Security

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Security researchers have warned that HTC Android  smartphones including the Evo 3D, the Evo 4G, and the Thunderbolt contain a flaw that gives Internet-connected apps access to personal information such as text message data, location info, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, CNET reports. “It’s like leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door,” Artem Russakovskii, one of the researchers, warns. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

As Robert Cookson and I reported today, Anonymous – the hacktivist group – has made a surprising change in tactics with the launch of Anonymous Analytics, a financial research group. Read more

Almost a third of UK companies are blocking their employees from using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter amid growing fears about internet security, according to a study.

Highly publicised hacking incidents, such as the attack on Sony earlier this year, are causing a “knee-jerk” reaction among companies to clamp down on employees’ internet use, said Andrew Wyatt, chief operating officer of Clearswift, the internet security company that published the research on Tuesday.

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Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the US are poised to take pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 5 starting this week with the handset arriving in the first week of October, according to BGR. US mobile group Sprint will be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch. 9to5Mac, meanwhile, reports that Apple has begun iOS5 and iCloud training at its retail stores to coincide with the iPhone5′s unveiling. Read more

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Sprint Nextel is set to begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, according to The Wall Street Journal. As well as boosting the US number -three carrier’s product line-up, Apple will also benefit from another sales channel for its popular handset. Read more

Joseph Menn

Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers chief executive Rod Beckstrom said late on Tuesday that he would leave the most central job in internet governance when his contract expires in July. Read more

Joseph Menn

The US Federal Communications Commission said on Monday it was investigating a controversial decision by a San Francisco regional transit authority to shut down wireless phone transmissions last weekRead more

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Anonymous, the online activist group, has released thousands of names, e-mail and home addresses and phone numbers believed to be from myBart.org, an independent site that uses San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit open data services, TNW reports. The hacking is part of a retaliation by Anonymous for BART’s shutdown last week of cell phone services at some of its stations to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting. Read more

Joseph Menn

The Square personal commerce system, which allows iPhone and iPad users to accept credit cards, could also make it easy for people to convert stolen credit card information into cash, security researchers said on Thursday. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Jake Davis, the British teenager charged with a range of hacking offences as part of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into Anonymous and Lulz Security, left a London courtroom in scrum of press and photographers on Monday after being released on bail. Read more

Joseph Menn

A London court granted a warrant on Friday for the extended detention of a teenager suspected of being a leader and spokesman for the hacking group Lulz SecurityRead more

Joseph Menn

South Korean regulators said they are investigating the most massive loss of user data ever in the most wired country on earth. Read more

Joseph Menn

As UK police said they arrested the alleged second of four co-founders of the hacking supergroup Lulz Security, one of those still at large branched out into a legal form of protest, promoting a boycott of PayPal. Read more

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Apple is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, Bloomberg reports. The service would give Apple a new subscription service and present a possible challenge to Netflix, Bloomberg says.

Investigators probing the recent hacking attacks on International Monetary Fund computers have concluded they were carried out by cyber spies connected to China, according to Bloomberg. Computer specialists have spent several weeks piecing together information about the attack, which the IMF disclosed on June 8. Read more

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Google has announced that it is to use its own data to detect malware viruses targeting its users, Techcrunch reports. From today, the online search giant will use Google Search results pages to warn users if their computers are infected with a specific form of malware.

Chinese search engine Baidu has launched an internet browser designed to compete with Internet Explorer and Chrome, The Wall Street Journal says. The program’s home page will display links to software applications and popular websites, such as the Weibo microblog service. Read more

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References to a product called “Vibes” found in Facebook’s code has sparked speculation that it could be related to a music service, Mashable reports. The service – unearthed in the code for the installation programme for the video chat service launched in partnership with Skype this week – appears to point to a download service. Read more

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AntiSec, a group of computer hackers, has posted a document it claimed contains user names and passwords for an Apple server, The Wall Street Journal reports. In a statement posted on Twitter, AntiSec  said  it had accessed Apple’s systems due to a security flaw in software used by the company. “But don’t worry,” the hackers said, “we are busy elsewhere.”

NBC Universal Digital Studio, Comcast’s unit responsible for creating original web content, is to be shut down over the next few months, PaidContent says. Comcast is said to be looking to shift its online resources to support its existing broadcast and cable programmes. Read more

Joseph Menn

As an unusual sort of company, Zynga comes with an unusual set of warning labels, including its dependence “on a small percentage of our players for nearly all of our revenue”, as the prospectus filed on Friday puts it. That raises an interesting and still unanswered set of questions. Read more

Maija Palmer

no to spamAt first this looks so promising. Volumes of spam are down nearly 70 per cent from last year according to a report from Symantec, the IT security company. In June, there were 39.2bn unsolicited, “spam” messages in circulation each day, compared with 121.5bn a day in June 2010. This echoes findings earlier this month from rival McAfee, which suggested spam levels had halved in the last year.

But sadly, this doesn’t mean we are winning the war on cybercriminals and botnets. Rather, it is a reflection on how use of the internet is evolving to become more centred around social networking sites and mobile phones. Spam on Twitter and Facebook is becoming a growing problem. Read more

Joseph Menn

A hacking group–no, not that one or the other one, a new one–has published scores of names and phone numbers that it says came from former UK prime minster Tony Blair’s address book. Read more