iOS Naughtiness and Tweets for the Week

Another slap bang week in technology and the usual security tom-foolery in the technology world as well, let’s see what wild and wooly things have been going on with help of my twitter feed.

The naughty engineers at Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 9.1, which (I suspect) is causing Wireless Data Providers to do the “happy dance”. The feature? Surely you have read about Wi-Fi Assist? The feature sounds nice, having your data plan help your WiFi connection, but the fact that it is installed as a default of ON is the diabolical part of the story. Someone at Apple has got to be getting an incentive payment from the Big Cell firms for this, surely?

Not to continue to pile on Apple, however, Elon Musk made a naughty comment of his own about his competitors at Apple with the following tweet, I do enjoy it when technology folk get all “Alpha Male” about their stuff

Wait a minute, you are thinking, are you turning this into an Apple shaming site? No, in fact it is time to get back on target with security, but let’s stay on theme for one more simple tweet, that should cause those Apple owners to start thinking about security (since Apple seems to be ignoring things).

Hold on you Android folks out there, feeling smug after all that iOS bashing? A song can hack your device, so don’t get too complacent about security, that is for sure.

Feeling safe because you use your tapping chip payment card? Maybe don’t get too complacent

I note that this site has been noticed by a few nasty folks as well, as I was hit with a DOS attack and an attempt to hijack the site as well, guess it is good that I have some rudimentary security in place. I have no doubt this site can be hacked, I am simply kibitzing, I am no security expert, but good to see that I can slow down the “script kiddies” at least.

Security and Other Technology Twitters for the Week

Another fine week passes with more and more interesting security issues arising, and not many success stories seen about how everything is nice and secure.

It really does seem that the Android app store seems to be a little bit like the wild west in terms of downloading malware being easily available to turn your phone or tablet into a Bot for someone else’s nefarious usage.

I don’t want to look like some kind of Apple Lover mind you, and yes, Apple has had a major security breach this past little while as well, so don’t get too smug all you hipster Apple lovers.

Don’t you just love the ability to just click from a Tweet, and get to the article? Ever wonder whether those links are all completely legit? Why not? Seems like a perfect vector for spreading malware.

I always like it when hackers mix it up, and this story warms my heart, hackers fix 10,000 home routers to make them more secure? Thank you Hackers!

Don’t feel like doing anything much about security? You are not alone, evidently the Pentagon didn’t really feel like doing much about things either.

Security and Technology Tweets for the Week

Another interesting week in Security and Technology with the new Apple 6S series being released, and then plenty of news about malware and viruses inside the previously (thought) pristine Apple App Store. Never a dull moment on the Internet that is for sure.

In a bit of technological skull-duggery Volkswagen pulled off what I would call the ultimate bit of technological slight of hand, but unfortunately got caught at it, and the Verge explains, how they did it.

Pandora’s box? Yes indeed the wild west of wearables is another area of opportunity for the bad guys to make inroads in terms of your security, time to start cleaning up this area.

As you can see there is a lot of money in hacking new iOS loads. How much? $1 Million.

You’d think that the computers in the Pentagon are all secure and safe, wouldn’t you? Well, maybe not that safe (at least in the food court)

What do you mean North America is out of IPv4 addresses? Well it was going to happen, now is as good a time as ever to adopt IPv6, but that won’t happen just yet either.

Let us end with the “Say WHAT?” thought for the week from our friends at the FBI.

Post Blow Things Up Day and Best of Technology and Security This Week

It is the day after Blow Things Up Day (aka the 4th of July), as a close neighbour Canadians get to watch (from a distance, thus less likely to get blown up), and I must say Americans know how to party. Hopefully folks captured photos of all of the explosions, but didn’t lose their drone in the explosive fun.

Found this friendly Meme on the web to help with the post 4th of July celebrations:

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Android continues to be the OS of choice for Malware authors with 440K strains identified in Q1 this year. Don’t get too smug IOS users, there is nasty malware out there for you as well. Apple even admitted to patching dozens of security flaws in the latest iOS release (8.4), and just to be pissy (IMHO) they removed Home Sharing from music as well (thanks).  To put this whole iOS vs. Android argument to bed, V3 states that Android Malware Dominates the threat landscape (for now).

The Internet does enjoy when firms are “hoisted by their own petard” and with the Hacking Team being hacked, there does seem to be a degree of smugness out there.


Microsoft is trying very hard to have your kids love Minecraft and with that in mind, they are trying to get Teachers to Integrate Minecraft into the classroom, and it might be a good thing too. How much is too much storage? No such thing as too much storage, in fact, 28 billion gigabytes shipped last quarter, think of all the porn that is being stored on that. Do you think E-books are overpriced? I do, so I am glad to see Apple get fined $450M for price fixing e-books, but will this bring prices down?

In a more obtuse bit of tech news, Windows 7, has Windows 10 to thank for it (Win7) getting much more traction in the marketplace (due to the alleged free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7), if you followed that.  Tech is trendy for wedding registries? What wife is allowing their husbands to interfere in wedding planning like that?!? Evidently lots of folk want AppleTV?  If last week felt a little longer, it was, by 1 second, hope you enjoyed it.

Would you use a Google Carpooling service? Evidently it is already available in Israel. I guess it is a good thing that Car Tech may Stop Drunk Driving, if your car doesn’t already drive itself.

Medical Concerns and Best of Technology and Security This Week

This week there seems to be more mention of medical technologies and the problems that may arise with some of them, including an interesting expose on how smart phones may shock cardiac device wearers, as their pace maker may “sense” the smart phone’s signals as a cardiac event ? Shocking!  The new de facto standard for health seems to be 10,000 steps a day, thanks to the FitBit, but, Huffington post asks, is that correct ?


More information is coming out about the Office Personal Management in the US security breech, and evidently the information taken is the Motherload for hackers, and some of the information taken was quite saucy. I learned that the average botnet has about 1700 infected PCs as its constituent parts, at least in 2015. More and more technology sites are going towards total encryption and Reddit is no exception, with Yahoo also following suit.

No more backdoors was a concept I first heard about from a friend in the 90’s and it seems it is making a comeback with a Tougher Encryption Guidelines close a Backdoor. Speaking of backdoors Cisco has warned their customers about default ssh keys on their appliances, that is a lot of machines to go fix.  Do you think that AntiVirus software has backdoors? You sure ? Did you know that Chrome has a Voice interface to do “close by” URL transfers? Well evidently on Chromium that capability has been removed, due to a few anomalies.



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In a somewhat antitechnology stance evidently Mathematicians are fighting to get this type of chalk (the manufacturer has shut down). In a real technology article Cellular News points out that Wireless Data Consumption is up 25% between 2013 and 2014. The feeling does seem to be that Wireless may be the consumer’s choice for internet access. Speaking of ludicrously old technology, the US Navy is paying Microsoft to keep supporting Windows XP ? #Wow.

Malwarebytes points out that Registry cleaners are Technology Snake Oil, and that they don’t do your system any good.Nice to see that Windows 10 (speaking of registries) is going to be free for everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice to have superfast free wi-fi available where you live, Google thinks so.


A thought on security to end our little list:

If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked. — White House Cybersecurity Advisor, Richard Clarke

LastPass Hacked and Best of Technology and Security This Week

Anybody who relied on using LastPass as the central archive for your passwords, might be alarmed to find out that the system was hacked this week. Specifically some Master Passwords and E-mail addresses were breached, which means if you used this service, you should at least go and change your Master Password. The official statement from LastPass was:

We want to notify our community that on Friday, our team discovered and blocked suspicious activity on our network. In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed. The investigation has shown, however, that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised.


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How safe is that app you are using on your “Smart phone”? Evidently, not very, as there are billions of records at risk from mobile app data flow, I think the world of mobile apps really needs to tighten up their security (in general). Do you like to look at pictures on line? I know I do, however Dell Secureworks has uncovered a trojan that hides in image files, guess I shouldn’t look at too many photos. I have never been very fond of the trickery Ask did to get their toolbars installed and evidently neither does Microsoft, as  now the ‘Ask’ Toolbar is Considered ‘high threat’ Malware by the Microsoft Security Package. Can’t be good news for the folks at ‘Ask’.

Have you ever received a call from “Microsoft Tech Support” about how your computer has been infiltrated? Have you ever played along with them? I did once, and it ended quite rudely, but this article is even more interesting.  Speaking of infiltration the Canadian Government seems to have caught the ire of Anonymous and many Government sites were subjected to a Denial of Service attack this past week. Worrisome how easy it is to shut sites down this way.

Everyone seems to think that credit card terminals are safe, well this code hacks nearly every credit card machine in America, seems to imply they are really not that safe after all.


How have things change in technology over the past 20 years? KPCB has in their 2015 Internet Trends and amazing table (for old folks like me) that highlight who are the biggest “Internet Companies” by market capitalization, in comparison to 1995.

Tech Companies for past while

Tech Companies Have Changed

Do you like using your “smart phone” as a method to pay for things? This past week there were two interesting articles posted about that technology with Google Goes Contactless with Android Pay, allowing your Android phone to pay for things with Android Pay ( a new Google Product). You say you like your iPhone more? If you live in the UK Apple Pay is coming your way (in July), so you will be able to quickly “tap and pay” with your iPhone. I like the convenience of these technologies, but they do worry me somewhat (on the security side of things).

An interesting poll suggest Most Brits Would Sacrifice Chocolate, Alcohol and Sex before Broadband ? My ancestors have changed. If you are waiting for your Free Windows 10 Update it is due 29 July.  Oh and it seems Twitter has now become a messaging app, with the extending of the length of DM’s from 140 characters to 10,000.