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Kickstarter hacked, no credit cards compromised but your Facebook login has been reset

Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding service, has has been hacked. No credit cards were compromised but some user data, including encrypted passwords wee accessed, and they've reset Facebook logins as a precaution. Their CEO, Yancey Strickler, posted on the Kickstarter blog:

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How to test Facebook Chat Heads and stickers for iOS right now, even if they haven't yet been enabled for your account

Today Facebook released a fairly major update for the iOS Facebook app. Among the new features are messenger stickers and Chat Heads (a horribly named feature first announced for Facebook Home). Currently these new features have only rolled out to a limited number of users. However, if you have an urgent need to test them out, and you don't mind doing a little tweaking, you can temporarily enable them on your iOS device right now.

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Configuration profile warning reminds us not to carelessly tap and install things on our iPhones and iPads

Configuration profiles can be installed on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad in order to allow ad hoc (beta) apps to run, to help Apple diagnose things like battery life problems, and to change settings for certain types of network access, among other things. Unfortunately, like many empowered conveniences, they bring with them theoretical security concerns. Namely, bad guys could make a malicious profile and try to trick us into installing it so they can do us harm. Skycure -- a security vendor, keep in mind -- reports:

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How Amazon and Apple security flaws allowed a digital life to be destroyed

Mat Honan was hacked over the weekend, his Apple ID/iTunes, Gmail, Amazon, and Twitter accounts all compromised, and his digital life laid ruin. Had his attackers been out for more than just "the lulz", they could have also done incredible harm to his financial life as well.

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Apple will fix in-app purchases vulnerability in iOS 6, provides workaround for now

In iOS 6, coming this fall, Apple will fix a security vulnerability in the App Store's in-app purchasing process that allows "man-in-the-middle" style attacks, steals from developers, and potentially exposes user account data to hackers. This according to a new, publicly-available support document posted to developer.apple.com on in-app purchase receipt validation on iOS. Apple's preamble states:

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Stealing in-app purchases and what it could cost you

There's a story going around today about a new hack that appears to allow users to bypass iTunes and steal in-app purchases "for free". I put "for free" in quotation marks because, as Ally pointed out in her editorial on app theft, there's no such thing as free. This time, however, the cost could be something more than money. The way I understand it, the hack in question uses a proxy, requires you to install a bogus certificate, and change DNS settings. That allows the transaction to be intercepted before it reaches iTunes, and that's what lets it cheat developers out of payment. It's also what could let the hacker collect all your information instead.

And that's dangerous.

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Siri hacked to run on iPhone 4

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has hacked Siri, the artificially intelligent voice control system on iPhone 4S to run on last year's iPhone 4. An initial hiccup, GPU support, has already been overcome. Another hiccup, Apple's servers not responding to queries from Siri running on iPhone 4, is still and issue.

Troughton-Smith also suggests it could theoretically be possible to hook the Siri front end into Microsoft's TellMe, or Google's servers instead.

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iOS 4.3 multitasking gestures hacked onto iPhone 3GS [video]

YouTube user antoninygaard seems to have been able to go into iOS 4.3 beta and manually enable the multitasking gestures meant for iPad developer testing (as well as the mute/orientation lock toggle!) We heard Apple was testing them internally but he's got both running on his iPhone 3GS.

We already know Apple won't be giving them to end users for iPad much less iPhone any time soon but check out the video below and let us know what you think. Are the multitasking gestures usable on a screen that small?

[Engadget]

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AirPlay hacks: AirFlick, Air Video Server, XBMC, live conversion, DVDs, DRM, screencasts

Erica Sadun from TUAW is relentlessly prosecuting her AirPlay and Apple TV hacks with a whole series of posts that include turning your Mac into an AirPlay server via the AirFlick app, transcoding AVI and other non-Apple supported videos for use with Airplay, running AirPlay on an XBMC Linux box, playing DVDs on Apple TV via AirPlay, playing iTunes FairPlay DRM protected videos, and sending Mac screencasts to Apple TV. Yeah. Phew.

A lot of this is strictly alpha and proofs of concept at this point and requires a good amount of ninja level skill to implement, but if that's the way you like your hacks, head on over and try them out:

Video after the break!

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How to Airpl

TUAW's Erica Sadun, if ever a wiz there was, has once again hacked away at Apple's iOS 4.2 AirPlay feature and created an app called AirPlayer that gets it to stream video from iPhone or iPad to the Mac.

What AirPlayer does is create and advertise a custom Bonjour AirPlay service that pretends to be an Apple TV. Bonjour is Apple's zero configuration networking solution for allowing devices and applications to communicate with each other over local area networks. When Apple created AirPlay, it basically set up a new way for Apple TV to interact with iOS using Bonjour communications.

She's not a Windows dev but says in theory the same thing should be possible on that platform and perhaps Linux as well.

You don't need to Jailbreak to try this out (the app runs on your Mac, not your iPhone or iPad) but if you're not Jailbroken and running AirVideoEnabler you'll be limited to YouTube and iPod/Videos for your streaming (AirVideoEnabler lets 3rd party apps stream AirPlay video as well).

If you want to try it out, you can get AirPlayer from Erica's website, below. Video after the break!

[AirPlayer, TUAW]

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