Google IO 2016 Coverage

Verizon Enterprise Solutions loses customer data to hackers

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In a strange twist of fate, Verizon Enterprise Solutions finds itself the victim of a data breach that has exposed 1.5 million customer accounts to hackers. Normally Verizon Enterprise is leading the way in helping businesses, many on the Fortune 500 list, avoid this kind of situation, so finding themselves victims is particularly painful. Read more

TalkTalk’s website is hacked in ‘significant and sustained attack’, 4 million customers affected

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If you are a TalkTalk customer, it may be worth your while changing your login details and keeping a keen eye on your various accounts over the next few months, because the phone and broadband provider’s website was the victim of a ‘significant and sustained‘ cyber attack on Wednesday, October 21. The hack is believed to affect more than 4 million customers, with personal data such as bank details and birth dates being snaffled in the attack.

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Nexus 7 mated with mouse, used in-vehicle

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We have seen a few examples of users incorporating tablet devices into their vehicles to serve in place of auto manufacturer or third-party solutions for in-car infotainment systems. Users typically resort to this due to the dearth of autos that come with Android systems installed and third-party units are typically very expensive. In the latest example of this move to use a tablet device, Kevin Foreman connected a mouse to a Nexus 7 to provide a new input option as he was tired of using the touchscreen. Read more

Snapchat images may have been breached through third-party service

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According to reports, some 4chan users are claiming that a a third-party app used to access the Snapchat service has been breached giving access to over 200,000 images matched with usernames. The app in question is named SnapSaved and is used to get around Snapchat’s system that alerts users when someone grabs a screenshot of an image that has been posted. Apparently SnapSaved was using a cloud architecture to save the images being grabbed from Snapchat, along with everything else that was being passed to a user, like usernames. According to posters on 4chan, the image database will be posted online by this Sunday, October 12th. Read more

Yo app dealing with hacks

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In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few days a new app called Yo has been trending in some circles. Launched back on April Fool’s Day, Yo has attracted over 50,000 users and $1.2 million in funding for an app that does nothing but send a two-letter greeting to recipients. Now word is out that Yo has attracted some less desirable attention. Some Georgia Tech students claim they have hacked the app, a claim that Yo has verified. Read more

Security team finds Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner susceptible to molds

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A new report from SRLabs indicates the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner is similar to other devices on the market in being open to attacks using molds of fingerprints. Similar to the iPhone 5S and other commercial grade fingerprint scanners, malicious individuals can make a mold of a fingerprint that is sufficient to unlock a Galaxy S 5. In the case of the latest Samsung smartphone to hit the market, Samsung does not require any additional password or PIN to be used in conjunction with the fingerprint to unlock the device or to take advantage of PayPal’s integration with the fingerprint scanner. Read more

Unofficial method to connect Galaxy Gear to Nexus 5 worked out

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Over on the XDA Developers site, forum member pcelli figured out how to get a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch working with his Nexus 5 smartphone. This had to be done on an unofficial basis as up to now Samsung has only enabled support for the Galaxy Gear with other Samsung devices. Although there have been some hints indicating Samsung may eventually break down the wall around that particular garden, getting a Galaxy Gear to work with a non-Samsung device may never be officially supported. Read more