ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012 25 People need to be careful with backup service Wired reporter hack reveals perils of digital age SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 11, (AFP): Security engineer Tim Strazzere told computer to hide their trail. tech support that helped them achieve involves making links between work thing that if one gets compromised it The perils of modern dependence on AFP on Friday. Protect their mission, according to Honan. and personal accounts, according to can hurt you so much more.” Internet-linked gadgets and digitally- “The main part is to mitigate risk; he Apple did not respond to an AFP Strazzere. His recommendations included The data-wiping feature was created stored memories remained a hot topic lost a lot of personal information.” by Apple to let people protect digital request for comment, but reportedly An example would be using one’s keeping work and personal online on Friday in the wake of a hack that Basic hacker skills were combined information if devices are lost or stolen. gave Honan a statement saying his data personal email address as the place to accounts separate, even going so far as wiped clean a Wired reporter’s devices. with “social engineering,” the art of He said his Twitter account was used was “compromised by a person who send password reset messages automat- to have “throw-away” Web-based Mat Honan laid out at wired.com in sweet-talking someone like a customer to fire off offensive messages. had acquired personal information ically generated by online services that email accounts for matters such as gripping detail how his “digital life was service rep into bending rules during a “In many ways, this was all my about the customer.” require login information. password resets. destroyed” right down to irreplaceable phone call, to compromise Honan’s fault,” Honan wrote. “My accounts “In addition, we found that our own Getting access to a personal email Pictures, documents or other data photos of his baby daughter. Honan Google, Twitter, and AppleID were daisy-chained together.” internal policies were not followed account could then give hackers keys to stored in the Internet “cloud” or on per- next week is to share his quest to repair accounts. “But what happened to me exposes completely. We are reviewing all of our any password protected services some- sonal devices should be backed up as the damage. Honan told of his @mat Twitter han- vital security flaws in several customer processes for resetting account pass- one uses - such as Twitter, Facebook or well as being encrypted. “The take-away from his bad experi- dle apparently being the coveted prize service systems, most notably Apple’s words to ensure our customers’ data is office email. Some online services provide the ence is that people need to be careful for hackers who deleted his Gmail and Amazon’s.” protected.” “It is an interesting twist to the new option of “two-factor authentication” with using an online service, especially account and erased the data from his Hackers were able to get bits of The “daisy chain” mistake Honan age,” Strazzere said. “These new capa- that tightens security on password a backup service,” Lookout Mobile iPhone, iPad and MacBook laptop information from Apple and Amazon described is especially perilous when it bilities are great tools, but it is a scary resets. Technology Technology Anti-pirate move Google changes search algorithm NEW YORK, Aug 11, (Agencies): Google has taken a step against piracy, announcing Friday that it will update its search algorithm to de-emphasize sites with a history of copyright infringement. The algorithm will now factor in how many times a site has received valid copyright removal notices, and those with more notices will appear lower in the results. “This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily — whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify,” Amy Singhal, SVP of engineering at Google, said in a note on the Google search blog. Whether this will impact the prevalence of YouTube in search results remains to be seen. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is incumbent upon the copyright holders, like Viacom, to file takedown notices when they find illicit material. Legal However, those companies have urged Google, by far the most dominant search engine, to change its search to prioritize legal con- tent, among other measures. Though copyright hounds like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America would like to see Google do more, this is a first step. “We are optimistic that Google’s actions will help steer consumers to the myriad legiti- mate ways for them to access movies and TV shows online, and away from the rogue cyberlockers, peer-to-peer sites, and other out- law enterprises that steal the hard work of creators across the globe,” the MPAA’s Michael O’Leary said Erik Suhonen, Head of Yahoo Developer Network (YDN), gestures while addressing participants of the fifth edition of Open Hack India, a 24-hour non-stop hacking event organised by Yahoo! India in a statement. “We will be watch- R&D, in Bangalore on Aug 11. Over 700 Indian software developers from across 20 states are participating in the marathon Open Hack event. (AFP) ing this development closely — the devil is always in the details — and look forward to Google taking High stakes trial further steps to ensure that its serv- ices favor legitimate businesses and creators, not thieves.” “This should result in improved rankings for the licensed music services that pay artists and deliv- Samsung takes on Apple over ‘phone features’ er fans the music they love,” SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug 11, (RTRS): An RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Apple Inc expert witness testified on Network exposed details about users’ lives Sherman said in a statement. “This Friday that consumers would be willing change is an important step in the to pay $100 for three patented smart- US finalises privacy settlement with Facebook right direction — a step we’ve phone features that are at issue in its been urging Google to take for a high stakes trial against Samsung long time — and we commend the Electronics Co Ltd. company for its action.” John Hauser, a marketing professor at MIT, said he surveyed consumers over NEW YORK, Aug 11, (Agencies): The spend more time on the site, which in not make misrepresentations about the not breaking the law when he fired six Also: the Internet about how much they would Federal Trade Commission voted turn allows Facebook to sell more ads. privacy or security of users’ personal staffers in his office who had “liked” his LOS ANGELES: US retail sales of pay for some of the technology in the Friday to finalize its settlement with Although Facebook boasts that it gives information — a broad clause that led opponent in a 2009 election. new video game hardware, soft- lawsuit, like scrolling and multitouch, Facebook, resolving charges that the users a variety of software settings so to Google’s fine on Thursday. Hampton went on to win the election, ware and accessories fell for the social network exposed details about they can decide which photos, links Violations will be subject to civil but the six staff members he had dis- which Apple claims Samsung stole from users’ lives without getting the required and updates to share with whom, the penalties of up to $16,000 per day for missed — ostensibly for “unsatisfactory eighth straight month in July as the the US company. legal consent. company changes those options on a each infringement. work” — proceeded to challenge his industry continued to look ahead However, Samsung hammered Hauser Facebook Inc. agreed to submit to regular basis. The FTC approved the settlement 3- decision in court on free-speech toward the release of new equip- on whether his study actually relates to government audits of its privacy prac- Much of the FTC’s complaint against 1, with one commissioner not partici- grounds. ment to cure its woes. real world customer decision-making. tices every other year for the next two Facebook centers on a series of pating. Commissioner J. Thomas In its submission, the ACLU said Overall sales fell 20 percent to Additionally, Apple patent portfolio decades. The company also committed changes that the company made to its Rosch dissented, as he did with the clicking the “like” button on a Facebook $548.4 million, according to director Boris Teksler described the to getting explicit approval from users privacy controls in late 2009. The revi- Google deal on Thursday, partly page is akin to waving a placard at a research firm NPD Group. company’s licensing strategy, saying he before changing the types of content it sions automatically shared information because it didn’t require an admission political event. Sales of consoles and portable makes public. and pictures about Facebook users, of wrongdoing. He also worried the set- “‘Liking’ a political candidate on could count “on one hand” the number The settlement, announced in even if they previously programmed tlement was too vague on whether it Facebook — just like holding a cam- software — the video games of instances it has permitted other com- November, is similar to agreements the their privacy settings to shield the con- applied to Facebook apps written by paign sign — is constitutionally protect- themselves — fell 23 percent panies to use its design patents. Teksler FTC reached separately with Google tent. Among other things, people’s pro- outside parties. The three commission- ed speech,” it argued. from a year earlier to $278 million. did not name those companies. Inc. and Myspace. file pictures, lists of online friends and ers who approved the deal believe it “It is verbal expression, as well as Sales of hardware fell 32 per- Apple and Samsung are going toe-to- The FTC approved the settlement political views were suddenly available covers apps. symbolic expression. Clicking the ‘like’ cent to $151 million. Accessories toe in a patents dispute mirroring a Friday after a public comment period. It for the world to see, the FTC alleged. Facebook had no comment beyond button announces to others that the sales bucked the trend, rising 8 struggle for industry supremacy between came a day after the FTC fined Google The complaint also charges that a statement that it is pleased the settle- user supports, approves or enjoys the percent to $137 million. two rivals that control more than half of $22.5 million to resolve allegations that Facebook shared its users’ personal ment received final approval. content being ‘liked.’” Even with the anticipated launch Google didn’t comply with the earlier information with third-party advertisers Facebook itself joined the debate worldwide smartphone sales. settlement. from September 2008 through May Also: this week as well, saying its “like” fea- of Nintendo Co.’s Wii U later in the year, NPD predicted full-year Accuses Facebook didn’t admit any wrongdo- 2010 despite several public assur- WASHINGTON: Freedom of speech on ture was “the 21st century equivalent of ing in the settlement, though CEO Mark ances from company officials that it Facebook is at the heart of an appeals a front-yard campaign sign” and intend- sales will be $14.5 billion, down The US company accuses Samsung of Zuckerberg conceded in November that wasn’t passing the data along for mar- court case in Virginia involving an elect- ed to stir conversation and discussion. from $17 billion last year. copying the design and some features of the company had made “high-profile keting purposes. ed sheriff who fired staff members who “It’s critical that the law keeps pace ❑ ❑ ❑ its iPad and iPhone, and is asking for a mistakes” on privacy over the years. Facebook believes that happened “liked” his rival on the social networking as new technologies emerge,” ACLU IRVINE, California: The maker sales ban in addition to monetary dam- Both Facebook and Google have only in limited instances, generally site. lawyer Kate Wood told AFP on ages. The Korean company, which is try- vast amounts of data on their users — when users clicked on ads that The American Civil Liberties Union Thursday. of video games such as “Diablo” Facebook through the things people appeared on their personal profile (ACLU) this week associated itself with “We believe that the First and “World of Warcraft” is warn- ing to expand in the United States, says Apple infringed some of its key wireless share on the site, and Google through pages. Most of Facebook’s users click the case in Newport News city, con- Amendment protects everyone,” ing players that hackers have the searches and other things people on ads when they are on their “Wall” — tending that the “like” button on regardless of how an individual gained unauthorized access to technology patents. do. Such information is valuable a section that highlights their friends’ Facebook is a form of free speech pro- expresses his or her thoughts, she some online accounts. As the second week of trial drew to a because it can be used to improve the posts — or while visiting someone tected by the First Amendment of the said. Blizzard Entertainment says it close in a San Jose, California federal lucrative targeted advertising pitches else’s profile page. Constitution. Facebook has become “a means of has no evidence that the intruders court, most of the testimony focused on that both companies aim at users. Under the settlement, Facebook A US District Court judge ruled earli- communication for so many Americans acquired credit card information, technical patent features. Over the years, Facebook has been must get explicit consent — a process er this year that liking someone on and people across the world,” she However, toward the end of the day pushing users to voluntary share more known as “opting in” — before making Facebook was “insufficient speech to noted, and the appeal in Virginia — to billing addresses or players’ about themselves. That ultimately changes that override existing privacy merit constitutional protection,” and be heard in September — therefore names. Hauser said tablet consumers would be willing to pay $90 for the same patented encourages users and their friends to preferences. The company also may that Sheriff B.J. Hampton was thus represents “such an important case.” But hackers were able to access other data, including email features as what they would pay $100 addresses and answers to players’ for on smartphones. That information compared to the real world prices that Hauser said. category, Teksler said. component parts. personal security questions. could be relevant when calculating Apple charges, Price said. Teksler took the stand after Hauser After Samsung released its Galaxy S “We were quite shocked,” Teksler Blizzard says it doesn’t believe potential damages for Apple, which is While Hauser said he was confident in finished. While Apple is open to licens- phone in the summer of 2010, Teksler said. “They were a trusted partner.” such information alone is enough seeking over $2.5 billion from Samsung. his methodology, he eventually ing certain categories of patents, Teksler said, former Apple Chief Executive Teksler is expected to continue testi- for anyone to gain access to its Samsung attorney William Price acknowledged that his results do not said, it is highly resistant to giving other Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook, fying on Monday. Battle.Net online accounts, which asked Hauser why he didn’t tell jurors necessarily correspond to what cus- companies access to technology it deems personally contacted Samsung to com- The case in US District Court, let people play with others around what consumers would pay for features tomers would actually pay for such tech- core to its “unique user experience.” plain. Northern District of California, is Apple the world online. like additional computer memory on dif- nology in the real world. All of the patents in Apple’s lawsuit Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, ferent tablet models. Those could be “This relates to it but it’s not it, no,” against Samsung fall into that special customers for smartphone and tablet No. 11-1846.
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