Hackers found a way to get the NES to play games from other retro gaming consoles, not just what is pre-loaded on the NES. Since there was no USB cables, or wifi enabled on the device, users are limited to the 30 pre-installed games. Hackers have found ways to jailbreak the device, but it would lead to voiding the warranty, and also possible legal ramifications.
Anonymous, a group affiliated with hacking, managed to bring down one-fifth of Tor based websites. Anonymous is well-known as being a hacktivist group, many times hacking departments/companies that are in the news, and essentially create a list of demands for the company. In this instance, Anonymous hacked and brought down almost 10,000 sites that were sharing child pornography on the Dark Web.
The Dark Web is part of the World Wide Web that exists on overlay networks and darknets. “Dark Webs uses public Internet but access to it can only be gained through some specific software, authorization codes or a particular configuration.” The host that was hacked was known as Freedom Hosting II, which hosts about 20% of all Dark Web websites.
For this week’s in-the-news article, I chose one that is very relevant in today’s cyber security community and political community. This article focuses on the security of Twitter accounts, or lack thereof security. President Donald J. Trump has been known to tweet every now and again, and since he is so active on Twitter, hackers are trying to find ways to compromise his account, along with other members of his cabinet.
“The problem revolves around the service’s password reset function. If the account holder doesn’t take certain steps to secure it, Twitter exposes information that anyone with the right skills can use to uncover what email address — in redacted form — was used to secure a Twitter account.”
“The hacker found the same issue with the Twitter accounts for the vice president, the first lady and Trump’s press secretary, all of which were also secured with Gmail addresses.” Clearly, our highest officials should not be using personal Gmail accounts. Without a Government domain, there is no guarantee that this data remains in the United States, and could be putting national security at risk if the account is compromised. The main focus of the 2016 presidential election was that Hillary Clinton was using private e-mail servers for confidential information. I believe that is less risky than using a third-party personal G-Mail address.
“On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was found tweeting and then deleting what appeared to be a password, although it’s still unclear what really happened.”