If Your Smart Toilet Freaks Out, It Probably Isn’t Possessed; Just Hacked

If Your Smart Toilet Freaks Out, It Probably Isn’t Possessed; Just Hacked

UPDATE: A rep for Lixil, the company behind the toilet in question, tells Consumerist that American consumers need not worry about hacked toilets. “The Bluetooth technology is only available in Japan and does not apply to the INAX products sold in the U.S.A.,” says the rep in a statement. [More]

There's a lot of info on the Internet.

Yesterday someone released the private information of more than a dozen celebrities online, posting their phone numbers, mortgages, and Social Security numbers. Although the word “hack” has been used, it’s a surprisingly very easy process to go from a city’s mortgage registry to a plethora of other personal information. We’ll let Buzzfeed explain. [Buzzfeed]

One does not simply channel surf into Mordor.

Your Samsung Smart TV May Be Primed For A Hack Attack

Having an Internet-connected TV has its advantages — streaming Netflix, Hulu or Pandora straight through your TV is nice — but a new report claims that Samsung’s line of Smart TVs are just waiting to be exploited by clever hackers. [More]

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Barnes & Noble Warns Of Credit Card Breach At 63 Stores

Early this morning, bookstore chain Barnes & Noble announced that it had detected tampering with PIN pad devices in 63 of its stores, and as a precaution has halted the use of PIN pads in all of its stores. [More]

App Publisher Claims Leaked iPhone IDs Came From Its Database, Not FBI

App Publisher Claims Leaked iPhone IDs Came From Its Database, Not FBI

As you probably recall, hackers recently claimed to have swiped unique tracking information for iPhone and iPads via a laptop belonging to an FBI agent, leading many to wonder why the lawmen would have this information in the first place. The FBI quickly denied any ties to the information, and now a publishing company in Florida is saying that the hacked list actually belongs to it and not the feds. [More]

Best Buy: Hacker Attacks Are Increasing For Online Retailers

Best Buy: Hacker Attacks Are Increasing For Online Retailers

Several weeks ago, we told you how several Best Buy customers were complaining that someone out there was attempting to make bogus, phantom purchases through their BestBuy.com accounts. We wondered at the time if the retailer’s site had been a possible victim of someone cracking into its customer database, but Best Buy says these unfortunate incidents are the result of ramped-up efforts by scammers against BestBuy.com and other websites. [More]

Researchers: Some Printers Vulnerable To Hack Attack That Could Lead To Fire

Researchers: Some Printers Vulnerable To Hack Attack That Could Lead To Fire

It’s like something out of a movie starring Matthew Broderick. Researchers at Columbia University claim they’ve discovered a vulnerability that could let hackers remotely access your printer for nefarious hijinks, like making said printer go up in flames. [More]

Steam Database Hacked

Steam Database Hacked

The popular online video game distribution system Steam was hacked and a database containing user names, passwords, user credit card information was compromised. [More]

Use iTunes Feature To Get Rid Of Awful Music You Shouldn't Have Downloaded

Use iTunes Feature To Get Rid Of Awful Music You Shouldn't Have Downloaded

When you’re listening to your music collection, it’s easy to get annoyed with yourself for stuffing so many terrible songs that you once liked for some inexplicable reason. Apple knows you all too well, and has provided a feature that helps you shed the chaff. [More]

How Hackers Stole 200,000+ Citi Accounts Just By Changing Numbers In The URL

How Hackers Stole 200,000+ Citi Accounts Just By Changing Numbers In The URL

Details have emerged has to how hackers were able to steal over 200,000 Citi customer accounts, including names, credit card numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses. It turns out quite easily, in fact. All they had to do was log in as a customer and change around a few numbers into the browser’s URL bar, NYT reports. Facepalm. [More]

HasSonyBeenHackedThisWeek.com Does What It Says

HasSonyBeenHackedThisWeek.com Does What It Says

With hit after hit coming on a regular basis it can be hard to keep track of whether Sony has been hacked this week or not, and it’s easy to tune out. Thankfully, a simple new service has stepped in to make it a lot easier to find out if Sony has been hacked recently. It’s called HasSonyBeenHackedThisWeek.com. [More]

Use iPod Touch As A Phone To Save On Bills

Use iPod Touch As A Phone To Save On Bills

The iPod Touch can be more than the oft-ignored stepbrother of the iPhone – with the right hacking touch, it can be a replacement for its much loved sibling. [More]

How To Switch Your iPhone From AT&T To Verizon And Make Money

How To Switch Your iPhone From AT&T To Verizon And Make Money

Are you an AT&T iPhone 4 owner with Verizon envy? Dan over at MoneyTalks News has formulated a minimally devious, moderately labor-intensive and somewhat risky way of switching carriers and getting a Verizon-capable iPhone and end up in the black. [More]

Save Money By Emailing Phones Rather Than Texting

Save Money By Emailing Phones Rather Than Texting

If you’ve got a smart phone it doesn’t make much sense to pay $5, $10 or more a month for text messaging plans once you realize you can send free messages to friends’ phones via email. All you need to pull off the trick is your text-ees’ phone numbers and service providers. [More]

Guy Hacks ATM To Spew Money, Play Music

Guy Hacks ATM To Spew Money, Play Music

Whether it’s a steel door or an encrypted network, thieves are always finding ways to break down the barriers that protect money. And the new technologies are also enabling bank robbers to invent new ways to jack cash with flair and razzle dazzle. Exhibit A, a security researcher at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas demonstrates on-stage how one can remotely hack an ATM to make it spew money while playing a lively tune. [More]

There Are No Smart Phones, Just Smart People

There Are No Smart Phones, Just Smart People

Amid the smartphone craze those left with dumb phones may be wondering what all the fuss is about, since it’s possible to do many things a smart phone can do with text messaging. [More]

Facebook Can Warn You When Someone Else Logs Into Your Account

Facebook Can Warn You When Someone Else Logs Into Your Account

By the time someone hacks into your Facebook account and sends all of your friends plaintive messages about being mugged in London, it’s too late to do anything about it. However, Facebook does have an early-warning system of sorts. Using a security setting, you can have the service alert you whenever your account is accessed from another location, giving you a chance to (hopefully) force the intruder out and change your password.

iPhone Hacked To Run Android

iPhone Hacked To Run Android

This guy has hacked his iPhone so it runs Android. In fact, he can choose to run either the iPhone OS or Android. It only works on the original 2G iPhone and it’s a little buggy, and not recommended that casual users try it, but the future could hold implementations on the 3G and 3Gs. Apple’s secret garden just got further pried open. [More]