Its true that Apple doesn’t allow you to use the screen grab application (‘Grab’) to capture your screen while using their DVD Player application. It has something to do with them wanting to play nice with the studios so they can sell more crap through the iTunes store. But this isn’t a problem for you because you have many alternative options. You can use an alternative DVD player or you can use an alternative screen capture utility.

According to a report by Arbor’s Security and Engineering Response Team (ASERT), the Apple iPhone will be the most hacked piece of technology in the coming year.

“With the scrutiny the iPhone has received since its launch earlier this year over network lock-in, ASERT believes that hackers will be enticed by the possibility of attacking Apple users and the opportunity to ‘be the first’ to hack a new platform,” the report said.

The attacks will probably be malware embedded into seemingly harmless information, images or other media that perform dangerous actions when rendered on the iPhone’s Web browser, and drive by shootings.

The thing about DRM is that there are always exceptions to the rules– while Apple has released lots of DRM-free music, lots of it is still bogged down by DRM, and if you’re like me, you disagree that any music you purchase should be limited in the ways that you use it.

Fortunately, as long as you can hear the music you buy, there’ll always be a simple way around the DRM, and 5thirtyone has put together this simple writeup explaining how to break iTunes DRM with a tool you’ve already got on your Mac: iMovie. Essentially, you load the DRM-ed file as a soundtrack in iMovie, export it as an .aiff file back into iTunes, and then convert it in iTunes back to AAC. Simple enough. And with this method, you won’t waste a blank CD.

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As reported, the RTSP vulnerability in QuickTime was accompanied by working exploit code, accelerating the process of malefactors and miscreants turning it into actual malicious payloads. Symantec & other outlets have since reported that the QuickTime exploit has been seen in the wild; the exploit causes Windows clients to download a secondary malware package.

Meanwhile, security researchers Charlie Miller and Dino Dai Zovi (he of the CanSecWest hacking prize) leveraged the QuickTime vulnerability to demonstrate an attack within the Second Life virtual environment. Since SL uses QuickTime to play video in-game, any player wandering within activation distance of the ‘evil movie’ can be pwned. Miller and Dai Zovi’s demo causes the victim to gesticulate, shout “I’ve been hacked!” and — most disturbingly — send 12 Linden dollars to the attackers’ SL account.

New Zealand security researcher Nick Breese thinks the PS3 is just about the best thing ever when it comes to cracking passwords.

Turns out that fancy Cell processor is really good at brute force password cracking.

He points out that most passwords are still safe because they have additional security measures, but for things like .zip and .pdf files… man a PS3 could crack that thing in like a few days.

“It’ll speed up the attacks but I can’t see that it’s broken,” Nick said. “(It) is still safe because the people implementing the ciphers foresaw CPU power rapidly increasing.”

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Just in time for everyone to head home for the holidays (and forget their iPod chargers), here’s a quick fix solution to get that battery back up and you back listening to The Cars’ Greatest Hits. Household Hacker put this together, and unfortunately they say on the same page that you should not attempt this at home if you’re not an expert, but I knw that all my readers who are iPod owners out there are experts, right? If you do try this, don’t hurt yourselves or your iPods.

There was a question posted here earlier about how to downgrade the iPhone firmware back to 1.1.1 so you can run the fun new apps I recently found. Here is the procedure for doing the downgrade, unfortunately it isn’t pretty.

  1. Download the 1.1.1 ipsw firmware file from Apple. If the downloaded file has the extension “.zip”, please remove it and modify it to end up with a filename ending in _Restore.ipsw (This step may not be necessary. On my Mac, it has never deleted any of the previous versions of firmware after it installed them. The can be found here: “~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates”. Although I don’t know exactly where they are on a PC, its probably a similar path)

A group of iPhone hackers has just released version 0.0.5 of gpSPhone. gpSPhone is a GameBoy Advanced emulator for iPhone. As with all first releases, it’s still a bit on the iffy side. Although “many games are playable”, sound output is pretty awful and the GUI and instructions are being worked on. If you feel like giving this a try, here are a few things you really need to know:

  • You have to run it from /Applications. The programmers obviously hard coded search paths and the app just will not work from any other location.

For those of you who have been whining about the iPhone not having GPS capabilities, you can stop complaining now. All cell phones actually have the capability to discern your location by triangulating nearby cell towers. Now there is an application for your iPhone which will work for you as a GPS. If you install the “” as described in my previous post here. One of the hundreds of new applications you can install, directly and wirelessly is a GPS locator. Install the package, create a login name on the Navizon website and every time you select the app on your iPhone it will know who “you” are and bring up the Google Maps app with a stickpin showing your exact location. I tried it numerous times on my drive home tonight and it works perfectly. As a bonus feature, if your friends sign up and tell you their login name, you can locate your “buddies” and have it give you directions from where you are directly to them.

[Update: I have now installed about 20 new applications on my iPhone (two full 'home screens' worth of apps now), including changing all my icons, system sounds, reordering the icons, games, VT100 terminal, Perl, Python, "Tap Tap Revolution", a fun "Music Quiz" game that uses songs on your phone to ask you questions about them, dictionaries, ebooks and tons more. Its like having an entirely new iPhone because it can do so much more.]

OK, I have to admit that I’ve been somewhat behind the curve in terms of hacking into my iPhone and installing unsanctioned stuff on there. I followed the progress of hacking into the iPhone at the beginning and it involved installing Unix apps to SSH and FTP to the phone, altering packages and .plist files, etc. And while I’m comfortable doing all that in general, I love my iPhone too much to take the risk of accidentally screwing something up.

But that is all in the past. It is now absolutely dead simple to install hundreds of applications directly on your iPhone (including Tap Tap Revolution, an NES Emulator, a GameBoy Emulator, changing ‘themes’ for the look, icons and SO much more), without even ever connecting it to your computer. It doesn’t even feel like you’re hacking it.

Here’s how:

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