WhatsApp Web site hijacked, shows pro-Palestinian message

The Web site of WhatsApp, a widely used messaging app, was hijacked Tuesday.

The site showed a pro-Palestinian message at 2:40 a.m. PT Tuesday and was given the title "You Got Pwned." A group called KDMS Team claimed credit for the attack.

"Our Web site was hijacked for a small period of time, during which attackers redirected our Web site to another IP address," the company said in a statement. "We can confirm that no user data was lost or compromised. We are committed to user security and are working with our domain … Read more

Heads up, Intel: TI chips bring ARM to Arduino gadget market

Watch out, Intel, because Texas Instruments wants to get its ARM-based processors into the Arduino market aimed at tinkerers, experimentalists, and hardware hackers.

At the Maker Faire in Rome on Saturday, Arduino movement co-founder Massimo Banzi, along with Texas Instruments' Jason Kridner and Gerald Coley, described a new Arduino electronics board called the Arduino Tre that increases the computing power of the diminutive devices a hundredfold. Their presentation comes shortly after Intel announced its Arduino-compatible Galileo boards.

The Arduino Tre speed boost comes from its Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x processor, which is based on the Cortex-A8 design from ARM Holdings. … Read more

Twitter IPO reveals interesting tidbits

CNET Update keeps it short and tweet:

In this episode of Update:

- Discover a few surprises uncovered from Twitter's IPO filing, including how the network is not making a profit, and it's ahead of Facebook when it comes to making money from mobile ads.

- Prepare to see video and photo advertisements on Instagram in the coming months.

- Reset your passwords if you're an Adobe user, since hackers stole personal data of 3 million users, along with software source code.

- Find big discounts on Apple's iPhone 5C and Samsung's Galaxy S4 now at Best Buy. … Read more

What could make Twitter #Fail

It's official, Twitter formally announced that it's on the path to becoming a public company by filing for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

While insiders are most likely popping champagne corks, there's still the looming risks: What if Twitter fails to make money? What if its users dry up? What if it becomes a bigger breeding ground for spam?

One of the nifty things about filing for an IPO with the SEC is that companies have to outline just what could trip up their plans to make loads of money. … Read more

Intel's Galileo aims x86 chips at Arduino hardware hackers

Determined to carve out a niche for itself in the low-power device market, Intel on Thursday announced a partnership to bring its small Quark processors to the Arduino world of hardware hobbyists.

Intel missed out on the first years of the mobile-phone and tablet revolution, which has been powered instead by processors whose designs are licensed from ARM Holdings. Arduino devices use even smaller, less powerful devices today, Atmel's 8-bit microcontrollers.

Through a partnership with Arduino announced at the Maker Faire in Rome, though, Intel will build Arduino-compatible electronics boards called Galileo that use its 32-bit Pentium-class Quark processor. … Read more

Hackers crack major data firms, sell info to ID thieves, says report

An illegal service that sells personal data "on any U.S. resident" -- which can then be used for identity theft -- hacked into servers at several major data aggregators including LexisNexis and Dun & Bradstreet, according to a report.

The service's customers have, the report said, "spent hundreds of thousands of dollars looking up SSNs, birthdays, driver's license records, and obtaining unauthorized credit and background reports on more than 4 million Americans."

In an article Wednesday, former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs, who now writes the KrebsOnSecurity blog, outlined how a site called … Read more

Hacker video shows how to thwart Apple's Touch ID

One of the hackers who recently tricked Apple's fingerprint sensor now has a video out showing just how he does it.

Earlier this week, a group of hackers in Germany, known as the Chaos Computer Club, took credit for bypassing the biometric security on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. That hack was accomplished by scanning someone's fingerprint and ultimately using that to gain access to that person's iPhone 5S.

Posted on Vimeo by one of the hackers known as Starbug, the video takes us through the entire process from the initial scan to the actual fingerprint trickery. … Read more

Touch ID hack verified as legit

Well, that didn't take long. Barely 48 hours after the iPhone 5S hit the streets, its Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been fooled by a Germany-based group called the Chaos Computer Club and confirmed independently.

Independent security researchers confirmed that the successful iPhone hack, by a researcher named Starbug, unlocked the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint that had been transposed onto a thin strip of what appears to be latex. Videos by Starbug and the security researchers who were able to replicate Starbug's methodology don't show how the fingerprint was transposed to the latex, but they do … Read more

The 404 1,348: Where we stop and frisk the iPhone 5S (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- No joke, iPhone 5S Touch ID faces hack bounty.

- Contest over: Hackers claim to have defeated Apple's Touch ID print sensor.

- NYPD wants you to update to iOS 7.

- What it took to get the gold Apple iPhone 5S on opening day.

- The hunt for the gold iPhone: Business Insider has evidence that the shortage is deliberate.

- 68 years after World War II, the sheet music of an old German march might be a treasure map to Nazi gold.… Read more

LinkedIn users claim company 'hacked' their e-mail accounts

LinkedIn is being accused of hacking into its members' e-mail accounts. In a new class action lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that the professional social network broke into their external e-mail accounts, accessed their address books, and then sent marketing information to their contacts.

LinkedIn has been "appropriating the names, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Plaintiffs to advertise its products and services for a commercial purpose without Plaintiffs' consent, for unfair and deceptive business practices," the complaint (PDF) reads. "LinkedIn provides no functional way to stop multiple subsequent advertising emails from being sent."

When contacted by CNET, a … Read more