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Submission + - Bethesda Softworks' forums hacked (neowin.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Received an e-mail from Bethesda about this today, and found the story online. The e-mail I got from them said:

Dear Bethesda Forum User,

We have identified a potential breach of our forum user database that occurred Friday morning, Aug 12. We have reset your forum password as a precaution, in the event that any encrypted forum user passwords were compromised.

When you next try to login to the forums, your old password will not work. Click the "I've forgotten my password link" underneath the login boxes, and follow the steps to setup a new password for your account.

We recommend you do not use your old password or a password you have used for other sites. Further, if your old forum password was used for any other online purposes, we recommend changing the password on those accounts as well.

If you have any concerns, visit the following link:
http://www.bethsoft.com/eng/contact_email.php

Cloud

Submission + - Egyptian Charged For Violent Facebook Post (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Egyptian Military Prosecution has charged 26-year-old activist and blogger Asmaa Mahfouz for allegedly defaming the country’s ruling generals and calling for armed operations against the military and the judiciary. Mahfouz, a prominent activist, was accused of using Facebook to call for the assassinations of Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) members and certain judges.
China

Submission + - China cracks down on fake Apple stores (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The Chinese city of Kunming has stopped 22 fake Apple stores from illegally using the company's iconic trademarks after Apple lodged a complaint with authorities. Kunming authorities found 20 unauthorized Apple resellers. Currently, 11 of those resellers are being investigated. Two other stores were discovered for related violations. Slashdot first discussed the mushrooming of fake Apple Stores in July."

Submission + - BART Defaced and User Data Leaked (operationreality.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Another Sunday and another anonymous op apparently successfully in the bag. This time, as they had announced well in advance that they could be expected, some anonymous individuals targeted the Bay Area Rapid Transit department and successfully defaced some of their affiliated sites such as mybart.org and californiaavoid.org with the latter being run by the California Office of Traffic Safety. As of the writing of this article, both sites are still online and defaced several hours after the fact. I guess their system administrators don’t work on Sundays? Or maybe they’re just sleeping in, rightfully so.
Android

Submission + - Google Comes Clean that Android Is Not Open Source (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "By accusing Microsoft of sharing secret Android source code, Google finally reveals that Android is not open source. Finally, everyone can deal with Android honestly, as an OS that has gained from the community but is a Google creature. This should help Android succeed even more and avoid the fates of Moblin, Maemo, and MeeGo.."
Cloud

Submission + - Developer Survey Finds Facebook Has The Worst API (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Photo aggregation service Trove has revealed survey results of Hacker News readers (over 100 developers) regarding their experiences with various Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The verdict was clear: the Facebook API resulted in the most horror stories, the Google API took second place, and the Twitter API grabbed third.
Security

Submission + - What Lurks in the WordPress Plugin Repository? (wpmu.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The WordPress Plugin Repository is used by millions of people all over the world to extend their website. It has more than 15,000 plugins and more than 205,000,000 downloads. Using the WordPress API the author downloaded information on every plugin and analysed it. She found that the majority of plugins weren't compatible with the latest version of WordPress, throwing up PHP Notices and warnings, with many plugins last being updated in 2005 and even 2004. More worryingly she was able to use a plugin from the repo to hack a website, uploading a shell and turning the site into a drone. It turns out that the 15,000+ might not be quite so awesome as they're made out to be.

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