Tech News Today 258

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Episode 258

Tech News Today 258: Save That Saliva

The Wii U has secrets inside, Sony's 3D apology, RSA finally cops to total insecurity, and more!


Top Stories

  • RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised
  • Security firm RSA offers to replace SecurID tokens
    • RSA has offered to replace the SecurID tokens used by its customers to log into company systems and banks.
    • RSA admits info was used against Lockheed
    • In an open letter to customers, RSA executive chairman Art Coviello confirmed that "information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack on Lockheed Martin".
    • Sources close to RSA tell Ars that the March breach did indeed result in seeds being compromised.
    • Co-founder of security firm SecurEnvoy and former RSA manager Andy Kemshall said "The algorithm used by RSA to generate the numbers is available in the public domain so the only thing that stops a hacker from creating numbers is knowledge of what is called the seed record," he said. "Seed numbers provide the root for those generated by individual tokens. Each token has a different seed."

Discussion Stories

  • Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Tactics
  • Against the rules? No 4G tethering apps for Verizon phones
    • Free Press filed a complaint with FCC accusing Verizon of limiting customer tethering choices on LTE phones
    • Cites news reports that Google has blocked third party tethering apps for Verizon customers
    • Verizon says Google is responsible for what's in the Android Marketplace
    • Verizon agreed to open access rules when they bid and won the 700MHz C Block in 2008
    • those rules forbid carriers from trying to "deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice." **Philly Spectrum
  • The FT Is Sticking It To Apple With A New Web-Based iPad App
    • Financial Times has launched a Web app and is encouraging people to use it and bypass Apple's iTunes store
    • "We’re encouraging our readers to switch immediately to the new FT web app,” the FT says on its sell page, pitching that the web app has “no download”, “no need to visit an app store for the latest version”, “Improved performance” and a “greater range of content”.
    • Last year, a tenth of new subscribers to the publisher’s cross-platform paid model came from within its iPad app.
    • tells paidContent:UK: “We won’t abandon iOS apps (i.e. we plan to continue to have advertising funded apps where appropriate). And we won’t remove the subscription functionality from the existing FT app on iOS. We don’t know how that is going to play out yet.”
  • Twitter users who breach injunctions risk legal action
    • Attorney General Dominic Grieve said that individuals could be prosecuted for contempt of court for publishing sensitive material on Twitter.
    • Mr Grieve explained that enforcement of orders made in civil cases was normally a matter for whoever had taken them out. A claimant could go to court and seek to have people punished if they had broken the terms of an injunction.
    • But when asked if he should bring contempt proceedings himself for breach of a privacy order, Mr Grieve said he would take action if he thought it necessary.
    • the attorney general made it clear that proceedings could be brought against individual Twitter-users in England and Wales as well as against newspapers that dropped heavy hints about the identity of a person protected by an injunction.
    • Ryan Giggs is the footballer who had taken out an injunction to block reports of an alleged relationship with Imogen Thomas, a reality TV contestant.

News Fuse




"Hey, TNT crew! While I applaud Apple's effort to differentiate themselves from Amazon and Google by simply scanning your hard-drive for existing music, there appears to be a loophole that makes the Music Match seem rather pointless.

Ignoring the question of why I'd pay annually to download music I've already paid for in a CD, let's say I go with Apple's $25 subscription. I want to get my money's worth. Theoretically, any song I can get on my hard-drive will be matched and made available as an iTunes high-quality AAC original file. I suppose you could torrent a bunch of music just to plus up your selection, but that is illegal and risks a lawsuit. However, I'm sure the hackers among us are already wondering exactly how does Apple scan a song? Is it just looking at the ID3 tags or the iTunes artist/songname? Hmmmm....what if I changed the tags of this ""Blues Traveller"" song to be ""Thriller"" by ""Michael Jackson?"" Hey, what if I make 200 copies of that song and start happily setting the tags to whatever titles strike my fancy at the moment? Will that make them instantly available through the iTunes iCloud?

I'm pretty confident somebody will quickly find a way to spoof this so that you can grab fresh tunes from Apple instead of risking litigation for torrenting. At this point, why not cut out the middle-man and just declare this a $25/year all-you-can-eat subscription service? Now that's something to get excited about!

--- Jim, the Space Engineer Fremont, CA USA"

"I am writing in response to coverage of the Apple announcements on the 6/6 show.

There was a comment something like ""what is wrong with adding feature to improve even it impact a small developer that created that already offered that feature"". I know that Apple is still considered a smaller player, but isn't this what got Microsoft into so much trouble? MS tried to offer anti-virus, disk optimization, media players, etc. and were sued for crushing competition.

With Apple playing such a big role in the phone and table market, do you see a time soon where there underdog role will end and they will feel the pressures that MS has had for all these years?





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