On Christmas Day 2013, many enthusiastic people opened new Xbox and Playstation gifts. This excitement became a disappointment when they could not log in and play at the game services. Now the responsible hacker will spend 27 months in jail.
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Under the name of DerpTrolling, the hacker took requests, announced the next targets and often brought another game service to its knees. Others noticed and followed him, DerpTrolling inspired Lizard Squad, Phantom Squad and others, some of whom set up DDOS for Hire services.
Later in 2014, federal agents found and arrested Thomson. At the end of 2018 he pleaded guilty. Now the hacker was sentenced to 27 months in prison and sentenced to pay $ 95,000 in restitution. If you believe that 27 months is not so long, remember that Thomson has been in jail since his arrest in 2014. [ZDNet]
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In Other News:
- Superhuman Promises to Disable Super Tracking: Superhuman, an email app with fancy features and a monthly price of $ 30, had a tracking issue. By default, each tracking e-mail has a tracking pixel that indicates how many times a person has opened an e-mail and where that person is. It was overkill and problematic and fortunately Superhuman rolls back the feature. [TechCrunch]
- You really should stop using your ISP wireless router: In confirmation of what we have been saying for years, ISP routers typically offer lower values and cost only extra money in the long run. A study shows that ISP-provided routers failed to reach full speed on 100 Mbps networks. Even worse, the 2.4 GHz bands at distance lose more speed than the 5 GHz band, which contradicts any logic. [TechRadar]
- Apple may soon drop its dreadful keyboards: If you look at recent recalls, the MacBook's reputation is a bit damaged. One of the main reasons is the awful keyboard, which tends to stick together or break. Now Apple may be planning to switch to a better design. Unfortunately we have no confirmation yet. That's still a rumor. But we hope the rumor is true. [Engadget]
- Samsung filed a lawsuit for allegedly misleading advertising: Samsung regularly advertises its cell phones as water-resistant. And under the right conditions. If you dip many Samsung phones in fresh water and it does not go deeper than 1.5 meters, this is probably fine. However, the water resistance rating does not cover saltwater or pool water scenarios in which Samsung displays its cell phones in ads. Now an Australian watchdog is suing the company, claiming the ads are misleading. [Slashgear]
- YouTube bans Infosec videos to ban hacking videos: Kody Kinzie, co-founder of Hacker Interchange, was surprised when he uploaded the latest video to the Channel of Cyber Weapons Lab. He could not upload it: The channel had a strike because he had "taught about hacking". While the topic of hacking is treated, it's not about how to make it illegal. Instead, it explains how hacking capabilities are used to protect against illegal use. YouTube does not seem to see the difference. [The Verge]
- UI is the worst – on purpose: A well-designed interface is incredibly important. To achieve this goal, the design company Bagaar has created a website that offers the most frustrating interface you'll ever use. If you can do it (instead of throwing your keyboard against the wall), User Inyerface rewards you with a solemn gif and shows you how long it took to finish. Our best is 5:19. What can you do? [Ars Technica]
- SwiftKey Beta adds an own version to Animoji: Apple's Animoji is in fashion, but you need an iPhone from the X series to use it. Now Microsoft has its own version of Animoji called Puppets, which the company is showing in a beta version of SwiftKey. The most impressive part is that almost every Android phone can use them, no special kinect-like camera is needed. [9to5Google]
- Google's upcoming camera app makes it easier to find night vision: We find Google's night vision amazing. However, one of the main problems with this is that the function is included in a submenu that makes finding it difficult. An upcoming update will fix this by moving the Night Vision option to a location that is easier to find. Very nice. If we could only get it on non-pixel phones … [XDA Developers]
Bad News: Too much sunlight is generally bad for you. Good news: The earth adequately protects you from this damage (but wear sunscreen).
However, astronauts do not receive this protection when they are in space. Of course, we have always assumed that an astronaut is more likely to suffer from cancer and heart disease because of the stronger sunlight. However, a recent study suggests that at least that may not be the case for the short trips we're about to make to space. The study focused on more than 400 astronauts and cosmonauts and how they felt about their return to Earth. Scientists found that astronauts, despite the time spent in space, had no cancer or heart disease at a higher rate than the general population.
However, the study does not make it clear whether it is responsible for better health care Astronauts and cosmonauts are likely to receive, and it is warned that all the things we hold for our travels are short. A trip to Mars and back will take much longer and is therefore more likely to be harmful. [Gizmodo]