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Man Busts Out of Jail Using Homemade Nunchucks

Lorenzo Pollard recaptured within 48 hours after fighting off a dozen guards

(Newser) - Lorenzo Pollard really, really wanted to get out of jail. The inmate, 31, escaped a medium-security facility in St. Louis after fighting off some dozen guards with home-made nunchucks fashioned from bedsheets and a chair, according to cops. Pollard used the weapon to smash through glass blocks and then scaled... More »

Apple's iOS Harbors Security Flaw, Germany Warns

Opening infected PDFs could install malware

(Newser) - IPads, iPhones, and iPods are all vulnerable to “critical weaknesses” that could “allow possible attackers to gain administrator rights and get access to the entire system,” Germany’s IT security agency warned today. Clicking on an infected PDF could allow attackers to install malware without your knowledge,... More »

Suitcase Jailbreak Foiled

Mexican woman busted after leaving prison visit with excess baggage

(Newser) - Prison guards in Mexico stopped a nervous-looking woman who was wheeling a bulky suitcase out of the prison following a conjugal visit ... and found her common-law-husband inside. Inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina, who is serving a 20-year sentence for illegal weapons possession, was curled up in a fetal position, AP reports.... More »

Facebook Hires Top Hacker

Hire linked to development of iPad app

(Newser) - The hacker who was among the first to unlock the old AT&T iPhones and was sued by Sony for jailbreaking its PlayStation 3 has been hired by Facebook, reports Tech Unwrapped . George Hotz, aka GeoHot, has apparently been trying to keep a low profile since the Sony lawsuit. Analysts... More »

40 al-Qaeda Militants Stage Yemen Jailbreak

It's a bad sign in Yemen's nearly lawless south

(Newser) - More bad news out of southern Yemen : At least 40 al-Qaeda militants have escaped from a prison there, according to security officials. As bands of heavily armed militants attacked the Mukalla jail from without, the prisoners attacked their guards within, taking their weapons early today. The escapees include those convicted... More »

Afghan Prison Break Looks Like Inside Job: Karzai

So far, just 65 convicts have been recaptured, and two killed

(Newser) - Hundreds of prisoners are still at large the day after a massive jailbreak in Afghanistan , but officials say Afghan and international forces have caught 65 of them and killed two. The justice minister acknowledged in a letter to President Hamid Karzai that the Taliban, which has claimed to have orchestrated... More »

Taliban Bust Hundreds Out of Afghan Prison

Taliban spokesman says 100 are commanders

(Newser) - Hundreds of prisoners, most of them Taliban fighters, escaped from an Afghanistan prison last night, and so far only 13 have been recaptured. Taliban militants staged the escape by digging a 1,050-foot underground tunnel into Kandahar's main prison and leading about 475 prisoners out, the AP reports. Al... More »

25 Slain in Mexico; 85 Inmates Escape

Ciudad Juarez's deadliest day, biggest jail break in years

(Newser) - Gunmen killed 25 people in a series of drug-gang attacks in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, marking the deadliest day in more than two years for the Mexican border city. Farther east on the border, 85 inmates scaled the walls of a prison and escaped Friday in Mexico's biggest jail break in... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde' Couple Charged With Murder

Escapees, accomplice accused of carjacking, killing Okla. couple

(Newser) - Two Arizona prison escapees and their alleged accomplice kidnapped and murdered an elderly couple so they could steal their camping trailer, prosecutors charge. John McCluskey and his fiancée Casslyn Welch—who were captured last week after weeks on the run—have been charged with murder and carjacking in New... More »

Apple Patent Could Kill Jailbroken iPhones

For your own good, though!

(Newser) - The US government is a-OK with you jailbreaking your iPhone but, not surprisingly, Apple is not. To that end, the company applied for a patent to disable jailbroken devices, the Register reports. Ostensibly, Apple just wants to protect you from an unauthorized user breaking into your phone: The patent application... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde' Couple Captured in Arizona

McCluskey, Welch nabbed at campground

(Newser) - An armed and dangerous Arizona couple have been captured after weeks on the run. Prison escapee John McCluskey and his fiancee Casslyn Welch were arrested at a campground in northeast Arizona after a forest ranger spotted their vehicle hidden in the trees, the AP reports. Police say Welch brandished a... More »

Safari Flaw Leaves iPhone, iPad Open to Digital Hijackers

Mobile OS can automatically load malicious code

(Newser) - The iPad, iPod, and iPhone have a gaping security hole that hackers could easily exploit to hijack a device, security experts warn. Apple's mobile version of the Safari browser opens PDFs automatically, so all a hacker would need to do would be to embed malicious code in such a document.... More »

Go Ahead, Jailbreak Your iPhone: Feds

Copyright Office ruling applies to all mobile devices

(Newser) - Modifying a smartphone to run applications not approved by the manufacturer is not illegal, the US Copyright Office said today—which enthusiasts immediately understood to mean " jailbreaking your iPhone is A-OK." Apple had warned of "copyright infringement, potential damage to the device and other potential harmful physical... More »

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