Great now your monitor can be hacked too

first_imgYou are all well aware that your computer, tablet, and smartphone can be hacked… but have you ever wondered if someone is trying to compromise your monitor?Probably not. It’s just a dumb display, isn’t it? I mean, all it does is sit there and light up pixels wherever your computer tells it to… right? The unfortunate truth is that monitors are smarter than we generally think they are, and that makes them a perfect target for hackers.And Cui is the lead scientist at Red Balloon Security, and he led the team that made this frightening discovery. Like so many devices nowadays do, your monitor has a microcontroller inside it. That got Cui thinking that monitors could, therefore, be hacked and manipulated.He was right: Cui and his team developed a working exploit. “We can now hack the monitor and you shouldn’t have blind trust in those pixels coming out of your monitor.”Last year at Black Hat, Cui showed off a printer he turned into a remote bugging deviceOnce they had successfully hijacked a monitor — which involves injecting malicious firmware via a drive-by attack — the group could alter what was being displayed on the screen. How dangerous could that possibly be, you ask? Being able to re-label even a single button could allow a bad actor to inflict a huge amount of damage in the right situation. Cui gives the example of tricking someone into shutting down a power plant.If there’s a silver lining to this cloud, it’s that it sounds pretty easy to detect. The image on a screen doesn’t refresh nearly as quickly as it would have prior to being infected. Hopefully you’d notice the difference at home.On an industrial control console where the display is mostly static anyway? Well, it might be a lot harder to detect. It’s time to stop trusting your monitors, people!last_img read more

Jennifer Walters will no longer be SheHulk in new series

first_imgMajor comics crossover events always lead to major changes. One such shift, announced Monday, has one long-time character picking up a new title.Spoilers for the Civil War II event.Jennifer Walters, best known as the feisty and joyful She-Hulk (always a welcome change compared to her more sullen cousin Bruce Banner), will no longer be known as She-Hulk. Rather, she’ll be picking up the Hulk mantle in a new series set to arrive in December.The series, from writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Nico Leon will pick up after Civil War II. For those who missed the huge, somewhat middling crossover event, Walters suffered near-fatal injuries after being hit by one of War Machine’s stray missiles in a battle with Thanos. Besides being in a coma for a major portion of the story, she is also dealing with Bruce’s death, who was shot by Hawkeye in Civil War II #3.According to the A.V. Club, Axel Alonso, Marvel’s editor-in-chief, says the new series will have Walters coming to terms with the death and the psychological and emotional implications of her new role, along with her trying to resume her life.Courtesy MarvelTamaki, who is most known for working on the Eisner Award-winning This One Summer and a run of TMNT comics, said she’s looking forward to tackling the emotional stakes of the series.This is excellent news for the character, who is a standout on her own, but due to her name is most often sidelined compared to her more famous cousin. Plus, the name “She-Hulk” doesn’t inspire originality, instead reminding the reader of the original Hulk rather than the character she’s become since her debut in 1980.Compared to Banner, whose most prominent conflict deals with his internal struggles with his alter ego, Walters has accepted her green form. She’s proud of She-Hulk, and is a hero about self-love and empowerment.We’re still mixed on the idea that Marvel had to kill off Banner in a moment of weakness for both Hawkeye and the other heroes against him, but if anybody is going to replace the green monster we’re glad it’s Walters–another green monster.last_img read more

Protect Your Tables From Apple HomePod With These Tips

first_imgUse a Single Paper TowelIf doilies and coasters are too fancy for you (just try to say doilies out loud without hating yourself) just use one single old-fashioned paper towel as a buffer between the HomePod and your table. Plus, you already need paper towels for lots of other stuff anyway. The HomePod is Apple’s latest innovation, a smart speaker designed to play your music while also listening to your commands. An Amazon Echo with Siri instead of Alexa. Unlike the last major new Apple product, the HomePod, fortunately, doesn’t steal your face. But that doesn’t mean the tech doesn’t have issues of its own.For a company so obsessed with clean design, Apple HomePod early adopters were shocked to discover the device was leaving strange, disfiguring white ring stains on wooden surfaces. According to Apple, “the marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface,” and that it’s “not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.”But as accurate as that answer may be, folks obviously aren’t too happy their shiny new Apple product may mess up their tables, and that Apple doesn’t really have any answers. Fortunately, we do. Here are some quick, completely legitimate tips for protecting your table from Apple HomePod.Use Coasters/DoiliesThe HomePod isn’t the first case of stuff messing up tables with weird rings. Just ask anyone who drinks. And humanity has already come up with a solution. Just slap some doilies or coasters under that HomePod and you should be golden. Use an Amazon EchoYou could try to deal with these early issues of the Apple HomePod. But why not just save yourself the trouble and get an Amazon Echo, a better and cheaper product that’s already had time to work out its kinks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Use a New TableMaybe the HomePod is just Apple’s passive-aggressive way of saying your table isn’t worth saving. The issue only seems to affect wooden surfaces anyway. So if your HomePod messes up one table, just throw it out and get a new one. Planned obsolescence.center_img Use Flour/CocaineThe first thing that came to mind when looking at the HomePod rings was obviously Apple is covering these things in cocaine. So if your table is going to be covered in cocaine, you might as well cover the whole thing in cocaine, or flour if you want that sweet white powder without “breaking the law.” Use an Old T-ShirtHaving a brand new Apple HomePod right at launch, while cool, can make one seem… elitist. So bring yourself back down to earth and protect your table at the same time by plopping the HomePod right on top of some old dumb t-shirt.Check out Geek’s T-Shirt Tuesday!Use an Apple Coffee Table BookIf you want to keep your HomePod protection plan within the Apple family, get yourself this big Apple coffee table book. Not only does it have gorgeous images of Apple’s iconic tech design throughout the years for you to show off to guests, it’s also already meant to go on tables, so just put it underneath your HomePod. Stay on targetlast_img read more