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  1. Those “Worst Password” Lists Could Be Felonies Under Department of Justice Proposal

    As opposed to just criminally stupid.

    A proposed alteration to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) from the Department of Justice would turn the dissemination of any information or passwords that could be used to compromise a protected computer into a crime—including those horrendous "worst password" lists. This may sound like a stupid move for cyber security, but on the bright side, at least something would finally be stupider than those passwords.

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  2. UK and US to Stage “Cyber Attack War Games,” Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy’s Involvement Unknown

    Joshua, is that you?

    Not all cyber attacks involve hilariously bad infographics, Spider-Man crossover rumors, and institutionalized misogyny. For attacks that might damage more than just a movie studio's reputation, the United States and United Kingdom will work together to train cyber operatives in "cyber attack war games." I guess no one told them the only winning move is not to play.

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  3. Marriott Ends Ban on Personal Wi-Fi Networks, Hotels Return to Lawless Internet Chaos

    Wi the last Marriott.

    Remember back in October, when the good people of the Internet were outraged by the reveal that a Marriott resort in Nashville was blocking convention goer's mobile hotspots and charging exorbitant prices for hotel Wi-Fi? Well, Marriott promises that won't happen anymore! Kind of. Maybe. Get all of your hotel Internetting done now, just in case?

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  4. Review: Blackhat is a Series of Fun, Dumb Tubes

    Avengers/Suicide Squad crossover, go!

    The weirdest thing about Blackhat isn't that it's set in a universe where all computer scientists look like Chris Hemsworth or Leehom Wang (not that computer scientists can't be beefcakes, but there's beefcake and then there's BEEFCAKE).

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  5. Syfy Developing Hackers Reality Show; Christian Slater Hacker Drama Gets Series Order

    Hack the Planet!

    Few activities are less dynamic than diddling away on one's keyboard, but (presumably in light of the highly-publicized recent attack on Sony), hackers are about to be glamorized in not one but two TV shows. Thanks, maybe-not-North-Korea!

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  6. People Are Using Hacked Toy Hobbit Sting Swords to Find Unsecured Wi-Fi

    "I will give you a name...and I shall call you NO MORE LINKSYS."

    The Elvish smiths of Gondolin had their priorities straight: having an early-warning system for nearby goblins and orcs is all well and good, but finding accessible Wi-Fi networks is just as important. And now, thanks to the work of some enterprising nerds over at Spark.io, Sting's true web-cutting potential has finally been revealed!

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  7. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network Attacks, Outages Continue to Ruin Christmas

    Meanwhile, my Nintendo 64 works just fine. Just saying.

    Christmas is canceled. Well, if you got an Xbox or PlayStation console, it might feel that way. Both systems' online gaming networks are still experiencing trouble today after they were downed yesterday by "hackers."

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Your Christmas Tree is Big, You Say?

    It's a metafir.

    A (nearly to-scale) Godzilla-shaped Christmas tree in Japan's Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall.

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  9. Sony Will Release The Interview After All, Demands That Twitter Suspend Users Proliferating Leaked Emails

    One step forward, two steps back.

    Good news for people who've been following the recent Sony hack scandal closely—turns out that they've caved on their own caving and will offer their (admittedly probably very stupid) film The Interview  for moviegoers via a "limited theatrical release." The bad news for those same people is that if Sony has their way, all of your Twitter accounts are probably forfeit.

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  10. The Today Show Drops Amy Adams Segment After She Refuses to Discuss Sony Hack

    The Muppets are judging you, the Today Show.

    And here's why she's totally within her rights to refuse to talk about it and The Today Show were being jerks.

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