Snapchat was hacked over New Year’s. More than 4.6 million accounts of U.S. and Canadian users have been compromised, with phone numbers (the last two digits have been obscured) and usernames posted on a website, SnapchatDB, which has since been suspended–due to system overload, not legal action, the hackers say. The attackers explained their actions this way: “Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed. Security matters as much as user experience does.” Barely a week ago, research group Gibson Security raised the issue by posting details of a potential security flaw which could reveal Snapchat users’ phone numbers. The startup, led by cofounder Evan Siegel, was last year the talk of several takeover bids, including some multi-billion dollar offers by Facebook and Google. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Hackers Attack Snapchat To “Raise Awareness” About Security
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The once starving artists of homespun craft marketplace Etsy.com have officially achieved mogul status. Last month, the site posted $133.1 million in annual sales–all before the holiday rush. advertisement advertisement (Would it be bragging to say we saw this coming?) At a time when everyone seems to be spending less, the average cost of items sold on Etsy has increased by about two bucks since last year to around $17 per hand-woven stocking cap or couture set of earnings, according to company spokesman Adam Brown. How? Etsy seems to have figured out that it only gets richer if the artists they highlight can actually earn a living. In a survey last February, the site noted that it owed expansion primarily to the gushing of happy creative types. (As the chart below shows, about 36% of new customers arrive though word of mouth.) Not surprisingly, artists seem interested in maintaining their autonomy, too. (The chart below shows how many still run their own blogs for … [Read more...] about Etsy’s Artists Are Totally Not Starving
Hundreds of Facebook groups were turned into zombies on Tuesday in an attempt to display just how vulnerable social networkers can be. Using a design flaw in Facebook’s groups feature, a group called Control Your Info found Facebook groups where the administrator had stepped down, joined the group, claimed the vacant administrator spot (which is open to any group member when the administrator leaves) and changed the name to Control Your Info. advertisement advertisement “When you’re admin of a group, you can basically do anything you want with it,” the group’s Web page states. “You can change it’s name, and the groups members won’t even get a notification of it. You can send mails to all members and edit info.” An evildoer could seize a widowed group (such as the hypothetical group “Sweet Valley High LoOoOoVeS Robert Pattison,” for instance) and change the name to something offensive (like “The Coalition … [Read more...] about Facebook Hijackers Speak Out About… School Project?
Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would work within the "American perimeter" but would maintain close ties with India while doing business with cash-rich China more cautiously, according to experts.Rajapaksa stormed to victory on Sunday, trouncing his nearest rival Sajith Premadasa by a margin of over 13 lakh votes - 52.25 per cent of votes polled against 41.99 per cent.The 70-year-old controversial wartime defence secretary's victory is of significant importance for India which will hope that the new dispensation in Colombo will not allow any foreign power inimical to New Delhi's interest in the strategically located island nation.Close The experts, who have been closely monitoring Sri Lanka's diplomatic ties with major global powers for decades, believe that Gotabhaya would adopt a policy of not weaning too much away from the US interests in the region. related news Lankan President-elect Gotabaya's ties with India will depend on his approach towards … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka under Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to maintain close ties with India: Experts
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) might be investigating Google’s Android for abuse of dominance, according to a Reuters report. The investigation report, which might not see the light of the day anytime soon, would probably cost the company a few crores if the claimed allegations were proven true.This is hardly the first time for the tech giant to face regulatory hurdles. For example, the company has been embroiled in a series of legal issues such as privacy, advertising and copyrights since 2010 across the globe. The instances seem only to be increasing.With the implementation of privacy laws, people are beginning to be much more aware of what kind of information they are giving out. These cases are a case in point and are helping to spread awareness about what kind of information users give out and how it could potentially be used.Close It might not be an exaggeration to say that more countries are skeptical about the company’s motives and have initiated suo … [Read more...] about Anti-trust cases mount against Google, but it is going to be business as usual