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Submission + - AT&T storing passwords in the clear? At the very least, emailing them... (att.com)

shekel writes: Recently I purchased an iPad with LTE to use on AT&T. When I set up the device with a wireless plan, I quickly picked a password which wasn't the greatest. So I went back later and changed it to a better password. Much to my surprise, I got an email from AT&T that my password had been reset — and it contained the actual password. Are they not using hashed passwords? And for the love of Pete, why would they send it back to me over an insecure channel such as email?

Requested some explanation from AT&T on their forums (link below). Waiting for it to play out, but thought this might be of interest to the larger community. After all, I'm not the only one with an iPad ;)

Shocking...

Submission + - International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried by Russian Astronauts (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Nowhere is safe. Even in the cold expanse of space, computer malware manages to find a way. According to Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky, the SCADA systems on board the International Space Station have been infected by malware which was carried into space on USB sticks by Russian astronauts.

Submission + - Owners report that new Dell laptops 'have cat urine smell' (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: A number of Dell users have complained that their Latitude 6430u Ultrabooks "smell of cat urine".


Dell engineers have ruled out biological contamination, and said the smell was not a health hazard. The problem lay in the manufacturing process, which has now been changed, the company said.


"A few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work," one user called Three West complained on Dell's hardware support forum. "The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcat's litter box. It is truly awful!"


Another customer, Hoteca, said: "I thought for sure one of my cats sprayed it, but there was something faulty with it so I had it replaced. The next one had the same exact issue. It's embarrassing taking it to clients because it smells so bad."

Submission + - 90% of Game Hacks and Cracks Contain Malware

An anonymous reader writes: Computer and online gaming is big business for companies creating the games, but a considerable drain on the finances of gamers, so it should not come as a surprise that many of the latter decide against buying games and add-ons, choosing instead to download cracked games, keygens, patches and more from torrent or file-sharing sites. But, according to AVG, that decision could cost them much more in the long run, as the company's recent research proved that over 90 percent of "hacks and cracks" found via metasearch services such as FilesTube and FileCrop contained malicious code or malware.

Submission + - DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information (informationweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In response to a Freedom of Information Act request about Google's 2007 complaint against Windows Vista search interference, the Department of Justice has after six years released 114 partially redacted pages and 60 full pages of material. Yet these "responsive documents" consist of public news articles and email boilerplate. All the substantive information has been blacked out.
Google

Submission + - Google bumps up search a notch with Google Nose BETA (google.com)

coastin writes: The folks at Google Labs have launched a new way to search with Google Nose BETA.

The new scentsation in search will have you “Coming to your senses” where you can go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation. Get acquainted with Your internet sommelier, expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas. Take a whiff of the Google Aromabase — 15M+ scentibytes. Don't ask, don't smell! For when you're wary of your query — SafeSearch included.

What’s that smell? Google Nose BETA leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available with, Street Sense (vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles), Android Ambient Odor Detection (collects smells via the world's most sensible mobile operating system) SMELLCD 1.8+ (high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors)

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to abandon Windows Phone? (wmpoweruser.com)

symbolset writes: Microsoft has had some trouble as of late getting adoption of their mobile products. Even Bill Gates has said it was inadequate. Despite rave reviews of Windows Phone in the press it has failed to get double digit share of the smartphone market. Now comes reports from WMPoweruser that WP8 will lose mainstream support in July 2014, before even Windows Phone 7.8.

Is this evidence that Microsoft will give up their quest for mobile relevance?

IOS

Submission + - iOS App Store Didn't Use HTTPS Until Two Months Ago (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "HTTPS has long been a part of good Web security strategy, but apparently Apple didn't get the memo. The company's wildly successful app store for iOS didn't encrypt traffic via HTTPS by default until January 23 of this year. The researcher who discovered ways to exploit this vulnerability says he alerted Apple back in July of 2012."
Security

Submission + - Burger King Twitter Account Hacked, Rebranded As McDonald's (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Burger King's Twitter account was hacked yesterday, by pranksters who rebranded the feed, tweeting nonsense under the name of Mcdonald's. Today, the account is back under Burger King's control, and McDonald's tweeted a denial that it had anything to do with the incident. Although this sort of event is (we presume) down to slack security by the account holder, it could harm Twitter, as big brands lose trust in the service."
Facebook

Submission + - Facebook fixes 'Peeping Tom' webcam bug - AFTER 5 MONTHS (theregister.co.uk)

iComp writes: "Facebook had a busy time over the holiday period fixing several security flaws, including a webcam-related vulnerability that allowed hackers to record video from a user's web camera and post it on their timeline.

"An attacker could trick a user to silently record his webcam video and publish it to his Facebook wall, without the user even knowing about it," according to Aditya Gupta, the Indian security researcher who discovered the flaw. Gupta and fellow security researcher Subho Halder from XY Security earned a $2,500 reward from Facebook for discovering the Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) bug, which stemmed from a failure to apply adequate security controls. Gupta notified Facebook about the "Peeping Tom" bug in July but the social networking giant only recently rolled out a fix.

A video by XY Security illustrating the resolved webcam vulnerability can be found here."

Google

Submission + - "Whitney Houston" beats out "iPad 3" as most Googled term for 2012 (infoworld.com)

tsamsoniw writes: "#SOPA was the top hashtagged term on Google+ this past year, according to Google's Zeitgeist 2012, beating out such terms as #Sandy, #Discovery, #Olympics, and #Debates. Apple, meanwhile, can claim having the most-searched products on Google in 2012: iPad 3 was the fourth most-Googled term for the year. The fact that SOPA ranked at the top as the top hashtag is rather interesting, considering all the major events that went down this past year (Olympic, Discovery, elections). But then, we are talking about the most hashtagged terms specifically on Google+ and not, say, Twitter, so the sample likely isn't all too representative of the average social networker. Apple, meanwhile, proved to be the purveyor of the most Google-searched products for 2012. iPad 3 ranked fourth on the list of overall top 10 Google searches for 2012. Topping that list was "Whitney Houston," followed by "Gangam Style" in the second spot, and "Hurricane Sandy" in the third."
Microsoft

Submission + - Outrage at Microsoft offshoring tax in the UK (telegraph.co.uk)

Master Of Ninja writes: After the ongoing row about companies not paying a fair share of tax in the United Kingdom, and with companies such as Starbucks, Amazon and Google being in the headlines, focus has now turned to Microsoft. Whilst the tax arrangements are strictly legal, there has been outrage on how companies are avoiding paying their fair share of tax generated in the country.
Apple

Submission + - 2-Year-Old to Apple: Think Different About Touch

theodp writes: Perhaps tech pundits won't convince Apple CEO Tim Cook to 'Think Different' about making touchscreen laptops. But maybe a two-year-old toddler will. Accustomed to the touch interfaces on her father's iPhone and the family's Surface, Todd Bishop's two-year-old daughter found it curious that her Dad's MacBook Pro was unresponsive to her touches and swipes. After watching the short video of the puzzled little tyke, the self-congratulatory OS X Human Interface Guidelines ('the OS X user experience is streamlined, powerful, and elegant'), which include a section on Handling Gestures Appropriately, kind of read like The Emperor's New Clothes. So much for thirty years of consistent user interfaces!
The Military

Submission + - Iran bags another US drone (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: "The Iranian military says it has captured an unmanned US drone aircraft in its airspace over Gulf waters. The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle — one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans. The US said it was looking into the reports."
Apple

Submission + - News Corp's The Daily iPad app shutting down on December 15 (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In February 2011, Apple and News Corp. attempted to revolutionize the publishing industry with the release of The Daily, the world's first iPad-only newspaper. The goal of The Daily was to provide a modern spin on the news cycle by delivering world news draped in a multimedia experience. In other words, The Daily devoted a lot of resources towards adding photos, video, and touch controls to news stories that would otherwise be static. And priced at just $0.99 a week, or $39.99 for an annual subscription, the publication was hoping to attract users with a low price point and make up the difference in volume.

Or at least that was the plan.

It was announced today that The Daily will be closing up shop on December 15 after failing to rake in the dough.

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