Facebook Reportedly To Ditch Member Voting Process In Social Network

The reports that surfaced about Facebook updates its Comments social plugin that could be the new version allows users to vote members up or down. The social network giant proposes to ditch its policy which enables members to vote on changes that it makes in terms of data use process.

According to the Facebook’s Vice President for Communications, Public Policy and Marketing Elliot Schrage promised that the company still values user point on company policy, but, of course declared that the “voting machanisim, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, originally resulted in a system that that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality.

Currently, the rules and regulations work this way – proposed changes on receiving end of over 7,000 comments will automatically geared a vote on those changes, and assuming 30% of Facebook members (around one billion) will take part in that voting. After then, Facebook ought to abide by the results to that vote, proposed rules will work, otherwise members are given a week by Facebook social network to comment on a policy change. Once when the comment period completes, finally, any changes adopted will be then reflected by a user notification. Basics man! (via PCworld)

Hacker Convicted By Court Of Stealing Personal Data Of 120,000 AT&T iPad users

Daily we hear many stories regarding hacking and patching and here’s yet another one listed out of the story who got caught on Tuesday in New York, called Andrew Auernheimer and sitler are New York based hackers was convicted by a federal jury in New Jersey, for hacking into AT&T Inc’s servers without permission and stealing the personal information and email addresses of 120,000 Apple iPad users.

In which Aurenheimer may face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for hacking whereas the Spitler asking for a lighter 12-18 months because of his only cooperation. Both Auernheimer and Spitler were part of a group of internet trolls called Goatse Security-a security research group.

We disagree with the prosecutors’ interpretation of what constitutes unauthorized access to a computer under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.”=Tor Ekeland, defendant’s lawyer

According to the prosecution said,they created an “iPad 3G account slurper” that matched up all email addresses with “integrated circuit card identifiers” for Apple iPad users, and used a “brute force” attack to gather information and data about those users, who accessed the Internet through AT&T’s network.

The culprits of the slurper has published the stolen information to the website Gawker, then soon after, one article published in the website that states all the stolen information of the e-mails and their names. Those names include ABC news anchor Daine Sawyer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

AT&T has agreement with Apple in the United States to provide wireless 4G LTE service on the iPad. After this hacking, it has stopped the feature which allowed email address to be obtained. (Via PhoneArena)

This Security Hole Lets Hackers Hijack Ownership Of Skype User Accounts, Now Closed!

Now it has been resolved by Skype who announced on Wednesday that it had taken precautions and closed a security flaw that let anyone reset a Skype user’s password. Russian hackers found out that anyone can hack a user’s Skype account by using the email address tied to that account. Didn’t get the point, the flaw and hole is simple, when a person knows the email address of another ones Skype user, they can simple used that email and create yet another new Skype account. That’s it! How to get rid of it is below, check it out!

Actually, this allows the hacker to get a password reset token which is sent to the Skype app itself, so by using the same token can be redeemed to eventually claim ownership of the account. To stop it right now, simply change the email address on Skype.

Originally what happened? Skype has plugged a hole in its password recovery process that allowed outsiders to gain control of a Skype user’s account. Now Skype has fixed a Skype security flaw that may have been circulating on Russian hacker forums for months. Microsoft has disabled the option for users to reset their Skype passwords after security experts uncovered a serious flaw.

To protect against this vulnerability, Raiu advises that users change the email address associated with their Skype account to a new, never-before-used address.

The vulnerability allowed people to sign up to Skype with email addresses already in use by others and then force password resets for accounts associated with that address in order to gain access to your account.

Skype has temporarily disabled password reset and are investigating the situation. Hopefully it is sorted very soon. Until then change your email address! (via PC World)

Adobe Flash Is Now ‘Fully Sandboxed’ In Chrome For Windows, Mac, Linux And Chrome OS

Finally, Google has declared that the Adobe’s Flash Player is now sandboxed? What do you mean by that, yes, either in Chrome and along on all desktop platforms the Flash support is stopped. Google today announced it and said that this is a big achievement on the security level of terms, especially given the many vulnerabilities and 0-days frequently found in Flash. Chrome on Windows, OS X, Linux and Google Chrome operating systems will not be supported by Adobe Flash anymore.

What is Sandboxing? A sandbox is an anti-exploit technology that isolates processes on the computer, preventing or at least hindering malware from letting hackers exploit an unpatched vulnerability, escalate privileges and push their attack code onto the machine.

The word “Sandboxing” is pretty familiar for many webmasters and bloggers, the Google word sandbox refers to restricting resources and seperating programs. In this case Flash, from extracting untested and untrusted code from unverified third-parties and Web Sites. Check this out on how Google describes it for Chrome browser:

The sandbox adds an additional layer of protection against malicious web pages that try to leave programs on your computer, monitor your web activities, or steal private information from your hard drive.

Means, Sandboxing helps you prevent malware from installing itself on your computer, or using what happens in one browser tab to affect what happens in another tab. Google says sandboxing is now available for Flash “with this release” of Chrome. With the most recent version of Chome 23, landed last week that received its usual dose of security fixes of 14 in total along with the new version of Adobe Flash ability.

Now, Chrome’s built-in Flash Player on Mac hereby uses a new plug-in architecture which runs Flash inside a sandbox, which is strong as Chrome’s native sandbox, and much more repellent than anything else available right now. Great news for Mac OS X users since Flash is so very widely used and thus is a huge target for hackers pushing malware.

Malware writers love to exploiting Flash for the similar was as they do with Java: it’s a cross-platform plugin, that attacks vector allows them to target more than one operating system at-once, more than one browser and multiple users.  The reason why Google is doing here is simply minimizing the chances that its users, particulary running / using Chrome, will get infected by such threats.

What is your thought about – wrapped up work on a stronger Flash sandbox in the Windows version of Chrome, and would soon ship the same for its OS X browser.

Facebook Testing A new Threaded Comment System That Lets Users To Comment On Comments On Profiles

Considering Facebook is the largest social network on the planet with over one billion active users online, but when compared the web based experience today and with the experience that actually first launched with Facebook back in 2004 then it would be less recognizable. Facebook like any popular site or service has evolved over time to meet increasing demand and has of course added – and something removed – features that they believe will be best for users. Now, it seems that the latest addition to the social networking could come in the form of threaded comments system that can be beneficial and stands a good chance of causing chaos on profiles if it gets through user testing stage.

Facebook is about to launch threaded comments on a selected group of user profile, like we learned that the engineers over in Palo Alto have been tinkering with — and testing — a new sound based alert system that is exclusively designed to give an audible ping whenever a message is received or anyone posts something directly to an user’s timeline. Though, it remains behind whether or not that idea manages to make it into the live Facebook website, considering it would probably drive most people insane, but it appears that the ability to reply to individual comments on a person’s status might be with us soon.

Means, you will be soon be able to comment on a comment on the most popular social network site. Facebook team has actually confirmed that they are in the middle of the testing phase with this functionality. Currently stands for the only way to actually meaningfully reply to someone who has commented on a status is to leave your own comment and then tag that person in it by typing their name and selecting the profile from pre-populated list. Problem! That particular system has serious flaws in it, reason that the fact can only tag people who currently share a connection with you via an accepted friendship request.

The Facebook’s new thread commenting system would overdrive that current method and allow users to post comments directly to other comments on a status. Rumored that Facebook was testing a new “Pages Feed” feature and now after launching a new design on friendship pages and now is exploring a new feature that would allow users to reply on comments posted on the Timeline.

While the Meredith Chin from Facebook has stated that the company “is testing a new way to add comments to a post on Facebook” and that users will be “able to reply to another comment as well as the original post”. Some users may see this as positive move from Facebook that will of course bring a little bit more power to the user and also open the levels of interaction between FB users, and some may see it as the next step before liking the likes of a like on the site.

One thing is sure, you won’t have to tag a person in order for them to see your reply. Threaded comments are already being used on a few third-party websites. But, there is no guarantee that this feature will see the light of day. But, Facebook makes things happen, we will keep an eye out on those statuses just in case any! (via Mashable)

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Gets US Government Security Clearance

Research In Motion has officially announced on Thursday that their BlackBerry 10 operating system has received FIPS 140-2 certification, gets the Government security clearance for its yet-to-be launched BB 10 mobile OS. Check the details after the jump!

RIM would be launching their new BlackBerry 10 OS sometime in early 2013 and many have seen some purported pictures which leaked in the wild of some of the BlackBerry 10 devices running RIM’s latest mobile operating system which will be available hand-on at launch date.

Apart from rumors and speculation, RIM has finally obtained security clearance for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS from the United States GOVT. By receiving the certifications for FIPS signals for the U.S. and Canadian government, gives us a choice and expectations of the RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 devices will be available to be used by Government employees in secure government workplaces.

For the future, RIM are also trying to get security clearance for BlackBerry 10 from the United Kingdom (UK) government as well.

SOPA Strikes Back Again From The Dead, But This Time As Virus?

In January after an historic protests the SOPA anti-piracy bill that was stopped by the internet becuase it was evil and took back all the internet freedoms. Now it’s back again, but this time SOPA is not a piece of legislation, rather a nasty virus that uses the bill to scare its victims.

Well this week there were several reports that surfaced and pointed to be rather unfortuned SOPA comeback. Not in Congress, but a nasty cryptovirus that locks up people’s computers and accuses them pf distributing copyright infringing files. Those users who are infected, can get their data back again after paying a $200 – at least. What the heck is this, is this what the virus makers promise.

Caution: This virus locks down your computer and then offers to unlock it for you for $200. Don’t fall for this. No doubt this virus uses American Government seals to make it look like official order. It then warns the victim that their IP address is on a blacklist after distributing illegal content and tels you to send a MoneyPak or a western Union wire to pay cash or check.

Actually, the Stop Online Piracy ACT (SOPA) was a major threat to the Internet. The bill introduced draconian censorship tools for the Government and copyright holders, that makes hard to believe and worried the public and many major internet companies that includes Reddit, Google and Wikipedia.

After months of protest SOPA’s bill was eventually killed eralier this year and that doesn’t mean SOPA is no longer a threat, but it can strike again anytime, like this week “the bill” was resurrected by a virus maker, who have been warning users of infected computers that their IPs is on a blacklist after which it discovered ditributing illegal content.

While the SOPA virus holds all the files on the host computer ramsom:

“Your computer is locked!” the splash screen above warns, adding:

If you see a warning.txt or warning screen, it means your IP address was included in S.O.P.A. Black List. One or more of the following items were made from your PC:

1. Downloading or distributing audio or video files protected by Copyright Law.
2. Downloading or distributing illegal content (child porn, phishing software, etc.)
3. Downloading or distributing Software protected by Copyright Law.

As a result of these infringements based on Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) your PC and files are now blocked. Those who don’t pay within three days are in trouble, the virus maker warns.

WARNING!!!: If you don’t pay the fine within 72 HOURS at the amount of 200 USD, all your computer data will be erased.”

If you want to get it off your computer, you can Google “Stop online piracy Automatic protection system removal.” and that should help you get rid of it. Don’t ever try to make payment online or else.

Skype Launches A New Free WiFi Skype Service In The UK And Ireland

In order to expand it wireless hotspots, Microsoft’s Skype has today announced a neww free WiFi service in the UK and Ireland in a partnership with wireless broadband legend the Wicoms.

In other words Wicoms and Skype has announced the launch of a new Wi-Fi network initiative called free Skype WiFi service. The new service is rolling out in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in participating high street venues and businesses to deliver simple, trustworthy and free public internet access.

The new Free Skype WiFi UK service is being offered to business who will be provided with routers to offer the Free Skype WiFi to its customers. The Free Skype WiFi service is available for businesses to purchase at skypewifi.wicoms.com.

In order to the fact that customers of Wicoms’ new Free Skype WiFi will allow Skype users to log in to any participating Free Skype WiFi location across the UK and Ireland with their Skype ID using the Skype WiFi app. Those non-Skype ID users will be able to signup for one email entry in the Free Skype WiFi enabled premises in order to gain access.

Once connected, consumers can use the reliable and free Wi-Fi provided by Wicoms to browse the web, engage with social media, access and send emails, shop, compare prices and even download special deals from participating high street retailers.

Interested ones who have business can easily setting up free WiFi for your customers Wicoms and Skype are offering the hardware needed to setup Free Skype WiFi for free during October.

Samsung Denies: Galaxy S4 Rumored To Launch In February 2013

Earlier today we got some reports suggesting that the Korean electronics have something big for next year, the Samsung Galaxy S4. But Samsung has denied that rumored information and claims that the news surfaced isn’t true, that the next-generation of Galaxy S series is around the corner and would launch in March 2013.

Samsung rumored that would be unveiling their new Galaxy S4 smartphone at MWC 2013 in February and that the handset would go on sale live on March around the world. It also said that the Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will feature a 5-inch screen with full Super AMOLED and 8-megapixel camera with the 4G LTE network ability as well.

Rubbish, Samsung denied the news about the Galaxy S4 on their Twitter account and you can see the translated version of the tweet below.

Please note that some media reported speculation that the Galaxy S ? subsequent models will be released “in a simple rumor is not true. Fixed’m not doing anything, why spread these rumors?

Obviously, rumors and speculations are hard to defeated and with Samsung did intend to launch the next-gen Galaxy S4 in March of next year they would want to keep it under wraps for as long as possible so that consumers buy the latest Android flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S III (3).

Samsung Galaxy Note II Hits AT&T The Same Time As Nokia Lumia 920 Launch [RUMOR]

What are those two high-end smartphone and tablets that unveiled its innovating features a few days ago which are under AT&T banner? There are different story’s and various specifications, though they are highly-anticipated handsets, which one of them belongs to Samsung and the other to Nokia and finally the third which has stepped into the marketplace would be the Apple’s new iPhone 5.

However we today talk about the Galaxy Note II and Lumia 920 which are supposed to hit the AT&T carrier in a few days. While the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has not officially revealed the exact launch date, nor the Nokia’s Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920. But bothy are said reportedly that will be released for AT&T soon.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 prove to be real alternatives for consumers disappointed by the release of the iPhone 5. With the optional and alternative choice to opt for several models, the smartphone market is hugely filled with fans. After the Galaxy S III continued to have great success since its release several months ago, the revelations about new phones were numerous. Nokia and Samsung have invested in the phone market with two great smartphones, the Lumia 920 and Galaxy Note 2 respectively. Both are expected to be available on October 21st in the U.S. While European market will sell before the end of this year.

Speaking of the new Lumia 920 introduced by Nokia and Microsoft as the first Finnish company’s Windows Phone 8 OS running handset along with the Lumia 820 a mid-budget range WP8 smartphone. The Lumia 920 comes with the advanced PureView technology with a Carl Zeiss lens captures blur-free videos even if the 8-megapixel camera’s shaking or in low light. Thankful to the Optical Stabilization which you can’t see in other mobile gadgets.

Along with the features included in the 920 with the Nokia City Lens, so you can discover all your city has to offer by looking at your camera’s viewfinder. The PureMotion HD+ display is the world’s brightest, fastest and most sensitive touchscreen, enough to make customization with your fingertips. Microsoft’s SkyDrive is the most wanted cloud storage feature that this Lumia 920 has built-in the board. All your Windows apps and files are truly mobile. Sync with your laptop and tablet to access all your files from anywhere. With the Nokia Music you can stream and download unlimited music for free. Tap into the latest tracks. Create your own channels. And many more!

Now speaking about the new Galaxy Note II phablet. The Samsung’s latest superphone has arrived with a new stylus. The Galaxy Note II pushes the screen to 5.5-inch wide, with another newer iteration of posing with HD Super AMOLED display, this time with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels screen. Housing with a larger capacity of 3,100mAh battery and it’s a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The Galaxy Note 2 takes some design riffs from the Galaxy S III, similar to the first Note took the Galaxy S II design. with the same rounded edges, glossy finish and extra software piled atop its Android base.

Samsung’s reliable 8-megapixel camera sensor on the back, capable of 1080p video-recording. The Galaxy Note II will be launching on Jelly Bean – no wait for any over-the-air updates frpm Google anymore. The phablet’s S Pen advances the stylus itself now has a rubber nib, which Samsung reckons will offer an experience closer to pen and paper. User can add “Quick Commands” to their stylus gestures, while “Air View” allows you to peruse galleries and folders by floating the stylus just above the screen.

Other advanced features include are the ability to crop and share from anything beaming out from the Note II’s 16:9 screen with the help of Samsung’s newly added Easy Clip. Stylus functionality has been gifted to the calendar (S Planner) and have integrated with official native email app, with the S Pen itself will now notify your phone and arriving internationally before the end of the year.

To a trusted source, BGR has made it clear that the 21st of October will be the launch date for AT&T version of the Note II and the predecessor we can expect no less than 4G LTE connectivity all day long.  Today as you arn’t familiar with the purported pictures of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note II caught on camera and published in the wild.  While the Nokia Lumia lineup has been slated for Fall release with both October 21st and November 2nd tipped as release dates.

It’s rumored that both Lumia 920 and Galaxy Note II hits the AT& carrier in the United States on October 21st, the same time and same day?