoy a saucy multi-touch video after the jump.