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Booting Up: The Syrian Electronic Army Rings In the New Year By Hacking Skype

Wealthy man, Mr. Cook (Photo: News.au)

The Syrian Electronic Army didn’t take the day off yesterday. The hacker collective took over Skype’s website and Twitter accounts warning people that they’re being spied on. [Daily Dot]

AllThingsD is dead, ReCode is alive. [New York Times]

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s salary last year is more than you can ever imagine despite taking a ten percent pay cut. [BGR]

Winamp isn’t dead after all. Aol is reportedly selling it and Shoutcast to Radionomy, a Belgium-based aggregator of radio stations. [TechCrunch]

The alleged hackers behind the Snapchat’s massive leak of usernames and phone names explain that they did it to “put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed.” The app still hasn’t publicly commented on the flaw. [The Verge]

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Booting Up: Jack Dorsey Isn’t Thinking About a Twitter IPO So Stop Asking

Not thinking! (Photo: Flickr)

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey said he is “not even thinking” about the company’s IPO because he wants to build a “timeless company.” Okay, buddy. [Bloomberg]

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is predicting that phones with larger screens will make tablets obsolete within the next five years. There’s a joke about Mr. Heins predicting the death of a tech trend in there somewhere. [Telegraph]

Turns out Microsoft was the impetus for sleeker site and interface design. Miss you, Metro! [New York Times]

Now two of the Twitter accounts of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian were hacked Monday by the Syrian Electronic Army, resulting in some stressed out social media managers. [AllThingsD]

Here’s a terrible idea: “Samsung reworks Gangnam Style to promote the Galaxy S4 in India.” The results were less than desirable. [TNW]

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AP Twitter Account Hacked, Hackers Post Fake Tweet Claiming Explosions at White House

Lies.

Perhaps you were sitting on Twitter a few moments ago and saw a heart-stopping tweet from the AP: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”

Luckily for everyone who prefers not to live under martial law, it’s bullshit. The AP’s official comms team has already confirmed the account was hacked and the report is false. The AP’s account has already been suspended.

The hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army have already claimed responsibility on Twitter. “Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama,” the group’s official account tweeted. It’s the same bunch of jokers who previously hacked CBS News.  Read More