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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Couple claim they caught 'chupacabra'

A Texas man says he has captured the mythical "chupacabra" alive, and he has made believers of some residents, according to video from geobeats.

The creature, which is being kept in a cage by Ratcliffe residents Jackie Stock and her husband, Bubba, has a hairless back, long claws and a ferocious growl.

"I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain't ever seen anything that looks like that right there," one resident says.

The Stocks hope to confirm if it indeed a chupacabra, which means "goat sucker" in Spanish.
However, wildlife experts already are dismissing the claims, geobeats says. One expert says it resembles a small dog, fox or coyote.

In a similar case, photos of a creature earlier this year led residents to believe there was a chupacabra in the Houston area.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5-year-old discovers Xbox security flaw

Microsoft received a big assist discovering a security flaw on its Xbox One from an unlikely source: a five-year-old boy.

San Diego television station KGTV reports five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel uncovered a flaw that would allow someone to log into a player's profile without their password.

The flaw was discovered after Kristoffer's father found out he had been playing inappropriate video games on the Xbox One. When his dad, Robert Davies, asked him how he accessed the console, Kristoffer showed him the exploit.

Here's how it worked: After typing an incorrect password, the console jumped to a password verification screen. After typing the space keys a few times then hitting enter, Kristoffer was able to access his father's Xbox Live account.

"Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool," Davies tells KGTV.

They reported the bug to Microsoft, and have since fixed the flaw, the company tells KGTV in a statement. They also honored Kristoffer as a security researcher on their website, and sent a gift package including free games and a one-year Xbox Live subscription.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Burglar pocket-dialed 911 during heist

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Two Minnesota burglary suspects are arrested after police say one of them accidentally called 911 and left the line open as the pair discussed the crime.

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell says the dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call that stayed open.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the dispatcher overheard a conversation about where police were.
Schnell says the calls were made on April 1 using the phone's emergency-call feature. The dispatcher saw the location was a car-repair shop.

Officers arrived to see two men leaving the building wearing dark clothing. One carried a television, the other a box.

The men dropped the objects and ran, but were caught by police dogs. Thirty-two-year-old Todd Weiss of Minnetonka and 38-year-old Justin Evans are charged with third-degree burglary.