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Apple's iPhone 5s' fingerprint sensor bypassed in days after launch
The flagship feature to Apple's premium model iPhone 5s, announced in September, was a fingerprint sensor dubbed Touch ID.
It was described as one of the most advanced biometric scanners developed by a company to date. It didn't last long though.
Within just a few days, a bounty was put on the technology's head to see if hackers could bypass the device's security. Lo and behold, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant ended up with egg on its face after it was bypassed with a fake finger.
Apple stayed mum on the matter and didn't acknowledge the hack. It was nice while it lasted — all of about a week.
Tesla rips New York Times over dubious review
Up and coming technology star Tesla suffered serious burns from a journalism fire set by The New York Times, which claimed in a review of its Tesla Model S that the electric car couldn't keep a charge and ran out of juice long before the reviewer reached their intended destination.
Musk accused the reviewer of failing to charge the car fully before his intended roadtrip — all revealed by the car's logs, which Musk later published — leading to claims of bias and suggestions that the reviewer "faked" the test.
In the end, though Tesla suffered a hit at first, it was the New York-based newspaper that came away far more bruised.
Adobe security breach affects tens of millions, fallout extensive
In what was probably the worst hack of the year (perhaps the decade, shy of Sony PlayStation's Network hacking catastrophe).
Adobe suffered a massive data breach in October that resulted in the theft of up to 38 million users.
Many were more angered by the fact Adobe didn't start emailing people affected by the hack until close to a month after the news first came to light.
Some of the passwords were simply and easy to crack, in spite of Adobe's encryption methods.
As a result, other companies — like Facebook and Amazon — took charge of its own user base and warned those who might have used the same Adobe password on the social network to change their passwords too.