Tech News Today 213

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Episode 213

Tech News Today 213: Why Tim Stevens Is Engadget's EIC

We talk with new Engadget EIC Tim Stevens, Google's new patent defense, Spear Phishing for everyone, and more.



Discussion Stories

  • How to Defeat Lizamoon in One Easy Step
  • Clean up begins after massive website attack
    • The Lizamoon attack was first detected by security firm Websense on 29 March and initially the rogue domains were only showing up on about 28,000 websites.--- By late on 3 April, Google was reporting that more than four million webpages were showing links to the domains involved in the attack. the first rogue domain appearing on compromised sites was A further 27 domains were also used as re-direction points. ----- Trend Micro blocked just over 2,000 attempts to visit the domains.
  • RSA Explains How It Was Hacked
  • Spearphishing + zero-day: RSA hack not "extremely sophisticated"
  • EMC to acquire NetWitness in wake of RSA cyberattack
    • 2 groups of email sent to low-profile employees at RSA (HR, Finance...) the emails contained an Excel spreadsheet attachment entitled “2011 Recruitment Plans.” and were makred as junk. Just needed one employe to open the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet contained a flash movie and a Zero-day exploit that took advantage of a weakness in Adobe Flash, which has since been patched. Installed a RAT (Remote Administration/Access Tool/Toolkit/Trojan) called Poison Ivy -- They gathered login credentials from the relatively low-level accounts they compromised at first, including usernames, passwords, and domain information, then escalated their privileges to gain access to secure systems. --- They gathered what they wanted, collected it in a “staging area,” compressed it, and then downloaded via FTP. We still don't know what was taken.
  • Did Sony CEO leak plans for iPhone 5 camera?
  • Sony CEO tips Apple built-in camera plans, iPhone 5 delay possible?
    • Stinger said something to the effect of: ""Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones...or iPads. Isn't that something? They buy our best sensors from us?""---early on, he raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices. It ""always puzzles me,"" he said. "Why would I make Apple the best camera?" OmniVision has been providing the image sensors for the iPhone 4, but recent rumors have suggested that Apple was switching to Sony camera components for the iPhone 5. Word was Apple was looking at Sony's Exmor R 8MP sensors, which are found in the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Neo smartphones (the iPhone 4 has a 5MP sensor). AND THEN: Japan's Nikkei is quoting Sony chief executive, Sir Howard Stringer, saying that the company's first Android 3.0 tablet will be on sale by the end of summer. Better yet, it'll pop for retail in the US first, according to the report. -- Sony told Japanese site AV Watch that it will release the tablet before the end of this year.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"Hey TNT, You talked on Thursday's show about Google ""standardizing"" Android to keep the feel of the interface similar. Well, I am on Google's side.

Last November my family bought three Samsung Fascinates. I was told earlier this week from Verizon tech support the Fascinate may never get 2.2 because they can't get it to run smoothly with the extra bloatware they add tot he code (bloatware was my term, not theirs). At one point the rep even suggested that some people have installed unofficial versions of 2.2 on their Fascinates. He quickly back-peddled after I asked if a Verizon employee was recommending that I root my phone and void my warranty. As much as I love Android this is just one example of the problems with the OS being too fragmented.

-- Scott Hanson"

"In your recent episodes, you all have indicated preference for ""pure"" streaming option (where one does not upload one's own files to the cloud, but rather streams music in an unlimited fashion without ""owning"" the files, thanks to progressive licensing attitude from music labels).

In many cases, this is not the best option.

In my case, most of my music is from foreign sources (Asian Indian music) or old and obscure/discontinued vinyl or CD's that wont make it into the cloud because their publisher either does not exist, or is unlikely to ""cloudify"" its collection of songs. My MP3 files are the only way for me to listen to MY rare and unique collection of music.

Thus, I welcome Amazon's move and I hope Apple does something similar soon. I hope that the cost of hosting my MP3's comes down, though. I have about 1.5 TB of music and it is too expensive to put them all on to Amazon's cloud. So, the syncing process lives on, as far as I am concerned.

Aloke Prasad"



Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason
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