Visitors to Sochi Olympics Will Be Instantly Hacked

Richard Engel watches as his phone gets totally owned. (YouTube)

Proving yet again what a fabulous idea it was to stage the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, NBC has discovered that all the Games’ attendees can expect to immediately get hacked as soon as they get to Sochi.

“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night. “And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything.” Read More

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Snapchat CEO Thought It Had ‘Done Enough’ To Protect Against Hack, Won’t Apologize

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Following a massive security breach that exposed the private information of millions of Snapchat users, CEO Evan Spiegel finally spoke out publicly on NBC’s Today this morning.

In the “exclusive interview,” conducted by star tech reporter Carson Daly, Mr. Spiegel said that despite prior warnings from a security company that its users’ information was vulnerable to a hack, he believed the company did enough to protect it users. Apparently “enough” has a fuzzy definition since hackers were able to expose the usernames and phone numbers using the app’s “Find Friends” feature on New Year’s Eve.  Read More


Cops Make Arrest in Miss Teen USA Sicko Webcam Extortion Case


The FBI has made an arrest in connection with the case of a hacker who allegedly weaseled his way into the webcams of teenagers and women on several continents and forced them to strip for him, extorting them with the threat of leaking nude pictures he’d taken while they weren’t suspecting, the New York Post reports.

One of the victims was Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, 19. From the Post: Read More

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Kate Gosselin Sues Her Ed Hardy Mannequin of an Ex for Alleged Hacking

Hacker? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic)

Because the last few years haven’t been sordid enough, the Gosselins are back in the news. And this time, they’re throwing around accusations of computer crime.

ABC News reports that Ms. Gosselin has filed suit against Jon, saying he “illegally hacked into her email account, phone  and bank accounts, and ‘stole a hard drive’ from her house.” Allegedly he then handed the contents over to a friend writing a tell-all titled, Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World. (Too bad all we really want to hear about now is Kris Jenner.) Read More

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Startup Rundown: 10gen Clears Up The Confusion and Refinery29 Clears Out The Competition

(Photo: YouTube)

Zoom in on PhotoShelter Interested in taking your prolific Instagram food photography talents to the next level? Check out PhotoShelter, the startup that lets photographers customize their own websites, market themselves online and sell their work—among other helpful tools—all in one place. Clicking through PhotoShelter’s site, we must admit these examples of online photography portfolios look pretty darn sexy. The company reported a profit only 18 months from launching, so they must be doing something right. Read More