Dallas warning sirens set off by hacker

The sirens are usually used to warn of extreme weather events such as tornadoes. “All 156 sirens in the city were activated last night – it does appear at this time that it was a hack,” a spokeswoman for the city told reporters. The noise “woke up a lot of people”, she added. The sirens were activated at 23:42 local time (04:42 GMT) on Friday and lasted for about 90 minutes. Some posted footage online in which the sirens can clearly be heard. Technicians for the Office of Emergency Management…

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Hacker who stole film scripts jailed for five years

A hacker who stole sexually explicit videos and unpublished film and TV scripts from celebrities has been sentenced to five years in jail. Alonzo Knowles hacked email accounts, from the Bahamas, to steal the images and scripts, which he tried to sell. Knowles used viruses and fake security notifications to obtain passwords. He was caught when he travelled to the US to sell stolen scripts not knowing that he was meeting undercover police officers. Dark ends The US Department of Justice said Knowles had had a list of the email…

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Mr. Robot brings hacker cred to the small screen, Ferris wheel to SXSW

The Ferris wheel by night – the ride was quite popular during a party thrown at SXSW by the USA Network on March 12 (Credit: Michael Franco/Gizmag). View gallery (7 images) Last year an unknown TV show from the USA Network called Mr. Robot took the Austin film, music and interactive festival known as South By Southwest (SXSW) by storm, winning the extravaganza’s coveted Audience Award for an episodic show. This year, “Mr. Robot” is back at SXSW which a much bigger presence – quite literally. First a little spoiler-free…

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