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Old 26-05-2013, 01:37
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According to Sky's twitter stream:
http://twitter.com/skyhelpteam/statu...50352145850368

Advice is to uninstall the apps until further notice. App descriptions and screenshots are indicative of the Syrian Electronic Army. Have they got nothing better to do?
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Old 26-05-2013, 01:51
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I think the bigger worry should be how the Syrian Electronic Army managed to infiltrate Google Play, a website with 128-bit encryption which also handles transactions for digital media in order to hack both Sky's apps and description pages.

I have already seen a few Apple fans gloat at this news, because I suspect they know the consequences of the above.
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Old 26-05-2013, 02:27
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I think the bigger worry should be how the Syrian Electronic Army managed to infiltrate Google Play, a website with 128-bit encryption which also handles transactions for digital media in order to hack both Sky's apps and description pages..
Most likely by hacking Sky's developer login. The easiest way to 'hack' a system is just obtain someone's login details. And there's very little Google or anyone else can do about it.
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Old 26-05-2013, 03:09
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yep they hacked Sky's account.
http://www.ehackingnews.com/2013/05/...hacked-by.html
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:00
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So should I uninstall all my apps?
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:09
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So should I uninstall all my apps?
Just looks to be the News app and yes, uninstall, as they may be able to push an update through google play that has malicious code in it.
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:21
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I think the bigger worry should be how the Syrian Electronic Army managed to infiltrate Google Play
Have you ever thought that many a useful little app is really a trojan in waiting?

There will be thousands there on every platform.
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:25
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I have already seen a few Apple fans gloat at this news
Security apps are banned on IOS. That also means that suspect apps will very much go unreported, and with no one looking, seldom found.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:05
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Just looks to be the News app and yes, uninstall, as they may be able to push an update through google play that has malicious code in it.
OK thanks.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:08
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Security apps are banned on IOS. That also means that suspect apps will very much go unreported, and with no one looking, seldom found.
So are you saying there is a problem on the AppStore?
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:16
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So are you saying there is a problem on the AppStore?
There isn't.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:46
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Someone needs to sack the Sky team, they really are the most inept technical dept ever.

And this ladies and gentlement is why you should never have auto update on applications as you cant legislate for people who dont give a toss about security.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:51
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Someone needs to sack the Sky team, they really are the most inept technical dept ever.

And this ladies and gentlement is why you should never have auto update on applications as you cant legislate for people who dont give a toss about security.
It is a little worrying that someone can do this sort of thing and does show how frail some of the checks are. More so because most would view sky as a trusted provider and not expect to have to double check app updates from them.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:12
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There has been.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/...malware-found/

No app store is immune.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:17
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So are you saying there is a problem on the AppStore?
How would I know?
It is a "See no evil hear no evil" policy.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:17
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No I wasn't saying that it's never had problems. I was just saying that it isn't effected by this Sky hack.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:19
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Someone needs to sack the Sky team, they really are the most inept technical dept ever.

And this ladies and gentlement is why you should never have auto update on applications as you cant legislate for people who dont give a toss about security.
Precisely this. The apps they make are crap and tend to o lay support about 10 phones... Absolutely useless!
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:25
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Someone needs to sack the Sky team, they really are the most inept technical dept ever.

And this ladies and gentlement is why you should never have auto update on applications as you cant legislate for people who dont give a toss about security.
Yes,Sky do seem to be having a very bad year so far,especially with the e mail service.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:31
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How would I know?
It is a "See no evil hear no evil" policy.
Is it? I thought it was a check beforehand policy, but thanks for confirming you have no knowledge on this.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:32
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Precisely this. The apps they make are crap and tend to o lay support about 10 phones... Absolutely useless!
At least it restricts this problem. It seems fragmentation does have its advantages.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:37
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Well ive deleted Sky Go just thinking if its best to delete everything on my nexus 7.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:37
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Just looks to be the News app and yes, uninstall, as they may be able to push an update through google play that has malicious code in it.
Actually, from what I understand, it's virtually every Sky app that has been infiltrated, excluding the Sky News Arabian ones and a weather channel one. There were even suspicions the Sky Help Team twitter feed was also infiltrated, but that's not been verified.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:52
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What is weird is that there is as yet no mention of which hole they hacked.

Microsoft servers? Most probably but it is hard to say.
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Old 26-05-2013, 12:03
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I'd better delete the lot then including sky go and the sky plus app. I can sti use it all on my iOS devices so not fussed.
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Old 26-05-2013, 12:12
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This angers me a lot. Why did google and Sky not automatically pull / uninstall the app. They need to give everyone as much information as they have on what this potentially malicious app may have leaked, or whether we also need to consider a full password reset on all accounts used on your phone.
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