Browsing:

Cloud

Apple says iCloud security not breached in celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Apple

After the weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, Apple has released a statement saying that the leak did not occur because of a breach in Apple security systems.

In a statement released yesterday, the company said that they immediately set their engineers to work after they were informed of the hack.

However, after what they say was “40 hours of investigating”, their engineers found that the leak did not happen because of a lack of security in either iCloud or Find my iPhone.

As we reported yesterday, some believed that the hack may have been pulled off through the Find my iPhone service. This is because, up until recently, the service allowed for an unlimited number of password attempts. Many speculated that the hacker(s) used new software called iBrute, that basically initializes a ‘brute-force’ attack on certain accounts, trying different password combinations until it finds the right one.

However, because Apple fixed this issue – allowing for only 5 password attempts now – this possible theory has been ruled out.

Apple said that they are continuing to work with law enforcement to track down the person responsible for the hack. The company also said that they believe the accounts were compromised because of a targeted attack on usernames and passwords – “a practice that has become all too common on the Internet”. (more…)

Apple, FBI investigating massive celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

Hack attack

As you may of heard, a massive hacking attack was carried out over the weekend, targeting more than two dozen celebrities’ personal cloud storage accounts.

The attack apparently leaked hundreds of intimate, graphic photos of A-list celebrities, which has left them with egg on their face and has raised big concerns about the privacy and security of cloud storage.

The private images of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, were posted to online public messaging boards 4chan and Reddit. The alleged attacker claimed that he or she has more photos and was asking for donations in either real money or Bitcoin to release more images.

It is believed that most of the images were hacked from the celebrities’ iCloud accounts, which, of course does not look good for Apple.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said in a statement that Apple is ‘actively investigating’ the report and that they take user privacy ‘very seriously’. However, Apple is not the only party getting involved in the investigation.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Lawrence – who seems to be the most affected by the hack – requested an investigation into the matter and now the FBI is getting involved.  (more…)

Cortana keeps getting smarter

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

CortanaMobile voice assistants are becoming much more than a party trick nowadays. The modern voice assistant approach allows the service to emanate from an online cloud perspective. Thus the developers can update the service with more features when ever they are developed. Recently both Google and Apple has been furiously updating their voice assitants (Google Voice Serach and Siri) to try and gain an edge in the market. Microsoft has also joined the party by recently launching new updates to Cortana. And they have a few neat tricks up their sleeve… (more…)

Kim Dotcom offers whistleblowers $5 million to help his case

Published by on Jun 12th, 2014, No Comments

kimdotcom

There is no doubt that Kim Dotcom is in a world of trouble. He is being charged with the largest piracy case ever brought to court. Luckily for him, he hasn’t gotten to court yet. His file sharing site, Megaupload, was shut down in 2012. He believes there’s a subtext to what really happened and is looking to anyone to prove him right.

He claims to be the victim of a “corrupt” plot between the US authorities and the movie moguls of Hollywood. These authorities allegedly, according to Dotcom, backed Obama in his latest presidential run and struck a deal with Hollywood to take down his site for copyright abuse. Dotcom will now have to prove this in the New Zealand court if he is to avoid being extradited to the US. He is offering a lot of money for anyone willing to help with supporting evidence. (more…)

Dropping Dropbox? Here are Five Alternatives.

Published by on Jun 6th, 2014, 4 Comments

King

Dropbox is the King of cloud storage. As any King might tell you, their temptation to become a tyrant is high. This is the dilemma that Dropbox finds itself at the horns of. It’s becoming clear now that the intrusive inspection of users’ private files that happened at the end of March was only the tip of the tyrannical iceberg.

Last week Dropbox announced that former US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice has joined the company’s Board of Directors. This would be troublesome news because of her involvement in building the case for invading Iraq under false pretenses. It would even be unconscionable considering how she made government sanctioned torture a reality. But what makes this utterly shocking is that she is one of the minds behind the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping policies that have lead to the widespread intrusions into our privacy by the likes of the NSA and GCHQ.

The rise of Dropbox was based around an incredibly simple idea: seamlessly store and share files online. The unprecedented way that the service integrated into a Mac or PC seemed magical. With the dawn of the new age of smartphones, their iOS and Android applications further cemented Dropbox as the cloud storage service of choice. Success, as we know, blazes a trail for competitors to follow. Startups like SugarSync and Box along with tech heavyweights like Google and Microsoft all want a piece of the cloud storage space. (more…)

Google wants cross platform Android and iOS games

Published by on May 26th, 2014, No Comments

crossplat

Google wants to make the development of mobile games that work across platforms easier, seeing more potential with in-app purchases. This would make the efforts of making games, especially multiplayer ones that work across platforms worth the developer’s time.

At the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google have outlined its plans to make this a possibility. (more…)

Lean Startup Conference to take South Africa by storm

Published by on May 20th, 2014, No Comments

LeanHeader

This weekend-long event is an absolute must for the motivated entrepreneur and gives invaluable insight into building a successful business. While many new ventures fail because they’re focused on developing a product or service that doesn’t have a market, the Lean Startup Machine (LSM)  shows participants how to first discover what people want. (more…)

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

office365

Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

http://www.bandwidthblog.com/wp-content/themes/cnnetwork