Saturday, 13 August 2011

Anonymous attack on Facebook is a definite maybe

A PLANNED attack on Facebook by members of Anonymous isn't a hoax, but it's not clear how serious the threat is either.
A YouTube video labelled as a message from Anonymous urged hackers to help "kill" the social networking website on November 5 for supposedly abusing the privacy of users.
"If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy," it said.
However another message from Anonymous on Twitter denounced the video soon after it began making headlines.
Confused? Don't worry — as it turns out, so are members of Anonymous.
An Anonymous spokesman told AFP even heads of the group were uncertain how seriously to take the threat, since the loosely-knit collective doesn't have a organised structure and members mask their identities.
"I found groups of people who say we absolutely are and have a trick up our sleeves," said the spokesman.
"I found others that say it isn't us and that this is stupid."
The video accused Facebook of holding onto the data people post in accounts and of even sharing some of it with law enforcement agencies.
"Join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy," it urged.
The video has been viewed more than a million times since being posted three weeks ago.
A cadre within Anonymous was evidently trying to rally cyber warriors in a Facebook attack, but the plan did not have the backing of the majority of the group, according to the spokesman.
A message on an "Anonops" account on Twitter acknowledged some members of the group were organizing a Facebook attack, but that didn't mean the sentiment was unanimous.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Anonymous hacks Syrian defence ministry

THE infamous online activist group "Anonymous" have hacked the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence.
The website's content was replaced by an Anonymous logo embedded in the Syrian flag, along with a message attacking the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, and a series of scrolling links to various videos demonstrating injustice, violence and civil unrest in the country.
On June 4, Anonymous uploaded a video to YouTube, promising to hack the websites of Syrian embassies around the world.

The online attacks follow the deaths of 55 protesters who were killed by Government security forces.
Uprisings in Syria are ongoing as protesters call for the resignation of President Bashar-al-Assad, equal rights for ethnic and religious groups, and an end to extra-judicial violence as well as broader political freedoms.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

iPhone 5 leak!

WITH Apple due to launch their new iPhone sometime next month, expect "leaked" details of the device to hit the internet any day now.
Hey, what do you know? Here's a blog that’s spoken to someone who claims to have seen someone using an iPhone 5 on a train in San Francisco.
Even better, here's another blog that has the real drawings of an iPhone 5 case.
But what does it all mean? jumps on the rickety bandwagon with a wrap of all the crazy rumours about what will make your annual Apple donation a more magical, revolutionary experience.
We've seen it!
Last week, ran pictures of what they say is a good shot be someone using an iPhone on a train in San Francisco.
It was thinner, wider and "almost EVO-like", the tipster said.
Supporting evidence
THE guy was "hunched over" the device.
IT was in San Francisco.
THE tipster already has an iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and said the mystery device was "like nothing he's ever seen".
We've seen the case!
The tipster told the new phone was "like nothing he's ever seen" and would fit perfectly into casing drawings posted online recently.
The case pics came from, which in turn claimed it was a design drawing leaked to it from a Chinese manufacturer.
Supporting evidence
"LUCKILY for us, the image shows an iPhone5", claims
SOON after receiving the drawing, the website was leaked another one from a different manufacturer, only red.

An alleged leaked design document for an iPhone 5 case. Picture:
It will have an ovaloid button!
Moving on, the leaky case drawing showed a rounded rectangular spot where the original circular button used to be.
They're calling it "ovaloid", which sounds exactly like the kind of desperate "non-conformist" twaddle Apple likes to perpetrate.
Supporting evidence
STEVE Jobs has always wanted the iPhone to be buttonless.
SADLY, he was beaten to it by Nokia's N9.
The side buttons have moved and will be touch sensitive!
Running further with the non-button Jobsian angle, says changes to the placement of side buttons on the drawings could point to them being made touch sensitive.
They say the side buttons have swapped sides and the volume button has been shifted down a bit.
It won’t have any buttons! reports that the iOS 5 beta release includes a control panel that replaces physical buttons. says "the home button is doing double duty as a gesture area", but says that's unlikely, as you can't get any more than a finger in there.
You can hear through the screen!
Back in April, reported that their Apple sources told them "interesting things" were being done with bonded glass technology.
They say that could mean the earpiece and sensors are behind the glass, which allows for the bigger screen size "seen" on the iPhone 5.
The back will be made of curved glass!
Apple is rumoured to have recently bought "glass-cutting machines", leading to hypothesise that it might be making the iPhone 5's back out of curved glass.
The back will be made of aluminium!
However, most onlookers say the back will be metal, with Apple hoping to avoid any antenna woes such as those that plagued the iPhone 4 with its side antenna.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this!!!