10 terrifying extreme hacks

Nothing is safe, thanks to the select few hacks that push the limits of what we thought possible.

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Any device with a computer chip can be hacked, but not all hacks are created equal. In fact, in a world where tens of millions of computers are compromised by malware every year and nearly every company's network is owned, truly innovative or thought-provoking hacks are few and far between.

These extreme hacks rise above the unending morass of everyday, humdrum hacks because of what they target or because they employ previously unknown, unused, or advanced methods. They push the limit of what we security pros previously thought possible, opening our eyes to new threats and systemic vulnerabilities, all while earning the begrudging respect of those who fight malicious hackers.

This is a look at the handful of hacks that have truly raised eyebrows in the security community in the past few years. Here's to hoping that the good guys find the most dangerous exploits before the bad guys can use them against us.

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