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Facebook was the victim of a backdoor hack

Even a tech giant like Facebook isn’t immune to significant security breaches. Devcore’s Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook’s corporate servers (that is, not the social network itself) in a bid to swipe workers’ login details. While it’s not clear how successful the script-based exploit was, Tsai noted that the file transfer app hosted on the server had several vulnerabilities that effectively gave any intruder free rein. The attacker could have checked employee email, for instance, or even connected to Facebook’s virtual private network to get access to the company’s inner workings.

Thankfully, this is all past tense. You’re only hearing about this now because Tsai reported the bugs to Facebook (to get a bounty, naturally), and waited until the firm completed its investigation before disclosing the flaws. That backdoor isn’t there anymore, folks. All the same, the incident is bound to humble Facebook a bit — it’s proof that the company is a prime target for hackers, and that it can’t assume it’s always on top of every possible security flaw.

Via: Hacker News

Source: Devcore


EaseUS offers painless data recovery for your wounded Android

We all delete stuff we don’t mean to – text messages, pictures, old downloads that are more useful than we thought…that long-lost, highly critical BOGO coupon at Chili’s that stopped me from getting chips AND cheese sticks…but I digress.

Anyway! We all delete stuff and later regret it. EaseUS Mobile is here to provide a shining beacon to which all can flock to retrieve that which was thought lost forever. At $39.95 the price is a little steep, but it’s only a one-time payment for a lifetime license – complete with any and all updates to EaseUS might put out for its software. In a world rife with subscription fees and monthly payments, EaseUS’ commitment to a lifetime of updates for a single purchase is refreshing.

A quick note on this software – EaseUS’ software is, by nature, rather robust. It delves into the file system of your phgone to retrieve files that technically don’t exist anymore. As you can imagine, that requires a bit of extra accessibility than would normally be required. You must be rooted and have USB Debugging enabled on your phone to take advantrage of this software.


Now! To the stuff we care about – does it work? My experience with EaseUS Mobile Data Recovery was painless; once downloaded from the EaseUS site and installed, it opens a splash screen that looks a lot (identical, actually) like this one:

ConnectingFrom here, it’s simply a matter of following on-screen instructions; as it shows above, connect the phone to be recovered to the PC, wait while it connects (and Grant the root permissions from your phone), and then watch as EaseUS’ software discovers Contacts, SMS Messages, Images, Videos, Audio Clips, and Documents. This takes quite a while, so give it some time. Grab a snack if you have to.

Eventually, a list of all the above files will display on-screen. Items highlighted in orange are deleted files that can be retrieved – black items are still on the phone. Retrieving a file is as simple as clicking the checkbox to the left and clicking “Recover.” EaseUS automatically restores the file to its previous condition, and voila – done.

ContactsI don’t even recognize some of these. They’re probably literally years old.


EaseUS isn’t for everyone – as stated above, you need a rather significant feature (Root) to be manually added to your phone before you can even think about using it, for example. But if you’re really in a tight spot and desperately need to retrieve a deleted file, EaseUS might be for you. Again, it’s a single payment of $39.95 from EaseUS (Note: if you only need to retrieve one file one time, or simply want to give it a try, download the trial version – it’s free).

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