Teen hacker behind Microsoft and Sony hacks gets a light two-year sentence

When I think about who might be responsible for nearly two million attacks on websites and services costing companies millions of dollars, I’m not sure who I picture. But it’s not Adam Mudd, the teen responsible for 1.7 million attacks on services like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. According to The Guardian, Mudd has been sentenced to two years in prison for his hacking-related crimes.

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Comcast’s NBCUniversal to acquire DreamWorks Animation

The rumors were true. Comcast announced Thursday that its NBCUniversal division will acquire DreamWorks animation, a studio known for hits such as Shrek, How to Train Your DragonKung Fu Panda, Antz and other movies and TV shows. Comcast said it will bring DreamWorks into its Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

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iPhone 6s overheating for some, disabling LED flash

Apple may have eliminated “bendgate,” but does its new iPhone 6s have an overheating issue? Some users report that their handsets are getting too warm during use — so much so that the device will not allow the LED flash to activate when taking pictures.

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Spotify family plan pricing changes seem imminent as page goes offline

Earlier on Tuesday, we ran a report that quoted comments made by Spotify suggesting it is ready to address Apple Music’s family plan pricing, which is cheaper and allows up to six people to share a $14.99 monthly subscription. At that price, just two Spotify users could share a subscription, and the price increased as more users were added, up to a max of five people.

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Apple Didn’t Actually Gets Its Start in a Garage, Woz Says


Apple, one of the most valuable companies on earth, got its start in a garage. At least that’s the story we all know, and the one that’s likely inspired hundreds of other companies to launch their first products. The truth isn’t quite as simple, though, at least according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Don’t Use “Password” As Your Password, And Other No-nos

By now it’s pretty common knowledge that you don’t use the word “Password” as your password. Or 1234, etc. And, unless you’re not very well versed in Internet culture, you already know not to use information that’s readily available through your LiveJournal profile as a password to get into your bank account. But, low and behold, people continue to do so, because, wow, thinking of an actual password is just too hard.


So says Google, which we all know to be a respected voice when it comes to password security.

The search giant allegedly conducted a study of 2,000 people recently in the hopes of learning how it is they come up with passwords. The findings revealed pretty much what we expect: people often choose passwords based on information that’s accessible to most anyone who uses the Internet, like your pet’s name (number one), or a family member’s name (number three), or your favorite holiday (number 7).Halloween1234hehe.

Google provides ten of the most common passwords, and surprisingly the word password is number ten. Maybe people have learned a little. Or maybe they use the word password ironically as their password in an attempt to trick thieves. In any case, Google’s data also revealed nearly 50 percent of people freely tell others what their password is. Like,Howdy, stranger, here is my password. Three percent have no basic concept of security and merely write their password down on a post it and stick it to their monitor.

Passwords are tricky, sure, and remembering all your different logins can be a challenge. But that’s why services such as 1Password exist—something you should take advantage of now if you haven’t already. The ten most common passwords are below. If any of yours are on the no-no list, I suggest you change it immediately.

  1. Pet names
  2. A notable date, such as a wedding anniversary
  3. A family member’s birthday
  4. Your child’s name
  5. Another family member’s name
  6. Your birthplace
  7. A favorite holiday
  8. Something related to your favorite sports team
  9. The name of a significant other
  10. The word “Password”
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