Welcome to “The Week in Technology“, where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
We ring in the new year with celebrations, resolutions, and hacking. iPhones have been hacked by the NSA for years and Snapchat and Skype ring in the new year with hacks. Finally, Re/code launches and is sure to report on hacks in the future!
iPhones have been hacked by the NSA for years
The NSA has hacked everything known to man, so it’s not so surprising that the agency has reportedly had full access to all iPhone data for years.
In a program called “DROPOUTJEEP,” the NSA has supposedly placed malware, which allows the agency to access all device data including text messages, contact lists, location history, and voicemail, on every iPhone since 2008. Apple denied that it worked with the NSA to facilitate this surveillance.
Snapchat and Skype hacked
Let’s continue the talk about hackery, shall we?
Earlier this week, Snapchat was hacked by a site called SnapchatDB.info, which made the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million accounts available for download. The hack appears to be in response to flaws in Snapchat’s security that were identified by Gibson Security but apparently ignored by the builders of the ephemeral messaging app.
Skype also had new year security issues, as the company’s Twitter, Facebook and blog accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA created an anti-Microsoft tweet that read “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), they are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon #SEA” and was retweeted over 8,000 times.
Good times all around!
Goodbye AllThingsD, hello Re/code
In more positive news, the founders of tech journalism site AllThingsD have launched a new technology content website called Re/code.
Founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher ran AllThingsD as part of News Corporation but cut ties with the company last year. Re/code is now backed by NBCUniversal News Group and will provide NBC with tech content across its TV and web properties. To replace AllThingsD, the Wall Street Journal, who is part of News Corp, launched its own tech site, WSJD, to which AllThingsD.com redirects.
Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add them in the comments.