Below is today’s top technology and startup news.
1. $6200 Bitcoin Heist Threatens Android Operating System
Hold onto your digital wallet. As expected, flaws in operating systems are being exploited to “pilfer” bitcoin. Google developers confirmed the cryptographic vulnerability, claiming there is a serious threat to “hundreds of thousands” of Android apps.
Undoubtedly, this is bad press for Bitcoin. Yet, this is even worse news for Android, with over 90% of mobile malware being detected on this mobile operating system.
Update: Today, it was reported Google is distributing patches through the Openhandset Alliance.
Here’s a quote from Alex Klyubin, a Google security engineer who first reported the situation:
“We have now determined that applications which use the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) for key generation, signing, or random number generation may not receive cryptographically strong values on Android devices due to improper initialization of the underlying PRNG.”
2. Google Blocks Microsoft’s YouTube app
Just days after announcing the release of the YouTube app on Windows Phone, Google has officially blocked the app.
This action was in response to errors which started to pop up this week. Google stated the full YouTube experience could not be enjoyed with the current browser.
Here’s a quote from a Google spokesperson: “It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”
3. Washington Post has been Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
It’s been a big week for the Post. After Jeff Bezos announcement to buy the Post for an estimated $250 Million, the website is now being hacked. Reportedly, readers of some articles are being redirected to the Syrian Electronic Army website.
4. “Julian Asssange with a Hypodermic Needle” – The Silk Road drug peddling website to be featured in magazine
He’s the Al Capone of the internet, known more commonly as Dread Pirates Roberts, and has been carefully building a website to meddle drugs over the last two years. And, these are not just your typical over-the-counter drugs. We’re talking heroine, meth, crack, LSD and ecstasy – all mailed through our local, friendly post office.
Forbes plans to run a full-feature article on Roberts.
5. Paypal freezes IndieGoGo campaign worth over $100,000 – then reverses the decision
With 9 days to go in the campaign, a Google Glass competitor ‘GlassUp’ was told they will only receive “a tiny amount of the funds.” The Italian hardware manufacturer would have been greatly hampered by this decision. But, after receiving mainstream press, Paypal reversed their decision stating:
“We looked into what was happening with GlassUp and corrected the situation earlier today. GlassUp now has access to all of the funds that they’ve raised on Indiegogo through PayPal. We think they are developing a fascinating product and don’t want to impede their innovation in any way.”
6. Awesome Fashion Designer Fights Government Surveillance
Here’s one way to speak out against Government surveillance. An activist and designer has created an anti-drone garment, resembling a burqa to demonstrate the seriousness of our situation. The garment reflects heat, masking the wearer’s thermal signature while reducing visibility to infrared sensors. You can check it out here:
Adam Harvey / ahprojects.com
7. Design Your Heart Out: Getty Releases 4600 Amazing Images to the Public
In a world of stock photos and vector art, the newest announcement by Getty is a pleasure to hear. Perhaps one of the World’s finest collections of artwork is now open to the public, free of use. The iniative, which sets a precedent for other art collections, is called the Open Content Program and is free to use.
You can browse the collection here: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=&cat=highlight&f=%22Open+Content+Images%22&rows=10&srt=a&dir=s&pg=1