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Hackers Steal StubHub Millions, Apple Defends iOS Backdoors, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 24-07-2014

Also, Moto X gets digital tattoos, Reddit Live goes live, Uber returns to Windows Phone, Yahoo offers to let people know when you die, and Samsung starts mocking the iPhone 6 even before it’s announced.


StubHub Suffers From $1 Million Breach

An international hacking scheme has reportedly resulted in more than $1 million being spent fraudulently on tickets through StubHub. More than 1,600 StubHub users were affected by the scam, which began in 2013. A long investigation has resulted in six men being arrested and charged over allegations they were involved.

StubHub is a ticket reseller owned by eBay. Interestingly, the StubHub servers were reportedly not hacked directly, with the customer login credentials instead obtained “through data breaches of other websites and retailers, or through the use of keyloggers and/or other malware on the customer’s own PC,” according to StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman.

This should act as a reminder of the ripple effect caused by one security breach. If you use the same username and password across the Web then one breach can lead to many others. To stay safe, be sure to read our guide to creating strong passwords Password Management Guide Don't feel overwhelmed by passwords, or simply use the same one on every site just so you'll remember them: design your own password management strategy. Read More or look into using a password manager 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More .

Apple Talks Openly About iOS Backdoors

Apple has been rattled enough by the allegations it’s spying on users Apple Is Spying On You, Facebook Launches Pocket Rival, And More... [Tech News Digest] Netflix hits 50 million subscribers despite price hike, Windows 9 Start menu is revealed, the Dota 2 gamers worth a cool $5 million, a sidewalk lane just for smartphone users, and the first trailer for... Read More to reveal the truth behind the previously undisclosed backdoors in iOS. The company published a support article explaining what each of the three services uncovered by Jonathan Zdziarski over the weekend actually does.

Apple maintains all three services are there for diagnostic purposes, but Zdziarski remains convinced that constitutes a backdoor into iDevices. This can allegedly be used to copy personal data including SMS, Notes, and recent screenshots.


As Ars Technica notes, Apple is paying the price for its secrecy here, as its failure to previously reveal the existence of these services suggests they’re there for nefarious purposes. They probably aren’t, but the whiff of secrecy leaves a stink of reasonable doubt which will be hard to shift.

Moto X Unlocked With Digital Tattoos

The Moto X How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today The Moto X boasts several features you won't find on other Android devices at the moment. The first of these is the Active Notifications feature, which lights up the screen with the latest notification. Another... Read More can now be unlocked with digital tattoos in what sounds like an April Fool but is actually true. The digital tattoos are made from thin, flexible material that adheres to the skin and lasts for five days. The tattoos from VivaLnk unlocks your phone quickly and easily without the need for passwords. So, could this be the way we’ll all unlock our phones in the future?

Reddit Live Goes Live On Reddit

Reddit Live is now available to all users, offering the chance to live blog any event of your choosing on Reddit. Threads update automatically and in real-time, the idea being that users will update the Reddit community on a breaking story they’re witnessing. Or, as the tweet above shows, the making of a sandwich. And now I want a sandwich.

Uber App Returns To Windows Phone

Uber has returned to Windows Phone after an absence of more than a year. Having been released in March 2013 the complaints about the app were so vociferous that it was pulled a month later. The new Uber app for Windows Phone appears to be vastly improved, though some features are missing from the initial release with the promise they’ll be added in the coming months. In the meantime you can just hail a traditional taxi cab What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More .


Yahoo Ending Emails Your Death Notice

Yahoo Japan has unveiled a new service called Yahoo Ending. Users sign up for the service while alive so that when they die their friends and family are informed by email. Yahoo Ending also deletes the deceased’s accounts from premium Yahoo services and creates a memorial wall for people to post remembrances.

Yahoo Ending costs the equivalent of $1.80 per month, so it only really makes sense for people of a certain stage of life. Young, fit, able-bodied users should probably use their money more wisely. Like funding dumb Kickstarters Crappy Crowdfunding: 10 Dumb Kickstarters We Did Not Support [Weird & Wonderful Web] The success of crowdfunded innovations has attracted the brilliant...and also the inane and insane. Here are 10 of the absolute worst Kickstarter campaigns we could find. Watch them because they are comedy gold. Read More , for example.

Samsung Is Already Mocking The iPhone 6

And finally, Apple hasn’t even unveiled the iPhone 6 yet, but that hasn’t stopped arch-rival Samsung from mocking the new hardware. The advert embedded above sees Samsung suggesting that the device Apple fans are impatiently waiting for is actually already here. It’s called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S5 Review and Giveaway The S5 can no longer be considered brand-new -- but it is Samsung's flagship, at least for the next few months. Read More . Burn.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Have you been affected by the StubHub scam? Do you believe Apple that the iOS backdoors are only for diagnostics? Would you ever use Yahoo Ending? What do you think of Samsung’s early attempt at trolling Apple over the iPhone 6?


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