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How a fake 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hacking story is causing real damage to NBC News' reputation

NBC News would have you believe that the life expectancy of a MacBook Air or Android phone at the Winter Olympic Games is roughly zero, at least when it comes to it being hacked and your financial and other personal information stolen. Anyone with a base level of technical knowledge at all would recognize it as complete and utter bullshit the minute they saw it. Sadly, as many of us who got contacted by concerned family members know, it's far too easy to scare everyone else. Robert Graham of Errata Security calls the report "100% fraudulent":

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What's really going on with the Starbucks mobile app information leak, and what you need to know

Earlier this week, security researcher Daniel Wood disclosed his findings on Starbucks' insecure handling of sensitive user information in their iPhone app. The sensitive information discovered includes usernames, passwords, emails, addresses, location data, and OAuth keys. While Wood's findings are valid, the interpretations of his findings have been inaccurate and exaggerated.

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Tim Cook is Apple's moral center and 'we believe' its post-PC battle-cry

Steve Jobs was not only Apple's visionary, he was one of the most important cultural influencers of our time. Apple. Mac. NeXT. Pixar. iMac. iPod. iTunes. iPhone. iPad. Any one of those would be a worthy achievement. All of them, a universe denting one. But Steve Jobs is gone and Tim Cook now helms Apple. He was an operations guy, not a product guy. He didn't dream up the next world-changing product, but he did make those dreams a reality. It would be easy, natural-even, for him to continue in an operational role as CEO, but steadily, over the course of the last two years, he's been doing more than that. He's been taking on a moral role as well.

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Snapchat security breach reportedly leaks 4.6 million user details online

Literally hours into 2014 and we already have a security scandal on our hands, with Snapchat stepping back into the spotlight. Just a matter of days after exploits for the social media service were announced by a security group, it's now claimed that 4.6 million users' phone numbers and login details have been posted online.

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Apple claims no knowledge of DROPOUTJEEP, will protect customer data from any and all attacks, regardless of who's behind them

Apple has commented on the DROPOUTJEEP program, which a security researcher claimed let the NSA and similar government agencies compromise iOS devices, enable cameras and mics, and track data with a "100% success" rate. Matthew Panzarino from TechCrunch got the statement:

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Snapchat API and exploits published by hacker group, could allow users' names and phone numbers to be connected

It appears that Snapchat's API has been hacked, and exploits that allow a script to associate user's phone numbers, display names, user names, and account privacy level en masse have been published. An Australian hacker group calling themselves Gibson Security published details the hack this week. Snapchat's API has so far been undocumented.

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RSA refutes 'secret contract' deal with NSA

RSA has been essential to corporate security for years - developers of trusted cryptography techniques that serve as the lynchpin to corporate data security. Now the company - presently owned by enterprise data company EMC Corp. - is under fire following allegations it was paid by the National Security Agency (NSA) to promote the use of flawed encryption technology.

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Thanks to outdated encryption, NSA, other security agencies, can reportedly intercept private cellphone calls and texts

We've know for a while that the A5/1 encryption used by most carriers is vulnerable to exploitation, especially since they seemed not to care at all about its vulnerabilities, but now it looks like the system has been cracked to the extent that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), and presumably other intelligence agencies around the world, can listen in on and read our private conversations and text transmissions. The Washington Post:

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Obama says he can't use an iPhone because of security

US President Barack Obama told a group of young people at the White House that he can't use an Apple iPhone for security reasons, according to a recent Associated Press report (as published by SecurityWeek).

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QuizUp developer Plain Vanilla fixes server issues that left user data vulnerable

Plain Vanilla, the developers behind QuizUp, has fixed the server side issues that caused data to be transmitted unprotected to the QuizUp servers. An update to the iPhone app should fix issues there. It appears that at least some of the major problems, including data being transmitted unprotected, have been fixed.

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