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Raspberry Pi launches PIXEL OS for Mac and PCs

Here’s the Raspberry Pi’s Christmas treat for tech community!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its lightweight Linux-based Debian operating system called PIXEL OS that can run on most standard desktop computers ships with Windows and Mac OS X without the need of a Raspberry Pi.
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Initially launched in September this year, the PIXEL operating

Oh, It's On Sale! USB Kill to Destroy any Computer within Seconds

Remember Killer USB stick?

A proof-of-concept USB prototype that was designed by a Russian researcher, Dark Purple, last year, to effectively destroy sensitive components of a computer when plugged in.

Now, someone has actually created the Killer USB stick that destroys almost anything – such as Laptops, PCs, or televisions – it is plugged into.
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A Hong Kong-based technology

Edward Snowden Designs an iPhone Case to Detect & Block Wireless Snooping

We just cannot imagine our lives without smartphones, even for a short while, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had not owned a smartphone since 2013 when he began leaking NSA documents that exposed the government’s global surveillance program.

Snowden fears that cellular signals of the smartphone could be used to locate him, but now, to combat this, he has designed an iPhone case that

IoT Botnet — 25,000 CCTV Cameras Hacked to launch DDoS Attack

The Internet of Things (IoTs) or Internet-connected devices are growing at an exponential rate and so are threats to them.

Due to the insecure implementation, these Internet-connected embedded devices, including Smart TVs, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Set-top boxes, Security Cameras and printers, are routinely being hacked and used as weapons in cyber attacks.

We have seen how hackers

Using SimpliSafe Home Security? — You're Screwed! It's Easy to Hack & Can't be Patched


If you are using a SimpliSafe wireless home alarm system to improve your home security smartly, just throw it up and buy a new one. It is useless.

The so-called ‘Smart’ Technology, which is designed to make your Home Safer, is actually opening your house doors for hackers. The latest in this field is SimpliSafe Alarm.
SimpliSafe wireless home alarm systems – used by more than 300,000 customers in the United States – are Hell Easy to Hack, allowing an attacker to easily gain full access to the alarm and disable the security system, facilitating unauthorized intrusions and thefts.
…and the most interesting reality is: You Can Not Patch it!
As the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a great pace, it continues to widen the attack surface at the same time.
Just last month, a similar hack was discovered in Ring – a Smart doorbell that connects to the user’s home WiFi network – that allowed researchers to hack WiFi password of the home user.

How to Hack SimpliSafe Alarms?

According to the senior security consultant at IOActive Andrew Zonenberg, who discovered this weakness, anyone with basic hardware and software, between $50 and $250, can harvest alarm’s PIN and turn alarm OFF at a distance of up to 200 yards (30 meters) away.
Since SimpliSafe Alarm uses unencrypted communications over the air, thief loitering near a home with some radio equipment could sniff the unencrypted PIN messages transferred from a keypad to the alarm control box when the house owner deactivates the alarm.
The attacker then records the PIN code on the microcontroller board’s memory (RAM) and later replay this PIN code to disable the compromised alarm and carry out burglaries when the owners are out of their homes.
Moreover, the attacker could also send spoofed sensor readings, like the back door closed, in an attempt to fool alarm into thinking no break-in is happening.

Video Demonstration of the Hack

You can watch the video demonstration that shows the hack in work:

“Unfortunately, there’s no easy workaround for the issue since the keypad happily sends unencrypted PINs out to anyone listening,” Zonenberg explains.

Here’s Why Your Smart Alarms are Unpatchable

Besides using the unencrypted channel, SimpliSafe also installs a one-time programmable chip in its wireless home alarm, leaving no option for an over-the-air update.

“Normally, the vendor would fix the vulnerability in a new firmware version by adding cryptography to the protocol,” Zonenberg adds. But, “this isn’t an option for the affected SimpliSafe products because the microcontrollers in currently shipped hardware are one-time programmable.”

This means there is no patch coming to your SimpliSafe Alarm, leaving you as well as over 300,000 homeowners without a solution other than to stop using SimpliSafe alarms and buy another wireless alarm systems.
Zonenberg said he has already contacted Boston-based smart alarm provider several times since September 2015, but the manufacturer has not yet responded to this issue. So, he finally reported the issue to US-CERT.

Wanna Mine Bitcoins Faster? Researchers Find New Way to Do it

A new machine for Bitcoin Mining called “Approximate Hardware” would make Bitcoin mining easier.

Bitcoin had gained tremendous popularity over a few couple of years among the virtual currencies due to its decentralized principle.

Mining a single Bitcoin is not an ice cake walk, as it requires an enormous amount of computing power to dig Bitcoins.

To overcome this issue and mine

Hacking Smartphones Running on MediaTek Processors

A dangerous backdoor has been discovered in the MediaTek processor that could be exploited to hack Android devices remotely.

MediaTek is a Taiwan-based hardware company that manufacture hardware chips and processor used in the smartphones and tablets.

The backdoor was discovered by security researcher Justin Case, who already informed MediaTek about the security issue via Twitter, as

Somebody Offered Money to Raspberry Pi Foundation for Pre-Installing Malware

The Raspberry Pi is now gaining attention from malware distributors who want the popular mini-computers to deliver with pre-install malware.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has made a shocking revelation that the charitable foundation has been offered money to install malware onto the Raspberry Pi machines before they were shipped out to users.

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The Raspberry Pi is an