The Hardware Hacker: Bunnie Huang's tour-de-force on hardware hacking, reverse engineering, China, manufacturing, innovation and biohacking

I've been writing about genius hardware hackers Andrew "bunnie" Huang since 2003, when MIT hung him out to dry over his book explaining how he hacked the original Xbox; the book he wrote about that hack has become a significant engineering classic, and his own life has taken a thousand odd turns that we've chronicled here as he's founded companies, hacked hardware, become a China manufacturing guru, and sued the US government over the anti-hacking provisions of the DMCA.

Even if you've ripped out your laptop's mic, hackers can listen in through your headphones

Realtek's audio chips -- found in Macs and many PCs -- can repurpose your laptop's headphone jack to serve as a mic jack, and capture audio through your headphones. Read the rest