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Yo Drama: Everything You Need to Know About the Backlash Surrounding the World’s Dumbest App

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There’s trouble in paradise for Yo, the app that raised a million bucks and rocketed to Internet fame this week.

If you haven’t yet heard of the absurd app, Yo lets users do one thing — message the word “yo” to one another. Useful, right?

Besides the widespread fear that Yo’s funding confirms the existence of a tech bubble, the app has been experiencing some more concrete issues in the past 24 hours, involving a fake celebrity account and a pretty serious hack. Read More

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Hacked Apple Device IDs Actually Came From App Developer, not FBI

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NBC News is reporting the millions of Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) hackers say they snatched from an FBI agent’s laptop actually came from Blue Toad Publishing, a Florida-based app developer. NBC reports that Blue Toad “provides private-label digital edition and app-building services to 6,000 different publishers, and serves 100 million page views each month.”

A researcher named David Schuetz contacted Blue Toad last week with the suggestion the data actually came from them, and the company’s engineers conducted a forensic analysis: Read More

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FBI Calls Bullshit on Antisec’s Hacked Apple IDs Claim

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement regarding Antisec’s claim of having hacked over 12 million unique Apple user IDs from an agent’s laptop: the feds say that’s bullshit.

AllThingsD reports the FBI states that it is “aware of published reports alleging” Agent Christopher Stangl’s laptop was breached “and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed.”

The FBI begs to differ: Read More

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Was Obama’s iPad User ID Among the 1 Million Leaked by Antisec?

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Via Cult of Mac, we’ve learned that President Barack Obama’s iPad UDID (special set of characters unique to each Apple product user) may be among the million UDIDs posted online by Antisec on September 3rd. Cult of Mac refers readers to PasteHTML and a database search result there that appears to support the claim. The device in question is an iPad and is named “hobamain.” Read More

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Anonymous-Associated Antisec Hackers Claim Theft of 1 Million Apple Device IDs From FBI Agent’s Computer

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Hackers post their ideas of epic lulz on Pastebin all the time but it appears a late drop on Monday night by AntiSec, an Anonymous-affiliated group of hackers, could be pretty impressive if the claims prove true.

After the usual giddy preamble, Antisec explains in their Pastebin post how they snagged 12 million FBI-related Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs)–though at the moment they claim they’ve only posted 1 million: Read More

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Whistleblowing Website Cryptome Hacked, Conspiracy Theories Do Not Abound

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Cryptome, a sort of proto-WikiLeaks website best known for exposing the CIA analyst who found Osama Bin Laden, announced this week that its entire website had been hacked. But, in a surprising response from Cryptome founder John Young—a man suspicious even of tap water—no foul play was suspected. At least no more foul than the usual Internet hijinks.

Reached by phone, Mr. Young explained that the site had been attacked by malware from Blackhole exploit kit 12, the latest iteration of  what TechWorld calls an insidious, but “incredibly common automated web compromise system. ” This kind of malware harvests IP addresses of people visiting the site for potential nefarious use later on, said Mr. Young.

Mr. Young discovered the malware when a reader got a virus this morning from downloading one of Cryptome’s files that had been in its directory for a long time. After some examination, his team discovered other files containing the malware script as well. Crytome, which made the breach public (part of the site’s mission to expose such security flaws), is currently in the process of completely restoring all of its  70,000 files and expects to be finished by the end of the day. Read More