Popular Chrome extension Hola sold users' bandwidth for botnets

Hola, one of the most popular online services for viewing blocked videos and TV shows from other countries, has turned its users into a botnet without their knowledge. The software, which is available as plugin for the Chrome browser on desktop and mobile devices, had previously been praised for offering an easy-to-use and free service. However, it seems the company has been discreetly selling users’ “idle resources” (i.e. their bandwidth) via a separate Luminati brand, allowing anyone to buy traffic in bulk and redirect it to a target site as a denial-of-service attack. Essentially, Hola’s users have been unwitting mercenaries in a botnet-for-hire.

“Hola realized they basically have a 9 million strong botnet.”

The issue came to light…

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Author: James Vincent

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Good news everyone! We can finally add hurdling to the Scary Robot Olympics

MIT’s Cheetah robot has already beaten the speed record set by Usain Bolt (the world’s fastest man) and now it’s coming after Aries Merritt (the world’s fastest hurdler, of course). Researchers at the university’s Biometrics Robotics Lab have upgraded Cheetah with new algorithms that allow it to detect and jump over obstacles up to 40 centimeters tall — the first four-legged robot to do so autonomously.

“A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior,” said Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, in a press release. “You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors.”

Robo track and field, here we…

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Author: James Vincent

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Apple offers official workaround for bug that crashes iPhone Messages

Earlier this week, iPhone users discovered that receiving a small string of text characters over Apple’s iMessage service could crash their phone’s Messages app, effectively blocking them from reading incoming texts. Now, in a support document published on Apple’s site, the company has detailed an official workaround for the problem. The company says iPhone owners who’ve been targeted with the string will need to complete the following steps, using Siri to unlock their Messages app:

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Watch Kung Fury, 2015's greatest '80s action movie, right now

Kung Fury might be the greatest ’80s action movie the ’80s never produced. The Kickstarted movie, which premiered at Cannes this month, features smoky alleyways, a city ravaged by murderous arcade cabinets, a cop with the head of a Triceratops, and a huge number of neatly trimmed mustaches. Only one man can save the world — the eponymous Kung Fury — and you can now see his escapades in their entirety on YouTube after its TV debut.

After being bitten by a cobra and struck by lightning at the same time as his police partner was chopped in half by a sword-wielding kung fu master, Kung Fury is working as a cop in 1985-era Miami. The city has kept its palm trees and beaches, but has changed in other, fairly notable ways. Everything’s bathed…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Path sells to Daum Kakao to pursue growth in Asia

Path, the mobile-focused social network, is being bought out by Korean internet company Daum Kakao. The main app and Path Talk will continue to operate under new ownership, according to a Medium post by founder Dave Morin, while the remaining Path Inc. will run the recently launched Kong selfie app. Details of the deal haven’t been announced; last month Recode reported that negotiations were underway.

Daum Kakao was formed in a 2014 merger between the companies that owned the Daum internet portal and the Kakao Talk chat app, which is dominant in South Korea. Although Path hasn’t caught on in the West, it has found some success in Asia — most of its active users are in Indonesia — and hopes to grow further as a result of the deal. “We…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Bring back the Nexus 5

We all saw it. Even those of us that never experienced the greatness of the Nexus 5 felt an inexplicable pang of wistfulness when its bumpy bottom made a cameo during Google’s I/O 2015 keynote today. Yes, the phone serving as the backdrop for Google’s announcement of USB-C support in Android M was none other than the 2013 flagship Android handset, the LG-manufactured Nexus 5.

Visit Google’s Android developer pages and you’ll see the Nexus 5 making another appearance. Despite sales ending in March of this year, the Nexus 5 is still well supported by Google and is one of only four devices on which you can download the company’s Android M Developer Preview today. Among them, the Nexus 5 is the only one that realistically fits…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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