Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

 Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

A new Snowden leak a few days ago revealed that the NSA and GCHQ conducted a complex hack operation that focused on obtaining the secure encryption keys that protect mobile communications in devices with SIM cards. A subsequent report revealed that the goal of spy agencies might have been a lot bigger, as they may have been hunting for other security keys that would let them deploy spyware on any mobile device with a SIM card inside, and users would have no idea that anything had happened.

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The Tip Off: Get 9 months of Bitdefender Total Security 2015 for free

bitdefender people working 470 75 The Tip Off: Get 9 months of Bitdefender Total Security 2015 for free

TechRadar Pro has partnered with security outfit, Bitdefender, to offer free 9-month licenses of its award winning Total Security 2015 security package to all our readers, regardless of their location.

The deal, which has been struck exclusively with Bitdefender, is worth up to £45 (about $ 70/AU$ 90) and can be used on up to three computers. You can decide to remove to Bitdefender or upgrade, after your trial version has ended at a discount.

To get your hands on that license, simply fill in one form with your email and subscribe to the TechRadar Pro newsletter (you can always unsubscribe at any time).

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Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

It’s long been a major pet peeve of mine that Microsoft has made it such a challenge to procure a legitimate ISO image of its OSes. I’ve felt like the company should have no problem offering them in an easy-to-find spot on its website, because after all, it’s not like they can be taken proper advantage of without a legal key. Sometimes, people simply lose the disc or ISO they had, and so it shouldn’t be such a challenge to get a replacement.

Well, with a new feature on its website, you are now able to get that replacement ISO. However, it’s behind a bit of protection: you’ll need to provide your legal product code, and then the language, in order to go through to the download page. If you’ve somehow lost your key but are still using the OS that it’s tied to, you can retrieve it through a tool like the Magical Jelly Bean (an application I’ve used for many years and has saved me a time or two).

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Google Tells Cities To Greet Google Fiber With Open Arms Or ‘Enjoy Your Time Warner Cable’

It’s hard to imagine a city not rolling out the red carpet for Google Fiber, the broadband service that boasts Internet speeds of up to 1000Mbps. But that’s exactly what’s happening, a Google executive said at a conference this week. Suggesting that Google is fed up with the resistance, VP of Access Services Milo Medin gave cities an ultimatum: warm up to Google Fiber, or we’ll leave you out in the cold. 

What’s frosting Google Fiber is that even the cities that are glad to receive Google Fiber are making the process slow by being inflexible when it comes to red tape. In particular, Google Fiber feels that it’s too cool for fax machines, which are a staple of city bureaucracies. Given Google’s role in shaping technology, it’s not surprising that it would balk at the idea of faxing documents, but the “take it or leave it” attitude is bad news for citizens who want the high speed broadband. 

Google Fiber Plans Google Tells Cities To Greet Google Fiber With Open Arms Or Enjoy Your Time Warner Cable

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BEST list of the week?! 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

 BEST list of the week?! 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

After giving you our biggest list of the week on Wednesday, we’re back with another great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. There are still a few nice apps available for free in yesterday’s list if you hurry, but today we have a fresh new batch of sales for you to enjoy.

Just remember, these great deals could end at any time so be sure to get a move on if you want to take advantage of them!

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Brikk Announces Diamond-Studded Apple Watches Costing Up to $75,000

While the Apple Watch is not expected to be released until April, luxury and couture product design company Brikk today announced a line of 30 luxury models for the upcoming smartwatch that they claim, “will afford unmatched opulence to an exclusive clientele worldwide.”

Similar to the Apple Watch in terms of sizes, the line of Lux Watches will be available in 38mm and 42mm, with color options of 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat pink gold, and 950 platinum alongside varying band options. There are also three editions to the line: Standard, Deluxe, and Omni. All versions of the Lux Watch are prepared through disassembling Apple Watches that the company then repurposes with their luxury materials in a “state-of-the-art laboratory.”

The basic Standard edition offers a single row of diamonds (.50 carats) and a leather strap, while the mid-tier Deluxe has multiple rows of diamonds (2.3 carats), diamond encrusted buttons, and a diamond studded clasp on its leather strap.

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