Hackers Steal StubHub Millions, Apple Defends iOS Backdoors, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 or look into using a password manager .
Apple Talks Openly About iOS Backdoors
Apple is really trying to defend itself on the accusation that iOS has backdoors. Now detailing internals of iOS: http://t.co/LAyd7gzmeO
— Owen Williams (@ow) July 23, 2014
Apple has been rattled enough by the allegations it’s spying on users 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 com.apple.mobile.file_relay 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 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 interesting. Mind you, the Interweb is using it for a guy making a sandwich.
— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) July 24, 2014
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 .
Yahoo Ending Emails Your Death Notice
Everything has an end, but sometimes there is an ending. Yahoo Japan’s web service for the deceased: http://t.co/MoYsjjriAr
— Georg Tremmel (@trembl) July 23, 2014
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 , 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 . 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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