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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Not only iCloud at fault (295 comments)

Looking at the EXIF data attached to the photographs, where it's available, and the structure of the filenames I can see that only some of them came from iPhones/iCloud. I can also see photographs from Android phones (Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy 5s) likely acquired via Google Drive, other photographs clearly taken from Dropbox accounts (the dumps include default dropbox files), and many clearly taken from Twitter and Facebook private messages (filenames are a dead giveaway). Some of the filenames look like those you would get from a recovery or backup programme rather than an auto generated one, which chimes with what victims have said on Twitter regarding deleting the images months or even years ago. In any case there are clearly multiple sources and as usual Apple Derangement Syndrome is in full swing. Likely as not this was related to the heartbleed bug. Large amounts of passwords were acquired around that time, and were probably being used on multiple services. It's equally possible that this wasn't a breach at Apple et al but a breach of Amazon Web Services or Microsoft's Azure as those services are used to backup data from iCloud, Google Drive, and many others. What's worse for some of the celebs is that the pictures contain GPS data that could compromise their homes.

The Jennifer Lawrence pictures looks like they span 2-3 years. Each set has different hair colors, body shapes. My first thought was upgraded cell phones - phones that were reset but the data was still there when the user got a new phone.

The common link between these stars could be a phone retail outlet. Maybe an employee there would take the old phones, make copy of the internal flash memory before it was shipped off somewhere else.


Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Where are these photos? (295 comments)

A brute-force program to hack AppleID passwords was recently uploaded to the software-hosting GitHub. The program, appropriately called iBrute, is designed to flood AppleID logons with possible password combinations. The assumption is that the hacker would know the username, often derived from an email address.

Shortly before the stolen images were announced, the owner of iBrute announced the vulnerability — Find My iPhone did not deny access to brute force methods of figuring out a password. Early this morning, the same iBrute owner announced that the vulnerability has been closed, although there has not yet been confirmation from Apple.

iBrute is now reportedly locked out. But there is also speculation that the Find My iPhone hack was not solely to blame for all the apparently stolen files. For instance, someone could trick a celebrity user — or the celebrity’s assistant — into revealing enough information to gain access to iCloud backups. Additionally, it’s possible other online services were involved, since some of the images reportedly show celebrities using Android mobile devices.

The "find my iphone" bruteforce attack has been known for months. Search for how to get rid of "iCloud lock" and you'll see results.

I think once the iCloud password was found, then the same password was probably used to access other sites. Though I don't know why models/actresses would put dropbox and other cloud services on their phone.

I'm sure tools have been created that trawls the internet for e-mail addresses and tries to guess the password for the iCloud service. If you have the same user/pass combo in iCloud as anywhere else, then your account is probably compromised.


Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:from the PoV of someone who has actually studie (401 comments)

...the problem, this is not only totally feasible, it is also absolutely necessary.

I prototyped a video recording device that started recording the second it was popped out of its charging/data cradle and kept going for thirty six hours straight during longevity testing - on a cellphone battery, through a HD (720p) sensor, at 30fps, with audio, onto a 64GB memory card.

Hardware can be had for less than £75 per unit. That includes the memory card.

POLICE LIE. THEY BULLSHIT THEIR WAY THROUGH COURT CASES TO SECURE A CONVICTION, AND THEY FABRICATE EVIDENCE AND FORCE CONFESSIONS. So called "public oversight" is nothing of the sort. IA are POLICE. In England, we now have Police Commissioners, who are themselves serving police officers. We are in the process of winding down the IPCC (the Independent Police Complaints Commission) which is also staffed by serving police officers. They all piss in the same fucking pot!

And get off your privacy high horse, per Judge Munby in the Stafford case: PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY. If you have a compact camera, keep the battery charged and carry it with you! RECORD every interaction you have or observe with police officers. I guarantee you, you will record evidence particularly when they "order" you to delete the file! (that's called "spoliation" and the mere mention of requiring someone else to do it is a criminal offence).

I think getting police officers to wear cameras and to produce footage etc is never going to happen.

The opposite can happen more easily. Have everyone wear cameras so that if they do come in contact with the police, there are numerous video recordings. Every car will have camera, every pedestrian will be recording and every building will have security video footage. When something happens, it will be recorded by multiple observers from multiple angles.

Make it illegal for the police to take publicly recorded footage away. Ask people to record public interactions with the police, ask building owners to submit the publicly recorded videos to youtube and vehicle video recordings to piece together what happened.

2 days ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:"accidental" breakage (401 comments)

I'm not sure about that. I mean, they released the footage of Brown robbing a convenience store for cigars and shoving around the clerk, which happened just before the shooting, but a lot of people in Ferguson still regard him as some sort of hero or martyr.

He paid for the cigars. The shoving of the clerk was unrelated to the "theft".


2 days ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

m00sh Re:Biased (216 comments)

>>For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

Actually I work in education. Scientific literacy is a concept that has been around for a long time, and is generally defined to mean scientific concepts that everyone should understand.

>For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

It is, actually.

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Well, there you go. Their research fits all the criteria for scientific literacy.

The test clearly test for scientific reasoning, explain and predict natural phenomenon, ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences and all the other vague, unquantified criteria that is deemed to measure scientific literacy.

2 days ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

m00sh Sweatpants (247 comments)

Sweatpants. That's how you get put on the no-fly list.

4 days ago

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

m00sh Re:social network / free webhosting (32 comments)

GitHub has become a alternative for the 1337 haxxor set and alot of people use it for free hosting to put up a personal site

that's my experience anyway...the idea is great, a website that hosts code for coding projects...but the whole abstraction layer of calling it a 'Git' still irks's not a 'git' it's a computer file that contains code...

any frequent uses of GitHub care to comment? what does /. think?

No the git comes from the fact that Linus is a git.

4 days ago

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

m00sh Re:business model (32 comments)

Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too.

I'm not privy to any details of GitHub's finances or business model, but most likely it's a good thing that there are non-open-source projects using GitHub, because that's probably what's paying for the free open source use. I've recommended to several clients developing proprietary software the use of GitHub rather than running their own in-house repositories, because the interface is easier for them to use and they don't need as much in-house expertise to manage things. Because Git is distributed, they could of course do both, or easily transition away from GitHub later, and that's a selling point.

Wasn't the whole point of git to not have central servers and such? That you could use a directory or any other source as a repo instead of centralized server repos.

4 days ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

m00sh Re:Biased (216 comments)

"[O]nly 25% of Canadians surveyed agreed with the statement "We depend too much on science and not enough on faith", as opposed to 55% in the U.S. and 38% in the E.U."

Seriously? I was expecting a survey of scientific literacy to be about, you know, scientific literacy, not asking people the relative merits, as it were, between science and religion.

I'm not sure how this proves, quote, "Canada is a nation of science geeks." It's a complete non-sequitor. It doesn't even match the data, in which 58% of Canadians couldn't understand basic science concepts from newspaper stories, and in which Canada ranks 19th out of 29th in science degrees (by percentage).

Contrawise, Americans, sure, value religion probably more highly than other countries, and might even think that we could use more religion, but that is not a question of scientific literacy or attitudes towards science in and of itself. It seems to presuppose the long-discredited Conflict Thesis, which states that religion and science are inherently always in conflict.

The clincher for me - which indisputably shows the authors' bias - is that Canada ranks #1 in people protesting GMOs and nuclear power, and the authors consider this a good sign that their population is scientifically literate!

The authors should get back to ...

Well, Canada is top of the science-something from the data.

For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

euphorically sniffing their own armpits, and stop pretending to be scientists. Or whatever you call the people that work at science museums.

4 days ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

m00sh Re:Age Discrimination (119 comments)

It is sad to see that Mr. Pendleton had an experience similar to my own. I was laid off the year I turned 48. Unlike him, however, I stayed in management despite hating it and still became unemployed. I hope Mr. Pendleton finds success and happiness in whatever he chooses.

From the stories I hear, I think I will have to figure out an exit plan by 45-46.

I really hope I can get my own business as consultant or something else with a bunch of people who are in the same boat as me. I really hope I can strike out as a startup and hire young programmers and not be firable.

about a week ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

m00sh Re:Incredibly wise advice (119 comments)

I think the reason there's no job security in programming is because basically, nobody's really doing any "programming" these days.

Modern programmers know less about machines and languages than they do APIs and UIs. Everything is so object-oriented and encapsulated, and there are so many square pegs developers are asked to fit into round holes, they're not really designing stuff as much as working on an assembly line sticking various parts-pieces together with no real sense of oversight of the big picture.

Yes, the big picture.

The big picture is what gets one person fired and another a promotion.

The big picture is what gets a guy a multi-million dollar salary while the other one is glad he gets to keep his job for another month.

The best way to get the big picture is to connect, talk to people and see where everything is and looks like is going. Our lives have become so isolated and compartmentalized now. We do our thing in the cubicle and come home and watch TV and Netflix and ponder about what to buy next. No wonder we end up becoming disconnected husks who can't see anything outside their own shell.

about a week ago

Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

m00sh Re:Burners (76 comments)

If anonymity with a cell phone was important you'd be spending that subscription fee on a new burner every week.

Don't they do this with SIM cards? You buy a SIM card with x number of minutes with cash and then burn it in a week and pop in another one.

Or leave the phone at home but have it call you in your new sim and relay the call.

about a week ago

Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

m00sh Re:Congratulations, India ! (67 comments)

I can teach you: pay people smaller salaries. Compare average income in India and The West to see why cost of building stuff is different. The cost of a potato is the income of the person who grew it.

Total BS. With high tech projects, countries with lower per capita cannot compete because they cannot afford to buy the component pieces. Even if you have lots of people with low salaries in a warehouse, they can't just create the parts needed in a short time. Even if you have the components, you cannot just train people in a short time to integrate components that nobody in the country has used before.

You say the cost of potato is the income of the person who grew it. But, what about oil? The price is about the same throughout the world. Even making parts would cost a lot more since the even the raw materials are a larger portion of the budget.

I'm not an expert on India but what seems like a out of nowhere thing is usually a project started decades ago with lots of vision, leadership and direction. It's not just a lower salary so cheaper product thing.

about a week ago

Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

m00sh Compete with Google? (83 comments)

Google tracks a large portion of the websites you visit, including slashdot. They have a more detailed browsing history. If you use gmail, they probably have all your purchasing history as well (including Amazon). Not to mention your search history. So, Amazon has a fraction of the data that Google would have on a person.

The only thing that Amazon has over Google is that you use Amazon ads and if a visitor buys something, you get a nice 4% commission. But, I don't know if big money will come from that - it's just blogs.

about two weeks ago

The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra

m00sh Re:Why only on iPad ? (16 comments)

There was a previous blog entry on that topic that claims to explain why it is currently only on iPad.

FTFY. In short, that post says that they'd lose a lot if they made a pdf instead of their magazine app, and thus they only make it for the iPad because... well, just because. Personally, I'm going to assume they chose to use some platform specific toolset(s) and either lack the time or expertise to port to other platforms or do cross platform development... of a magazine.

The interactive features they'd lose is the ability to click on a title and have it go directly to the app store on your device and have you playing with minimal interruption (according to their post). I don't see why that'd be lost. Just have different links in each platform specific version and leave the content the same, so the iPad version links to the app store; the windows version links to the homepage; the android version links to the google play store; etc etc.

Whatever. It's their business decision. No real reason they don't support other platforms.

Isn't the common understanding that iPad and iOS device owners are richer?

By limiting the experience on only one platform, they probably make their product more attractive.

Imagine their shiny and gaudy product being used on a cruddy cheap Chinese Android tablet. That would ruin an appetite.

This isn't the stuff for the common masses. It is for refined tastes only.

about two weeks ago

It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

m00sh Re:Still not adding up (243 comments)

Not equal, just dependent on other things, like definition of "success" for one. Intelligent but sleazy gets you further than intelligent but honest.

Also, depends on the environment. Sleazy will get you further if you are playing a zero sum game. If not, co-operation and honest will get you further.

For example, in software development where a lot of people need to contribute, sleazy and selfish will have a negative impact. Honest and team-players will enable lots of code and features to be written to the common goal of making a good product.

However, when the number of promotions in the office are fixed, then sleazy will get you that promotion. Here, honesty won't work because everyone is competing for a common prize.

about two weeks ago

It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

m00sh Re:Still not adding up (243 comments)

If this is true, why do psychologists continue to focus so much on IQ? Why do they insist there is a strong, undeniable link between IQ and success that must be catered to? Why has funding for students who, as they say, "are merely bright, but not gifted" entirely disappeared in favor of a fully mainstream approach? Why are the hard working students who achieve but who are not obvious savants lumped in with the merely average, and worst, the probably hopeless (whatever the reason)?

Psychologists said that over 50 years ago but they do not say that all anymore. There was a famous experiment where the kid's IQs were tested and later on after 20-30 years their success measured. The higher IQ were no better off than the average IQ. In fact, a randomly selected group of kids were as successful as the high IQ group.

Psychologists actually say there isn't a strong link between IQ and success. There is a minimum IQ (which is fairly low) and above that IQ everyone has an equal chance. The most used analogy to this is height in basketball. There is a certain height after which height is not an advantage. Basketball is not full of the tallest people and successful people are not the people with the highest IQs.

Is this real science, or feel good "also-ran" science for the ignorant and unspecial, as one might be led to believe if one actually believed psychology was anything like actual science? We all want to believe articles like this are true, IQ is a bitter pill to swallow and one that seems even murkier the more one reads about it, however it represents our cultures mindset towards success. No company wants a merely bright hard-working person, they want a genius, they worship that genius. Give an academic institution a test, and they will run off with the truly exceptional students (the SATs allegedly correlate to IQ at 0.82, so they actually DO this). Give a corporation that test and they'll probably rather do without than hire anyone with an IQ below 120, which of course, represents the majority of people.

Companies do not want geniuses, they want people who are team players and will fit in the company culture. Even Google has published reports that they cannot correlate the success of an employee to any measurable metric like GPA, or how good they were at the brain teasers. It has been well known that the highest IQ, GPA or what-not employees are not the most successful.

I prefer to believe what is in this article in the same way that I prefer to believe in Free Will, but, however disappointing this may be, this does not reflect the prevailing attitudes of people that matter. Nothing in this article is substantial enough to use as a weapon to change education, and ultimately it's just feel good drivel, much like I think the IQ studies to date are, although sadly they represent the established convention. From a magazine like Scientific American I want something I can USE to make change.

If you have a really low IQ, you're too dumb to care. If you have a medium or high IQ, it does not affect your chance of success.

Another analogy is that IQ is like speed. A higher IQ can person can get somewhere faster than a person of lower IQ. It does not mean a higher IQ person can get to places that a lower IQ person cannot. So, what is more important is the direction that you go rather than the speed.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

m00sh Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

Yes. I know. It's politically incorrect to think that intelligence does have a genetic component. My anecdotal examples certainly leads my belief that there is a causal relationship.

And no. I'm not saying that genetics is everything; nor am I saying that all children of two intelligent people are intelligent. Anyone who has even the simplest understanding of genetics knows that not all children of brown haired parents have brown hair. But only someone who has baked their brain in a politically correct stew would think there is no genetic component.

IQ has some heritability. However, intelligence can mean anything. If you measure intelligence by IQ, you are right. If you measure intelligence by achievements, then the original poster is right.

about two weeks ago

Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

m00sh Re:Not going to work (167 comments)

I do not want to be negative, but networks being based on "trust" and "people you know" work only to a certain size, then it breaks down under the own weight. So this sounds like a pretty good thing while it's small, but it cannt be a big alternative or solution.

Networks based on "trust" and "people you know"? Works for facebook and makes billions of it.

Hell, even works for human society.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

m00sh Meh. the time limit is still there (174 comments)

So they removed the mileage limit but they still have the time limit of 8 years.

It's not like people are going to use a Tesla car to go cross-country driving. They have to charge the car after use and so has to remain near a viable charge station. So, the removing the mileage limit seems pointless.

If they removed the time limit of 8 years, then it would be something.

I don't see this as a big deal. Sure sounds good but the service centers probably realized that the mileage of the cars coming in for service was nowhere close to getting to warranty mileage and just dropped them.

about two weeks ago


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