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U.S. Military Will Pay You $130K To Transform Appliances Into Deadly Weapons

Consider this as America’s revenge to terrorist attacks using improvised weapons.

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The United States Military, through its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has just issued an invitation for interested researchers and hobbyists to join the Improv project.

The open challenge focuses on transforming everyday household appliances and electronics into explosives, surveillance devices, and other type of deadly improvised weapons.

In the past years, several military grade weapons have been malfunctioned by household objects. Because of these incidents, military officials have discovered “how easily-accessed hardware, software, processes, and methods could be used to create products or systems that could pose a future threat.”

DARPA’s Improv project invites inventors to create homemade weapons out of appliances, electronics, and othe readily-accessible technology.

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From there, DARPA came up with the Improv program to seek “proposals from engineers, skilled hardware hackers, biologists and information technologists, who can come up with some innovative ideas to build a deadly system or devices by unleashing the power of everyday things,” TheHackerNews reported.

John Main, program manager of Improv said:

“Improv will explore ways to combine or convert commercially available products such as off-the-shelf electronics, components created through rapid prototyping, and open-source code to cost-effectively create sophisticated military technologies and capabilities.”

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The Improv contest will undergo 3 Phases namely:

Phase 1: Submit plans for off-the-shelf prototype and if selected, candidates would be rewarded with $40,000.

Phase 2: The second round of the program requires selected candidates to bring proposed prototype model into real world system for which DARPA will fund $70,000.

Phase 3: The final stage is for a live demonstration with up to $20,000 for testing.

As per the rules set by DARPA, the invention should be completed within the 90-day deadline.

H/T: TheHackerNews

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The following passage from the novel further describes the castle's surroundings: "A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests."

At night, the castle looks like it's straight out of a horror movie.

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Hackers’ Typo Stops Attempt to Steal $1 Billion from Bangladesh Bank to Philippines

Typing the wrong word can be very costly — but the banks targeted by a hacker group are thankful for a hacker’s poor spelling skills.

There have been many instances when a typographical error or typo — which defined as a a mistake in typed or printed text — has caused a lot of trouble. Here's an example: In 1962, a hyphen omitted from a computer code caused the failure of Mariner 1, a Venus-bound spacecraft. The typo cost the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) a staggering $18.5 million.

Just recently, though, officials of the Bangladesh Central Bank and the New York Federal Reserve were most likely very thankful for a typo for stopping a group of hackers from stealing $1 billion.

The hackers responsible haven't been identified.

The hackers responsible haven't been identified.

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Brave Cashier Fights Off Gun- Wielding Robber Using Her Bare Hands

She was so courageous, I feared for her life!

Convenience store robberies are roughly 6% of all stealing cases reported to the police in the U.S., although the rate has dropped down since 1980 these problems have been going on for years.

Convenience stores, which most of the time hold a large amount of money, usually have low security and few personnel thus put them on the “easy target” list of robbers.

According to POP Center, there are more than 135,000 convenience stores operating in the U.S. and about 100 million Americans drop by their stores everyday at any given time to purchase products and avail services since it is convenient with their busy lives.

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