Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 31 October 2013
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Ruiu observed more odd phenomena that seemed straight out of a science-fiction thriller. A computer running the Open BSD operating system also began to modify its settings and delete its data without explanation or prompting. His network transmitted data specific to the Internet's next-generation IPv6 networking protocol, even from computers that were supposed to have IPv6 completely disabled. Strangest of all was the ability of infected machines to transmit small amounts of network data with other infected machines even when their power cords and Ethernet cables were unplugged and their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards were removed.

Ruiu posited another theory that sounds like something from the screenplay of a post-apocalyptic movie: "badBIOS," as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps.

It's already April 1st?

Man accused of selling golf-ball finders as bomb detectors

Found on CNet News on Saturday, 23 March 2013
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There is a trial currently in progress in which a British businessman is accused of fooling the military, the police, nay, even governments themselves into buying bomb detectors that were golf-ball finders.

The prosecution alleges that 56-year-old Jim McCormick persuaded many important people around the world that these things could spot bombs, ivory, drugs, and even bits of human bodies.

McCormick has pleaded his innocence in this trial. Still, as the case unfolds, one can only hope to discover how security professionals were fooled into buying the gadgets.

That trial will leave a lot of people red-faced. Really, don't people test every aspect of a product before handing over $41,000 for every single one?

'Drunk' man tried to revive roadkill

Found on Orange News on Saturday, 10 April 2010
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Police arrested Donald Wolfe, 55, after witnesses reported seeing him trying to revive a long dead possum, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Another reported seeing him give mouth to mouth resuscitation to the carcass on a highway north-east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If the possum wouldn't have already been roadkill, his breath would probably have killed it anyway.

Bloke threatens BT with giant plywood cheque

Found on The Register on Thursday, 08 April 2010
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"As I'd been paying for over two years to have non-existent cheques cashed, I thought I may as well have something for this outlay, so my last cheque was sent blown up on A3 cardboard."

"I've had my solicitor write them several letters, pointing out that they've been paid with a legal cheque, and it's up to them to cash it."

The current state of play is that David's solicitor has written to BT threatening to "take them to court if they didn't cash my cheque".

That's just awesome.

Hackers expose security flaws with 'Elvis Presley' passport

Found on CNN News on Monday, 01 March 2010
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Using a doctored passport at a self-serve passport machine, the hacker was cleared for travel after just a few seconds and a picture of the King himself appeared on the monitor's display.

But Laurie and Van Beek insist that confidence in technology could be misplaced, because biometric passports can be faked, with pictures and chips that match.

The king will never die.

Warning over tax return deadline e-mail 'phishing' scam

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 30 January 2010
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Tens of thousands of fraudulent e-mails have been sent out ahead of Sunday's tax return deadline, officials say.

HMRC is expecting a massive upsurge in such correspondence following the 31 January deadline when many people will be waiting to hear about genuine tax refunds.

Ok, here and there people fall for all sorts of scam, no secret. But seriously, the thought of getting a tax return should tip you off like nothing else. It's more likely to get a few millions from some former Nigerian president who had to flee.

Science project prompts SD school evacuation

Found on Sign on San Diego on Friday, 15 January 2010
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A vice principal saw the student showing it to other students at school about 11:40 a.m. Friday and was concerned that it might be harmful, and San Diego police were notified.

Luque said the project was made of an empty half-liter Gatorade bottle with some wires and other electrical components attached. There was no substance inside.

A MAST robot took pictures of the device and X-rays were evaluated. About 3 p.m., the device was determined to be harmless, Luque said.

The student will not be prosecuted, but authorities were recommending that he and his parents get counseling, the spokesman said.

Counseling for doing nothing wrong? It's amazing that sticking some cables into an empty bottle now makes you look like an insanse terrorist. The vice principal should get some serious counseling; he could have simply asked the student instead of throwing a hissy fit and calling in a whole army, only to make himself look like a fool. Seems like this is what the world has turned into: terrorists have won. Sure, you're not going to be bombed away away every day (in fact, chances to die in a terroristic attack are close to zero), but the majority of the population now lives in the fear of attacks (happily fueled by the governments who can easily extent surveillance) and sees threats and danger everywhere.

Hoaxer impersonates Brazil leader

Found on BBC News on Friday, 06 November 2009
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A hoaxer pretending to be Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was interviewed by Portuguese-language radio stations before being found out.

BBC regional analyst Leonardo Rocha says the impersonator convincingly imitated President Lula's husky voice and informal style.

The Australian station has demanded the authorities open an investigation into the prank.

Well, at least he didn't start a war.

Beer crate biker banned

Found on Ananova on Sunday, 27 September 2009
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A barmy biker has been banned by police after converting a beer crate into a mini quad bike.

The biker tried to give them the slip by fleeing into dense woodland but was halted by thick mud.

"It only has a tiny one cylinder engine but somehow he managed to break the speed limit," they added.

Hilarious and impressive at the same time.

Fake ATM doesn't last long at hacker meet

Found on Computerworld on Sunday, 02 August 2009
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The ATM looked like a working system, but when people would put their cards in the machine, it would scan their card information and record the PINs they entered. He didn't know how long the ATM had been at the Riviera.

The criminals probably didn't realize that they were installing their ATM in a hotel that was soon going to be flooded with more than 8,000 security professionals, he added.

Sounds like there's quite a bit of money to make from that. You don't just fake a whole ATM and risk getting caught while setting it up for earning only a few dollars.