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More unlocked iPhone woes…

iphone-hackIt looks like the unlocked SSH vulnerability has struck again.

This is the first time a worm has been reported in the wild for the Apple iPhone. According to a report by Sophos, the worm, which exploits users who have installed SSH and not changed the default password, hunts for other vulnerable iPhones and infects them. Users are advised to properly secure their jailbroken iPhones with a non-default password, and Sophos says the worm is not harmless, despite its graffiti-like payload: 'Accessing someone else's computing device and changing their data without permission is an offense in many countries — and just as with graffiti there is a cost involved in cleaning-up affected iPhones.

[Via Slashdot]

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Crazy arm mounted flame thrower

I think the video says it all, but that is both cool as hell and a little dangerous at the same time.

[Via Hack a Day]

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Unlocked iPhones being pwned by Dutch hacker

iphonehackJust saw this over at macnn.  It looks like he hacked into their phones using SSH and dropped them a message stating they had been hacked, and was "nice" enough to offer to secure the phone for them, for a small fee.  This is a good lesson in security always change the default password for accounts on any connected device.  It appears to be an unlocked phone hack, so unlockers beware.

[Via macnn]


10.6.2 Snow Leopard build may nix Atom Processor support

sl-atomWith Apple seeding the 10.6.2 build it looks like they may have disabled the support for the Intel Atom Processor.  If that is the case that would kill off the hackintosh netbooks based on the processor.  It will be interesting to see if it makes it into the official release or if this is just a bump in the road for netbook hackers out there.



Lethal ping pong ball gun?

What do you get when you mix compressed air, a ping pong ball, a little H20, and some ingenuity?  The ping pong ball gun of Doom!!!!  See more here.

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Pesky internet filter? Why not SOCK it with SSH

routeHave you ever been behind an internet filter and really needed to get to a filter url?  With a little prior setup it can be pretty easy to, well we'll say, bypass...

First you need a machine somewhere out on the net you have access to running SSH.  What is SSH?  If your running a Mac or a Linux box you already have it.  For the purposes of this tutorial I'll show you how to do it on your Mac.  The first thing to understand is that the remote machine either has to be directly connected to the internet (cable modem to computer), or you will have to enable port forwarding on your router.  Because port forwarding will differ from router to router I'll assume your computer is directly connected to the internet.

Now for the simple part, enabling SSH on your "home" Mac.  Just open System Preferences, click on Sharing, and check the Remote Login option.


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We're in the home stretch.  Your Mac actually tells you almost everything you need to know.  If you look under the status indicator it states "To log in to this computer remotely, type ssh 'username@ipaddress'".  Now one thing to realize here is that your IP will probably change from time to time.  So you may want to look at a service like dynamic dns.  It allows you to install a client or setup your router to update your ip address automatically so you can enter a URL like Instead of having to remember an IP that might change at any time.

Okay , now for the remote machine all you have to do is open the Terminal application (Applications -> Utilities) and enter the following command:

ssh -D 9000 username@ipaddress

Let's look at that command.  We are telling SSH to log into your machine using your username at the IP address that was supplied by the sharing window.  Then create a socks proxy (-D switch) on port 9000.  You can use any port you want but I would keep it over 9000.  You will be presented with a password prompt.  Enter the password that corresponds to the username on the remote machine.  If everything works out you should see a welcome to Darwin message and have a terminal session running.

All you have to do now is enter the proxy information on your computer.  Just enter the localhost address of your machine and port 9000.  Fire up your browser and give it a try.  If all went well you should be able to view the page that was being filtered.  Now there are a lot of things that could get in the way of doing this.  Allowed ports, setting up your router correctly, and so on.  But hopefully you get right out.  Good Luck!

Hack the future!!!

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TI hacker slapped with DMCA cease-and-desist letter

Photo: Brandon Wilson

Photo: Brandon Wilson

Through most of my education I used TI calculators and loved them.  Being a electrical engineering student in college I pretty much lived with one.  I loved the ability to write your own programs and share them with others, and these guys take that one step further.  Actually modifying the calculator's OS.  Pretty cool.  Unfortunately its brought down the wrath of the DMCA, but hopefully with the EFFs help they can sort it out.  And continue adding useful mods to one of my favorite devices.


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