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PayPal UK’s Twitter Account — Hacked

Written on July 07, 2011 by Adam Eve

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In another high-profile Twitter attack, hackers hijacked PayPal UK's Twitter account and posted tweets critical of the online payment processing company.

Tweets posted on Tuesday criticized eBay’s subsidiary – PayPal – for its poor security, and provided links to an anti-PayPal website — PayPal Sucks. Based on IDG News, some of the tweets were claiming that PayPal freezes user accounts for no reason.

In relation to this, PayPal confirmed that its UK Twitter account was hacked. However, the account runs separate from the PayPal UK site, so no user data was affected. The hack attack on PayPal UK’s Twitter account comes in, just days after Fox News’ account was breached.

On the other hand, Twitter made no official response in relation to the recent attacks on two high-profile accounts. Still, pundits believe that these incidents could raise doubts on the security of the micro-blogging site as a means of communication.

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New App Makes Facebook Hacking Easier

Written on June 03, 2011 by R. Cruise

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FaceNiff - an Android application - makes it easier for users to intercept web session profiles over Wi-Fi networks, allowing them to steal other users’ credentials from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The FaceNiff is an app which requires root access on the user’s Android smartphone. Since it is very easy to use, it becomes more dangerous than Firesheep — a Firefox extension that lets users hijack Facebook and Twitter sessions over Wi-Fi networks. Aside from that, FaceNiff also works on WPA-encrypted Wi-Fi networks which Firesheep doesn’t support.

This means that Internet users should be extra careful when connecting to a free public Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, using FaceNiff could be a big no-no, as hacking someone’s account can be illegal depending on where you live.

Aside from Facebook and Twitter, the latest version of the app may also be used with YouTube, Amazon and even Polish social network — Nasza-Klasa.

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Sony PSN Offline Again!

Written on May 18, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It's the end of the world for PSN users! Another hack exploit another down result.

Another round battle for Sony team to fix several problem issue. PSN is currently down due to another hack incident, PSN password reset page could be violated using info stolen in original hack. The exploit allows people to change users’ password via the “PSN password reset page” using only a PSN account email and date of birth – both of which were obtained by hackers in the original breach. As a result, PSN sign-in is now unavailable on a number of Sony’s sites. The site that password reset emails direct users to has also been taken down. “Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being,” a Sony statement confirmed. You can go to this link to have news and update for this incident.

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Sony President Expresses Apologies for PSN Breach

Written on May 06, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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From Sony, with love.

Kazuo Hirai along with a string of Sony executives have already expressed their apologies last week, and now the Sony President – Howard Stringer – himself has released his letter of apologies through the PlayStation blog. Stringer expresses his sorries for the huge inconvenience the PSN (PlayStation Network) security breach has caused, and reaffirms that they’re using all of their resources in fixing the problem the soonest possible.

Howard Stringer’s statement reassures though that there have been “no confirmed evidence any credit card or personal information has been misused, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.” He didn’t clarify if the allegations that the breach was caused by outdated and un-firewalled system servers was true though.

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PSN Armageddon: Sony Admits Personal Informations Have Been Breached

Written on April 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Better start canceling your credit card or debit card on PSN, before hackers get a chance to retrieve them. Just like what they did with your personal information.

It may not be the end of the world yet, but in Sony’s own realm, it may very well be. The company has recently admitted that PSN (PlayStation Network) has been hacked like there was no tomorrow, and member’s personal information may have been compromised after days since the service has been offline.

You name it, the hackers may have gotten it. Even if Sony has elaborated that credit card data has not been compromised, still information ranging from a member’s name, billing addresses, and even PSN login names and passwords have been breached. And it looks like Sony’s shrinking into embarrassment with all the mess that’s going on.

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Skype for Android, Unable to Protect Your Personal Information from Hackers

Written on April 15, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Android users got another thing to worry about, as Android Police unveils that the Skype app can easily give away personal information with little effort from hackers.

Android Police has unveiled that Skype’s Android app client is vulnerable to hacks, thus potentially leading to massive personal information leaks once the right people starts prying into it. According to security website, Skype neglected to encrypt and enforce permissions on its SQLite3 databases, the place where personal informations and chat logs are stored.

Android Police subjected the Skype for Android app under a security test using it’s own rogue app, Skypwned. And – wow – did the app work like a charm, as it was able to gather personal information without the need for root or special information — just a username. According to the website, Skype is now investigating the situation, so expect some updates about the issue soon.

For the meantime, checkout the video demo from Android Police on its successful attempt in getting information from Skype after the break.

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A Patent Case: Apple Unauthorizes Jailbreaking

Written on August 23, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Beware, jailbreakers. Apple has figured out it has to trace your actions, those of your clique and those of fellow hackers so it can stop all of you on the track. Here is how.

Apple has denounced unauthorized use of its iDevices, such as the popular iPhone and iPad, in its filing for a patent covering various modes of tracking and crippling jailbreakers and hackers. The company wants to gain full control over said devices, despite the U.S. government turning jailbreaking legal (jailbreaking is a running code that allows users and carriers that Apple does not support to access unapproved (by Apple) extensions and themes for “educational purposes”).

Meantime, the tech giant is revoking its warranty on all jailbroken iPhones.

The patent was filed in February, and then it got published last Thursday. It primarily sought measures that will help identify stolen devices and protect phone-stored sensitive information such as credit card numbers and passwords. Jailbroken, hacked, unlocked, sim-disabled iDevices can also be identified by monitoring increased memory traffic that could “indicate that a hacking program is being run and that an unauthorized user may be using the electronic device.” As the patent furthers this action from Apple, the company will be enabled to wipe personal data from the iDevices and alet At&T to “shutdown any telephone service to the electronic device, shutdown the electronic device itself, or otherwise suitably extract the functions of the electronic device.”

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