Thursday, September 6, 2018

Portugal computer justice system is just 3 failed password attempts away


The computer system Citius, used by the Justice Department in Portugal, has a very strange notion of "security". Should a user fail the login attempt three times, the system would simply allow them to create a new password.

This came to light among the many revelations made by an investigation into one of the countries largest soccer club - Benfica - that is being accused of corruption and having access to privileged information for ongoing justice investigations. Apparently, the "mole" was simply taking advantage of that security (should we still call that security?) issue, by simply failing a login three times using any magistrate's username, and then entering a new password and have full access to the system.

... What would all those security experts, that have been alerting us for years that SMS-based 2-factor authentication isn't secure enough, think of this?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Android Messages secret emoticons


Google's Android Messages recently arrived on the web, allowing us to read and send text messages from our smartphone using the browser, and it comes with some "secret" emoticons that might come in handy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Asus ZenFone 5 screen viewing in the Sun


The upcoming ZenFone 5Z will be a major milestone for Asus, bringing us a high-end device at an affordable price, but while testing the regular ZenFone 5, we found a very curious thing regarding its screen.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spotify brings music selection to free tier


Spotify has unveiled its new app, focusing on the free-tier users, which now get to choose which songs they want to hear, just like the paying subscribers - with a catch.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Autonomous Uber kills woman


Autonomous cars will help reduce traffic accidents, but sadly that won't be the end of fatalities on the road. A driverless Uber has just killed a woman in Tempe, making it the first fatality caused by a autonomous car (other than the driver, in the previous Tesla accident).

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