HF News Edition 247

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Edition #248 | Published by iHydra | Released July 13th, 2015

You are reading Edition #248 of the Hack Forums News. To see other editions of the HF News, go here.


Written by Colligan & Odus

Omniscient provides the community with a roadmap of what changes are coming to Hack Forums. ]http://www.hackforums.net/showthread.php?tid=4905748 >>Source]

User News

Written by 630 & Cody


  • +Cyan was banned.
  • Teh Afro was banned with the reason: "Scumbag scammer who tried to manipulate. Goodbye."
  • Understalker was banned as a precaution after their account was compromised.
  • Craze Z was banned as a precaution after their account was compromised.





Notable Threads

Written by Trust

Announcement Thread

---HF is not hacked - Omniscient

---Following rumors stating that the Hack Forums database was hacked, Omniscient has released another statement regarding these rumors.

Entertaining Thread

---What is the last illegal thing you did? - Ekmete

---Ekmete invites you to share the last illegal thing you did and got away with.

Member Feedback Thread


---Haydrazs gives an account of his time and experiences on Hack Forums.

Contests & Giveaways


---Test your luck with Capo’s upgrade contest. Who knows, you might be upgraded at the end of it!


---Cinema4D House *Finished* - Iggy Azalea

---Come check out Iggy Azalea’s house made in Cinema4D. If you like it, tell them why. If you don’t, explain what they can improve on.


By D3xus

Interview - Clique

D3xus: For the 248th edition of the HF News, the clicky and everlasting Clique is here. Any shoutouts you'd like to make?

Clique: Shoutout to my buds. You know who you are.

D3xus: You've got a lot of friends from what I gather. Where did you meet them all? Or at least the majority of them?

Clique: From previous groups, writers, few from empire and such. Met a few people on League/CSGO that surprisingly were on HF as well. It's a small world.

D3xus: A small world for us, but a giant world for others. How did you get involved with your groups? What attracted you to them?

Clique: I just wanted to see what the hype was about, really. When I signed up I believe Eminence was still around and that was my first one that I've been into. I remember Viral Dragon made tutorials and I saved most of them on my laptop for later use. Usually about making money, you know the drill.

D3xus: Money is always a big deal around here. Have you gotten into monetization, or do you have other interests on HF?

Clique: At first yeah I was crazed with making money online. I've sold a few randoms things on here but never really had the time to fully pursue it. I play a bit of League so that's what I do here mainly.

D3xus: The League scene has always been big on HF; are you a casual player or are you on a team/clan?

Clique: I've tried 5s/3s teams but those never really work out because of people's schedules. :(

D3xus: That happens a lot of the time, I'm sure. D: What other things on HF are you involved in? Or not even HF, but just online?

Clique: That's pretty much it. Was a writer for almost 2 years. Just chillin right now. Job starts on monday so I should be busy.

D3xus: Do you take anything from HF into real life? Is your job relevant to anything you've learned here, or are they totally separate?

Clique: Learned a bit about computers here so that'll help. :cool:

D3xus: As it will with anything. That's all the room we have for now; any closing comments or remarks?

Clique: https://soundcloud.com/fouram/fouram-nyquill-no-more

Group News

By Nobility & Ventures Current Open Group Recruitments

Group Related Buy-ins & Informational Threads

Important Group Related Threads

Site News

By Charlemagne

Site Statistics

  • Total
  • Posts: 46,970,660 ( +0.18% )
  • Threads: 3,401,664 (+0.26% )
  • Members: 2,794,346 ( +0.27% )
  • Average
  • Daily Posts: 14,005( ~ )
  • Daily Threads: 1,014( +0.15% )
  • Daily New Members: 833 ( +0.18% )
  • Posts Per Member: 16 ( ~)
  • Replies Per Thread: 12 ( ~ )

Ban Statistics

  • Last Week's Bans
  • Staff Bans: 170
  • ... Change from Last Edition: -12
  • Vacation Bans: 16
  • ... Change from Last Edition: -8
  • Combined Bans: 186
  • ... Change from Last Edition: -20
  • Total Bans
  • Staff Bans: 645
  • ... Change from Last Edition: +40
  • Vacation Bans: 87
  • ... Change from Last Edition: -12
  • Combined Bans: 732
  • ... Change from Last Edition: +30

Forum Counts

  • Tab Counts
  • Notable Sections
  • Lounge Threads: 429,120 ( +0.13% )
  • Lounge Posts: 6,073,735 ( +0.15% )
  • RANF Threads:46,476( +0.23% )
  • RANF Posts: 605,560 ( +0.19% )
  • General
  • Threads: 695,997 ( +0.17% )
  • Posts: 10,271,736 ( +0.18% )
  • Hacking
  • Threads: 641,971( -7.57% )
  • Posts:5,627,301( +0.26% )
  • Computing
  • Threads: 193,241 ( +0.19% )
  • Posts: 1,645,144 ( +0.16% )
  • Coding
  • Threads: 155,032( +0.11% )
  • Posts: 1,340,608( +0.11% )
  • Gaming
  • Threads: 404,625 ( +0.21% )
  • Posts: 4,170,255( +0.21% )
  • Groups
  • Threads: 6,281 ( +0.14% )
  • Posts: 275,073( +0.13% )
  • Webmaster
  • Threads: 74,182 ( +0.13% )
  • Posts:540,723 ( +0.12% )
  • Graphics
  • Threads: 124,672( +0.10% )
  • Posts: 939,700 ( +0.08% )
  • Marketplace
  • Threads: 815,356 ( +0.23% )
  • Posts: 7,633,241 (+0.19% )
  • Money
  • Threads: 125,460 ( +0.17% )
  • Posts: 1678259( -0.06% )

Membership Counts

  • Groups
  • Null
  • 45 Members ( -2 )
  • Specialists
  • 62 Members ( +12 )
  • Red Lions
  • 19 Members ( +1 )
  • Archive
  • 12 Members ( -2 )
  • Crypto
  • 66 Members ( +18 )
  • L'appel du Vide
  • 101 Members ( +5 )
  • The Brotherhood
  • 23 Members ( ~ )
  • Echo
  • 62 Members ( -18 )
  • AnimeFAN!
  • 64 Members ( -3 )
  • Pirates
  • 184 Members ( +4 )
  • Instinct
  • 133 Members ( +10 )
  • Debug
  • 3 Members ( -73 )
  • Titans
  • 30 Members ( -3 )


By iHydra

Dry Week

Not much has occurred besides a few drama scenes flowing through the Deal Disputes subforum.



Have a wonderful day

Enjoy your shitty moments and fun/great moments in life.

Security News

By Harbo5

OPM Hack Revealed To Include Data of 21.5 Million People and Director Archuleta Resigned

The recent data breach at the Office of Personal Management seems to be ever expanding. It has been discovered that it includes the Social Security Numbers of over 21.5 million people. The group of compromised people includes OPM director Katherine Archuleta who resigned early Friday. Ever since the attack was discovered las month, Archuleta has been under increasing pressure. US Legislators took Archuleta and CIO Donna Seymor last month to task for not addressing security issues and failing to add security and control features such as database encryption or agency-wide two-factor authentication. "You have completely and utterly failed, if that was your mission," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said during the hearing. Archuleta told President Barack Obama on Friday that she was resigning from her position as Director of OPM. She had been the director since 2013. Congressional Members have said there are still may issues awaiting the next director of OPM. The new total of affected people by the data breach comes as DHS, FBI, and OPM official continue to investigate the attack on OPM, which began last December. Officials said that in addition to the 4.2 million affected people who had already been notified, 19.7 million people who applied for a background check, and 1.8 million non-applicants such as spouses also have been affected. The OPM believes there were two separate attacks, one the affected 4.2 million current and former US government employees, and the second that affected 21.5 million addition people. >>Source

Census Project Identifies Open Source Tools at Risk

While Heartbleed may have brought on a major disaster for System Admins worldwide, but a positive offshoot of the biggest of the Internet-wife bugs was that it opened a lot of eyes to the lack of support afforded even ubiquitous open source software projects. Shortly after Heartbleed was found in OpenSSL, a consortium by the name of Core Infrastructure, originally backed by the Linux Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Dell and other tech giants, began dumping money into the OpenSSL Project. The benefits were immediate for the maintainers of the crypto library who were able to fund two full-time employees and around a dozen part-timers to get the code cleaned up and audited. Soon thereafter, money also began being funneled to OpenSSH, NTP, and GnuPG. On Thursday, the CII announced more help for under-funded and under-resourced open source projects via the release to open source of the full source and data from the Census Project. Until recently, the tool was used to assess risks to open source projects and helped the CII decide which were in the most immediate need of support, or deprecation if suitable alternatives existed. Along with a white paper. The Census Project currently maintains a list of hundreds open source software projects that it analyzed, and some of the metrics used to include the number of contributions made to a project and the number of CVEs posted against it, all of which factor into a risk index for each project. Ratliff said the CII has already received suggestions for metrics based on those used in other open source projects, such as Fedora, the open source Linux-based system made by the Fedora Project and sponsored by Red hat. >>Source

OpenSSL Patches Critical Certificate Validation Vulnerability

The Organizations that installed the OpenSSL update released on June 11th need to pull it back immediately. A serious certificate validation error was discovered and patched today in a new update. The bug was reported to the OpenSSL project by Google researcher Adam Langley and BoringSSL's David Benjamin, and affects only OpenSSL 1.0.1 and 1.0.2. “It’s a bad bug, but only affects anyone who installed the release from June,” said Rich Salz, a member of the OpenSSL development team. The bug was introduced during that update and affected relatively few organizations. “It’s a bad bug, but the impact is low. We haven’t heard any reports of it being used in production.” The vulnerability allows an attacker with an untrusted TLS certificate the be considered a certificate authority and spoof another website. This allows attackers to redirect traffic, setup man-in-the-middle attacks, phishing schemes, and anything that compromises supposedly encrypted traffic. As of Thursday, said Salz, there are no public reports of exploitation. During certificate verification, OpenSSL will attempt to find an alternative certificate chain if the first attempt to build such a chain fails,” OpenSSL said in today’s advisory. “An error in the implementation of this logic can mean that an attacker could use certain checks on untrusted certificates to be bypassed, such as the CA flag, enabling them to use a valid leaf certificate to act as a CA and ‘issue’ an invalid certificate. Salz said that the patch required one line of code. A test case will also be developed for this type of bug he added. >>Source

Gaming News

By Premortal & Red Sox

Black Ops 3 Juggernog Edition Leak and Announcement

A leaked product listing from New Zealand retailer Mighty Ape shows a special edition of the upcoming Black Ops 3 Call of Duty game, called the Juggernog Edition. The leak doesn’t name a price, but it shows that this edition comes with some collectible Perk-A-Cola coasters, a working mini fridge replica of the Juggernog machine, and some online perks that includes the Black Ops 3 season pass, nine cards for Specialist characters in Black Ops 3 online gameplay, and a bonus map for zombies based on Der Riese. It was later made public by Gamestop and other retailers that the price for this edition would be $199.99 USD. Black Ops 3 is set to release on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 6. It’s also currently in development for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. >>Source

Kojima Productions Allegedly Disbanded

It has been reported by several sources in the past few months that there have been troubles between Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. A new voice of confirmation recently was from Otsuka Akio, who has voiced Snake in multiple Metal Gear Solid Games, saying that Kojima Productions no longer exists as a development studio. This news comes from his official twitter page, found in Japanese here. In the process he voiced how he thinks Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the team’s greatest work. Official news regarding the status of Kojima Productions has still not been released by Konami. >>Source

Doom, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls Online to be Featured at QuakeCon 2015

It has been posted on the official QuakeCon site the schedule for the event, including and featuring title such as Doom, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls Online. The event is set to take place from July 23 to July 25. Registration for the event, which takes place in Dallas, Texas, can be done here. Those who can’t attend can view the event on its official Twitch page, which can be found here. >>Source

Tech News

By Angel & Gladly

Adobe Patches Flash Bug Exploited After Hacking Team Leak

The weekend breach of Hacking Team, an Italian firm who sells spying software to intelligence agencies around the world, left Adobe Flash vulnerable to attack. On Sunday, 400 gigabytes of private data stolen from the company, including details of the software flaw, were published online, indicating it knew about a serious flaw in Flash, but had not told Adobe.

Inside the leaked source code lies an Adobe Flash exploit for which no patch had existed: it can be used against Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, and affects Flash Player 9 to the latest version, Adobe released a patch for the bug on Wednesday, which covers Flash Player for all existing platforms. "These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," Adobe said. >>Source

Microsoft to Cut Thousands of Jobs Due to Failing Smartphone Business

Computer giant Microsoft said Wednesday it would wave a white flag of sorts for its struggling smartphone division, slashing up to 7,800 worldwide jobs and writing down a $7.6 billion loss amid a massive restructuring to better compete with the new titans in American tech. The move is a clear acknowledgment that the deal was a multibillion-dollar strategic blunder by Mr. Ballmer, who had envisioned it as a way to make Microsoft more competitive in the mobile market dominated by Apple, Google and Samsung. Mr. Nadella is said to have disliked the acquisition originally, though he publicly endorsed it after becoming chief executive.

The second-biggest layoff in Microsoft history will hit about 6 percent of the tech legend's 118,000 employees, a cut nearly twice the size of Twitter's entire workforce. The company was already reeling from 18,000 layoffs announced last year, mostly in its Windows Phone division. >>Source

Google Is Now Selling an Ethernet Adapter For Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is one of the easiest to use and most widely supported TV streaming sticks out there, but the only way to use it has been over a Wi-Fi connection. If you live in an area where you can’t get a good wireless signal or would rather prefer an Ethernet connection for your Internet needs, Google has just released a product to its web store that will make using your Chromecast much easier. The newest little accessory in the Google Store is a hardwired Ethernet adapter for the Chromecast, and it’s conveniently priced at only $15. This new device is a power brick that plugs directly into your Chromecast’s MicroUSB port. You can then plug your Ethernet cable in to the power brick, and never have to worry about dealing with spotty Wi-Fi connections again.

Although the new accessory just launched in the Google Store recently, it’s unfortunately already sold out. No announcements have been made on when the company will have more units for sale. Also, it seems as though this is a U.S.-only accessory for now. >>Source

World News

By Happeh

Mexican Drug Lord Escapes

Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman who is also known as El Chapo or "Shorty" has used an 'elaborate tunnel' to break out of a maximum security prison. His escape from Altiplano jail was over a mile long and had ventilation and stairs. This is now his second time escaping from prison. Earlier in the year the government had dismissed claims that Guzman could escape again but the worst has happened and the escape is a huge embarrassment to the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto. Guzman is approximately worth $1bn and a country-wide manhunt is in progress to track him down and recapture him. >>Source

Islamic State Behind Blast At The Italian Consulate

Islamic State (IS) have said they were behind a deadly explosion outisde the Italian consulate which has killed one person and several more were injured. The blast was caused by a car bomb at Egypt's capital, Cairo, with the building also being severely damaged. A tweet from a Twitter account which is linked to the IS has claimed that Muslims should stay away from buildings like the consulate as they are "legitimate targets" for strikes. "Italy will not let itself be intimidated," the country's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet, adding that there had been no Italian casualties. >>Source

Typhoon Hits China

A powerful typhoon named Chan-hom has made landfall along the coast of China's eastern Zhejiang province. An estimated number of one million people have been evacuated from the coastal areas in anticipation of the typhoon carrying wind speeds of 173km/h (107mph). Some 100mm of rain has fallen since Friday. Chan-hom is now heading north past the city of Shanghai. The typhoon hit Taiwan and Japan earlier in the week, uprooting trees and injuring several people. So far there have been no deaths caused by the typhoon and only a few minor injuries. Over 400 flights have also been cancelled due to the typhoon along with numerous public events amidst concerns of safety. 100s of train services and Zhejiang province has called its entire fishing fleet back to port. The highest red-alert warning remains in force, despite the storm being downgraded in category from super to strong. >>Source


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