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Every Nintendo Switch Can Be Hacked, And The Tools Just Went Public

Hilariously, Fail0verflow points out that you can use a simple piece of wire to bridge Pin 10 and Pin 7 on the console’s right Joy-Con connector. They’ve also linked to a 3D-printable accessory that can be created in tandem with a micro-USB connector. It’s only a few short steps, and acts as a “permanent” solution since the exploit needs to be executed at every boot. For now. – Jason Evangelho, Forbes https://ift.tt/2HWbIHw

Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required

The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into a rogue TV signal. That signal is then broadcast to nearby devices. It worked against two fully updated TV models made by Samsung. By exploiting two known security flaws in the Web browsers running in the background, the attack was able to gain highly privileged root access to the TVs. By revising the attack to target similar browser bugs found in other sets, the technique would likely work on a much wider range of TVs. – Dan Goodin, Ars Technica UK http://ift.tt/2nYyB5m

ABC Threatened By Hacker Who Posted ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Episodes

The Dark Overlord posted the Orange episodes in April when Netflix refused to pay a ransom. The hacker is thought to have stolen the episodes from a Hollywood post-production facility last year, and the latest threat does not indicate whether the hacker has new episodes or is using those from the post-production facility. – Greg Evans, Deadline Hollywood http://ift.tt/2rtbsYq

Flaws let attackers hijack multiple Linksys router models

The two researchers found a total of 10 vulnerabilities that affect not only the EA3500, but two dozen different router models from Linksys’ Smart Wi-Fi, WRT and Wireless-AC series. Even though these devices are marketed as consumer products, it’s not unusual to find them running in small business and home office environments. – Lucian Constantin, TechHive http://ift.tt/2pJ2doB

Why Were Plans for a 2.5-Mile Anonymizing Wi-Fi Extender ‘Proxyham’ Killed?

photo: Benjamin Caudill

photo: Benjamin Caudill

[Benjamin Caudill,Rhino Security Labs] was expected to release the code for Proxyham, as well as show off a prototype, at the hacking conference Def Con in Las Vegas next month. But over the weekend, due to mysterious circumstances, the talk at Def Con got cancelled, and the development of ProxyHam was shuttered. To make matters even murkier, Caudill said he is unable to talk about what happened, suggesting he might have been pressured to kill Proxyham. – Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, MOTHERBOARD

PSN and Xbox Live hackers turn their attention to Tor

A tweet from the official Lizard Squad account confirmed that Tor was its new target on the day after Christmas. If the hackers are able to gain access to enough of the nodes (or relays) in Tor’s network it could possibly compromise the anonymity of the service. So far Tor has not made any official response but users are spotting evidence of trouble. […] Bizarrely, it seems as though Megaupload founder and Internet pioneer Kim Dotcom may have been responsible for easing the strain on Sony and Microsoft’s gaming networks over the past 24 hours. As Yahoo reports, the Lizard Group says it turned its attention away from PSN and Xbox Live after Dotcom intervened with an offer of lifetime memberships to the Mega service. – David Neild, Digital Trends
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