Show Notes – August 24th, 2015

SUMMER IS OVER, WE’RE NOT! post black hat, defcon, ccc camp, cryptoparty!

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 PM

Creative Workspace
275 Lenox Avenue New York, NY

23 members Attending

a very special guest will be joining us, Stephen A Ridley (@s7ephan) of XIPITER SECURITY , security researcher, trainer, who has authored & cowritten many books , including ANDROID HACKERS HANDBOOK . will be joining us, more info and details coming soon. not only will we have a special guest , we will talk about some of the issues of the day. from …

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TSA inadvertently shows the dangers of master baggage keys Security researchers have long warned of the dangers of using master-keyed locks — if thieves get their hands on just one key, they compromise all of the compatible locks at the same time. And unfortunately, the US’ Transportation Security Administration is learning this lesson the hard way. It briefly let the Washington Post show a photo (we’ve blurred the details) of the master baggage keys it
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Android lock patterns as predictable as common passwords Know how a lot of people tend to use passwords such as “123456” or, well, “password?” Well, turns out Android lock patterns (ALPs) are just as predictable. Norwegian University of Science and Technology graduate Marte Løge analyzed 4,000 patterns for her master’s thesis and found that 77 percent of the participants started from one of the four corners, and 44 percent started t
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Life with the Dash button: good design for Amazon, bad for everyone else On a sunny Saturday morning, seven Amazon Dash buttons arrived to my apartment. Dash is a decidedly Jetsonian future come to life. A Wi-Fi connected button for my every need! Push one in my toddler’s bedroom, and Huggies diapers would appear at my doorstep. Push another by my bathroom sink, and Gillette razors arrive to shave my beard away. With this $35 shipment, I’d be able to stick a Dash butt
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Hardcore Pirates Are Reportedly Banning Windows 10 There’s casual Pirate Bay piracy, and then there’s private torrent trackers: members-only clubs that share the best movie and TV rips among themselves. As you’d expect, they tend to be pretty hardcore about privacy, enough so that some groups are banning members from using Windows 10. As TorrentFreak reports, groups like iTS and FSC have been freaking out about the new Terms of Use for Windows 10
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Twitter bots are trying to silence Mexican protesters Many activists thrive on Twitter, both to get their messages heard and to coordinate their on-the-ground action. However, it looks like there’s a growing, sophisticated effort to dismantle Mexican anti-corruption and anti-violence protests through the same social network. Journalists have noticed that Twitter robots are trying to drown out Mexican activists’ posts, issue death threats and promote
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Pokemon players arrested after bringing guns to World Championships In a bizarre turn of events, police have taken two men into custody for threatening the Pokémon World Championships in Boston. Investigators from the Boston Police Department (BPD) were tipped off after James Stumbo and Kevin North, 27 and 18 respectively, posted an image of an AR-15 and shotgun on Facebook, saying “(we) are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!.” Police searched thei
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You might be one of the unlucky many who’ve been issued a faulty iPhone. You might be one of the unlucky many who’ve been issued a faulty iPhone. A small component in some iPhone 6 Plus phones, sold between September 2014 and January 2015, is causing the iSight camera to fail. If your phone falls in a certain serial number, you’re due for a new one. Check with Apple if you qualify.
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Twitter Is Shutting Down Even More Government Transparency Accounts Twitter has blocked 31 transparency-seeking accounts from accessing its developer API. These accounts all archived and made public the deleted tweets of powerful people like politicians. Twitter’s actually been doing this for a while now.Back in June, Twitter revoked API access from the popular Politwoops account that was run by the Sunlight Foundation. This latest round of pseudo-censorship targe
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Tell Us Your Memories of Windows 95, the Most Charming OS Microsoft Ever Made Want to feel old? The iPhone turns 20 today. Just KIDDING. Windows 95 is celebrating its 20th birthday though. Microsoft’s once-ubiquitous operating system launched in 1995 with an expensive (and wildly successful) marketing campaign. It looks laughably outdated now, but at the time, Windows 95 was a hit, selling 7 million copies in the first five weeks it was available. “Windows 95 is to computin
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John McAfee: Ashley Madison “Was An Inside Job” John McAfee is not known for his reasonableness. McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, is very well known for being a security expert, however. Wearing both hats, McAfee now says that “Ashley Madison hack was not hacked.” He claims, “It was an inside job.” And it was a woman!?The International Business Times, which shares a parent company with Newsweek, just published a miso
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Cortana officially arrives on Android via public beta Following a leak last month, Microsoft’s virtual assistant officially arrived on Android. Thanks to a public beta, Redmond keeps its promise to bring Cortana to the Google faithful. As we’ve already seen, you can use Cortana to help with things like answering random questions, setting reminders, tracking flights and a number of other tasks. What you still can’t do, however, is use the “Hey C
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Queens Man Cited by FCC for Interfering with Sprint’s Network The FCC has filed a citation against a Queens, New York, man for operating equipment in the 1900MHz band that is interfering with Sprint’s network. Sprint filed a complaint about interference issues on March 10. The FCC investigated and determined the interference is being caused by an unknown device or devices on property owned in Queens by Jian Chang. “The device at this location is injecti
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Ashley Madison offers $500,000 bounty to help find hackers The Impact Life hackers might not release any more data they stole from adultery-enabling site Ashley Madison, but the legal investigation into who exactly is responsible for the security breach is just getting started. As reported by The Independent, Ashely Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media (ALM) is offering a $500,000 reward for any information leading to “identification, arrest and
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Courts Will Let the FTC Punish Companies for Bad Cybersecurity Last week, hackers released a ton of data stolen from Ashley Madison, and scared the shit out of internet users everywhere. Now, with an uncanny sense of timing, an appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission has the power to regulate companies’ cyber security. That’s good news for you!A United States appeals court just unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that will let the FTC pursue a law
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Comcast Says It’ll Offer Gigabit Internet Nationwide Within Two Years Comcast can’t stop talking about all the upgrades it has planned for its internet service. An executive recently told the press that it plans to upgrade its entire network to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, a move that would enable gigabit speeds for all Comcast customers. Testing is underway now, and it should be done in two years.Or at least that’s what Comcast is saying. “We want to get it across the
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Top 10 Ways to Improve the Battery Life on Your Phone and Laptop Batteries don’t last forever. All too soon, you’ll notice your laptop and/or smartphone don’t last as long as they used to. To maximize that (sometimes non-user-replaceable) battery’s lifespan and also get more juice out of it during the day, follow these top ten tips.10. Use Your Laptop Manufacturer’s Battery Care ToolsLaptop makers such as Lenovo and Sony sometimes offer battery maintenance tool
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Nostalgic for Crappy Video of Yore? Download VHSCam — Design News Pin it Sure, your phone shoots flawless HD video, but does it have soul? If you miss the wavy, wobbly memories of the ’80s and ’90s, now you can download VHSCam and recreate those home movies of your childhood. READ MORE »
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Google Announces New OnHub Multi-Protocol Wireless Router On Tuesday, Google unveiled its answer to the Smart Home market in the form of a Smart Home hub called OnHub. Interestingly, OnHub serves a dual purpose. It’s a standard wireless router capable of the latest 802.11 standards, but also capable of supporting both modern in-home wireless protocols like Bluetooth 4.0 and some of the most popular smart home network protocols. Whether this new router me
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The NSA Playset: Espionage tools for the rest of us When Der Spiegel and Jacob Appelbaum published leaked pages of the National Security Agency’s ANT Catalog—the collection of tools and software created for NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division—it triggered shock, awe, and a range of other emotions around the world. Among some hardware hackers and security researchers, it triggered something else, too—a desire to replicate the capabilit
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Objects That Couldn’t Be Made Before 3D Printers Existed 3D printing isn’t just for making unique stuffed animals or weird fake meat. It allows us to fabricate objects we never could with traditional manufacturing. Here are some of the incredible things we can print now, which were nearly impossible to make before.Personalized Car Parts3D printing can make car parts that are custom-built for the driver’s body and comfort: an ergonomic steering wheel, fo
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India, Home of the Kama Sutra, Just Blocked Porn Online India is considered to be the world’s largest democracy, but its leaders believe citizens don’t have the right to watch pornography. On July 31, the government of India sent a letter to all Internet service providers (ISPs) that contained a list of 857 websites, which were to be made inaccessible immediately. Effectively, the government blocked Internet pornography. The full list of websites was l
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How Your Android Device Can Help You Remember Everything Is your memory slipping? For better or worse, one of the advantages of carrying a smartphone around is that you don’t have to leave it to your brain to remember everything. And you don’t necessarily have to download a fancy app, either. There are any number of ways to have your pocket computer jog your memory. 1) Take a Picture This is one of my favorite methods to remember things, largely because
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Find Out How Many Times Your Personal Info Might Have Been Stolen With all of the hacking attacks in the last few years, there’s a good chance some of your sensitive personal data has been exposed to hackers. This quiz from the New York Times highlights the most recent major attacks and what kind of information may have been exposed.You don’t have to enter any personal information on the quiz, but rather just click on the things that apply to you. As you do, the
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Why Are URLs Full of So Many Garbage Characters? #?&%! Why do some URLs look like cuss words in comic books?

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