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  • The Power Pwn is a multi-function master for more than $1,000

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, funded the creation of a new gadget that looks to be the Swiss army knife of hacking. Disguised as a mundane power strip, the device houses bluetooth and wifi radios, as well as other remote access tools. It can also be controlled by text messages through its "text-to-bash" feature.

    The device is technically a "fully-integrated enterprise-class penetration testing platform" called the Power Pwn. It's sold by Pwnie Express (who says hackers don't have a sense of humor?) and can be pre-ordered for $1,295. Pwnie Express said its clients -- mostly from the federal government or corporations -- use the device for fast and thorough tests of their network security.

    DARPA has a reputation for funding wild and weird research ideas. Some of them turn futuristic ideas into reality, while others pit scientists head to head to build the best flying robot.

    [via BoingBoing]

    This article was written by Anna Washenko and originally

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  • Authorities have no way of knowing if anyone believed the claims

    Some may find texts from their friends or loved ones annoying at times, but brief, pointless messages are nothing compared to seeing a death threat pop up on your smartphone screen. That was the reality for tens of thousands of Australians today when an unknown perpetrator sent out a mass text message demanding cash and threatening the lives of the recipients.

    Australian authorities believe that tens of thousands of mobile phone users received this text message from a "0000" number: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised. E-mail me now: killerking247@yahoo.com" Of course, despite the sender's hopes to avoid police involvement, thousands of calls began to flood local authorities.

    The email address in question has been taken down, but it remains unclear if anyone actually fell for the scam. Police believe that the total number of victims may be in the tens of thousands or more, and it's impossible to tell how

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  • The hottest Android tablet on the market flies off Google's virtual store shelves

    With entrenched competitors like the iPad and Kindle Fire, you'd think that a brand new consumer slate would be a hard sell. Well, at least we'd think so. But according to Google's own online store, the company's new Nexus 7 tablet is selling great — perhaps even a little too well. It seems that sales have been so stellar that the company has had to halt all current orders for the 16GB version of its flagship slate.

    Though Google's Android operating system is already well known in the tablet market, the Nexus 7 is the first slate from Google itself, and as such it has been a hotly-anticipated gadget. The 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest version of the mobile OS. As its namesake suggets, the tablet features a 7-inch widescreen display, as well as a powerful quad-core processor, front-facing camera, and near-field communication technology.

    The tablet was expected to sell well, especially given its pricing structure — $199 for the 8GB model, $249 for 16GB — which is

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  • Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties
    Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

    FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

  • Ukraine at potential turning point after crash
    Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

    MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people on board will force the warring parties to seek an end to the violence, or the disaster will stoke the fighting as the recriminations escalate.

  • Here's what will hold back housing for the next two years

    Home-building rates will remain low over the next couple of years as the population only slowly expands and it remains tough to get a mortgage, among other market challenges.

  • Gaza 'resistance' will defeat Israel: Hezbollah chief
    Gaza 'resistance' will defeat Israel: Hezbollah chief

    Lebanon's Hezbollah is backing the Palestinian "resistance" in Gaza to defeat Israel, the Shiite movement's leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday. Nasrallah told Hamas' exiled chief Khaled Meshaal by telephone: "Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance stand firmly on the side of the Intifada and the Palestinian people's resistance, and support Hamas' strategy and the just conditions it has set to end the conflict."

  • Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on
    Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets along the coastal area. Diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

  • Fight Breaks Out During Live, Televised Debate
    Fight Breaks Out During Live, Televised Debate

    When people are passionate about their position on politics, a debate can get very heated... Maybe turn into a hot enough brawl that chairs are thrown, and more. A live back-and-forth on Jordanian TV channel Josat put outspoken journalist Shaker al-Johari on one side of the spectrum and pro-Syrian regime activist and lawyer Samih Khrais on the other.

  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border
    Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

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