Ars Technica

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Backdoors in iPhones could give NSA, hackers access to sensitive data, says researcher

Apple has inserted backdoors into iPhones that could enable an unauthorized person to harvest pictures, text messages and other sensitive data from the device without the user's knowledge, Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS jailbreaker and forensic expert, told ... [Published FierceITSecurity - 12 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

YouTube reposts video of protest at eviction lawyer’s seminar

Law in Popular CultureA California lawyer known for his work for landlords seeking to cash in on San Francisco's hot real estate market was interrupted by protesters at a 2014 seminar on eviction law.After a two-minute video of the incident was posted ... [Published ABA Journal - 10 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

Yahoo, Italy, Eye Strain, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 22, 2014

Yahoo’s search share just keeps dropping and dropping .Italy is giving Google 18 months to comply with its privacy laws .From GigaOm: how to fact check breaking news .Google Maps is now available in Hindi .From Ars Technica: Why did it take Google so ... [Published ResearchBuzz - 10 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

Spotlight: Critical ICS still vulnerable to Heartbleed

Critical industrial control systems made by Siemens remain vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug in Open SSL software, despite its disclosure three months ago . While Siemens has patched some of the system, other critical systems remain vulnerable, the Industrial ... [Published FierceITSecurity - 12 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 2 reports

Comcast admits service rep did what he was trained to do

Will it change its ways? CNETWhen you don't have a leg to stand on, it's best to sit down and take stock.This is what appears to have happened at Comcast after a customer service call , in which a retention agent made a customer want to retain a hammer ... [Published CNET News - 12 hours ago]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated 14 hours ago - 1 reports

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 and a report finds iOS in general leaks private info

On Monday, Apple made iOS 8 beta 4 available to developers (or anyone who wants to pay the $99 fee to have a developer account) with devices compatible with iOS 8 . The first iOS 8 beta was released on June 2 and updates have been coming out steadily ... [Published Examiner.com - Jul 21 2014]
First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 17 hours ago - 2 reports

Ambitious Dutch Company Proposes $70 Billion Broadband Network For Los Angeles, Whole Country

The city of Los Angeles last year started taking proposals for a plan to build out a gigabit fiber broadband network for every business and residence in the city. Only one company publicly shared their full proposal publicly, and it doesn't exactly make ... [Published Atlanta Journal And Constitution - 17 hours ago]
First reported 18 hours ago - Updated 18 hours ago - 1 reports

Microsoft: Ditch password managers and strong passwords

Rather than trying to use unique, complex passwords for every single Web service or computer system, a new research paper is now suggesting you use simple passwords for sites and services that don't provide access to sensitive or valuable data, and rely ... [Published Fierce CIO - 18 hours ago]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Camera-studded dome used to reconstruct 3D motion

It might soon be possible to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstructions of sporting events or other live performances, thanks to new research by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. The researchers mounted 480 video cameras in a two-story geodesic ... [Published Gizmag - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 21 2014 - 1 reports

Are password managers secure?

None of us can remember all our passwords. Yes, we know to use strong passwords, and we never use the same password on more than one site. It's troublesome, but it's part and parcel of our Internet privileges.Password managers—subscription services where ... [Published Computerworld Hong Kong - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 21 2014 - 1 reports

Federal judge: company may unmask anonymous internet posters via subpoenas

On July 11, tech news website about a federal district court judge in Washington who recently granted a company’s request to “unmask” anonymous Amazon.com reviewers and Craigslist posters.Ubervita, LLC is “one of the top sellers of nutritional supplements ... [Published Lexology - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 21 2014 - 1 reports

A Science Lecture in a Small Town ~ A Way to Counter Denialism

Full disclosure: I am not a scientist. I have not even been to college: I am just a disabled veteran, an erotic Romance editor, and a village trustee (city councilmember) — they are all related.Daily Kos member Retroactive Genius wrote a short diary here ... [Published Daily Kos - Jul 21 2014]

Quotes

"Apple really needs to step up and explain what these services are doing," Zdziarski tells Ars Technica. "I can't come up with a better word than 'backdoor' to describe file relay, but I'm willing to listen to whatever other explanation Apple has. At the end of the day, though, there's a lot of insecure stuff running on the phone giving up a lot of data that should never be given up. Apple really needs to fix that."
In the memo, Chief Operating Officer Dave Watson admitted: "The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him -- and thousands of other Retention agents -- to do. He tried to save a customer, and that's important, but the act of saving a customer must always be handled with the utmost respect."
"The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him—and thousands of other Retention agents—to do" Watson wrote. "He tried to save a customer, and that’s important, but the act of saving a customer must always be handled with the utmost respect."
"Users may not realize how much sensitive data most accounts actually provide access to," he noted. "For example, a user might reasonably conclude that their email account doesn't contain sensitive data, but access to an email account could allow an attacker to execute a password reset on a financial account."

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