• June 9, 2017

    Tech Geek Weekly: June 9, 2017

    Apple Starts the Week off with WWDC Apple pretty much monopolized the week’s tech news with it biggest conference of the year WWDC. Apple announced the usual new hardware and software updates iOS, MacOS and WatchOS. Apple announced huge updates to the iPad and unveiled a new speaker with built-in Siri called HomePod. Amazon Killed Off Unlimited Cloud Storage Amazon pulled a Microsoft OneDrive and did away with their unlimited cloud storage plan and made it a 1TB Plan for the same monthly cost.  Amazon who had the best deal in online storage unlimited for $59.99 now has been replaced with the standard cloud storage tier system we all have come to know and love. Orange is the new Black Season 5 Debuts One of Netflix’s breakout original series Orange is the new Black go live for streaming today June 6. I have not watched the series myself but there is no denying the popularity of the show with fans. The series has been the attention of many bloggers and has brought in many subscribers to Netflix. Verizon is expected to cut 1,000 jobs after accusation of Yahoo and AOL This is a very common thing when companies get taken over and in this case a much-needed one. While it is very unfortunate to see anyone lose their job in this economy, AOL and Yahoo are two companies that have been losing money for years and need a restructure if they are going to survive and be profitable again. That being said it does not make people losing their jobs any easier. Google Releases Chrome 59 Google keeping up with technology released Chrome 59 with some updates to make a better browsing experience. Some include native notifications on MacOS, Image API changes and service worker improvements. Microsoft Outlook Adds Contact...
  • January 16, 2014

    Google Chrome Update Decrease Data Usage

    Google will release an update to the mobile version of Chrome, which promises to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%. The iOS update will also include Google Translate, which translates webpages while browsing.   Google announced the upcoming changes to its browser Wednesday in a blog post, saying,   “In the U.S. alone, more than a fifth of adult smartphone users now do most of their online browsing on their mobile device.1 Around the world, we’re seeing a similar trend towards more mobile browsing. That’s why we’ll be rolling out a new feature on Chrome for Mobile to help you reduce data usage and save money on your mobile plan. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages.”   To start saving data and turn on an even more secure browsing experience, visit “Settings” > “Bandwidth management” > “Reduce data usage.” Then simply turn the toggle to “On.” From this menu, you’ll also be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month as you browse on Chrome.   This is a huge update for users as the majority of cell phone users now have limited data plans not unlimited anymore.
  • A developer published a Chrome extension called Downloadify designed to let people download MP3 copies of the songs they stream over Spotify’s Web-based player. Downloadify description on Chrome Web Store stated “Simple Chrome Extension to Download all Spotify Songs,” The extension quickly disappeared from the Chrome Web Store as this violates their Google Chrome Web Store developer agreement. “Those writing Chrome extensions agree that they will not engage in any activity with the Web Store, including the development or publication of Products or other materials, that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others [or] enables the unauthorized download of streaming content or media.” Spotify is looking into the issue of how this happened as they do not want to risk any backlash from licensing agreements with major music labels.
  • A new trojan specifically for Macs has been discovered that installs an adware plugin. The malware attempts to monetize its attack by injecting ads into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (the most popular browsers on Apple’s desktop platform) in the hopes that users will generate money for its creators by viewing (and maybe even clicking) them. The threat, detected as “Trojan.Yontoo.1” by Russian security firm Doctor Web, is part of a wider scheme of adware for OS X that has “been increasing in number since the beginning of 2013,” according to the company. The security firm chose to underline Yontoo because it can download and install an adware browser plugin, making it slightly more modular as attackers could potential swap out the threat for an updated one or a different one entirely. Read Full Article
  • September 24, 2012

    Pwn2Own 2012 Results

    Pwn2Own is a computer hacking contest held annually at the CanSecWest security conference and began in 2007.  Contestants are challenged to exploit widely used software and mobile devices with previously unknown vulnerabilities. For 2012 the rules were changed to a capture-the-flag style competition with a point system.  Google withdrew from sponsorship of the event because the 2012 rules did not require full disclosure of exploits from winners. When Pwn2Own 2012 concluded we saw Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all being compromised Apple’s Safari was the only browser to be left standing.  This was the first year Chrome got hacked it’s been untouchable up till this year. The list of exploits we saw used and executed were CVE-2010-3346 (Internet Explorer) CVE-2009-3077 (Firefox) CVE-2011-0115 (Safari) CVE-2010-0050 (Safari) CVE-2010-0248 (Internet Explorer) CVE-2010-2752 (Firefox) There was another pwn2own this year the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) sponsored by RIM and AT&T is taking place in Amsterdam.  Where hackers were asked to compromise 4 devices BlackBerry Bold 9930 Samsung Galaxy SIII Nokia Lumia 900 Apple iPhone 4S Using exploits of Mobile Web Browsers Near Field Communication (NFC) Short Message Service (SMS) Cellular Baseband What we learned from this information is the iPhone 5 is vulnerable to the same attack that successfully breached an iPhone 4S at the mobile Pwn2Own hacker contest.  A fully patched iPhone 4S device was compromised and contacts, browsing history, photos and videos were stolen from the phone. The iPhone took an epic hit when an exploit was built for the vulnerability in WebKit to beat Apple’s code-signing features and the MobileSafari sandbox. The same bug is present in the iOS6 Golden Master development code base, which means iPhone 5 is also vulnerable to the same exploit. Apple iPads and iPod Touch devices are also vulnerable. The Samsung Galaxy S3 can be hacked via NFC allowing attackers to download...