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11 June 2020

Facebook hacked Tails

Facebook payed more than 100 000 dollar to an unknown security company to develop a zero-day exploit to aid the FBI in catching a child predator and succeeded in catching him.

It is unknown which exploit Facebook used, the exploit made use of a vulnerability in the movie player of Tails, Facebook engineers wrote a program that attached the exploit to a video, which a victim send to the perpetrator. This is the first time Facebook helped the police hack someone.

The man the FBI caught blackmailed girls to give him nude pictures. Sources within Facebook said that the man was one of the biggest dangers on the site, he plead guilty to 41 charges. The man made use of Tails, a Debian distribution designed specifically to remain anonymous on the internet. The FBI did try to hack the man before, but the tools the FBI used were inadequate to hack Tails.

According to one of the Facebook employee the code responsible for the the vulnerability was naturally patched out of Tails.

The decision was controversial within the company, some saying that the idea of a private company buying a zero-day exploit is “fucked up” and “sketchy as hell”.

3 months ago I recommended people to try out Tails, I’m not sure if I can recommend Tails now. It got hacked, that is true, but not after a big company like Facebook had to spend 100 000 dollar for a temporary exploit. If you no longer want to use Tails, there is also still Qubes and Whonix.

Here is the original article.

29 May 2020

HP Reverb G2 revealed

The HP Reverb G2 is an upcoming VR headset, it was announced end March, and will be made in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. That and a picture of the product was the only thing we knew until today. Today […]

13 May 2020

Unreal Engine 5 revealed

Epic Games has just revealed a trailer for their next Unreal Engine. Their 2 main new features are Nanite and Lumen. They also made some changes to their audio system and to their fluid simulation. With Nanite game developers can […]

12 May 2020

Bitcoin halving

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Bitcoin has just been halved, which means that the rate at which new Bitcoins are created is now half of what it used to be. The halving of Bitcoin is an event that took place Monday evening through the mining […]

22 April 2020

Flight Simulator Specs released

The minimum specifications for Microsoft Flight Simulator have been released today. To install the flight simulator you will need at least 150GB disk space and 8GB of ram. The game should be released somewhere in 2020. The new flight simulator […]

18 April 2020

DCS: FREE FOR ALL

For one month, starting tomorrow (April 19th to May 18th) all DCS world modules (except for campaigns) will be freely available for anyone and all modules will be 50% off. DCS (Digital Combat Simulator) world is a game where you […]

31 March 2020

COD:MW2 Remastered

Activision just released the single-player campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remastered for PlayStation 4, you can buy it for 25 euros. The campaign will be available for PC and Xbox One on 30 April. The remaster of […]