Clever hack creates the first 128GB 3.5-inch floppy drive

Clever hack creates the first 128GB 3.5-inch floppy drive

Ever been nostalgic for the majesty of 1.44MB floppy disks, but wished they came with 91,000x the storage capacity? One capable modder has heard your cry. Behold: The 128GB floppy disk.

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Microsoft Will Warn You If Your Government Tries To Hack You

Microsoft Will Warn You If Your Government Tries To Hack You

microsoft windows 10 spying governmentShort Bytes: Following the footsteps of Google, Twitter, Facebook and others, Microsoft has announced that it will start notifying the users if their accounts are attacked by some government. Labeling the state-sponsored attacks as more sophisticated, Microsoft said that such attacks need extra defense layers.

In a recent announcement, Microsoft has said that it will start notifying users if it believes that your government is trying to hack your account and sniff your data. The company said that it’s committed to help the users keep their personal data safe and private.

“We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state,” Microsoft writes in a blog post. At many occasions, the “state-sponsored” attacks are more sophisticated. Hence, to sustain these attacks, such extra steps need to be taken.

If Redmond believes that your Microsoft accounts are attacked, it will send you a notification. However, this notification doesn’t necessarily mean that Microsoft’s systems have been compromised. So, if you receive such notifications by Microsoft, you need to take extra caution and make sure that your devices are clean.

In the past, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and other companies have already taken such initiatives.

Microsoft Tells How To Keep Your Accounts Safe

Along with this announcement, Redmond also listed some precautionary methods that one should take to sustain hacking attacks. These methods are:

  • Use two-step verification login
  • Use a strong password and keep updating it
  • Keep looking for suspicious activities on your account
  • Be careful of suspicious websites and emails
  • Use an updated anti-virus program
  • Keep updating your OS and software on your computer

Continuing its blog post about the increased state-sponsored threats, Microsoft writes: “The evidence we collect in any active investigation may be sensitive, so we do not plan on providing detailed or specific information about the attackers or their methods But when the evidence reasonably suggests the attacker is ’state sponsored,’ we will say so.”

Share your thoughts about this step taken by Microsoft in the comments below.

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Black Hat USA 2015 – How To Hack Government Technologists As Policy Makers

Black Hat USA 2015 – How To Hack Government Technologists As Policy Makers

As the leading federal agency responsible for protecting your privacy rights online, technology is at the core of the Federal Trade Commissions work. You may be familiar with the agency’s enforcement actions against some of the worlds biggest tech companies for privacy/data security violations, but you may not know how your research skills can inform its investigations and policy. Come hear about some of the Commissions recent tech-related actions, research and reports, plus how its work impacts both consumers and businesses. You’ll also learn how you can directly or indirectly help the agency protect consumers, guide businesses to develop better/strong data security, and much more. For More Information Please Visit: –



TalkTalk’s musical hack warning

TalkTalk’s musical hack warning

TalkTalk’s post-hack security advisory to customers might be more successful at getting through to more people if they did an auto-tune version. Well, they do sponsor ITV’s X-Factor after all…



New Vizio hack reveals company shares your data whether you accept its privacy policy or not

New Vizio hack reveals company shares your data whether you accept its privacy policy or not

New data on Vizio Smart TV’s indicates that they’ve been sending your personal viewing habits to third parties whether you agreed to their terms of service or not. The problem should be fixed in the latest software update.

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How a Codeless Hack Won $5000 at Facebook Hackathon Without a Single Line of Code

How a Codeless Hack Won 00 at Facebook Hackathon Without a Single Line of Code

THE-CODELESS-HACK-the-hackathonShort Bytes: Driven by the open source philosophy, two Facebook interns won $ 5,000 at a Facebook Hackathon. They performed a codeless hack and made a tool to debug the failed Battery Backup Units (BBU). Read more to know their story.

This is an article telling you the story of a codeless hack performed by Andrew Andrade and Derek Jouppi. They are interns at Facebook and recently won the OCP Summit Hackathon by making a new BBU debugging tool without any much-needed team size and equipment.

Writing on the, Andrew tells that they took part in the Open Compute Summit just like that and without any serious plans. They wanted to make something that could be immediately be contributed to Open Compute within 24 hours.

At the event, Andrew and Derek decided to perform a hack for the newly released Battery Backup Unit (BBU) on the Open Rack V2 design.

Dealing with a non-functional and failed BBU unit is a very difficult and time taking tasks. It involves the use of tons of probes, wires, DMM, or oscilloscope to determine the solution. Instead, they decided to use a coupler with the help of a simple ATMEGA microcontroller and LED display to make an intelligent tool.

As the display BBU were inaccessible, they wrote some Arduino code to simulate the BBU and some other code that would act as a digital-to-analog converter to fetch signals from the BBU. But, nothing made sense as there wasn’t much room in V2 rack to house a coupler and a microcontroller solution would be too expensive.

Preparing for the codeless hack

Preparing for the codeless hack

Then they decided to take the much needed Open Compute approach and create a simple and minimal solution by removing anything in the data center that didn’t contribute to efficiency.

As their codeless hack, they made a debug card that could be easily attached as a component at the back of a BBU as shown in the video below.

Explaining their pivot, they write: “We realized that, given the mapping of the pin outs, one solution would be to connect the signals to the status LED’s, which would give instant visualization to the problems with the BBU. While it would take manual diagnostics to determine issues, the cost of the device would be significantly lower, and it would be much easier to operate. For the added functionality, we included an output header.”

“This could be used in the future to connect to a microcontroller if a more automated method had to be deployed. Finally, since the BBU relied on a power supply to charge, we included a power header that could be used to connect to the power supply,” they explain further.

After preparing the design, they put it on the breadboard before preparing the final rendering of the product using mechanical CAD software.

This codeless debug tool would enable the techies working in the datacenter BBUs to quickly solve the problems.

We, at fossBytes, promote the open source philosophy and believe in sharing the knowledge with our readers. Using the same open source philosophy, Andrew and Derek performed this codeless hack and further plan to release the specifications for their BBU hack to the open source community in the next few weeks.

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