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Archive for December, 2013

NSA WiFi Honeypot Works 8 Miles Away

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 30th, 2013

Engadget reports that security guru Jacob Appelbaum told those at the Chaos Communications Congress this weekend that the NSA’s big box of tools includes Nightstand, a custom device that can compromise WiFi networks for the sake of inserting spy software. NIGHTSTAND hijacks the target network and uses packet injection to install exploits on the target […]

Google and Apple Battle for Connected Car

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 30th, 2013

Google and Apple will be battling for digital supremacy in the automobile, reports the Wall Street Journal. Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google and Audi plan to announce a partnership to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Google’s Android software, says the Journal. The aim is to allow drivers and passengers […]

Cisco: What Backdoor?

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 30th, 2013

GigaOm reports that Cisco is investigating a claim by Germany’s Der Spiegel, that the company is among many whose devices have been backdoored by the NSA to assist in the agency’s espionage efforts. The Sunday article, based on leaked NSA documents, said an NSA unit had “burrowed its way into nearly all the security architecture […]

T-Mobile: Free Facebook Access on GoSmart

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 23rd, 2013

GoSmart, the prepaid service of T-Mobile US, said on Monday it would offer its customers free access to Facebook whether or not they subscribe to its data service. T-Mobile hopes to attract customers and encourage existing customers to buy its data service. T-Mobile executive Gavin Dillon said while some of these customers would be content […]

Senate Report on Data Brokers: Exploitative

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 23rd, 2013

A Senate committee released a report this week (pdf) that said data brokers, the companies that trade in consumer data, are taking advantage of credit-challenged people, using big data to craft exploitative scams. “The disclosures about U.S. intelligence activities over the past few months have sparked a very public debate in this country about what […]

Apple and China Mobile Do Deal

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 23rd, 2013

Apple and China Mobile have (finally) announced an agreement to bring iPhone to the world’s largest mobile network. As part of the agreement, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available across mainland China beginning on Friday, January 17. The iPhone on China Mobile will support TD-SCDMA (3G) and TD-LTE (4G) which have not previously […]