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World Cup: Italy 0-1 Costa Rica

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:41
Costa Rica produce a surprise win against four-time world champions Italy, a result that sends Group D rivals England out.

U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:21

The Obama administration says it will boost enforcement efforts — and try to dispel beliefs among migrants that new U.S. policies allow them to enter the country illegally.

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Castro limos reborn as Havana taxis

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:17
Some of Fidel Castro's old Soviet-built limousines have been decommissioned and are being used as Havana taxis for foreign tourists.

There's No Run Like A Prison Run

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:16

In Oregon, organizers of a program that lets inmates of a maximum-security prison run with regular citizens say the goal is to provide a sense of purpose, and normalcy.

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Arrest over Saudi student murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:14
A 19-year-old man is arrested in connection with the death of a Saudi Arabian woman in Essex.

Police investigate vehicle contracts

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 10:13
Police are investigating whether there was a conspiracy to ensure multi-million pound contracts for police vehicles went to one of Northern Ireland's largest car dealerships.

Ukraine Orders Unilateral Cease-Fire With Separatists

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:58

President Petro Poroshenko announced the weeklong halt to the fighting, but there was no indication whether pro-Russia rebels would follow suit.

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Yo, stop making a big deal out of the Yo hack

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:57

Maybe it's because summer is almost here, or maybe it's because the Amazon Fire phone did not blow anyone's mind this week, but Yo has officially blown up. The App, which through the right lens could almost be considered tech industry self-parody, works like this: You and your friends sign up, and then with a click of the button trade one singular message. "Yo." And that's it. It's reportedly raised $1 million in funding, and it's already cracked the top five apps in Apple's App Store.

Here's the other way Yo has blown up: it has also had its security flaws exposed. Three students told TechCrunch today that they were able to mine the app for user phone numbers. Other developers seem to have backed that up, also saying that Yo can allow non "yo" messages to be sent.

But hold on. If this sounds truly scary to you, then you might need a reality check. Security flaws in popular apps are a serious issue, no question. But..."major security flaws" ? Ehhh. Just remember: getting random people's phone numbers and sending people messages that don't consist of the word "yo" is something you can do with a phone book. Any 7th grader with a taste for prank calls knows that.

I asked one of our Marketplace Tech regulars, Chester Wisniewski of Sophos, to characterize just how big of a deal the yo hack was, and he quoted the Bard. "Much ado about nothing." What Wisniewski did say was that Yo's security flaws are demonstrative of a larger problem: the low barrier to entry in the app universe for thrown-together software that doesn't have proper security. That's a bigger challenge for the app world, and Yo is a pretty low-priority example. 

So until this particular issue turns into something more serious--like access to your credit card data, or delivering your phone a virus--remember that like apps, not all "hacks" are created equal. Anyone still worried about this should look at the app permissions screen: 

 

 

This narrative can change of course, but it's not time to go Chicken Little on Yo just yet. If you want to see a list of app/web hacks that you should pay more attention to, look below:

6 notable tech hacks

The Tweetdeck Dictionary.

Via Creative Commons/Flickr/Sean MacEntee

 

1. Tweetdeck

 

The social media managing program briefly shut down after a "security issue" which caused bizarre tweets to show up in users' feeds. Twitter user @Firoxl, who uncovered the issue, later tweeted to CNN that his discovery "was some sort of accident."

The WhatsApp icon on an iPhone home screen.

Via Creative Commons/Flickr/Jan Persiel

 

2. WhatsApp

 

A group called KDMS Team took credit for defacing the website of the popular messaging app. The group left a message that simply appeared to raise awareness about Palestine, saying "Palestinian people has [sic] the right to live in peace." WhatsApp said in a statement that "no user data was lost or compromised" while their website had been hijacked.

Spotify HQ.

Via Creative Commons/Flickr/Sorosh Tavakoli

 

3. Spotify

 

Though the security breach only appeared to affect one unlucky user, Spotify decided it wasn't taking any chances. It pushed out a new version of the app to Android users that prompted users to uninstall the previous version, and asked users to re-enter their login details. As for the one user who was hacked, the company blog said "this did not include any password, financial or payment information."

Via Wikimedia Commons

 

4. Pinterest

 

Pinterest couldn't catch a break--it was hacked twice in the span of four months. The first time, users reported spam images of women in underwear, usually accompanying a weight loss spam message. The second time around, users' feeds were littered with messages advertising a strange Asian fruit purported to burn fat. Pinterest put affected accounts into safe mode, and encouraged its users to use "unique and strong passwords" to prevent another episode.

 

Skype's booth at SXSW 2012.

Via Creative Commons/Flickr/1000heads

5. Skype

 

2014 got off to an auspicious start for Skype when it became the latest victim of a hack attack from the Syrian Electronic Army. Skype's Twitter and Facebook pages, along with its company blog, were hijacked with identical messages calling for an end to government spying. The messages were quickly removed, and Skype tweeted the following day that no user information had been compromised.

 

Via Wikimedia Commons

6. Snapchat

 

Out of all the hacks on this list, Snapchat probably got hit the worst. Early in January 2014, hackers exploited a security flaw in the app's "Find Friends" function that was used to download the usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts and later posted the data online. Though the company had previously acknowledged that this was possible, they later released an updated version of the app that came with an option to opt out of Find Friends.

 

VIDEO: Mapping jihad: how ISIS went social

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:50
How Isis went social

MP sorry for punch journalist 'joke'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:44
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant apologises for saying he might end up punching a journalist "in the throat" if he appeared on a discussion show with her.

Nama completes NI portfolio sale

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:41
A New York investment firm completes a deal to buy the entire Northern Ireland loan portfolio that was held by Nama, the Republic of Ireland's state-controlled "bad bank".

Broad hat-trick puts England on top

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:38
Stuart Broad takes a hat-trick as England bowl Sri Lanka out for 257 in the second Test and close on 36-0 in reply.

Drafting of Iran nuclear deal begins

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:36
Diplomats in Vienna say they have begun drafting the text of a final comprehensive deal to settle the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.

Pair jailed for mosque bacon attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:34
A teenager and 39-year old man who desecrated an Edinburgh mosque by attacking it with strips of bacon are sent to jail.

Police chief suspended in NI probe

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:23
The West Yorkshire Police chief constable is suspended in connection with an investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

In pictures: James Lavelle's Meltdown festival

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:08
Music and visual art at London's Southbank

Passport Office backlog still 53,000

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 09:02
The Passport Office is having to deal with a far higher backlog than previously thought, figures reveal.

VIDEO: Ruiz scores goal that knocks England out

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:57
Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruiz shocks Italy with a first-half goal, securing a 1-0 victory for his team in Recife.

Abusive care home workers sentenced

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:54
Three former care workers who admitted ill-treating a resident at a care home for people with dementia in North Somerset are sentenced.

Hodgson 'will stay as England boss'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:51
Roy Hodgson will remain as England manager until 2016, according to Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.
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