Twitter was the victim of a massive cyber attack and the social network speaks of more than 250 000 compromised accounts. Sophisticated, the attack was the work of professionals with deep pockets, said Bob Lord, responsible for security of the site. Today, everything seems to be back to normal.
Hackers wanted access information from 250,000 compromised accounts. All accounts in question were created in 2007 and the site has decided to reset all passwords profiles involved. So, if you receive an email asking you to recreate Twitter password is that your account was targeted.
The attack came at the same time as those of large American media, like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Twitter think they are the same pirates who attacked the site and is working with authorities to find those responsible.
Recently there are reports circulating about certain Instagram and Facebook users who are finding themselves locked out of their accounts for violating the ToS associated with each site. Before being allowed back into their accounts, these people are being asked to upload an image of a government issued photo ID before being allowed back onto the site.
According to those who have been asked to provide an ID, not all forms of identification have been accepted by the two sites and those people are being asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate before regaining control over their account. Many are confused about whether these requests are legitimate or if it is the work of a knowledgeable phisher.
A spokesman for Facebook, which owns both sites, said, “Instagram occasionally removes accounts due to violation of terms and, depending on the violation, may ask people to upload IDs for verification purposes.”
Instagram just updated its ToS on January 19th. While it can be understood why Facebook would verify a user’s identity as it requires account holders to use their real names, there is no such requirement for Instagram which makes the demand for ID a bit puzzling for users of that site. The photo sharing social network might eventually join Facebook and request account holders to use their real names, but for now it is not a requirement for Instagram.
Apple has had to take security more seriously when a larger user base and the cloud have opened up greater risks. Thanks to a just-discovered hire, we now know 1 Infinite Loop isn’t messing around.
While many of us were fixated on new iPhones in September, the company was quietly recruiting Kristin Paget as a Core OS Security Researcher. She’s had stints at eBay and Google, but she’s best-known for helping Microsoft while she was a security researcher at IOActive: not only did her team burst the bubble of Windows Vista engineers who thought their code was airtight, the group ultimately delayed the entire OS release to get security up to snuff.
Given that Vista avoided most of the malware chaos that affected Windows XP even after Service Pack 2, Paget bodes well for the future protection of Apple’s platforms. Just don’t expect her to talk shop when she’s a security expert at a firm that tends to really, really value its secrecy.
KDDI offers an Android application that allows you to use the palm of your hand as a recognition tool for unlocking the device.
KDDI’s booth was rather uneventful this year and has not much to show, unless maybe this very cool new palm authentication app for Smartphones. Unlike Fujitsu Palm Reader technology, KDDI’s palm authentication app will actually read your “palm” and take a picture of your palm and its lines and memorised it for future use.
Thanks to today’s Hi-resolution sensors, Cameras embedded on smartphones can take pretty accurate details of objects and in our case every details of your palm lines. Once the picture taken of your memorised hand you will be able to unlock your phone by simply scanning once more your hand with your phone camera.
KDDI has unveiled the new palm authentication app that takes advantage of the high-resolution camera on its Android smartphones. Scanning in tandem with the flash, that has being demonstrated on a HTC J, here at CEATEC 2012 in Japan.
Well this system may not be as secure as Fujitsu’s Palm Secure technology you have to admit that this “Cheat” security solution can be a nice addition to all existing way to secure your smartphone! .
Via : KDDI