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768-bit RSA Cracked, 1024-bit is Still Safe for the Moment 400°
January 8, 2010 // 9:50 am - It appears the RSA encryption scheme has fallen as cryptographers have broken [PDF] 768-bit keys via the widely used public-key algorithm.

An international team of mathematicians, computer scientists and cryptographers broke the key though NFS, or number field sieve, which allowed them to deduce two prime numbers that when multiplied together generated a number with 768 bits.

The discovery, which took about two-and-a-half years and hundreds of general-purpose computers, means 768-bit RSA keys can no longer be counted on to...

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Video: R4i on DSi Firmware v1.4, Protection Cracked Already?! 200°
August 6, 2009 // 12:50 pm - Today YouTube user GBAtempDotNet has posted a video (which appears to have surfaced from Chinese site demonstrating the R4i on Nintendo DSi version 1.4 Firmware.

It seems the recent Nintendo DSi System Update that was reported to block flash carts has already been cracked... with a DSi flash cart successfully working on the new firmware!

Those interested can check out the video below, and the caption reads as follows:

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Windows 7 Cracked and Activated with Leaked OEM License Key! 650°
July 29, 2009 // 11:12 pm - Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin: "We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation & validation in Windows 7, and we can assure customers that Microsoft is committed to protecting them from counterfeit and pirated software.

Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources. Downloading Windows 7 from peer-to-peer Web sites is piracy, and exposes users to increased...

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Once Thought Safe, WPA Wi-Fi Encryption is Cracked 350°
November 7, 2008 // 10:49 pm - PCWorld reports today that security researchers have developed a way to partially crack the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard used to protect data on many wireless networks.

However, the attack does not however work with the WPA2 standard states Dragos Ruiu, the PacSec conference's organizer who will be discussing it next week in Tokyo.

To quote: "Everybody has been saying, 'Go to WPA because WEP is broken,'" Ruiu said. "This is a break in WPA."

If WPA is significantly compromised, it would be a big blow...

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Spore Cracked by 'Reloaded' Release Group, Leaked to Internet 50°
September 3, 2008 // 8:34 pm - Accoding to GameViper, Spore has already been cracked and leaked onto the Web. One Web site is reporting that over 10,000 people are downloading the leak on just one public tracker. This all comes just days before the Official release date in North America.

For those unfamiliar with Spore: Maxis, makers of The Sims, present the next big bang - Spore. Create your unique creature and guide it on an epic journey through a universe of your own creations.

To quote: After news of Spore breaking the street date in Australia, we hear that Spore has already been cracked by a...

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Wii cracked with no Hardware Mods! 400°
May 28, 2008 // 12:17 am - Victories are inevitable in the technology war between platform holder and hacker/pirate. No matter how clever the former are the latter will always catch up.

This has always been so. Once a system is cracked the floodgates open as the word spreads on the interweb.

Now the Nintendo Wii is cracked, supposedly so it can become an open platform for homebrew. But what it means is that the pirates will exploit the same loophole so they can steal people's work instead of paying for it. So the Wii will become even less worthwhile for third party publishers.


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