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iCloud lacked brute force detection

Apple begins investigating nude celebrity photos leak, iCloud may be the cause


By now, you probably know that a number of celebrities have been the target of a nude photo leak that has said to have lead to the leak of potentially hundreds of photos and videos. Of course, this vehement violation of human privacy is a despicable act in and of itself – the thought that there are individuals out there who would go to any length to obtain such photos and violate women (and men) is nauseating. But where there’s a will, there’s a way – and unfortunately, Apple seems to be at the center of that way.

According to new reports, the leak stem from a security issue that was previously present in Apple’s iCloud cloud storage system. iCloud automatically backs up a user’s photos (among other data) into the cloud, which can then be downloaded to any authorized computer capable of logging into the iCloud account. Hackers claim that Apple had failed to implement any sort of brute force detection software into iCloud’s login authorization, a loophole that enterprising hackers worked around using software called iBrute, which “guessed” at password combinations at a dizzying speed.

Essentially, in layman’s terms, that means that anybody with the knowledge of a celebrity’s iCloud email address would be able to keep guessing at their password until they hit on the correct password by chance, forever. A simple loophole, which Apple has reportedly now implemented, stops users from trying passwords after a couple of incorrect guesses. The new protection is similar to how Apple’s iOS software locks users out of devices after a number of incorrect passcode guesses.

While there’s yet to be any confirmation from either Apple or the supposed hacker that this method was the one used to illegally obtain the celebrity’s passwords, Apple has confirmed that they are investigating their role in the issue, if any. Still, the fact that this loophole existed and had been easily exploitable up until just today indirectly implies it could have been the root cause.

Source: Re/code

It's all about the games, games, games

Microsoft’s big Xbox E3 presentation was big, but familiar


At E3 2013, Microsoft was all about the hardware – the Xbox One had just been announced a few weeks earlier, and we were getting our first look at some hardware peripherals and the power that came along with the new hardware. The story shifted considerably this year: with the rumored 7-inch Xbox branded Surface tablet shot down, today’s conference was all about three things – games, games, and games. Oh, that’s one thing? My bad. There was a lot of games.

Today’s Xbox presentation at the E3 game conference was packed with demos, trailers, and confirmations of some of the world’s biggest franchises. We were given a first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which basically now looks like some sort of futuristic mix of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and the Call of Duty: Black Ops series of games; we got a look at Inside, an unofficial follow up to game developer Playdead’s hit game Limbo, and even an in-depth look at Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the next-gen exclusive fifth entry in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, and a look at Forza Horizons 2, the next entry in Microsoft’s long running racing franchise.

But, the big reveal? Our best look yet at Halo 5shown alongside the announcement that Microsoft would be bringing the entirety of the Halo universe’s main four games to the Xbox One in the aptly named Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo: CE Anniversary, a new beefed up version of Halo 2, dubbed Halo 2: Anniversary, as well as the original versions of Halo 3 and Halo 4 remastered for the Xbox One – alongside the entirety of the series’ online and offline multiplayer content, The Master Chief Collection is basically a Halo fanboy’s dream come true.

But then, if it’s a dream come true, why was it so unsurprising? That’s because today’s E3 presentation basically confirmed that a massive set of Xbox rumors leaked by anonymous neogaf user and supposed Microsoft insider ntkrnl were pretty much 100% accurate. So essentially, if you had read and believed those rumors, you knew exactly what Microsoft and the gang were up to – all the way down to Forza Horizons 2‘s “dynamic weather system”. Hey, at least you got the first word.

Because it’s so darn awesome, we’ve embedded Microsoft’s Halo 5 and The Master Chief Collection trailer after the break below. If you’re as big of a Halo nerd as I am, you’ll want to watch this – and feel free to speculate about the Arbiter’s role in the trailer below!

6 cameras ought to be enough for that perfect selfie

Amazon’s rumored phone leaks out

amazonphone-bgrThere have been some rumors saying that Amazon is working on their own phone. It looks like the rumors were right because what you see above is reportedly a prototype of Amazon’s upcoming and unannounced phone.

As is the case with many upcoming phones, this prototype is in a decoy shell so that we can’t see what the hardware underneath looks like. A similar method was used by Apple back during the infamous Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak. Nonetheless, this is what is supposed to be Amazon’s phone as it stands right now.

According to BGR, this device will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM and come with Amazon’s own fork of Android similar to what they use on the Kindle. The screen is a 4.7″ 720p display which is a bit low-resolution in this world today. Finally, as far as specs are concerned, this phone comes with no less than six cameras.

There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a “standard front-facing” camera on the front for your selfies but it also comes with four additional cameras in the front of the device. These four extra cameras are special infrared cameras which are used to track the user’s face. These special cameras are being used to run a glasses-free 3D display similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS.

With all that power under the hood, you’d expect it to have a pricey tag on the outside and you’re probably right: although we’re still a ways away from the release date, BGR reports that the device seen here is the high-end device with an as of yet unseen low-end device coming later.

Source / Image Credit: BGR
Via: Engadget

Says the leaked documents

Windows Phone 8.1 to arrive on April 14th?

Windows-Phone-8-Update-3Yesterday, Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 8.1 during the //BUILD/ 2014 Day 1 keynote. The speakers stated that the build would be arriving for developers sometime later in April but didn’t leave any specifics.

Neowin has acquired an internal email that may help shed some more specifics on when the build will be arriving. While there was an earlier build of Windows Phone 8.1 released to Microsoft Connect partners, it wasn’t deemed the gold master because there were a few extra bugs that had to be fixed. This pushback seems to have resulted in the new release date of April 14th with the build being signed off on April 8th.

An important thing to note is that the leaked Neowin email refers to an “adaptation kit” which is for OEM partners to tailor Windows Phone images to their devices and may not mean that ordinary developers will get the build at the same time the OEMs do.

Source: Neowin
Via: WPCentral

Wzor no more?

The Microsoft beta “scene” goes into hiding as Microsoft leaker gets cuffed


If you’re not familiar with the Microsoft beta “scene” – or community – it is a crazy, insane, and sometimes scary place.

But today the community has gone quiet as a Microsoft employee by the name Alex Kibkalo has been arrested. Originally working as a Senior Architect at Microsoft, Mr. Kibbalo is charged with stealing trade secrets from Microsoft and leaking them onto the web. In other words? He’s the one responsible for much of the Windows 8 – and by extension, Windows 8.1, also known as Windows “Blue” – leaks.

Mr. Kibbalo reportedly fed information, screenshots, and builds of Windows 8 to an unnamed “French blogger” – though if you’re at all familiar with the beta community, you likely remember that the figure behind the now defunct site was French, bringing that site’s involvement in the case into suspicion. The individual behind was responsible for leaking copious amounts of information about Windows 8 throughout various stages of development, including the early pre-beta builds.

Interestingly, popular Russian leaker group Wzor has taken down their website and put their Twitter account on private, suggesting that Alex Kibbalo was could have been involved with that group as well. Wzor has been involved in leaking information and builds of numerous releases of Windows, including Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 – and much more.

This old series is back

What’s New in Windows 8.1 Update 1

win81The What’s New series is back from the dead and we’re now going to take a look at the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 we’ve been covering for some time now. A pre-release copy of the build leaked last night and it’s been installed, screenshots taken and other fun things explored.

So since we’ve had time to play with this build and seen what’s new, we’re ready to share these findings with you in lossless, un-watermarked PNG format. Ready to get started? Check it all out after the break.

Slowly cleaning up the mess

Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshots leak, shows off more unification

Everyone’s favorite infamous Russian pirate, WZOR, has gotten ahold of a follow-up build to Windows 8.1 which will be coming out later this year as Windows 8.1 Update 1. For the most part the update doesn’t seem to be bringing many significant updates to the table but there is one in particular.

update1-taskbarAs seen here, the Update 1 version of Windows 8.1 appears as if it will allow people to pin Metro-style apps to the taskbar (ala Stardock ModernMix) which would allow for further unification between the Desktop and Metro.

Although a small change, it’s one that’s sure to improve usability on Windows 8 machines as people no longer have to switch back and forth between the Desktop and Metro; everything they need can be pinned right to the taskbar. That said, we don’t really know anything beyond that you may be able to pin Metro apps to the taskbar. WZOR did not leak any screenshots of how they actually work – i.e., do they have jump lists and recently used lists like desktop apps? One thing that does seem to be certain is that the pins will simply open up the Metro app as if you had run it from the Start Screen, that is, running full screen and not in a window like what’s rumored to appear in Windows “Threshold” (aka Windows 9).

But hey, if it’s in the name of cleaning up the shock of constantly switching between two vastly different user interfaces, I’m okay with it.

Source: Paul Thurrot’s SuperSite for Windows

Inching closer to completion

Nokia Normany shows off its home screen

photffoAnother day, another leak. What you see in that picture is the UI that Nokia has been building for their Normandy project. As you would imagine, it takes several clues from Windows Phone but – dare I say it – looks nicer than Windows Phone. Under the hood, it still runs Android that isn’t Play certified, so it has no access to any Google’s services hence the inclusion of Nokia’s own services, including Here Maps.


normanyThe Verge is reporting that the Normandy will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, feature a 3-megapixel camera, have 4GB of storage expandable via MicroSD cards and have 512MB of RAM. It’s just more confirmation of what we’ve known all along; this is a really low-end device. The fate of the Normandy has yet to be seen with Microsoft’s looming purchase of Nokia but it looks as if the device is almost ready to ship, especially with hardware units leaking out.

Source: evleaks (Twitter)
Via: The Verge

Courtesy of @evleaks

Nokia “Normandy” shows off its Android UI

normandyuiNokia’s “Normandy” project, a low-cost Asha in the body of a Lumia running Android has seen a few hardware leaks but nothing much on the UI, until now. The Normandy runs a customized, non-Play Store certified version of Android and we can most definitely see the customizations, as it looks like a mix between Asha and Windows Phone. It even has a notification centre, making it a tad more useful than what’s found on the Lumia range of devices.

While the Normandy is currently in testing, it’s not known if it will ever see the light of day with Microsoft’s looming purchase. We’ll see in the coming months if it lives or dies at Microsoft’s hand.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)
Via: The Verge

Having mined the leaked database themselves

Facebook prompts you to change your password after Adobe hack

fbadobeAfter Adobe got hacked and 38 million accounts were leaked, Facebook is prompting its users to change their password if they used the same login details on Adobe’s website. Other services like and have also done something similar.

But you may ask, how do these websites know? It appears that Facebook has gotten ahold of these 38 million entries and is mining through all of them, checking to see which details match with their own set of IDs. Despite the fact that Adobe used a single encryption key, thus allowing anyone who calculates it access to every password, I’m not entirely sure what to think of companies rolling through the leaks in the name of better security. That said, this notification does serve as a reminder to use a unique password for every website you register on.

Source: Krebson Security
Via: Engadget

Courtesy of famous release group

Windows 8.1 RTM leaks again – in English this time


Just the other day we let you know that the RTM (release to manufacturing, or “final” build) of Windows 8.1 had leaked into the wild, but in unfortunately in Chinese, making it nigh useless for most of the western world. Well, good news for those who were waiting for a leak in a language with a bit of a wider scope of appeal – WZOR, a famous release group who has leaked various other builds of past versions of Windows, has just officially leaked the RTM build of Windows 8.1 once again, but this time in English.

Both the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows 8.1 have been leaked for those with just a little bit of Google-know-how. For those interested in these sorts of things, the leaks come in the following flavours:

FILE: Windows_8.1_EN-US_x86.ISO
SIZE: 2,915,131,392 byte
SHA-1: 802CFCD3A411D99C097EA7E747F0B6697F9BDAC4

FILE: Windows_8.1_EN-US_x64.ISO
SIZE: 3,899,295,744 byte
SHA-1: BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B
MD5: F104B78019E86E74B149AE5E510F7BE9

A leak of the final version of Windows 8.1 has been big news after Microsoft officially confirmed that they would not be releasing Windows 8.1 early to developers and IT professionals prior to the public release on October 18th. Microsoft had traditionally released a new version of Windows on TechNet and MSDN months prior to a pubic release.

Via: BetaArchive

But it's useless

Windows 8.1 RTM leaks ahead of the October 18th release

win81Even though the build won’t officially be available until October 18th this year, the RTM build of Windows 8.1 has leaked out and is currently being distributed through Chinese filesharing websites. The Verge says that the current leak is all in Chinese (surprise, surprise) with an English build coming soon.

However, here’s a big tip: Don’t waste your bandwidth on this leak just yet. In all likelihood, there won’t be a pre-loaded dummy key in the Setup files and the Windows 8.1 Milestone Preview key will certainly not work in this release, so you won’t be able to install or activate this release. I suppose groups like Wzor or RAZOR 1911 will have their way with activation before October 18th but we don’t recommend these cracks and suggest you wait until October 18th.

Source: The Verge