Archive for: hack

Another Day, Another Sony Hack. Sony Brazil Falls.

  • June 6, 2011 10:33 am


It’s no secret that Sony’s cyber security is border line useless, a joke, etc. The ridiculous nature has long run its course. With that said we have a new hack to speak of today. Sony Brazil’s website has been hacked and defaced with the image above. 10 hours later and the site is still down. Nice, Sony. Real nice.

Hundreds Of Gmail Accounts Phished. Government Officials, Military, And Journalists Included.

  • June 2, 2011 7:22 am


Learning of hundreds of email accounts being hacked isn’t exactly the news Google wants the world to be hearing and reading as they continually try to push into the security-conscious enterprise market, even more-so when several of the hacked accounts include senior government officials, military personnel, Chinese political activists and journalists. But that’s the situation Google finds them self in this week. Thankfully the actual threat isn’t as bad as it could be. Currently reports state that the accounts were compromised by using phishing sites posing as the real deal which careless/unaware users then in turn entered their information into the fake page/login box.

Google stated that the attack occurred completely outside of Google’s servers and that the hackers did not in any way infiltrate their security. With that said, technological incompetence on the users’ end is just as dangerous as hackers actively hacking into a website or service.

Untethered Jailbreak Still Works On 4.3.2.

  • April 15, 2011 7:57 am


It appears Apple either didn’t care (unlikely), didn’t have time (plausible), or simply was saving their latest jailbreak-plugging update for a later, larger update. Confirmation from @i0n1c shows that the previous 4.3.1 untether jailbreak method still works on 4.3.2. The public, however, won’t be able to enjoy such things until early next week at the earliest. Nevertheless, it’s good to know the latest untethered jailbreak is just around the corner and that no new time has to be wasted.

Apple has been nice. I just verified that the untether vulnerability is not fixed in iOS 4.3.2 – my Ipad 1 is running untethered jailbroken

Of course the public untether binaries will not work with iOS 4.3.2 – I have to generate new untether binaries with new dyld/kernel offsets

I won’t be able to create all the untether binaries before sunday, because I will be on planes, …

WordPress.com Hacked. Anything And Everything Revealed.

  • April 14, 2011 8:27 am


Wordpress.com has been hacked — this according to an official post by Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg on the website’s blog. “Anything and everything” could have been revealed”, says the post.

Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.

Based on what we’ve found, we don’t have any specific suggestions for our users beyond reiterating these security fundamentals:

  • Use a strong password, meaning something random with numbers and punctuation.
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • If you have used the same password on different sites, switch it to something more secure.

(Tools like 1Password, LastPass, and KeePass make it easy to keep track of different unique logins.)

Our investigation into this matter is ongoing and will take time to complete. As I said above, we’ve taken comprehensive steps to prevent an incident like this from occurring again. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or contact our support.

While we here at Gadgetsteria make use of the WordPress platform, ours is self-hosted. That doesn’t completely exempt us or other self-hosted WordPress blogs from the security breach, however. All WordPress.com and WordPress.org users obviously need to use common sense, change passwords if need be, and roll with the punches.

We’ll keep you updated as the WordPress team provides details regarding the breach…

New “UNLOCK NOW FREE” iOS Virus Deleting Phone/SIM Content.

  • April 11, 2011 11:39 pm

Earlier today and into the evening hours, news has begun circulating telling tales of a new iOS virus building momentum as unsuspecting jailbreak/unlock seekers click tainted links via their iPHone. Said links looks something like “UNLOCK NOW FREE”. But instead of unlocking your iPhone when clicking on the accompanying link, the user is presented with a 10-15 second animation, after which, text is displayed on screen saying: “DOWNLOAD UNLOCK 2 NOW FREE”. Finally, the anti-climactic climax involves all of your data being deleted from your iPhone and SIM card.

We’d like to take a moment to reiterate adopting a standard practice of only clicking on links you’re 100% certain are real and to never (repeat: never) click on links within emails, texts, IMs, etc.

If you’ve got a friend or two who also happen to own an iPhone, you may want to share this little tidbit of information. That’s what friends are for, right?

ChevronWP7.Updater Yanked From Web. Jury Out On Long-Term Effects.

  • April 6, 2011 6:21 am


By now, the WP7 readers out there looking to get their NoDo update sooner rather than later have probably heard a thing or two about the ChevronWP7.Updater package. The gist of this little app is simple: it allows you to install the impending NoDo update on your phone regardless if your carrier has started the update process or not. The only problem is that said app is now unavailable. At the request of Microsoft, developer Chris Walsh pulled the download.

Chris has gone on the record telling people “not to believe everything they read” as the current rumor with the most weight states that the ChevronWP7.Updater renders your phone un-upgradeable for future updates — a scary and rather worrisome claim no doubt. But the real scenario could really be Microsoft wanting to fully test the hack to make sure it doesn’t break anything for future updates, especially considering M doesn’t make stock ROMs publicly available for download. Essentially, if you mess up your phone you could have to return it to your carrier to re-flash.

Nonetheless, we’d advise you to hold off on jumping on the Chevron bandwagon if you haven’t already. A couple days of waiting is far better than a week or more to get back a borked phone.

Download The New Android 3.0.336 Music Player Now!

  • April 5, 2011 2:27 pm


You may or may not have seen an article earlier showing off a new Android 3.0.336 music player compliments of TechFrom10. Now you can have that very same version of said app all to yourselves. Besides the prettier face, WiFi streaming and a new Cover Flow-esque recently played tracks list among other things populate the new app.

Download the new Android 3.0.336 music player here. Just make sure you have at least Android 2.2 (Froyo).

The Closed Future Of Android.

  • April 2, 2011 10:03 pm


Since late 2008, Android has been the anti-Apple to the smartphone world. Where Apple restricts, Android creates opportunities. But that may not always be the case if cellular carriers, hardware manufacturers, and now Google have their way…

iPhone Dev Team: Untethered iOS 4.3.1 Jailbreak “Solid”.

  • March 31, 2011 6:40 am

If the above tweet by @MuscleNerd is any indicator of our wait time for an iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak, we’re glad to say our wait time could be coming to an end. Since we can’t rely on SHAtter exploits anymore, we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for the next latest and greatest hardware-based exploit while making due with mere software ones for the time being. Let’s hope the last few bugs with the 4.3.1 jailbreak get patched sooner rather than later.