So you're thinking about selling your Xbox 360 console, perhaps because you pre-ordered the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle and want to offset part of the cost, or maybe you're going all-in with PC gaming. Whatever the reason for getting rid of your Xbox 360, there are some things you need to know before tossing it up on eBay or Craigslist, and it has to do with your credit card information.
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued its final privacy report with recommendations for best privacy practices for companies to follow, and in it, the agency lauded the Web's Do Not Track technology. It's a feature that's been getting a lot of attention lately, especially from browser makers, and now AVG is jumping on the Do Not Track bandwagon by integrating the technology into its free and paid security suites.
There are some good deals to be had at dollar stores and other thrift markets, and they're especially useful if you're tight on cash. That's all well and good. But if you're ever successful at scamming a billionaire out of his debit card, why not think bigger? You're probably going to get caught anyway, so you might as well go down in a blaze of glory trying to purchase a 152-inch TV or some other piece of exorbitant merchandise, right? That's an idea that was lost on Brandon Lee Price, the man who allegedly scammed one of the richest men on the planet.
With the next Patch Tuesday just around the corner, Microsoft on Thursday published the Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012. Next week’s Patch Tuesday will be a lot lighter compared to the one in February. Hit the jump for more.
Several suspected members of the Anonymous hacking group have proven to be anything but anonymous. National law enforcement officers in Europe and South America unmasked and arrested 25 individuals they believe are associated with the hacking group and who were living in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Spain, Interpol said, according to an AP report. The suspected hackers stand accused of planning coordinated cyber attacks against several institutions, including Colombia's defense ministry.
One million dollars. That's how much Dr. Evil initially wanted for a stolen nuclear warhead, and it's the same amount Google plans to dole out through various rewards at the CanSecWest security conference to participants who discover full and partial Chrome exploits, as well as bugs in programs than can be a threat to Chrome. The $1 million fund is something Google is doing on its own, as the sultan of search has chosen to withdraw its participation from CanSecWest's annual Pwn2Own contest.
A UK court handed down an 8 month sentence this week to a British student convicted of infiltrating Facebook’s internal network. 26 year-old Glenn Mangham hacked into Facebook’s servers from his home in York, England last Spring. Facebook, believing it was the victim of industrial espionage, called in the feds. It didn’t take long to track down Mangham.
Most users are content to use the default DNS servers run by their ISP, but it turns out that quite a few folks have made the jump to a third-part solution. Google announced today that its public DNS system is no longer “experimental” and has become the largest in existence with upwards of 70 billion requests every single day. To top it off, 70% of that traffic comes from outside the U.S..
If your penchant for frequently washing your hands ventures into obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) territory, by all means, you're probably safe to use Android's swipe-to-unlock security feature to keep nosy Nancys from spying your contacts and text messages. But for the rest of us, so-called '"reverse smudge engineering" might be the bane of greasy fingers.
There was a brief scare earlier today when it was reported that Google Wallet, Google’s mobile NFC payment solution was vulnerable to a PIN harvesting attack. That only affected rooted devices, but now a second vulnerability has been discovered, and this one affects all Android devices with Google Wallet installed.