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Apple Developer Website Online Again Following Cyberattack

Apple’s developer website was back online Friday, more than a week after it was targeted by a hacker who reportedly attempted to steal personal information, various media outlets have reported.

According to Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson, the website used by engineers who write Mac and iOS device applications was said to be active as of 5pm Pacific time on July 26. The attack had forced it offline for a total of eight days.

“Developers use the site for software downloads, documentation and engineering information,” Robertson said. “The maker of iPhones and iPads said this week that it’s ‘completely overhauling’ its developer systems to prevent a security threat from happening again. While some of the website’s information was encrypted, Applesaid it hadn’t been able to rule out whether names, mailing addresses or e-mail addresses may have been accessed.”

The website targeted by the cyberattack is used by the Cupertino, California-based tech giant to communicate with its community of nearly six million software developers, according to Reuters reporter Aman Shah. A UK-based Turkish researcher named Ibrahim Balic has claimed responsibility for the attack, which he says was not malicious in nature, but not everyone buys his story.

“Balic, who describes himself as a security consultant, claimed on Sunday that he had discovered a number of weaknesses in the site at developer.apple.com which allowed him to grab email addresses of registered developers,” Guardian reporter Charles Arthur explained. “In all, Balic said he had been able to grab the details of 100,000 people registered on the site, and that he included 73 of them in a bug report to Apple.

“He claimed that he exploited a cross-site scripting (XSS) bug in the site,” he added. “However XSS attacks generally require the attacker – which in this case would be Balic – to ‘infect’ a page with a malicious piece of Javascript or HTML which would then be used to extract data from a visiting user. If Balic’s claim is correct, he seems to have used the XSS exploits against his own system.”

Arthur said they attempted to contact 29 people whose emails were allegedly extracted by Balic during the hacking, but seven of those emails bounced and none of the remaining 22 responded to requests to state whether or not they are registered Apple developers. Furthermore, none of the names or email addresses could be located online, which the Guardian notes would be unusual for active software developers.

“Many of the names and email addresses either don’t look like they would belong to Apple developers, or appear to have left no footprints anywhere else on the net,” added independent security consultant Graham Cluley. In addition, in reference to ten emails featured in a YouTube video created by the alleged hacker, Cluley said, “It’s almost as though these are long-discarded ghost email addresses from years ago or have been used by Balic in his video for reasons best known to himself.”

In related news, a new phishing scam involving Apple has arisen on the heels of the developer website hacking,according to CNET’s Charlie Osborne. Attempting to capitalize on security concerns raised by the cyberattack, the new phishing scam warns users to click on a link in order to change their passwords.

While the email is short, it may appear legitimate to some users, Osborne said. However, it includes a grammar mistake in the title, fails to capitalize Apple on several locations and includes a link that clearly does not lead to a domain registered or owned by the tech giant.

“Users have taken to Twitter to warn others of the phishing attacks, and security firm Kaspersky Lab has found that Apple-related phishing scams have skyrocketed in the last six months, with scammers focused on stealing login credentials and financial data,” the CNET writer added.

Google Maps Back Wins Feature Offline Cache

As we know, Google Maps has been updated a few days ago. Unfortunately the update is gained criticism because of ‘loss’ offline cache feature maps that lead the user must constantly connected to Google to use the service.
The criticism has received a response from Google. Not long ago, Google said it would issue a new update featuring the option to store the offline cache on the Maps application has been rolled out for Android. This option will be installed at the bottom of the search box located on the map and can be switched easily. In addition, Google also decided to add the “Where’s Latitude?” that will take users to information about the future of the location sharing service.
This update began rolling on this day and can be checked via the Play Store.

Toshiba Ultrabook Presents Stylish Dual Function

JAKARTA – Toshiba introduced the latest generation ultrabook, named “Portege Z10t”. This super-thin notebook is presented in order to meet the needs of professionals who require a technology to carry anywhere but still stylish.

Channel Manager of the Computer Systems Division of Toshiba Singapore Pte. Ltd., Albert Susilo, said that now the tablet has become a popular gadget. Many of the professionals who always move with a laptop and a tablet.

“This is why we re-present the latest generation of ultrabook Portege Z10t, which has two dual function,” said Albert the introduction Portege Z10t in Jakarta, Thursday (4/7).

This Ultrabook has advantages over its predecessor, which is designed with a water-resistant keyboard. “Water resistant up to 55 ml, both mineral water, coffee, tea to sodas,” said Senior Manager Marketing Service Toshiba Singapore, Tay Choon Song.

Portege Z10t is a 11.6-inch touch screen notebook with full HD IPS, which has a dual function. Weighing just 850 grams and a thickness of 24 millimeters, Portege Z10t notebook can function as well as tablets.

With 4GB of RAM, Portege Z10t available in two sophisticated processors, the Intel i5 and i7. Unfortunately, Toshiba Portege Z10t only just released in a choice of colors, namely gray metallic.

In that event, also introduced also a special gaming laptop, the Qosmio X70. Latop which was created specifically for the game lovers is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX770M graphics technology, the memory capacity of up to 1TB. “This is an extreme laptop for enthusiast gamers,” added Tay Choon Song.

Google Chromecast Announced, Change Ordinary So Smart TV

In addition to announcing second-generation Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google today also announced the existence of which is a smart Chromecast shaped dongle instead Nexus Q. Chromecast shaped stick that utilizes an HDMI port on the television to run Chrome OS version is simple and will integrate several Google services such as YouTube, Google Play Music, Play Video, and Google Chrome both applications in mobile, tablet or laptop.
Chromecast works like a second screen. If someone such as looking at a YouTube video on your phone, laptop, or tablet and then touch the button Chromecast available in the Chrome browser, it is a television that has been installed sticks Chromecast will play the video as it is displayed on the phone screen. In addition Chromecast can also accept input from a variety of devices that will be played simultaneously turns, for example, from cell phones and play video from laptop playing a movie. Besides Google Play Music and Video, Netflix app (in the U.S.) are also supported by this Chromecast.
Chromecast control can be done from the phone, for example, adjust the volume or change the video played. Chromecast also allows playback of video ‘removed’ from the phone to the tablet and will be passed from the last time the video is played.
Google Chromecast also able to play music like a DJ. This service can access Google Play Music and Pandora. In addition it can also display tabs Chromecast Chrome on television to view photos or videos on Google+ or Vimeo for example. Chromecast also create opportunities through Google Cast application development SDK for Android, iOS and Chrome. To run Chromecast, the television must have an HDMI port plugs plus a blank as a resource for Chromecast mealui microUSB.
Chromecast can be purchased at a price of just USD 35 and is now becoming available in the United States. In addition Chromecast can also be purchased from the Play Store, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Currently no information when this gadget will be available in Indonesia.

Software Start-Up SnoopWall Secures Funding from Renowned Angel Investment Group

NASHUA, N.H., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Software start-up SnoopWall announced today that the company has secured a round of funding from the Angel Breakfast Club, one of the oldest investment groups in the country. SnoopWall recently developed an antispyware program that blocks remote eavesdropping. The unique patent-pending technology will be available on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

“We’re pleased to achieve our first major milestone in the company—acquiring the funds and strategic support needed for SnoopWall to launch,” said Gary Miliefsky, President and Founder of SnoopWall. “It’s an honor to be funded by this prestigious and well recognized angel investment group.”

The Angel Breakfast Club was started in 1976 by the late Mort Goulder. Over the past 30 years, the group has invested in more than 100 companies. The average return-on-investment rate is 29%, a near record for the industry.

Allan Cowen, a leading angel investor and advisor to the company said, “SnoopWall represents another investment opportunity that clearly positions a patent-pending technology that addresses today’s media narrative on mobile security and personal privacy protection.  Backing the SnoopWall project early on came with no hesitation given the market need, and perhaps more importantly, knowing the members of the team and those that have advisory roles.”

SnoopWall is offering a free trial version of their program for Android until August 1. Visithttp://www.snoopwall.com/free-version to sign-up for a copy.

About SnoopWall

SnoopWall is the world’s first counterveillance software company focused on helping consumers and enterprises protect their privacy on all of their computing devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Lambda Expressions Backported to Java 7, 6 and 5

Do you want to use lambda expressions already today, but you are forced to use Java and a stable JRE in production? Now that’s possible with Retrolambda, which will take bytecode compiled with Java 8 and convert it to run on Java 7, 6 and 5 runtimes, letting you use lambda expressions andmethod references on those platforms. It won’t give you the improved Java 8 Collections API, but fortunately there are multiple alternative libraries which will benefit from lambda expressions.

Behind the Scenes

A couple of days ago in a café it popped into my head to find out whether somebody had made this already, but after speaking into the air, I did it myself over a weekend.

The original plan of copying the classes from OpenJDK didn’t work (LambdaMetafactory depends on some package-private classes and would have required modifications), but I figured out a better way to do it without additional runtime dependencies.

Retrolambda uses a Java agent to find out what bytecode LambdaMetafactory generates dynamically, and saves it as class files, after which it replaces the invokedynamic instructions to instantiate those classes directly. It also changes some private synthetic methods to be package-private, so that normal bytecode can access them without method handles.

After the conversion you’ll have just a bunch of normal .class files – but with less typing.

P.S. If you hear about experiences of using Retrolambda for Android development, please leave a comment.

AOC Monitor Delivers First Android

Jakarta: Manufacturers LED AOC presents its newest product line, the My Smart All in One (AIO) 58 P Series, and Smart AIO 72 P. This device became the first AOC monitors are equipped smart with the Android operating system and internet connection.
With their large size, users can optimize their use for surfing the internet, playing games, and of course enjoy the movies online. »This device is intended for young people, particularly with the use of digital products is high,” said Director of PT Mega Komputindo Lestari, as the sole distributor in Indonesia AOC, D. Lasmono W.S, last night, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Lasmono said, this product is also intended for institutions and public facilities. »It can be placed in hotel rooms, airports, hospitals, and so forth, because it does not use the CPU can be directly used browsing,” he said.
Smart AIO 58 P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, is equipped with a built-in speaker, and is equipped with USB connectivity, SDHC card, and the screen quality of Full High Definition (HD). To access the Internet, the device can be connected to the LAN, and WiFi. The price of a unit of 58P is U $ D 350 or USD 3.6 million.
Smart AIO 72P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, which is powered by the Android application, Flash Support, Media Player, and Smart UI. The device is priced unit U $ D 300 or USD 3,074 million
According Lasmono, this product can be found at electronics outlets across Indonesia in late July 2013. »In fact we expect this product to be marketed bia to the district,” he said. AOC targeting these two products up to 30 thousand units sold until the end of the year.

Google Maps for iPad Launched

Jakarta – After a week after Google Maps launched for Android users, the information technology company is now re-presenting feature map for iPad users. Google Maps 2.0 can be enjoyed globally since Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Features that are designed for use with the device’s larger screen choose the look with clearer images and soft colors.
Just like the Android version, iOS-based applications include traffic information in real time. Google Maps 2.0 comes with Foursquare and navigation that includes information about a variety of places, including restaurants and shopping centers.
This application actually has not been downloaded from the App Store could in their home country, the United States. Yet it can be downloaded for users in Asia.
Google Maps before, they can be enjoyed by users of smart phones iPhone. Launch the application updates to follow up on complaints that come from iPhone users, especially iPhone 5 to Apple Maps. Users complained about the lack of accuracy especially on Apple Maps. Apple Management then apologized in writing to the users of the iPhone and iPad.
Service on the map offers features traffic information, navigation, transit directions, satellite, road, indoor photos, restaurant reviews, and the integration of the Google profile. Unlike other Google apps made​​, this map is a special feature produced for the default operating system iOS. The application advantages are speed and small file size so it does not take much memory.

Easy Solutions Helps Fight Mobile Banking Fraud with Detect Safe Browsing (DSB) 4.0, Now Available for iPhone and Android

Easy Solutions, the Total Fraud Protection® company, today released Detect Safe Browsing (DSB) version 4.0. With DSB 4.0, financial institution can provide an important additional layer of fraud prevention to the end-user, to better protect against malware and other sophisticated threats such as, pharming, man-in-the-middle (MITM) and man-in-the browser (MITB) attacks. With DSB 4.0, Easy Solutions now extends this support to the two most popular mobile platforms: Android and iOS, ensuring that over 90%1 of mobile users can securely access their mobile banking accounts.

The APWG recently reported over 1.3 million confirmed-malicious files for Android alone2, making mobile malware one of the fastest growing classes of threats.

“Mobile banking has become the preferred method for many consumers to conduct their online banking. Unfortunately for financial institutions, some of the most insidious and difficult-to-detect malware is now being targeted at the mobile end-point,” said Daniel Ingevaldson, CTO of Easy Solutions. “With Detect Safe Browsing now available for iPhone and Android devices, financial institutions will be able to provide their customers with a simple and unobtrusive way to secure their mobile banking experience.”

DSB is a critical component of Easy Solutions’ Total Fraud Protection platform, which provides comprehensive fraud protection across all channels, and extended to the end-user. By combining cross-channel risk-scoring, transaction anomaly detection, multi-factor authentication, secure browsing, and detection and take-down services, Easy Solutions blocks criminals at all three phases of the fraud lifecycle – planning, launching, and cashing – while ensuring that authorized users can conduct business.

DSB 4.0 from Easy Solutions provides visibility and real-time intelligence of the threats impacting consumers. Based on a proprietary cross validation technology that prevents re-direction to fraudulent websites, DSB 4.0 includes some of the following capabilities:

  • Secure Mobile Browsing with the DSB App: The free DSB app, now available for both iOS and Android devices, gives customers a simple way to protect bank transactions performed on their mobile device or tablet
  • Accelerated Disinfection: DSB enables customers to quickly deploy on-demand cleanup procedures for malware related advanced persistent threats (APTs), enabling financial institutions to mitigate zero-day and targeted attacks.
  • Active Phishing Protection: DSB provides enhanced phishing protection based on Detect Monitoring Services’ (DMS) black list. Since DMS detects phishing attacks in early stages, DSB users are protected from the very latest phishing scams, minimizing their exposure to fraud.
  • Proactive, Real-time Malware Protection: DSB employs proprietary cross-validation technology that detects DNS poisoning and ensures that the end user can connect to the protected site. When an active redirection is detected, DSB stops the fraudulent connection.

ABOUT EASY SOLUTIONS

Easy Solutions delivers Total Fraud Protection® to over 100 clients, with over 32 million end users. The company’s products protect against phishing, pharming, malware, Man-in-the-Middle and Man-in-the-Browser attacks, and deliver multifactor authentication and transaction anomaly detection. For more information, visit http://www.easysol.net, or follow us on Twitter @goeasysol.