This issue is about two things: hacking, and the Glitchet forum. I have so many hacking articles because I think hacking is simultaneously terrible and kind of awesome and 100% fascinating. I know a bunch of you think it's interesting, too, so - have some!
And another thing is that I've launched the Glitchet forum, which I'm really excited to present to you. Let's take a look at that now!
Glitchet Community: The Forum!
I'm super psyched to announce the brand new Glitchet Forum. If you love this newsletter and you'd love to meet some of your fellow readers, please sign up and take a look around! I made a thread where you can introduce yourself. The forum is for all of the topics you see in this newsletter every week - crazy futuristic news and discussions, end of the world naysaying and soothsaying, and neat software / hardware artwork. Come say hello!
I also created a step-by-step tutorial on how to datamosh for total beginners. If you've ever seen videos glitch out like crazy and wondered how that was even possible, you can learn from this tutorial.
A long, great read on how law enforcement tracked down one of the sneakiest hackers who sold famous hacking tools like a fully-fledged, illicit company.
Apparently there are only three dogs in the world trained to sniff for electronics! Scientists honed the dogs' senses of smell to certain chemical compounds contained within computer components to get them to find electronics.
This is a really neat web art piece by Gus Rolando Holiday, who is realfinethanks on tumblr. If you're on desktop, click through and soak it in.
This isn't a news article, but it's a pretty neat look at how you can use software to hide data inside of unassuming images. It reminds me of those old obscure crytography riddle sites.
With some luck, a little shrewd generosity, and a pack of cigarettes, the victims of a cyberheist manage to get $200,000 in stolen funds back.
Automobile companies are trying to figure out how to respond to the idea that their cars are now hackable; how do they message it to the public? How do they respond? How do they fix the issues without embarrassing themselves by sending 4 million USB drives with patches to consumers? All this and more, coming to a future near you.
Guy writes a Twitter bot to automatically enter ~165,000 retweet contests for him, wins over 1,000 things over the course of 9 months, can't even use most of them.
This is straight up spy novel. Except instead of the smoking gun, it's the smoking command line prompt. (BTW: Have you been watching Mr. Robot? Holy shit, that show!)
The King of Spam is probably going to go away for a really long time, because he pathologically spams despite getting caught multiple times. Still, can you say that you sent 27 million messages of spam?