Apple's Statement on System-wide Breach

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Kate Upton
Saturdays and Sundays were supposed to be fun and a time spent with families. However, last weekend was a creepy time for some Hollywood celebrities after a hacker (or hackers), tied to the seedy underbelly of the Internet known as AnonIB and 4chan, leaked a massive trove of nude celebrity photos.

The online photo dump included the private images from iCloud accounts of more than 100 women, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Though not every alleged victim has confirmed the authenticity of the pictures, the event has the Internet in a tizzy.

Apple has just issued a statement after the integrity and security of their accounts were put into question. There are lots of theories on how this could have been done, but it was obvious that a huge amount of time were put to it.

Apple appears to be denying any form of responsibility for what happened, although it says it was "outraged" to learn of the breach. It spent 40 hours investigating the situation and concluded:

"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone."

Apple is continuing its investigation and working with law enforcement officials to uncover more information.

Here’s Apple’s full statement:
”We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website athttp://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.”

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Naked Celebrities Exposed by 'iCloud' Hackers

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Jennifer Lawrence
A hacker just revealed the tremendous amount of effort they have put in to penetrate the security flaw in Apple’s iCloud. He added that they were responsible for uncovering several sexy photos of more than 100 celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.

It's unlikely that someone has broken into Apple's iCloud service. Instead the photos most probably emerged after exposed to a type of hacking known as "social engineering."

The hack job exploit works by learning which online services your target uses, and then compiling as much data on them as possible before using that data to either spoof access, or to simply use their email address and a guessed password to log in to their account.

Daily Mail's James Nye found the alleged hacker's comment on an anonIB thread early on 1 September 2014. In the comment, the hacker thanked the community for its support and added that they were on the run. He also disclosed that they will be moving to a new location where they would continue to post about the hacked photos and videos.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has launched an investigation into the hacking and Apple has patched up a security flaw in iCloud that could have enabled the hacker(s) to access the celebrities' private photos. Apple has not officially commented on how the security breach happened but says it is "actively investigating" the situation and that it takes its users' privacy "very seriously."

Most of the celebrities whose compromising photos were already posted online are not really technically capable of protecting their online accounts. For instance, Jennifer Lawrence is known to use iCloud after she let slip in a red carpet interview with MTV this year that she frequently has trouble with the service, remarking "My iCloud keeps telling me to back it up, and I'm like, I don't know how to back you up. Do it yourself."

Security experts revealed that once the hacker discovers the iCloud account of a celebrity, it's trivially easy to access their online photo backup through Apple's Photo Stream utility and iCloud photo backups.

Analysis of the embedded EXIF data (information about where and how the picture was taken that is frequently appended to digital photo images) included in one of the leaked images shows it was taken a few weeks ago, well within Photo Stream's limit of 30 days before images are deleted. However, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead claimed on Twitter that the leaked photos of her included in the hack were taken "years ago."

It should also be noted that despite the hacker claiming to have accessed the trove of photos thanks to an iCloud exploit, the range of devices showcased suggests that another service may have been to blame. Various naked celebrities are photographed taking selfies with Android devices and webcams. Leaked videos could not have originated from the iCloud photo backup service. The range of devices and media may mean that another backup service like Dropbox or Google Drive could be the originator of the leaked photos, with both services offering automatic backup tools for photos and videos imported from cellphones.

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Exciting Features of OS X Yosemite

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, September 01, 2014 | | 0 comments »

OS X Yosemite
The widely expected upgrade in Apple iMacs and MacBooks are set to arrive in the coming months in the form of a new operating system. OS X Yosemite, the follow-up to OS X Mavericks, is a massive update to Apple’s operating system that not only gives the software a new, more attractive design, but also adds a boatload of features.

The free update will be available later this year and is expected to converge the lines between Apple’s desktop OS and its iOS mobile operating system — though not nearly as much as Microsoft’s Windows 8, which can switch from a desktop-based to a tablet-friendly interface on the same computer.

User will even be able to make phone calls from their Mac with their connected iPhone. This and the following features are just some of the great additions to Yosemite as presented by Technology Reporter, Daniel Howley:

Improved design
Apple’s mobile operating system or iOS 7, was a major departure from previous versions in terms of design. Apple is adopting some of these design cues into this new desktop operating system.

Icons in the dock at the bottom of the home screen have a leaner, less three-dimensional design, similar to those found in iOS 7. Even the Share button in Safari looks the same as iOS 7’s Share button. The operating system also has a new, crisper typeface that’s easier to read.

A big part of Yosemite’s new design is its translucent window effect. The feature gives everything, from the Dock to Finder windows to Safari’s command bar, a kind of frosted-glass look that’s somewhat reminiscent of the Aero design found in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Notification Center
The Notification Center in the current version of the OS, Mavericks, doesn’t offer much in the way of functionality beyond providing you with recent message and iTunes updates. However, that’s all changing with OS X Yosemite and its new Today view.

Accessible through the Notification Center, Today provides you with customizable widgets including a summary of today’s and tomorrow’s events, current weather conditions, your calendar, stocks, and the ability to post to social networks.

A few of Today’s features were previously available in OS X Mavericks’ dashboard, but Apple brought them over to Today to make them more easily accessible. And if Today looks familiar, it’s because it’s a dead ringer for iOS’s Notification Center.

Once Yosemite is available for download, Apple says, more Today view widgets will be available, too, further improving the usefulness of the Notification Center.

Spotlight Search
OS X’s Spotlight search also gets a considerable upgrade with Yosemite. In previous versions of OS X, Spotlight was capable of performing only local searches of your computer. With Yosemite, however, Spotlight can search not only your Mac, but the Web as well.

If, for example, you search for a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, a Spotlight search will provide you with showtimes for the movie at nearby theaters, a plot summary, trailers, the cast and crew, and even its score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Search for a contact’s name, and Spotlight will automatically populate with the person’s information, including her phone number and email address.

Want a bite to eat? Type in your favorite food, and Spotlight will pull up the names and locations of nearby restaurants. You can also look for things like famous public figures: Spotlight will pull up a Wikipedia entry with information on them.

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 offers a similar feature called Smart Search. It looks like Yosemite’s version will be easier to use.

iCloud Drive
Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud has long taken a backseat to the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. They are easy to use and make sharing a snap, too. With Yosemite, though, iCloud may become your cloud drive of choice. That’s because Apple is finally treating iCloud like a normal storage drive.

You can now access your iCloud Drive through OS X’s Finder, just like you work with your local drive. You can even organize the drive any way you want and create new subfolders that are accessible through other iCloud Drive-compatible devices. So you can save your photos, videos, and any other files on your MacBook and open them on your iMac at the office.

Mail
OS X’s Mail has gotten some serious enhancements with Yosemite, too. The app’s new Markup tool lets you annotate and edit images and text within Mail without forcing you to open a new program. You can, for example, add highlights and shapes to photos and even sign documents using your MacBook’s touchpad.

That’s not all, though. Mail also makes it easier to send large files with its new Mail Drop feature. Mail Drop works by making your sent files accessible to your recipients via their iCloud accounts. If they don’t use iCloud, then Mail Drop will send them a link where they can download the sent files.

It’s a simple addition but one that will likely prove useful to people sending groups of images or videos.

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Low Consumer Interest in Apple iWatch

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, August 30, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Apple iWatch Concept
Nobody seems to care whether or not Apple will launch iWatch together with their latest iPhone variant this September. In fact, it likely falls into the third spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet.

Despite representing the company’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, Apple iWatch has not gained enough consumer interest compared to other Apple products. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables.

One reason for the low expectation can be traced back to the report that suggests the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for Apple product users.

DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis issued a note recently that explores some key issues surrounding Apple’s upcoming debut smartwatch. Considering the firm’s focus — displays — the bulk of his note concerns a pair of AMOLED displays currently being manufactured by Apple supplier LG Display, which is widely rumored to be building screens for Apple’s first smartwatch.

“Since Apple has not provided any information on when exactly (or even if at all) the product will launch, what it will look like and what features it will offer all remain in the realm of speculation. But Apple’s display manufacturing partner LG Display is believed to be ramping up production of 1.3” and 1.5” QVGA AMOLEDs on plastic substrates,” Annis wrote.

“If these are for the iWatch, it could be an indication that Apple has prioritized image quality over battery life. Another benefit of AMOLED on plastic is that it can be extremely thin, light and rugged,” he added.

There are plenty of benefits to AMOLED technology, of course, but Annis’s suggestion here is a bit troubling. A common complaint surrounding current smartwatches is their poor battery life, and this note suggests battery life might not be a top priority for Apple.

Precious little is really known about the iWatch for the time being, but the device is expected to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 next month.

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Alleged Paolo Bediones Sex Scandal is Trending

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, August 30, 2014 | | 0 comments »

China Roces
Before the advent of online social network, if you want to reach out to someone for whatever reason, there were only three ways: face-to-face, by phone, or by email. This means that you had to find them, their phone number, or their email address before you can do anything.

Now you can tweet, link, like, post, or message your way into pretty much anyone's life. Anyone can do it. And therein lies the rub. Everyone does do it. And the competition for people's limited time and attention is enormous.

Fortunately, or should I say, unfortunately, actor and TV5 news anchor Paolo Bediones need not try hard to differentiate himself from the pack or to stand out for the public to noticed him. His name just became a top trending keyword on Twitter on late Sunday (27 July 2014) when clips of his alleged sex video circulated the Internet.

Many Filipino netizens expressed surprise that the respected host could be involved in such a controversy. Some made jokes about his sexuality, while others tried to take the high road and alleged that there are more important things this country needs to tackle first.

It is not clear who posted the video or when it was taken. However, last week, reporter Alex Brosas of tabloid Bandera noted that there were industry rumors that Bediones had a video that was making the rounds online.

TV5 was quick to issue an official statement and said that the top management is standing by Paolo Bediones:

"The recent issue involving our news anchor, Paolo Bediones, on social media is a purely personal and private matter in which TV5 has no involvement or desire to intrude.

We accord our employees and talents all respect that are due them for their privacy and personal action or decision.

We disapprove strongly the malicious and wanton publication of the video, an act that clearly violates pertinent cybercrime laws.

We firmly express our support for our anchor Paolo Bediones in the face of a controversy that represents nothing more than an attempt to smear his reputation."
China Roces, a model and actress, who is alleged as the woman with Bediones in the sex video, has already denied that it was her.

Roces, 22, said that it may look like her, but the resemblance ends there.

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"Boob Aid" Squeezes Donation for HIV/AIDS

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, August 29, 2014 | | 0 comments »

HIV/AIDS Charity
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, almost 75 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and about 36 million people have died of HIV.

Globally, 35.3 million [32.2–38.8 million] people were living with HIV at the end of 2012. An estimated 0.8 percent of adults aged 15–49 years worldwide are living with HIV, although the burden of the epidemic continues to vary considerably between countries and regions.

To help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS virus and to increase public awareness about the disease, a group of Japanese porn actresses devised an ingenuous way of raising funds to fight the epidemic. The group has prepared to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours in the last weekend of August for a charity event loosely translated as "Boob Aid".

The Boob Aid
The nine adult movie stars told local media on 25 August 2014 that they could barely contain their excitement about the "Stop! AIDS" campaign event – which will be televised live – but asked, perhaps somewhat optimistically: please be gentle.

"I'm really looking forward to lots of people fondling my boobs," Rina Serina told the Tokyo Sports newspaper. "But I would be very happy if you would please be delicate."

The event, the 12th since its launch in 2003, will be broadcast on adult cable television, with punters donating to the anti-AIDS campaign in exchange for a feel. It started after a sexist heckling of a Tokyo assemblywoman hit the headlines, highlighting old-fashioned views towards women that still permeate Japanese society.

"I never thought my boobs could contribute to society," added the ponytailed Serina, apparently unaware of any contradiction.

Fellow porn actress Iku Sakuragi had no qualms about being groped by hundreds of pairs of hands.

"It's for charity," said the 21-year-old. "Squeeze them, donate money – let’s be happy."

Lawmakers from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party sparked a public outcry in June when they subjected Tokyo assemblywoman Ayaka Shiomura to sexist taunts, shouting "Why don't you get married?" at her during a debate on motherhood.

Japan has one of the lowest rates of female workforce participation in the developed world and a lack of childcare facilities, poor career support and deeply entrenched sexism are blamed for keeping women at home.

The 24-hour "squeeze-a-thon" begins at 8:00 P.M. on Saturday (1100 GMT) and is backed by the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention.

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