Author Archives: Nick Farrell

StealthGenie about to be bottled

idreamofjeannie1-300x193The US government has arrested the chief executive officer of a mobile spyware maker  and charged him with allegedly illegally marketing an app that monitors calls, texts, videos, and other communications on mobile phones “without detection”,

Hammad Akbar, 31, of Pakistan, was the first person to be banged up in connection with advertising and the sales of mobile spyware targeting adults—in this case an app called StealthGenie. more»

Yahoo kills off Yahoo

blazing-saddles-655Yahoo has decided to kill off the product which started it all off.

In 1994, Jerry Yang and David Filo, graduate students at Stanford University, created a hierarchical directory of websites, “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web”. In March of that year, they gave it the name “Yahoo!” for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

At the time, human-curated web listings were the bee’s knees and search engines were not exactly up to snuff. more»

Attackers quick to Bash Linux

linuxAttackers have been quick to exploit the Shellshock Bash command interpreter bug and a botnet that is currently trying to infect other servers.

Italian security consultancy Tiger Security’s Emanuele Gentili said the “wopbot” botnet is active and scanning the internet for vulnerable systems, including at the United States Department of Defence. more»

Tablets and smartphones kill your brain

mybrianhurtsUsing mobile phones, laptops and other media devices at the same time could be changing the structure of our brains and not in a good way.

University of Sussex research reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally. more»

Apple botches iOS8 update

CD153Not satisfied with releasing an expensive phone which bends if you stick it in your pocket, Apple has botched an update to its brand new iOS 8 operating system.

TheTame Apple Press praised Apple for releasing an “update” to the iOS 8 platform so early, but this was itself a cover to the fact that the iOS 8 was really broken, it was also packed with U2 which was too smug to be deleted. more»