Things are heating up in South Korea once again, with South Korean authorities investigating a major attack on multiple fronts. Three TV broadcasters and two major banks were attacked, with the South Korean army raising their alert levels thinking that North Korea are behind the attacks.
Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were taken down, as well as two major banks; Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. Some of the computers that were infiltrated had files deleted, according to the authorities. A police official has said: "We sent down teams to all affected sites. We are now assessing the situation. This incident is pretty massive and will take a few days to collect evidence."
The banks are back up and running, but the TV stations have said they don't know when they'll be fully operational again, with some workers at the stations not able to boot their systems back up. South Korean military hasn't been affected, but they've raised their state of readiness in response. Police and government have both declined to speculate on North Korea's involvement, but the North have threatened the South more than once now, stating they would attack both South Korea and their major ally, the United States after they were slapped with United Nations sanctions for their nuclear test back in February.
At tonight's Galaxy S IV launch, Samsung showed off some cool new features that really take the smartphone game to the next level. The new "S Features" are being called: S Translator, S Voice Drive, and S Health.
The S Translator is an app that automatically translates information that is typed or copy/pasted into it, and helps you translate up to nine languages at launch, including Chinese, English U.S., English British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. S Voice is Samsung's version of a hands free car app that lets you make and receive calls and text without ever taking your hands or eyes off the road.
S Health is a new app that is part of Samsung's push into the health department. It allows users to sync up their Galaxy S IV with smart sensors that can report back on blood glucose levels, heart rate, weight, and can even access the S IV's built in Pedometer to help you track your exercise.
Hotmail, Outlook.com outage enters hour 12 - Microsoft still working to fully bring services back online
This morning TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft's Outlook.com and Hotmail email services have been down since 4:00PM EDT yesterday. That puts the services past 12 hours or so since they were last accessible.
SkyDrive and Calendar were also affected, but it appears that those services have been restored. Early speculation tied the outage to the Hotmail to Outlook.com migration, but an official statement from Microsoft denied that the migration had anything to do with the outage.
As of this posting I am unable to reach outlook.com and attempts to login to an old Hotmail account also failed. TechCrunch is reporting that the outage is not a total systems blackout though with some users still being able to reach the service.
It looks like users are experiencing some downtime to multiple Microsoft services, for the last few hours and counting. Hotmail is one of these services, and three hours without email is like a week without snail mail for some.
SkyDrive and Outlook are experiencing similar issues, with SkyDrive users having problems with file editing. Hotmail and Outlook issues seemed to be pegged on an issue not displaying all of your emails, which is, well, quite important. Microsoft have given the following statement on the problems:
Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting a small number of customers' access to Hotmail and Outlook.com, and we are working to restore full access to the service as quickly as possible. For the latest information, we encourage people to visit the Hotmail and Outlook.com status page (HTTPS://status.live.com/).
It appears Evernote are the latest in a string of attacks, with their Operations & Security team discovering, and blocking suspicious activity on their network. The attempted attack appears to be a coordinated attempt to gain access to Evernote's network.
In order to keep your data safe, Evernote have enabled a server-wide password reset - meaning that everyone will need to change their password before they log into their Evernote account. Evernote's network was compromised, with the investigation in place reporting that the hackers gained access to Evernote users' information, such as usernames, emails and even encrypted passwords. The passwords were protected by one-way encryption, which keeps them much safer than normal.
Evernote would still like to play it safe, which is where the server-wide password reset comes into play.
Facebook victim of Java zero-day exploit, admits they were hacked, no evidence user data compromised
Social media giant Facebook has said that they were hacked via a Java zero-day exploit after employees visited an infected mobile developer website back in January. Facebook has said that it does not appear that any user data was compromised and that they are working on moving away from Java.
"They gained limited visibility into our systems," Fred Wolens, a spokesperson for Facebook told VentureBeat. "We've accelerated our program to disable Java in our environment."
A patch for the bug used to compromise the fully patched laptops was issued by Oracle on February 1 after Facebook alerted them to the bug that allowed the hackers to bypass the sandbox protections. This is the latest in a string of high-profile hackings and exploits found in Java.
Many people have called for Java to be uninstalled from systems due to the frequency in which major security holes are found. The Department of Homeland Security has reiterated this recommendation.
Facebook is working with law enforcement to identify the hackers and the details. Facebook was quick to post about the hack so that other companies can protect themselves. They say that they were "not alone in this attack," though it's not clear who else has been affected by the compromise.
North Korea may have just tested a nuclear bomb, emergency Security Council meeting now happening in Seoul
It looks like things in North Korea just got a whole lot more real, as there has been a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the country that might have been an artificial quake caused by a nuclear detonation. Reuters is reporting that a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed the nuclear test after speaking with South Korea.
An emergency Security Council meeting is currently taking place in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap has quoted a South Korean official as stating that both the United States and China were alerted yesterday of North Korea's plans to test a nuclear device. South Korea are currently trying to figure out the source of the tremor.
An 8-magnitude earthquake has struck just off the Santa Cruz islands, after weeks of tremors. I've been reading that most sites are reporting that there have only been a few tremors, but there has been nearly two weeks of tremors averaging at 5-magnitude.
The earthquake has resulted in tsunami warnings for many places, including Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna. There is also a tsunami watch in effect for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia. The earthquake happened at 12:12pm local time.
It struck at a depth of 5km, just off the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomon Islands nation. The above picture shows just the last few days, where the Santa Cruz-based EQs have been rattling along for days now.
Uh oh - users based in the US might be experiencing an outage of Facebook, where the social networking site has been down for patches of US-based users, including Texas, New York and others for nearly two h ours now.
Some parts of the country are still able to access Facebook without a problem, and over here in Australia I'm experiencing no issues whatsoever. Downrightnow has given Facebook's current status as 'Likely Service Disruption', and reports that the social network has been experiencing issues since 20:00 EST.
It's ok - Facebook will be back everyone, you can sit down and relax. Everything should be back to normal in just a couple of hours.
Apple's press release has just hit the webs. Results of $54.5 billion for the quarter makes it a record. Another record, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion. Along with that, Apple announced that 47.8 million iPhones were sold, 22.9 million iPads were sold, 4.1 million Macs sold, and 12.7 iPods sold.
For all you Crysis fans out there, episode 4 of the 7 Wonders series has been released today. In the episode, they introduce the Typhoon, which they bill as the "culmination of 2000 years of human warfare." This very capable gun is able to fire 500 rounds per second. It fires 10 bullets in parallel 50 times per second.
When you're heading towards an enemy with this much firepower, there isn't much the enemy will be able to do to stop you. I don't know about you, but every day that Crysis 3 gets closer to release, I get happier. Crysis 3 is set to release in the US on February 19 and in Europe on February 22.
Previously, Sprint customers only had one option when it came to insurance and extended warranties for Apple iPhones: Apple's very own AppleCare. However, a leaked internal screenshot shared anonymously with Engadget shows that starting January 25, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Total Equipment Protection (TEP) for iPhones.
The monthly charge is an additional $11 on top of your current bill and a large $150 or $200 deductible if or when your device needs to be replaced. This is opposed to AppleCare, which costs just $99 up front and a $50 deductible when a device is damaged.
I'd have to lean towards AppleCare being the better choice. However, if you can't afford that extra $99 up front, you will soon have another option.
Yet another court agrees that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon patents held by Apple regarding the iPad. It turns out that in the Netherlands, round corners are not patentable, or at least don't belong to Apple. The district court in The Hague ruled that the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 do not infringe on the iPad.
"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," reads a Samsung statement.
The Dutch court apparently cited previous rulings made by British courts as precedent. There are still plenty of other legal battles still going on between the two tech giants, including hashing out the details of the $1.05 billion judgement that Apple got against Samsung last year.
CES 2013 - Valve are not letting media into their "private booth" (as they call it) at CES 2013 in Las Vegas to see the "Steam Box".
We were told by Valve staff at the booth that the company tried to book a private suite, but they were all booked out. We actually think it was a brilliant marketing scheme to create hype about the forthcoming Steam Box gaming console. The early prototype box that is on display at the Valve booth is hidden behind plexi glass with tight security. It's just a small form factor PC at this stage that isn't anything that special, probably showing off some early Linux based Steam (Box) OS software, if we can call it that. It's a good idea to grab loads of attention at the show.
If recent stories are to be believed, it would seem that Valve has not yet selected as a system design as yet, and it's in talks with its partners to see who gets the design win. That, or there will be various versions of the Steam Box hardware offered by various hardware partners. None of this can be confirmed at this stage, so treat it as speculation.
We tried to get a video for you all, but it was not to be. Enjoy the photos we took instead.
The Chinese government has found Samsung and LG both guilty of price-fixing their LCD panels. The duo were said to be part of a cartel that included AUO, Innolux, Chunga, and HannStar, who were also found guilty of price-fixing.
During roughly 53 meetings, the cartel is said to have discussed setting prices on their LCD panels in order to obtain higher profits and even out competition.
They are said to have divulged confidential information with each other that harmed the legitimate rights and interests of the domestic colour TV enterprises and consumers. This isn't the first time the "Cartel" has been found guilty of price-fixing. A similar ruling was passed down by the Korean Fair Trade Commission in 2011.
3,000,000 Verizon customer entry files are claimed to be stolen by hacker TibitXimer. As a show of proof, the hacker recently posted some 300,000 entries to a code sharing site which will remain unnamed. The data was apparently compromised back in July of this year and is said to include account passwords, names, addresses and more.
TibitXimer first revealed his hack to ZDNet, saying he has access to more than "three million customers' names, mobile serial numbers, account passwords, and other information." He went on to say that he has "no idea exactly how many records he nabbed in total," and that "the three million figure is a low estimate calculated from the size of one record and the total size of all the files."
Tibit says he first alerted Verizon of the venerability and was ignored and he posted the information to the code sharing site to hopefully grab Verizon's attention. He has not said that he will leak the rest of the files, but he will leave that possibility open.
After a while on the run, the founder of anti-virus company McAfee has been caught by the police. John McAfee was wanted by police over the murder of his neighbor, and has finally been found after weeks in hiding.
McAfee set up a website, whoismcafee.com, and has had updates of his progress since the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, on November 11. The McAfee founder has also tapped Twitter to promote his posts, too. His site used a title "Breaking: John Captured" on December 1, stating "we have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico". Then teasing "more information as it is received".
McAfee actually wrote entries to the blog, where he has said he disguised himself as a beggar, a street trader and a drunken German tourist - all an elaborate plan so he could watch police as they searched his home in Belize. He also states that at one stage, he was hiding out on his compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.
News out of Korea says that Samsung is not interested in settling with Apple and would rather continue to fight them in the court systems around the world. Samsung's Shin Jong-kyun, head of Mobile and IT division at Samsung, has been quoted saying "It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don't intend to [negotiate] at all."
HTC recently settled with Apple with a 10-year cross licensing deal that would see them licensing patents both directions for the next ten years. They decided that they would rather focus on innovation than litigation for the customer, a noble cause, though maybe not noble enough to keep HTC from continuing to free fall.
Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion just a few months ago and Samsung now has a case against Apple regarding 4G LTE patents that the mobile giant owns. If Jong-kyun is to be believed--and if he knows what he's talking about--it's not looking like the two will settle disputes anytime soon without the help of a judge and jury.
It would appear that iOS 6.0.1 has broken the Facebook app. Multiple users are reporting issues with the app and iOS 6.0.1, including myself. I've found that the app will exit to the home screen when scrolling through feeds. Another one of our readers has reported that the issue is only present on their iPhone 5 and not their iPhone 4S, both running 6.0.1.
If you rely heavily on the Facebook mobile app, it's advisable to avoid upgrading to iOS 6.0.1 until Facebook releases an update for their app or Apple outs a fix for iOS that resolves the issues with kicking users out of the Facebook app. Facebook's mobile web app continues to work on iOS 6.0.1.
Have you experienced this problem? What version software and device are you running? Let us know in the comments and we'll update this story if it proves to be more pervasive than we currently think. We'll also let you know as soon as the problem is resolved.
UPDATE: All seems to be fine now. Everyone should be good to update now.
After months of planning, the TweakTown SSD is now shipping. Based on the SuperSSpeed S301 SLC, the Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition is the fastest consumer SSD on the market today. It features the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and pairs it with Intel's 100K P/E cycle Single-Level Cell (SLC) flash.
Limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, the drive is one of the most exclusive products on the market. Chris Ramseyer helped design every aspect of the product from the over-the-top accessory package that includes a desktop adapter bracket that holds two 2.5" drives, to the industry leading 5-year warranty.
Chris feels the modern SSD should deliver in both performance and longevity. The Intel 25nm SLC NAND flash is the key to achieving both goals. "SLC flash eliminates the compressible vs. incompressible variances in performance and allows this product to deliver true 500+ MB/s performance regardless of data type. With 100,000 erase cycles available to the flash this is also a product that will survive intense environments and the abuse of enthusiasts and power users" says Chris Ramseyer whom the product takes its name from.
MyDigitalDiscount has all 50 units assembled and in stock ready to ship out today.
Bright Side of News is reporting that OCZ's founder and CEO has been ousted by the board of directors. While the statement says that they tendered his resignation, BSN appears to believe that the board has ousted him, likely due to the many missteps the company has taken as of late.
According to OCZ's statement, "Alex Mei, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer as Interim CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Mei's appointment follows the Board's acceptance of Ryan Petersen's resignation as President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mr. Mei will also maintain his current responsibilities as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer until a permanent CEO has been selected."
It's not exactly clear what effect this will have on the stock. As of late, OCZ's shares have been falling and this change in leadership may be enough to get them to bounce back. We will be sure to keep you updated with the latest happenings over at OCZ.