Evernote hacked

It seems to be the season when all web services are getting hacked. The latest victim is everyone’s favourite note-taking application Evernote. In a post on its official blog, Evernote said: “Evernote’s Operations & Security team has discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network that appears to have been a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service.”

The App team then put out an update across platforms — on mobile and desktop Oss and web browser extensions — requiring all its users to reset their passwords. The password reset, Evernote insisted, was purely precautionary as there was no evidence that any of the user information had been compromised.

“In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed.

The investigation has shown, however, that the individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords. Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption.”

In what has become a season of high-profile hacks — services that have suffered include the New York Times website and Facebook — almost every one is calling for better password etiquette from Web users. Evernote has a three-point-list for users: avoid using simple passwords based on dictionary words; never use the same password on multiple sites or services; and never click on ‘reset password’ requests in emails — instead go directly to the service.

Blackberry OS10 gets major upgrade

In possibly its first OS upgrade since it was launched recently, Blackberry issued a software update to all users of its new BB10 platform that seems to focus on major improvements to its camera and battery life. The over-the-air (OTA) update is roughly 150 MB large. It has addressed some issues relating to low-light imaging of the camera as well as battery life improvements using 60 new optimisations. The Blackberry 10 operating system runs the Canadian company’s new flagship smartphone Z10 that was launched here in India last month.

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