Blackberry letter seeks to reassure customers 14 October 2013Last updated at 20:48 ET Blackberry recently announced a 40% cut in its workforce Embattled smartphone maker Blackberry is publishing an open letter to reassure customers about its future. The letter, due to be published on Tuesday, admits the firm is facing "challenging times", but adds that it is taking measures to tackle them. It comes just days after research firm Gartner recommended that customers should move to other technologies. Blackberry made a net loss of $965m (£600m) in the second quarter and has agreed a $4.7bn sale deal.
Hackers leak '1 MILLION records' on Apple fanbois from FEDS High performance access to file storage Hackers have dumped online the unique identification codes for one million Apple iPhones and iPads allegedly lifted from an FBI agent's laptop. The leak, if genuine, proves Feds are walking around with data on at least 12 million iOS devices. The 20-byte ID codes were, we're told, copied from a file extracted from the Dell notebook of a senior federal agent, who was tracking the activities of hacktivists in LulzSec, Anonymous and related groups.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Skype Vulnerabilities Emerge Silly hackers are always trying to ruin the Internet and they have found yet another target in the form of popular VOIP software Skype. According to the sweetest text security report ever, linked from h-online’s recap: “Skype suffers from a persistent Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability due to a lack of input validation and output sanitization of the ‘mobile phone’ profile entry. Other input fields may also be affected.” I love that—output sanitization. 120,000 Apps in BlackBerry World (Spoiler - 47,000 by One Developer) - John Paczkowski - Mobile Looks like BlackBerry has seen some success with its developer outreach efforts, though perhaps not quite the sort it would like. A cursory review of BlackBerry World, the company’s app store, reveals that upward of 47,000 of the applications it offers for download are being peddled by a single developer, S4BB. There were 120,000 apps available in BlackBerry World on May 14, when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins touted the number during his BlackBerry Live conference keynote. That means more than a third of those apps were published by S4BB, a developer for whom quality doesn’t appear to be a priority.
Operation Gladio Emblem of "Gladio", Italian branch of the NATO "stay-behind" paramilitary organizations. The motto, "Silendo Libertatem Servo", means "In being silent, I save freedom". Operation Gladio (Italian: Operazione Gladio) is the codename for a clandestine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) "stay-behind" operation in Italy during the Cold War. Facebook exposing children to online threats: EU survey (BRUSSELS) - Social networking sites such as Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by paedophiles or online bullying, European authorities said Tuesday. Of 14 websites tested on behalf of the European Commission, just two -- Bebo and MySpace -- ensure the required controls to make sure "potential strangers" cannot gain access to profiles. "I am disappointed that most social networking sites are failing to ensure that minors' profiles are accessible only to their approved contacts by default," said European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes in a statement. The authorities in Brussels say the number of minors who use the Internet and subscribe to social networking sites is growing -- currently 77 percent of children aged 13-16 and 38 percent of those aged 9-12. Kroes said she will urge online social networking site owners to make the changes in a "self-regulatory framework" under discussion. Text and Picture Copyright 2011 AFP.
Blackberry abandons sell-off plan 4 November 2013Last updated at 16:44 ET Blackberry recently announced a 40% cut in its workforce Shares in struggling smartphone maker Blackberry have fallen 16% after it announced it had abandoned a plan to sell itself to its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings. Operation Gladio B Operation Gladio B was an FBI codename adopted in 1997 for relations between US intelligence, the Pentagon, and Al Qaeda. The name refers to the original Operation Gladio, in which US intelligence had relations with anti-communist groups in Europe. According to Sibel Edmonds, Gladio B identified, among other things, meetings between US intelligence and Ayman al-Zawahiri in Azerbaijan between 1997 and 2001, with al-Zawahiri and other mujahideen being transported by NATO aircraft to Central Asia and the Balkans.
Amazon.com Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact An Amazon.com security flaw allows some customers to log in with variations of their actual password that are close to, but not exactly, their real password. The flaw lets Amazon accept as valid some passwords that have extra characters added on after the 8th character, and also makes the password case-insensitive. For example, if your password is “Password,” Amazon.com will also let you log in with “PASSWORD,” “password,” “passwordpassword,” and “password12345.” Wired has been able to confirm the flaw, which was first reported on Reddit. It appears to affect only older Amazon.com accounts, which have not had their passwords changed in the past several years. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
What a Big Investment Says About BlackBerry's Endgame Photo BlackBerry’s announcement that the company was ending its sale process and receiving a $1 billion investment is all about the company’s endgame. The obvious conclusion from the announcement was that Fairfax Financial Holdings was unable to pull off its attempt to bring together financing and other investors to buy BlackBerry. This is no surprise, and many pundits had pointed out the highly conditional nature of Fairfax’s bid at the time it was announced. What may be surprising is why BlackBerry would make a deal when speculation of Cerberus and other interested bidders was swirling. The simple answer may be that these were merely rumors, and no real bidders had appeared.