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In the wake of the current unfolding drama that has seen intimate private photos it would seem other celebrities have rushed for cover – and who can blame them as the Daily Mail has reported a SECOND wave of photos and videos is circulating around the internet.

New wave of leaks target more celebrities as authorities prove unable to stop spread as it emerges naked photos may have been passed around online club for MONTHS

A new wave of ‘nude’ celebrity photos have been leaked online amid claims the graphic images may have been passed around an online club for months.

Indeed, the internet is awash with speculation about the source of the leak. According to one anonymous 4chan poster, the release of nude photographs of celebrities was the product of an ‘underground celeb n00d-trading ring’.
The poster claimed the ring had been in operation for months and posters would trade or sell the photos they retrieved between each other.
Another poster, who claims to have been involved, wrote on AnonIB that the hacking had been ‘several months’ in the making and the nude photos were the result of ‘several months of long and hard work by all involved.’

So, whilst we are left wondering where it will all end, there are many feeling vindicated in warnings they have been giving for ages on this subject as Reuters are reporting:

Celebrity Photo Breach Heightens Online Security Warnings

Celebrity representatives and security experts used the online posting of intimate photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers to sound new warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of storing data on the Internet.

Martin Garbus, a New York trial lawyer who over the years has represented actors Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and others, said worried clients had approached him after the apparent mass hacking over the weekend.

“Nothing is safe on the Internet, period,” he told Reuters. “Everything on your iPhone, whether it be phone calls, message texts, pictures, is all available.”

Apple Inc has said it is investigating reports that its iCloud, which stores data online rather than on a user’s device, had apparently been hacked.

“This is just one of a series of wake-up calls that people are ignoring,” said Chris Crowleigh, a cyber-security expert specializing in mobile devices at the SANS Institute.

“People just sort of implicitly accept the risk of storing their data on the cloud until they actually see something bad happen to someone they can relate to.”

Lawrence’s representative described the release of the photos as a “flagrant violation of privacy” and said the authorities have been contacted. A spokesman for the FBI said the agency is addressing the matter.

Celebrities took to Twitter to characterize the alleged hacking, purportedly targeting dozens of female actresses, models and athletes, as less of a privacy invasion than an act of sexual aggression.

“Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It’s not okay,” said actress Lena Dunham.

Garbus said he was not surprised by the hacking because he said he has seen it in the past.

“There are just so many different ways that one’s privacy can be invaded,” he added.

The point is that the longer this rumbles the greater the wake up call will be.

Remember, as we’ve been saying for a while now, it’s not JUST A PHONE.

It MATTERS.

Do yourself a favour.

Stay protected.

Buy a BlackBerry.

Verizon Rolling Out OS 10.2.1.3289 For BlackBerry Z30

Verizon Rolling Out OS 10.2.1.3289 For BlackBerry Z30

For Z30 users on the Verizon network, today is your lucky day as you’re being treated to an OS upgrade.

Verizon has begun rolling out BlackBerry10 OS 10.2.1.3289.

It appears that this update consists of general bug fixes and improvements over previous updates.

So, what are you waiting for?; swipe down for Settings > Software Updates > Check for Updates, and get your device on the latest OS version.

Source: Crackberry

Returning BlackBerry to Growth

Returning BlackBerry to Growth

In an interview with Business Line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen discusses his plan for leading BlackBerry back to growth and India’s relevance as part of the overall plan.

Some key points from the interview:

  • The restructuring process is over and BlackBerry has begun hiring in key areas.  The creation of BlackBerry Technical Solutions (BTS) will help BlackBerry create solutions to expand their end-to-end security to more end points, namely in the areas of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Turnaround risk has been mitigated through a new leadership team, clear vision, and a completed restructuring process.  The company has a strong cash and investments balance, and has seen great success in the enterprise market in India.
  • BlackBerry will continue to leverage the Foxconn partnership and the Z3 has been very well received in both Indonesia and India, as examples.
  • With respect to the BlackBerry10 OS and handsets: “BlackBerry devices are part of our unparalleled ability to provide the most secure end-to-end enterprise mobility solutions from the smartphone to the data center. We’ll continue to sell devices as long as there are customers who value them. We are a mobile solutions company that services the needs of customers looking for secure technologies that drive productivity, communications and collaboration – and the device is a critical piece of that equation.  When I look at BlackBerry 10, I don’t just look at the market share. I look at whether it provides the core capabilities that our customers have come to value – the security, of course, but also the unique interface and user experience that enables them to work faster, better and smarter.”  Once again, Chen underscores the importance of the devices and the OS and key components of a truly secure end-to-end solution.
  • In response to competition from Chinese handset manufacturers, specifically in the low cost space: “BlackBerry is a pioneer in mobility. We have always been, and continue to be focused on innovation. And you will see some of our latest innovations with our upcoming BlackBerry Passport smartphone. Frankly, we don’t see those Chinese players you mentioned as threats in our target market. We see them playing more at the low end.  And it’s important to remember that BlackBerry is more than just a smartphone manufacturer. We are a mobile solutions company that takes a broader approach to servicing the needs of customers looking for secure technologies that drive productivity, communication and collaboration.  BlackBerry has an aggressive plan to continue to lead the enterprise mobility market while also developing a broader set of tools and value-add services. We don’t see those Chinese players you mentioned as threats across our broad set of capabilities.”
  • The Indian enterprise market is a key market for BlackBerry, and as Chen describes, holds immense untapped potential for secure mobility management.  BlackBerry will be actively targeting small, medium sized and large business alike.

As we can see, BlackBerry under John Chen has a clearly articulated vision which they are executing against.   We can’t wait to see what BlackBerry unveils on September 24th.

You can read the full interview here.

Source: Business Line

As @BlackBerryDev teased it, here is something for you fine folks….

It’s coming! Save the date!

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We’ll come back with more details when we get them!

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There once was an app called Disconnect Mobile. It was a fine app. An app that gave Android users just a touch of privacy. And it seemed quite popular. Within 5 days of arriving on Google Play, it was downloaded over 5000 times. And at that magical 5 day mark, Google removed the app, because you see, Google does not want users to have privacy.

Disconnect Mobile works by preventing other apps from collecting data on users. However, it is against Google’s rules for apps that interfere with other apps. Read information from other apps? Sure. Collect information from other apps? Definitely! Collect information on the user? Of course! But the minute an app stops these things from happening, it is banned from Google Play. Well, not exactly the minute. It took 5 days. 5 days before someone noticed at Google Play that this app violated one of their rules and pulled it. Thank goodness it wasn’t malware! Think of how many users could have been affected by some nasty malware within 5 days!

We know how Google makes money off of their open source free-to-use Android operating system. They do this through the collection of information and advertising. And it appears that they have pulled this app by categorizing it as an ad blocker.

The co-founder of Disconnect Mobile stated in a blog post:

“Disconnect focuses on protecting people from invisible tracking and sources of malware, and all too often these threats come in the form of advertising.

The fact is, we are not opposed to advertising and think advertising plays a critical role in the Internet economy. But we are 100% opposed to advertising that invisibly tracks people and compromises their security.

Sounds like that would be a great app to have on Android! If Google allowed it.

While Google has not commented on the take down of the app, it was noted that the app could be obtained outside the Google Play store. Yet Android users are always quick to point out that your run in to a high risk of malware if you’re getting apps from third party app stores. Wow, it must be tough to be an android user.

source: Business Insider

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The title is a famous quote attributed to former English Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, “There are three types of lies- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Whenever I think about the medias’ love for all things Apple and disdain for BlackBerry, that quote comes to mind. Recently #2 items helped to reinforce this twisted reality.

A few months back a ‘pro-iPhone website‘ featured an article claiming iPhone users had nothing to fear from the Heartbleed hack as iOS does not rely on open SSL. iPhonians everywhere rejoiced and went back about their daily lives happily shackled to their app launchers.

Then a mere 2 months later the English corporation Aviva was hacked via the Heartbleed hack. Now most rational, coherent people would expect the public outcry to be immense with the media disemboweling Apple and all their ‘iGeniuses’. But lo and behold the only response to date has been the sound of crickets chirping…

A few days ago a hacker (or group of hackers) released compromising photos of celebrities which were never intended for public consumption. Naturally the hackers should be held accountable for their actions, but that does not address the underlying issue – what vulnerability in the system facilitated this hack, and to take it one step further, were celebrities or any other customers given assurances that Apples’ iCloud was secure – if this were the case then legal action may be warranted.

So once again I’m sitting here waiting for the press to lambast Apple, waiting for the masses to march on Cupertino, torches and pitchforks in hand, but alas, the media is more concerned with reporting on ‘back-to-school’ specials instead of taking Apple to task for their unmitigated greed. How difficult would it be for a ‘real journalist’ to factually represent the positive impact on important data and the information we take for granted had Aviva or the celebrities used a BlackBerry?

While I was cruising through new arrivals in BlackBerry World, I came across a tasty looking possibility.

PDF Creator caught my eye immediately as a candidate for my document tools arsenal.

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But, to my surprise I went from app review to app permissions critic in seconds. I don’t know about you, but I tend to take at least a cursory look at the permissions to access my device and information that any developer is asking for.

Call me paranoid, but the list of permissions on this one knocked my socks off. I’ll let the pictures do the talking here…

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Hmmm… Shared files… on and off my device?

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My PIN and serial number? What the Heck for?

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My name, email address, and BBID?

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Allowing the app to view, create, send, and delete PIN and email messages? Is this list of permissions innocent? Am I being unnecessarily paranoid? Notice I unchecked them all…

After I unchecked every permission request, I tapped “OK” to move forward I saw this…

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And ladies and gentlemen, before I could delete the app without even using it once I got a notification in the HUB. It was an unsolicited ad to download another app from the same developer called “Battery Booster”.

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Now, I respect the fact that the Developer has created a “Built for BlackBerry” app. That in and of itself is an honorable achievement as our own UTB app is. But you tell me, am I being overly concerned? Is the dev just being open and honest about what is truly necessary to make the app run properly?

Or what?

I didn’t like it, or the unsolicited sales spam.

Tell me what you all think of the permissions for this app in particular, and of permissions in general. Yeesh.

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iPhone hacks since January 2014

This is by no means an exhaustive list- just things readily accessible via the interwebs

There are 9 iPhone hacks that the public are aware of since 01 Jan 2014

Since 01 Jan 2014 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2013 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2012 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2011 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2010 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2009 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 01 Jan 2008 there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

Since 29 Jun 2007 (introduction of iPhone) there have been ZERO verified BlackBerry hacks.

 

Your personal medical information

Your personal Financial information

Your Personal Pictures

Your Contacts

Your Calendar

Your buying habits/surfing habits/personal preferences DATA MINED!

 

Why on earth would you pay up to twice as much for an iPhone when BlackBerry values your right to privacy?

Isn’t it time to come #BackToBlack?

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Other than the lack of trackpads on BB10 Physical Keyboard phones, nothing infuriates me more than a hokey app that is undeservedly taking up space next to some very well done professional quality apps that have the same function, but do it right.

Such is the case with two apps, “xClinometer” and “Angle Meter” both found in the Amazon App store, shown side by side above.

Angle Meter has hokey graphics, gives inaccurate low resolution readings, is jumpy and is basically junk. The readings may as well have been output from a random number generator. Not only that but it comes with an ad at the bottom.

xClinometer (left screen cap) on the other hand has realistic dimensional graphics, is responsive, smooth and accurate and measures angles down to tenths of a degree. If held orthogonally to the Earth’s gravity such as placed on a tabletop, it automagically converts to a very accurate spirit level. Good stuff! Nice addition to your toolbox.z5

The screen captures above tell the story, both readings taken with the phone at the same angle.

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‎A few thoughts on what alternative websites have dubbed “The Fappening”:

First. My sympathies go to the victims of this massive invasion of their privacy: nobody deserves to have this happen to them, celebrity or otherwise.

Beyond the sensationalism of the moment – which will pass – I’m personally more interested in the media handling of the story. For the moment the headlines (by and large) are linking this to a breach of iCloud which is somewhat irresponsible given that nothing has been proven as yet. As someone who often assists friends and family with computer related issues I’m no longer surprised by the lax attitude most people have when it comes to security. Off the cuff, my guess is that when all is revealed it will come down to most of these individuals using easy to guess passwords, security questions, etc whereby the hackers got access to their private cloud storage (whether iCloud or otherwise).

Not that being lax in any way justifies this breach of their privacy.

What’s also remarkable to me is once you go beyond the sensational headlines is how many of the stories are pointing out several possibilities of How and Why this happened - and not just piling on Apple from the onset. That’s very responsible of them and should be commended, all partisan feelings of Apple aside.

Ahem.

I remember recently when the RCMP broke up a Montreal mafioso ring via their pin to pin messages. They almost certainly went to BlackBerry with a valid warrant who in turn rightfully handed over the public key (they weren’t using their own secure BES server fortunately) and the RCMP were able to read the incriminating messages in the clear.
In that instance, the media (imo) were far more irresponsible. The implication was that BBM was used and was insecure and had been ‘cracked’. And far too few journalists took the time to investigate whether this was true and/or to explain alternative theories of what happened. And that’s not the first instance of irresponsible journalism (and/or lazy, take your pick), when it comes to reporting on BlackBerry.
There seems to be a double standard by and large, I think that’s worth pointing out.

In any event, some good will hopefully come of this unfortunate event – beyond the mainstream media milking this for every click penny they can. Everyone – regardless of platform – has just been reminded (Again!) of the importance of security when it comes to protecting their privacy; and that taking the easy route (easy to guess passwords, backing up EVERYTHING to the Cloud without a little discretionary ‘editing, etc) is not always the best route.

Security is not as convenient but it certainly is as necessary as ever, especially as we begin to enter the Internet of Things. And for my money, this is yet another reason that everyone should hope that BlackBerry continues to exist in this brave new world as I feel their focus on security and privacy is more important than ever.

Be safe out there!

And update your bloody passwords! ;)