writes "The executive leading Intel’s push into the smartphone market, Anand Chandrasekher, is to leave the company to pursue other interests
Intel, which is trying to gain some traction in the highly-competitive and potentially lucrative smartphone space, announced on 21 March that the executive leading the effort is leaving the company.
In a brief statement, the giant chip maker said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Mike Bell and Dave Whalen, both vice presidents with the mobility group, will co-manage the unit, according to Intel."Link to Original Source
writes "WAC, the operators’ alternative to Google’s app store, has launched its first apps and store fronts
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), announced a year ago by mobile services operators to challenge app stores run by Google and Apple, has delivered its first web applications and a white-label app store that can be customised by individual operators.
Mobile operators including China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefónica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone are using the WAC platform, with handset makers Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE announcing they will support WAC, the organisation said at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Monday.
Ericsson has developed a white-label, WAC-enabled storefront based on IBM WebSphere Commerce software that can be customised by operators to launch their own storefronts, the group said.
“With the commercial launch of operator storefronts, handsets and applications, all based on WAC, we can say that WAC is now officially open for business,” said WAC chief executive Peters Suh, in a statement.
The storefront is offered to operators as a cloud-based service and gives users the ability to browse, buy, download, install and rate WAC widgets and native applications, according to WAC. Operator features include the ability to promote individual applications and automatically provide discounts based on customer preferences and buying behaviours.
The storefront is integrated with WAC’s wholesale catalogue of about 12,000 applications, WAC said.
WAC is in the process of developing an app specification that includes progressively higher-end features. The handsets and storefronts demonstrated on Monday are based on the initial WAC 1.0 specification first published in September 2010, with the availability of WAC 2.0 announced on Monday and WAC 3.0 planned for introduction later this year.
WAC 1.0 supports basic web apps, while WAC 2.0 adds features such as HTML5-based multimedia and WAC 3.0 will introduce more advanced features."Link to Original Source
writes "German researchers have discovered a way of stealing passwords from any device running Apple iOS
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Germany have found a way to steal passwords from Apple iPhones in six minutes.
The institute’s discovery could pose a security problem if phones are lost, as the attack requires physical access to the device. The researchers’ target was the “Keychain”, Apple’s password-management system. Rather than crack the 256-bit encryption to get to the passwords stored in the Keychain, the researchers explained in a paper (PDF), the institute exploited the fact that the underlying secret the password’s encryption is based on is stored in the device’s operating system.
This means the encryption is independent from the personal password that is supposed to protect access to the device, according to the researchers. As a result, the required key material can be created from data available within the device and therefore in possession of the attacker."Link to Original Source
writes "Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East helped run a Facebook page used by Egyptian protesters
A Google marketing executive has admitted to being the administrator of a Facebook page that helped trigger weeks of dramatic protests in Egypt.
Wael Ghonim, or Ghoneim, the head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and Africa, who has just been released after twelve days in custody, said in a television interview that he was the administrator of the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said“, which became one of the main tools for organising the protests that began on 25 January. Khaled Said was a 28-year-old businessman who died in June at the hands of undercover police.
Missing for twelve days
Wael Ghonim Picture: Dream TV
Ghoneim himself went missing on 27 January, two days after the beginning of the protests, and said in the interview that he had been held blindfolded by police for 12 days. He said he had not been tortured and had been treated with respect by the security forces who questioned him.
Ghoneim said in the interview on private television station Dream TV he had not wanted to be known as the operator of the Khaled Said page. “I didn’t want anyone to know that I am the administrator,” he said. “There are no heroes; we are all heroes on the street.”
The Google executive, who is based in Dubai, said the protest movement had been initiated by Egyptians, not outsiders.
“This is the revolution of the youth of the Internet and now the revolution of all Egyptians,” he said."Link to Original Source
writes "Cyber-threats should be taken seriously, and complex passwords should be dumped, says the father of the firewall, Bill Cheswick of AT&T
WikiLeaks’ head, Julian Assange should be prosecuted for putting lives at risk, and cyber-threats are dangerous because of the very democracy of the Internet, says Bill “Ches” Cheswick, the AT&T technical lead who is widely credited as the father of the firewall.
Cheswick has a lot of security opinions to share with eWEEK Europe, on a visit to London, but we need to sort out the paternity issue first. “Am I the father of the firewall?” he says. “There are probably about ten fathers of the firewall,”
This may be false modesty. If you check the Wikipedia entry on firewalls, his name comes first. He co-wrote (with Steven Bellovin) the first book on the subject in 1990 (Repelling the Wily Hacker), and coined the term “proxy”.
He remains a lead member of technical staff at AT&T, the former owner of Bell Labs, where he and Bellovin worked in the late 1980s to develop practical systems to keep malicious network activity out of connected systems."Link to Original Source
writes "James Brokenshire has signed the UK up to the EC cyber-crime directive despite major grey areas
A new European Commision directive on cyber-security is to be adopted by the British government despite being described by Home Office minister James Brokenshire as “not perfect”.
The directive softens the borders between European Union member countries’ law enforcement domains by requiring each of them to establish a central cyber-security operation which can be contacted by other states. Such contacts will have to be responded to within eight hours under the ruling.
Hackers And Toolmakers Criminalised
Within each country, the development and sale of applications designed to aid cyber-crime will be a criminal offence. There will also be a minimum sentence of five years in prison for individuals found to be members of a criminal gang.
The new laws would also guard against a European WikiLeaks scandal by making it an offence to intercept confidential data. How this will be interpreted is not yet clear because it does not explain if the initial hacker would be solely responsible or whether anyone receiving the information would also be liable to prosecution – in the way that receiving stolen goods is considered a crime."Link to Original Source
writes "hacker has admitted to hacking into virtual gambling servers and making off with billions of gambling chips
A 29 year old man from Paignton, Devon, is facing a potential prison sentence after he admitted to hacking into the servers of American gaming company Zynga Corporation and making off with $12 million (£7.5 million) worth of gambling chips.
According to the ‘This is South Devon’ website, Ashley Mitchell pleaded guilty to five hacking charges in Exeter Crown Court, including accessing the servers belonging to the Zynga. He also asked for 41 other offences to be taken into consideration.
Judge Philip Wassall said Mitchell faced a substantial jail term for the ‘sophisticated’ offences, and Mitchell was remanded in custody after the judge adjourned the case for reports.
According to some news reports, Mitchell was able to get access by posing as one of Zynga’s website administrators. He was then able to transfer 400 billion gaming chips into a number of Facebook accounts, said to be worth $12 million if Zynga had issued them legitimately."Link to Original Source
writes "Facebook has launched a shopping discount service based on its Places app in the UK
Facebook has launched its Places Deals feature in the UK, which rewards users for ‘checking in’ to various locations using their mobile phones.
Users logging into Facebook Places will see yellow and green icons next to their nearby places, allowing them to claim deals by checking in at those places and showing their phone in the associated venue. “In just a few clicks, you can get individual discounts, share deals with your friends, earn rewards and secure donations for good causes,” said the company.
Facebook launched the feature in the US in November 2010, threatening the money-making strategies of services such as Foursquare and Gowalla that have long been offering deals and coupons to people who check-in to businesses. Places Deals has now been expanded to Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Canada.
Initial UK partners reportedly include Starbucks, which will offer a free coffee to the first 30,000 customers checking in using the Facebook Places app, and food chain Yo Sushi"Link to Original Source
writes "Students arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards and bogus PayPal accounts to sell on eBay
Two Foreign exchange students from Vietnam are accused of being mules for an international identity theft ring believed to have stolen millions of dollars from online merchants, according to an affidavit filed by federal investigators in Minnesota district court.
The affidavit sought a search warrant to raid the home of two Vietnamese exchange students attending Minnesota’s Winona State University. During the resulting raid, federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit seized documents and computer equipment, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune."Link to Original Source
writes "According to StatCounter, the month of December saw the first time where IE usage in Europe was knocked off the top spot by Firefox. Firefox usage sat at 38.11%, with IE sitting at 37.52%. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, stated that "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share." Google Chrome was in 3rd place with 14.58% of market share."Link to Original Source