2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV can be rooted (again)

It’s been a few years since hackers discovered how to root Amazon’s 2nd-gen Fire TV the first time. But Amazon patched the vulnerability used to gain root access with a software update, starting a bit of a cat and mouse game (another root method was later discovered and then lost due to another over-the-air software […]

Nearly 15 million Nintendo Switches are now hackable (other NVIDIA Tegra X1 devices too)

Earlier this year hackers started to show evidence of an exploit that allowed you to load custom software on a Nintendo Switch game console. Theoretically that opens the door for homebrew applications, modified games, or even running an alternate operating system such as a GNU/Linux distribution on Nintendo’s latest game system. It could also make […]

Intel issues statement on security vulnerability

Intel has confirmed reports that a security vulnerability affecting its processors. In a statement, Intel says the company doesn’t believe the security exploit could be used to modify, delete, or corrupt data… but stealing your passwords and other sensitive information is probably bad enough, which explains why a massive effort is underway to address the […]

Running unsigned code on some Roku media streaming boxes

People have been hacking streaming media devices such as the Apple TV, Google TV, Chromecast for ages by gaining access to root permissions and installing third party apps that wouldn’t otherwise be supported. Now it’s Roku’s turn. Roku makes some of the most popular devices for streaming internet content to a television, but the built-in […]

Google pushes first Chromecast update, removes root exploit

Just days after Google released the Chromecast media streaming device, the company started pushing its first software update for the $35 device. Officially the new software patches some bugs and improves security and reliability. As a side effect, it also makes the Chromecast a lot tougher to root. The folks at GTVHacker recently discovered they […]

Google Chromecast exploit: run a root shell on Google’s $35 media streamer

Just a few days after Google released a $35 device for streaming internet video to your TV, hackers have figured out how to run unsigned code on the Google Chromecast. The folks at GTV Hacker have released an exploit package that lets you access a root shell on a Chromecast device. Right now there’s not […]