It seems like San Francisco Municipal riders either got really happy or really angry when MUNI systems got hacked last Friday. The commuters were surprised to find "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs printed on their tickets. Hurray for the free ride?
Apparently, a hacker by the name of Saolis hacked the company using ransomware where it locks the victim computers until a decryption code is given. Saolis demands 100 bitcoins from the company (which equals to 73000USD) according to the Examiner, in exchange of the captured transit agency data.
Yet, much to our surprise, this hacker doesn't seem to have any malicious intent as he states in an exchange with The Verge: "we don't attention to interview and propagate news ! our software working completely automatically and we don't have targeted attack to anywhere ! SFMTA network was Very Open and 2000 Server/PC infected by software ! so we are waiting for contact any responsible person in SFMTA but i think they don't want deal ! so we close this email tomorrow!"
Cards Against Humanity have once again done something remarkable for this Black Friday. In the past, They have done things like selling real bullshit way back in 2014. This time, they are digging a hole with your charity money.
The company have done this kind of gesture to show their disappointment towards the general population and mock the holiday consumerism. But, in their defense, they did answer 'no' if people asked them there was any meaning for digging this hole. If you want to participate to the digging, you can donate $5 for 2 seconds of digging, and each $5 is going to add an extra 2 seconds to the timer. The event has accumulated a whopping $100,000+ and the number is rising every second.
In their frequently asked question section, you can find your questions getting answered in the most philosophical way possible. Here's some of them: "Where is the hole? America. And in our hearts. ", "How deep can you make this sucker? Great question. As long as you keep spending, we'll keep digging. We'll find out together how deep this thing goes. " and "What if you dig so deep you hit hot magma? At least then we'd feel something.".
BREAKING: If you're like me right now, you're trying to access eBay and finding that it's down. The site and its mobile app aren't working right now, with an eBay rep replying on Twitter to concerned users.
The official eBay Twitter account has said: "Some members are having issues accessing the site, but we're working to resolve ASAP. Thanks for your patience! ".
It was less than 24 hours ago that Twitter also experienced an outage.
CES 2016 - At the big electronics showcase in Las Vegas, we were able to sneak the world's first glimpse of Patriot Memory's new RGB mechanical keyboard.
According to our sources, the keyboard is so new it doesn't have a name just yet, but this brilliantly-lit mecha proudly wears the serpentine Viper Gaming badge telling us its another peripheral in Patriot's performance gaming lineup. As you can see from the pictures, the keyboard is full-sized and outfitted with what appear to be macro buttons and color switches.
The keys are outlined with flavorful chromatic backlighting, but we still don't know what kind of tactile switches the keyboard uses, as Patriot has "yet to determine" the switch type. Patriot Memory's Viper Gaming V760 keyboard leverages Kailh Brown switches, so we may see this type used in the new unnamed mecha.
16 months on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, today the company has confirmed that part of a wing that washed up on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean last week was from the downed craft.
The airline states that the find was corroborated "jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d' Enquetes et d' Analyses pour la Securites de I'AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak."
Whilst the aircraft has not been found, the find will allow searchers to use sea modelling to assist approximating a location where the airline plunged into the ocean last year.
Two homes caught fire during the week, with faulty Samsung washing machines to blame. There are over 83,000 additional Samsung-made washing machines in Australia, with homeowners now worried.
Thankfully, some tradespeople that were in the building working were able to extinguish the fire, but another fire took place at 5pm on Wednesday elsewhere in Granville, New South Wales with firefighters putting out the fire. Another blaze occured on Wednesday in Corlette, but in this occasion, resident Jacquie Briskham turned off her mains power, containing the fire with her garden hose until firefighters arrived.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Fire & Rescue NSW fire investigator, station officer Michael Forbes urging anyone who owns a top loader washing machine made by Samsung to check their appliance "as a matter of priority". Forbes added: "These products are typically left unattended while in use, so the risk to people and property if the machine fails is high. If you notice any smoke or smell coming out of the washing machine, turn it off at the power point. If a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000)".
The studio behind Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has shut down, with 2K Australia closing its doors and blaming the huge cost of developing games Down Under for its closure.
2K Australia told Kotaku: "We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team's valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible".
All staff working at 2K Australia have lost their jobs, with a source close to Kotaku saying "All hands are gone". Kotaku reports that at one stage, the studio thought of moving to Melbourne, which caused multiple high level members of the team to leave the studio, which might have ended up in the total closure of the studio.
One person was killed and another was injured on Monday morning after attempting to RAM their vehicle through a National Security Agency (NSA) gate at the Fort Meade United States Army Base. Both suspects, dressed as women and driving a stolen Ford Escape, were stopped while trying to accelerate towards a police vehicle.
Initial reports indicate the case isn't related to terrorism, and the crime scene has been contained. There are more than 29,000 civilian employees and 11,000 military personnel located at Fort Meade.
"Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," said Jonathan Freed, director of strategic communications at the NSA. "The driver failed to obey an NSA Police Officer's routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed."
Apple is experiencing a massive outage right now, which is affecting any and all services that require users to log-in. The outage has been reported from users on Reddit and Apple's own support forums.
The outage is affecting most Apple services, including the iOS App Store, iCloud, iTunes, Mac App Store, iTunes Connect, TestFlight, iBooks Store and more. The company hasn't commented about the outage just yet, but it has been affecting Apple services for a number of hours now.
Update: Lizard Squad are taking responsibility for the hack, taking down various social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, MySpace, Tinder and more. They reportedly didn't take Twitter down as its their only form of communication.
You've probably just realized, but some of you might not have: Facebook is down. Right now, it's not loading for me here in Australia, some friends in California and San Francisco, and it's not loading on my smartphone either.
A bit of personal reflection: as a professional, I require Facebook for my everyday life. Professionally, I'm on it virtually every waking minute posting stories up from our main site to our Facebook page, engaging with readers, posting up random images and the like along the way. Personally, I'm addicted to it like most. Constantly checking my News Feed, hanging out on Messenger as long as my eyes are open, posting up images of my day or my travel if I'm away at an event.
In times like this, I know it's sad and I know I'm going to get hate mail over it: but I feel, lost. Without Facebook, it feels like half the Internet is down for me. Do you feel the same? Should we get on Kickstarter and start a Facebook Anonymous? Hi, my name's Anthony and I'm addicted to Facebook...
We will update this with more news, as it happens.