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Hackers gain access to Nest, develop tool to stop data reporting

07/16, 9:38pm

Nest is essentially jailbroken, uses a custom tool to end reporting back to company

A group of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) discovered a way to root the Nest thermostat in the process of finding a way to hack the device to steal data and install malware. Led by engineering professor Yier Jin, the team used physical access to accomplish the hack even though it is built with security in mind. During the hacking discovery, the team came up with a way to stop the device from reporting data back to Google (or Nest).

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Jailbreak hacker 'winocm,' 17, to take job at Apple

02/21, 7:45pm

Role unspecified, but had reverse-engineered iOS, OS X for porting

A well-known hacker of OS X and iOS, who single-handedly rewrote the core of both operating systems to allow them to be ported to other devices and contributed to various jailbreak apps for iPhones, has announced that he will be joining Apple as an intern or employee later this year. The coder, known as "winocm," is 17 years old but already an expert reverse-engineer who says he has been doing "insane things" with the cores of iOS and OS X.

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MacRumors user forums hacked; 860,000 user details stolen

11/13, 5:06pm

Hack similar to Ubuntu forums hack from earlier this year

The MacRumors user forums' database has been appropriated by hackers, who have likely obtained information on all 860,000 users of the site. Information available to the thieves include hashed passwords, MacRumors forum usernames, and email addresses of users, according to Editorial Director Arnold Kim. Users of the MacRumors forum are advised to change the password to their MacRumors account, as well as any other accounts on other sites using the same password.

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