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Mt. Gox sees its source code and customer data leaked by hackers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 1:08 am

Things just got a lot worse for former Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox. Today a Russian leakster announced that he has accessed then entire source code that ran Mt. Gox's operations. The code is only 1,700 lines long, so it is highly unlikely that the entire thing is there, but it does provide enough information to show how Mt. Gox handled Bitcoin transactions, and the methods used to transmit and receive Bitcoin hashes.

 

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Along with the source code, the leakster / hacker claims to have a 20GB data dump of customer and employee information that includes passport scans, and every piece of contact information customers and employees entered into the system. With a breach this big, it leaves us to wonder how many other exchanges were using a part of this source code, and how many are now venerable to even more attacks now that the information is public? If you are interested, the source link below has links to the stolen code.

 

It's incidents like this that further undermine the security and trustworthiness of Bitcoins as a viable digital currency. This is the exact reason that US Congressmen are calling for Bitcoin trading to be banned in the us. With such a large economy growing around the virtually unregulated Bitcoin market, a simple crash like Mt. Gox experienced, or major Bitcoin heist like Flexcoin experienced over the weekend could send the entire market crashing down and millions of people would lose everything they have invested in Bitcoins.

Comcast using its subscriber's home routers into Wi-Fi hotspots

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:55 am

Comcast is planning to use its customer's Wi-Fi routers to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot in Chicago. The Internet Service provider has started to convert a large number of Wi-Fi routers in homes into Xfinity hotspots using its existing equipments.

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Comcast will be using a separate Wi-Fi signal and sending it through Comcast-owned wireless routers. Such signals from Comcast's home equipments can b identified by Comcast Xfinity's Wi-Fi mobile app. According to Comcast, by doing so, it will not affect its subscriber's speed and privacy.

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Twitter CTO to visit Taiwan, plans to get cheaper server supplies

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:25 am

Twitter's CTO Adam Messinger is expected to visit Taiwan to discuss with Taiwan based server makers about direct account supplies for data center servers, according to sources. These includes companies such as Quanta Computers, Inventec, Foxconn and few others.

 

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In the past, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have made large orders of servers directly from Taiwan-based ODMs so that they can get the required setup at a reduced cost. It was reported that Quanta did have small volume of server related orders. but the company refused to comment on it.

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Facebook's Messenger app heads to Windows Phone, forgets Chat Heads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:15 am

Facebook's messenger app has been available on Android and iOS for quite some time now but has taken its sweet time arriving on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Today Microsoft announced that Facebook Messenger is now available for for download in the Windows Phone store. The app is quite similar to its counterparts on Android and iOS, with features like group-chat, stickers, and picture messaging, but the nifty Chat Heads feature is missing.

 

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Industry analyst are quick to point out that Facebook Messenger has arrived just before Microsoft releases its next update to Windows Phone 8.1, an update that will see Redmond pull back from some of its integration of FB and Windows Phone. This is a move that will allow Facebook to handle more of the functionality itself through separate apps, just like it does on iOS and Android. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update is expected to arrive in early April, but that date could change if any delays occur in the mean time.

ROKU unveils new HDMI Streaming Stick for just $50

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 10:44 pm

This week, Roku unveiled a new version of its Streaming Stick, a major upgrade from the $99 model it released in late 2012. The major difference is that the new Roku Streaming Stick will work with any TV with a HDMI port instead of only working on models that are deemed "Roku Ready."

 

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The Roku Streaming Stick works on the same principal as Google's Chromecast, and features both iOS and Android apps to control the device. Not everyone likes using their tablet or smartphone to control their TV though and Roku has included a remote for those who still like to use them. The stick is basically an HD version of the Roku 1 that fits into a package the size of a large USB thumb drive and has more than 1000 channels of video programming.

 

The Roku Streaming Stick retails for about $50 which is $15 more than the Chromecast, and it includes major players like Showtime, HBO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, PLEX, and many more. It is up to you to decide if the extra $15 is worth it to you or not, but with Google recently opening up its SDK for the Chromecast, there is bound to be a wealth of apps arriving for it as well.

New malware makes anti-virus software 'totally useless'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 10:20 pm

There is a security transition from defending against various virus and Trojan formats to sophisticated malware, and anti-virus programs are "totally useless," according to Mohammad Mannan, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering assistant professor.

 

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In a recent survey from Visa, almost 92 percent of respondents said they have been targeted by attempted phishing attempts - and the complexity of these attacks continues to evolve.

 

Just a few years ago, if a user was infected with malware, it was a major disruptive problem that directly led to PCs running poorly. However, malware is largely being written by cybercriminals aiming to either hijack compromised devices, or steal personal information and make money, so malware runs in the background a lot more efficiently.

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Malware authors get creative, adapt phishing attempts based on region

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 9:23 pm

The growing threat of malware now plagues security companies, users, and businesses, as traditional anti-virus software is ineffective at detecting malware.

 

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In addition, malware authors are getting more creative when they aim to steal information from users, with cleverly written phishing attacks, tricky malware code, and thirst to steal and sell personal data.

 

"Malware is increasingly tailored for specific countries," security company CYREN noted in its 2013 yearbook of security threats. "While German e-mail users receive fake train bookings from Deutsche Bahn or Lufthansa tickets, Americans will receive fake gift vouchers from U.S. companies, bills from their tax authorities, or even speeding fines from the police."

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Xbox One March update rolling out now

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 8:12 pm

We have talked a bit in the past about what we expect in the Xbox One March update. Among the changes expected are updates for multiplayer Titanfall and some new sound options. Microsoft has now announced that the March update is rolling out as we speak.

 

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The update does bring the Titanfall updates for multiplayer. It also brings a slew of other nice tidbits. Players can now get to their friends list faster with the list on the homepage of the friends app. Party chat is now on by default. Players can now chat with friends even if they aren't playing the same game.

 

A new invite friend to game option is available on multiplayer tiles. A list of recent players you were playing with is kept to make it easier to keep in touch with people you like to game with. Twitch live streaming support is now baked in and will go live on March 11 with the new Twitch app.

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WD My Cloud EX2 offers up to 8TB of external storage

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 7:36 pm

WD has been offering a wide range of external storage solutions for years. The company has unveiled a new storage product today called the My Cloud EX2. This external storage solution is a personal cloud storage device that is available in several capacities.

 

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The dual bay enclosure can be purchased empty or with up to 8TB of storage inside. The EX2 comes out of the box configured with RAID 1 to protect your data. It can be configured for RAID 0, JBOD, or Spanning modes as well. The device can be hooked to LAN/WAN networks or accessed via a USB cable.

 

Inside the enclosure are WD Red drivers that are designed to 24/7 uptime and use. WD designed the EX2 to be a backup device that can be used for all the devices in the home or office. It supports Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. Both Android and iOS is supported for mobile device backups.

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LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet lands at Verizon Wireless March 6

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 7:03 pm

We first talked about the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet back in September of last year when it went official. If you like the idea of that tablet, but want one with baked in LTE connectivity Verizon has just announced exactly what you are looking for. The LG G Pad 8.3 will land on the Verizon network on March 6.

 

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The tablet will cost $99.99 with a new 2-year contact between March 6 and March 10. After that, the tablet will sell for $199.99. If you want one of these, you should really pick it early up and save the hundo. The tablet can be added to a More Everything plan for $10 per month.

 

The tablet has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and an 8.3-inch screen. The screen has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. Other hardware features includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP rear camera.

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