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The 5 Coolest Hacks Of 2012

Nothing was sacred -- the nation's airspace, home power meters, videoconferences, and, in an ironic twist, popular cybercrime tools

It's common knowledge nowadays that pretty much any device with a network interface -- or a USB port -- is hackable. As soon as a new technology or gadget arrives, some inquisitive security researcher starts to hammer away at it in a race to find flaws in it before the bad guys do. This year was no exception.

There are hacks, and then there are cool hacks. For the sixth year in a row, Dark Reading has selected the most creative, unique, and memorable hacks of the year that captured our attention and, in some cases, scared the heck out of us.

They spoofed airplanes via weaknesses in a new FAA air traffic system, peered into the infrared port on a home smart meter, broke into a videoconference, and even turned the tables on the bad guys, poking holes in popular cybercrime tools and fooled and exposed fake antivirus scammers who unknowingly dialed the wrong number (a white hat hacker's).

So kick back with a cup of holiday cheer and join us for a nostalgic look back at some of the most extreme hacks of 2012.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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