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. 

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. 

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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 week

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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. 

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. 

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.