Apple Devices Susceptible to Attack
A team from the Georgia institute of technology has recently managed to create a bogus Apple charger that is able to infect any Apple device in under a minute once plugged in. According to the team, if this charger was to become public it would affect many Apple users, as it works on any Apple device whether jailbroken or not, and it is very cheap to make; this team made theirs using a very basic bare bone computer called a BeagleBoard. Apparently, the team plans on making recommendations to Apple about how they can defend against this sort of thing, so it will probably cease to be a threat in the near future.
NSA’s Prism Surveillance Program
Ever since the Prism was revealed by the Guardian and the Washington Post, there has been much talk about what the NSA’s top-secret program is. Some articles claim that Prism is not a tool for information collection, but is an internal tool used for the analysis of such information. Others have speculated that Prism operates through the interception of communication cables. Both of these theories seem to contradict internal NSA documents. Prism and the other surveillance operations are to be brought to light in the coming weeks and months.
HTC and Samsung Twitter Cat fight
HTC and Samsung took out their bitter rivalry for each other in a Twitter cat fight. It all started after Thursday night’s Mobile Awards ceremony at which HTC was awarded the “Hottest Phone of 2013” for the HTC One. From HTC’s UK Twitter account, HTC tweeted, “Last night we won the ‘Hottest phone of 2013’ at the Mobile Awards #HTCOne, Ouch @SamsungMobileUK” to which the Samsung Mobile UK team responded with “@htc_uk That’s okay guys, our arms were full with the other three awards we took home last night. You can have that one!” The cat fight soon escalated when HTC responded saying “@SamsungMobileUK all those students you paid to write fake reviews of your competitors finally paid off. Pay rise, maybe?” The cat fight seemed to calm down after that last statement.