Tech News 2Night 180 (Transcript)

[Top TN2 Animation ] Tonight! The Shellshock bug is bigger than Heartbleed, why the FBI Director is not happy with Apple and Google, and Apple knew of iCloud security hole more than six months ago... Tech News 2Night is Next! [TWiT Open] [Main TN2 Open] This is Tech News 2Night Episode #180, for Thursday September 25, 2014 Enhance your workflow- send files of almost any size easily and securely with Citrix ShareFile. Try ShareFile today! For a 30 Day Free Trial, go to, click the microphone and enter TN2! I'm Sarah Lane, Let's get right to the top story. joining us is Steve Gibson, Host of Security Now here on TWiT. -The Bash, Shellshock bug. What is it and how does it work (in layman's terms)? -How big of a problem is this? -It can affect more than web servers- also Mac OSX, and devices in the Internet of Things category. -Is the fix easy or difficult for system administrators or should we all panic and run for the hills? - How long will this take? We are still seeing Heartbleed issues nearly six months later. -What now? Steve Gibson, Host of Security Now here on TWiT. airs live on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm PT." Coming up, why the sisters who modeled for Snapchat are now suing the company [AD] "In business, we are constantly collaborating with co-workers and clients, sharing files like: Contracts, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and more… It’s essential that these important files are kept safe, secure and under your control That’s why I recommend Citrix ShareFile The easy-to-use business solution that allows you to exchange files quickly and securely Share specifically how you/your team have integrated ShareFile in your work flow… such as sending and receiving large files, sharing files to collaborate on projects With Citrix ShareFile you can send files of almost any size – no bouncebacks! You can control who has access to your files and their levels of permissions… It syncs automatically – so you and your team will always have the most updated materials across all devices And you can access Citrix ShareFile from anywhere …laptop, tablet, smartphone Access, edit, share or request files on the go…. [[Call to Action (Verbatim)]] I want you to try ShareFile with my special offer Sign up today and receive a 30-day free trial – no obligation! Go to, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and enter, TN2 Remember – Visit and type in TN2!" [Segment #2] Let's get right to the Tech Feed! Last week Apple announced that its new mobile OS iOS 8 would prevent law enforcement from retrieving data stored on a locked phone. The next day Google said the same of its upcoming Android OS which is on track to be released this fall. Today, FBI Director James Comey said in a briefing with reporters that he's concerned with both companies marketing phones that can't be searched by authorities. Mr. Comey said "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law." He also said FBI officials have been in touch with both companies "to understand what they're thinking and why they think it makes sense." / MacRumors is passing along word from an anonymous source that Apple is possibly readying a Mac mini update to launch next month along with rumored new iPad models and OS X Yosemite. The Mac mini hasn't been updated in almost two years, and MacRumors notes that it's unclear which processors Apple would use in these new Mac minis, since Next-generation Broadwell processors from Intel aren't scheduled to be ready until early next year, and current Haswell processors are no longer top of the line. / Are you an iCloud user who values your privacy? Leaked emails between software developer and security researcher Ibrahim Balic and Apple appear to show that as early as March 2014, Apple knew of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, months before hundreds of celebrity nude photos, allegedly stolen from iCloud servers, surfaced on the Internet. Balic's emails, which have been published by Daily Dot, inform Apple of a method he’d discovered for infiltrating iCloud accounts, by bypassing a security feature designed to prevent “brute-force” attacks—a method to crack passwords by trying thousands of key combinations. Balic told Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account, and claims that while he was in contact with representatives, a fix was never made. Back In June 2013, Balic says he identified a security flaw in the Apple Developer Center, but that his report received no response from the company. In a press release issued a few days later, Apple described a “security threat” and claimed that “an intruder attempted to secure personal information of [registered developers.]” / Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba kicked off its initial public offering last Friday, and Yahoo, which is major shareholder of Alibaba stock, is already suffering. RBC Capital Markets' Mark Mahaney is the third analyst to have downgraded the stock, and said today that “Over the past year and a half, shares of [Yahoo] have dramatically outperformed the market – up 97% vs. the S&P 500 up 40%. Given the anticipation of the Alibaba IPO, we believe this outperformance has been justified. However, with the [Alibaba] catalyst behind us, we see upside as limited from here.” Yahoo sold part of its stake in Alibaba on IPO day, but still owns about 400 million shares, a stake worth about $35.8 billion before taxes. Yahoo said in a filing on Wednesday that it agreed not to sell those shares for at least one year after the IPO. / Drones have gone Hollywood! The Federal Aviation Administration announced today it “has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies." and that this is “the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System.” The FAA previously banned the commercial use of drones, though the agency has been under pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America to make exemptions, and a number of companies want to operate drones Amazon and Google. [Kicker!] Snapchat can't seem to shake the lawsuits. After settling a with its ousted cofounder, Reggie Brown, for an undisclosed sum a few weeks ago, Sarah and Elizabeth Turner, two sisters that originally modeled for Snapchat's first app called Picaboo are suing CEO Evan Spiegel and Snapchat CTO Bobby Murphy, claiming they were never paid. Not only that, but that the "tawdry" nature of Snapchat's current app has caused them damage. The women are arguing that, because they agreed only to release their photos for iPhone promotion — their photos were also used in Android and website promotions — that they should be compensated, because their faces helped Snapchat soar to its current $10 billion valuation. However, in documents of the model releases signed by both sisters and obtained by Business Insider, the form stated that the sisters wouldn't be compensated for their work. [good bye] That's it for this edition of Tech News 2Night. Subscribe to this show at, and write us at Don't miss our morning news program, Tech News Today, tomorrow and every weekday at 10am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. I'm Sarah Lane, thanks for watching.
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