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Thousands of Gmail Users See E-mails Vanish, Accounts Reset

Thousands of Gmail users suddenly lost access to their inboxes yesterday morning, some claiming that their entire collections of e-mails, Google Chat logs and attachments had simply vanished. Others reported that their accounts had been reset by the bug, which, according to Google, affected as many as 150,000 users. The company says it's investigating the issue, and should resolve it shortly....

'SMS of Death' Bug Targets Basic Cell Phones, Could Shut Down Entire Networks

Share German researchers have discovered a brand new vulnerability in basic cell phones, which, if exploited properly, could easily cripple mobile networks on a scarily large scale. Researchers Collin Mulliner and Nico Golde introduced the bug at the recent Chaos Computer Club Congress in Berlin. The pair reportedly discovered it after setting up their own private GSM network, which allowed...

YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors. The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn, Perez Hilton and Wired, and reportedly reveals all of the other sites that each user has previously visited. Of the 485 sites affected by the bug, 63 were found to be copying the data,...

Facebook Bug Deactivates Women's Accounts En Masse, ID Required to Restore Profiles

Share If you recently tried to log into Facebook, only to find out your account had been deactivated for being "inauthentic," you're not alone. Reports began circulating Tuesday morning of accounts being shut down en masse, and Facebook has now confirmed that a bug has been sweeping through its system, automatically disabling profiles. Oddly, it seems that almost all of those affected -- at...

Find a Security Hole in Google, Make Some Extra Cash

Amateur Web wizards will soon be able to make a little extra cash on Google, thanks to a new security rewards program that the company unveiled. The new program is essentially a duplicate of Google Chrome's vulnerability reward service, which offers cash compensation to anyone who discovers security holes on the Web browser. Now, vulnerability hunters can troll for weaknesses on more Google...

Mozilla Gives 12-Year-Old $3000 for Discovering Major Firefox Security Flaw

Today's 12-year-olds don't just know more than we do -- they're also a lot richer than we are. Case in point: seventh grader Alex Miller, from San Jose. Alex, you see, recently discovered a critical security flaw in the latest versions of Firefox -- something to do with an overflow bug in 'document.write.' That may sound like Chinese to most of the human population (minus the Chinese), but it...

Sony to PS3 Owners: Don't Turn on Your Console

You might have seen our earlier report that, thanks to 2010 being mislabeled as a leap year in the code of some PlayStation 3s, some gamers were experiencing crashes and errors, and were unable to access the PlayStation Network. Well, things just got a lot more interesting -- and scary. The word, direct from Sony, is that owners of non-slim model PS3s should refrain from turning on their consoles...

Malaria-Carrying Mosquitos Get Zapped by Bug-Sensing Lasers

It's no secret that malaria is a huge problem in developing nations. Bill Gates has even brought the problem to the attention of the American public. But here's the question: how do we battle this deadly disease? According to Intellectual Ventures Lab, lasers could be the key to saving thousands of lives. Think of this system as a bug zapper on steroids. Now, this idea isn't a new...

Windows Update to Ancient Bug Causing Blue Screen of Death

Share Microsoft has had more than its fair share of problems with Windows updates. All too often, tiny updates and bug fixes result in unintended consequences of near catastrophic proportions. The latest "fix" is bad -- so bad, in fact, it'll make you long for the days when all that Windows updates did was quietly disable your anti-virus software. It seems that one Windows XP update, which...

Facebook 'Un Named App' Not Dangerous, For Now

Share Lets say this right off the bat: if you've spotted an "un named app" in your settings on Facebook, don't freak out. It's not malware or anything dangerous. It's just a head-scratcher of a glitch that has been plaguing Facebook users for the last day or so. The bug was causing particular panic following a string of status updates that read something along the lines of: Has your facebook been...

Bug in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Deleting Users' Accounts

What is it that everyone says about Macs? "They just work?" Well, that might have been true pre-Snow Leopard... In addition to news of rampant compatibility problems and a quiet admission that even Macs are vulnerable to malware, there is now word that the 10.6 version of OS X was shipped with a bug so severe it could wipe out all of your data. If you upgraded to the latest version, and have...

Easy Ways to Tell if Your Cell Phone is Bugged

If you've got a lot of enemies (or watch too many spy movies), you've probably noticed those online ads for cell phone bugging software and thought: "Hey, I wonder if my phone is bugged?" Fortunately, the news crew at Fox 26 in Houston shares your paranoia: it recently tested out some cellular spyware to figure out if your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend is listening in. After dropping $250 for...

New Songbird Add-On Wiping Out Users' iPods

Fans of the open source Songbird media player need to be extremely cautious before downloading Songbird 1.1, the player's latest version. Wired reports that an iPod add-on for the installment can come equipped with a bug capable of corrupting data and erasing music from your iPod. The bug, which only ravages your music if you have your iPod connected to the app, has so far grounded only a...

Scientists Create Mutant Bugs that Produce Crude Oil

Like the beginning of every great science fiction movie, experts claim that they've discovered a cure for our fuel-dependency woes that only requires an army of genetically modified bacteria... that eats wheat straw and excretes crude oil. You read that right: Scientists have created bugs that are able to snack on woodchips or sugar cane and produce waste in the form of easily malleable oil. Not...

Rush Limbaugh Goes Left and Right for Tech Support

Conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, we all know the frustration of computer bugs and unanswered pleas for tech support. Case in point: conservative radio talk personality Rush Limbaugh made a public plea to Apple CEO (and Democrat) Steve Jobs on his broadcast last week for help with a problem he's encountered with his collection of networked, high-end Mac Pro computers. "El Rushbo"...