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Tuesday: September 1, 2009

Yes, Grand Theft Auto will soon be available on your beloved iPhone.Yes, Grand Theft Auto will soon be available on your beloved iPhone.

...comes as a surprise, considering that the typical content featured in a Grand Theft Auto game has clashed with Apple's policies against adult-theme material finding its way to into the App Store.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:52 AM | Tags (5) | gaming | grandtheft | gta | iphone | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 18, 2009

Man charged with largest case of credit card theft ever in the United States.Man charged with largest case of credit card theft ever in the United States.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:51 AM | Tags (4) | theft | creditcards | identity | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 13, 2009

A quick lesson regarding how not to rob a bank.A quick lesson regarding how not to rob a bank.

A 34-year-old man is in custody after authorities say he gave a teller his account number and showed her his picture ID before robbing an Anchorage bank.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 8:06 AM | Tags (5) | bank | dumb | id | robbery | theft |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 5, 2009

Yes, stealing domain names could land you a felony charge.Yes, stealing domain names could land you a felony charge.

After it had initially dropped the case, the New Jersey District Attorney and State Police Cybercrimes Unit determined the domain's theft was an indictable offense and arrested Gonclaves. In the years between Gonclaves' theft and arrest, the Angels pursued a civil suit in Florida courts.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 7:51 AM | Tags (5) | theft | domains | felony | charge | domain |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 9, 2009

It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.It's quite possible to steal data using only an electrical outlet and some cheap lasers.

...the attacker grabs the keyboard signals that are generated by hitting keys. Because the data wire within the keyboard cable is unshielded, the signals leak into the ground wire in the cable, and from there into the ground wire of the electrical system feeding the computer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 4:18 PM | Tags (9) | data | electrical | exploit | hacker | hacking | lasers | outlets | theft | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 6, 2009

Trading software from Goldman Sachs stolen by original developer?Trading software from Goldman Sachs stolen by original developer?

Promised a job at triple his $400,000 annual salary, he downloaded the secret codes he had developed, presumably on behalf of a generous new employer who is reportedly based in Chicago.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:24 AM | Tags (6) | goldmansachs | hacker | software | stocks | theft | trading |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 30, 2009

Turns out the old 'dog ate my checks' excuse not a viable reason for theft.Turns out the old 'dog ate my checks' excuse not a viable reason for theft.

Woof.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 5:29 PM | Tags (4) | checks | dumb | identity | theft |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 20, 2006

How not to steal a website design.

I came across an interesting referral in the GeekLikeMe.net traffic logs over the weekend. It looked like someone was trying to pull down all of the images and source for this site multiple times. Not entirely odd, this happens normally day to day whenever someone visits the site. It got a little stranger though when I started seeing my own images being called from a remote destination. Turns out someone wanted to take the latest design of GeekLikeMe.net and have their way with it and perhaps even call it their own. Take a look:

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Looks kinda similar to this site, wouldn't you say? The pixel poaching doesn't stop with just images. It looks like along with my graphics he wanted the underlying HTML code as well. Upon looking at the source code it is almost a note-perfect copy what I had coded here - line breaks and all. And in an even more interesting move, they decided to label their 'logo' geeklikeme.gif in their source. I guess this is to remind the author where they got the design from. Brilliant!

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Along with using the initial images from GeekLikeMe.net - he also brought along some of the fellow geeks that adorn every left side of a GLM page. Glad to see some of my existing friends get some love on a site that looks like mine, but of course is not mine at all.

What really boggles me about this act of copycatting is that there is really not a whole lot of world class design going on with my site. It's basically just a really simple layout. Why even bother going through the trouble of stealing this and not just make your own? Obviously it was easy for the copycatter to make the code work just by pulling it off the site. There also had to be some sort of Photoshop skills involved to change the actual text on the navigation buttons (although its choppy if you look real close). I guess some questions will never be answered.

The title of this site is apparently called XSU. I come to this conclusion because that's all I can make out from the logo. I am including it in this post to simply show my gratitude for the author of the XSU website for using my design and my code without my permission. Feel free to do with this logo as you wish. A quick moving around of the letters yielded SUX.

In closing, one has to ask the question if imitation really does equal flattery when and if the imitation is so very poorly done. Give XSU a look for yourself.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 1:05 PM | Tags (3) | theft | design | silly |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


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