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Live Webinar: How Tri-Counties Regional Center Secures Sensitive Files and Maintains HIPAA Compliance (InfoRiskToday)

February 15th, 2019

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Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth $100,000? We asked a buyer

February 15th, 2019
Of the millions of copies of <em>Super Mario Bros.</em> ever sold, this is the rarest and most valuable known to exist.

Enlarge / Of the millions of copies of Super Mario Bros. ever sold, this is the rarest and most valuable known to exist. (credit: Wata Games)

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES has sold for $100,150, setting a new record for the video game-collecting market and perhaps ushering in a new era for the valuation of gaming rarities.

Before you go searching to see if that old cartridge in your attic might be your gateway to riches, note that this copy of the game is so valuable primarily because it’s one of the earliest known copies of the game, and in near-perfect condition. The box in question comes from Nintendo's extremely limited "test market launch" for the NES in New York City and Los Angeles starting in late 1985 (no one actually knows the exact date). These copies didn't come in the usual shrink wrap but were instead sealed with a small matte or glossy sticker (this handy guide outlines the many different Super Mario Bros. box variants released between 1985 and 1994).

Deniz Kahn—CEO and cofounder of game-grading service Wata Games, which evaluated this specimen—estimates that only 2,000 to 10,000 copies of each of the 27 test market games were ever made in this sticker-sealed style. That makes finding even an opened box decades later rare enough. Finding one with the sticker seal intact is even rarer; Kahn estimates only a few dozen exist across the whole test-market line.

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Thousands of Android apps permanently record your online activity for ad targeting (ZDNet)

February 15th, 2019

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DHS Cyber Leader Says 2020 Security Preparations Underway (SecurityWeek)

February 15th, 2019

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US Says Ex-intel Official Defected to Iran, Revealed Secrets (SecurityWeek)

February 15th, 2019

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A 7-Year Journey Across the US, One Highway at a Time

February 15th, 2019
Joshua Dudley Greer traveled 100,000 miles up and down US interstates for his new book 'Somewhere Along the Line'.

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I just completed the Bandit wargame at Overthewire, here are my takeaways.

February 15th, 2019
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Nigerian election 2019: how to access social media and blocked websites during the election day

February 15th, 2019
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White-Hat Bug Bounty Programs Draw Inspiration from the Old West

February 15th, 2019
These programs are now an essential strategy in keeping the digital desperados at bay.

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Chashell, a Go reverse shell, cross-platform and communicating over DNS.

February 15th, 2019
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