The 404 1,352: Where we kidnap our childhood (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- This app could get you kidnapped.

- Here's a commercial for Extreme Kidnapping, another personal abduction service based out of Las Vegas.

- Real people are spending real money on one-word Twitter accounts.

- LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked.

- Why is The Simpsons still unavailable to stream online?… Read more

Russian police free kidnapped Kaspersky son

The kidnapped son of Kaspersky Lab's founder has been freed and five suspects are in custody in connection with the abduction, according to a Russian media report today.

Russian law enforcement officials freed Ivan Kaspersky, the 20-year-old son of Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky, through a special operation with company security forces, according to the Interfax news agency.

"He has been freed without ransom," a spokeswoman for the Moscow-based antivirus company told the news agency.

The younger Kaspersky, a fourth-year student of mathematics and cybernetics at Moscow State University, was kidnapped Tuesday morning on his way to work … Read more

Police use GPS, Google Maps to locate missing girl

Massachusetts police used cell phone tracing via GPS and Google Maps to track down a 9-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her grandmother, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported on Wednesday.

Police arrested the 52-year-old grandmother at a motel in Natural Bridge, Va., on Tuesday after she allegedly failed to return her granddaughter to the home of her legal guardians in Athol, Mass., the report said. The grandmother had picked up the child for a weekend visit on Saturday and allegedly threatened to not return her, according to the report.

With help from the cell phone provider, authorities were … Read more

The 404 170: Where we brush our teeth with roast beef

Wilson can't make it to the show again because of his ongoing illness, so everyone send us a voice mail wishing our buddy well wishes and a speedy return back to The 404! Dan the Mantern takes time out of his busy schedule of doughnut runs and paper stapling to fill in and give us some laughs on this overcast Monday. We recap our weekend adventures, talk about the dangers of kidnapping a virtual lion, send our condolences to the hungry worker bees at Google, protect ourselves from exploding iPods, and perform reveal the first ever sushi DNA test!… Read more

Microsoft's Blue Hat talks start Thursday

On Thursday and Friday, Microsoft will once again gather select security researchers in Redmond, Wash., for its seventh annual Blue Hat talks.

The conference, by invitation only, has gained a reputation for providing Microsoft engineers with a first-hand opportunity to hear from and question leading security researchers. There will be an executive event on Thursday, with general sessions on Friday. Microsoft has more on the Blue Hat schedule here, and a blog here.

Among those invited to present is Cesar Cerrudo, of Argeniss, who will update his Hack the Box talk on Token Kidnapping. Cerrudo defines an access token as &… Read more