Daily Cuppa: iPhone 5 screen leaked, Apple helps hack Gizmodo

Daily Cuppa: iPhone 5 screen leaked, Apple helps hack Gizmodo

Summary: You deserve a nice, warm cup of tech news at the start of the work week, and we're here to deliver.

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Yes, it's Monday, again. Let's ease you back into the working week with a round-up of what happened in tech land over the weekend.

Details of the screen of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 were apparently leaked on the internet. A video posted by ETrade Supply showed a breakdown of exactly what the screen looked like, along with a scratch test, on YouTube.

This is the second time that ETrade Supply has posted a video with secret details about the elusive iPhone 5.

Speaking of Apple, a former Gizmodo employee's iCloud account was hacked, which led to all sorts of drama. Not only did the hacker remotely wipe the journalist's iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air, but the hacker also got into his Gmail account, Twitter account and Gizmodo's Twitter account.

So, how did it all happen? It turns out that the hacker had some help from Apple tech support. All it takes is one gullible tech-support guy, and your whole digital life could go down the drain.

It also looks like the Olympics has created a goldmine for cybercriminals. Scammers are pushing out malware by riding on the Olympics hype, with spam emails detailing false scandals concerning the US women's gymnastics team.

The emails contain a supposed YouTube link to watch a video regarding the fake news. Sophos was the first to pick up on the scam.

On top of that, 80 per cent of Olympic web domains were found to be scams. Sports fanatics lapping up details of the Olympics should be careful of what they click on during this Olympics fever season.

Tech firms, including Apple, Samsung, Intel and Qualcomm, are trying to keep their trade secrets, well, a secret, in light of the Apple v. Samsung patent trial in the US. Reuters had been trying to get some documents in the case unsealed, but has been met with strong opposition by the tech companies.

Microsoft's decision to drop the Metro name after a trademark issue has caused a lot of furore. Metro is a design language that was created by the vendor to push Windows 8 OS.

Commentators have criticised Microsoft for failing business 101, since failure to check trademark names is such a basic blunder.

Now to something more light hearted: the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) sent out a one-page memo berating staff for visiting pornographic websites on their work computers. Porn sites are notorious for containing tons of malware, but thankfully no harm was caused to the MDA's computer network.

The agency said that out of 8000 employees, less than half a dozen of them were looking at those naughty websites, so that's slightly encouraging.

And lastly, UK police chiefs have dismissed calls for new laws to tackle Twitter trolling, after a teenager was arrested for abusing British Olympic diver Tom Daley. The Police stated that existing laws are reasonable enough, and common sense is what is needed to deal with Twitter abuse.

The Olympics wasn't the only thing spawning fictitious news. Hackers got into the Thomson Reuters blogging website, and posted a false story about an alleged interview with a Syrian rebel leader.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Security, Olympics 2012

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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