Gift cards are handy if you don’t know what to buy someone. It can also be used like a prepaid system like iTunes Gift Cards where you can purchase a $50 card for yourself and limit your app purchases to that amount. However it seems that security research Egor Homakov has found a way to hack the Starbucks gift card to create unlimited amounts of money.
According to Homakov (via Business Insider), he claims that this is done by exploiting a bug in payments software systems known as “race conditions”. There’s a bunch of code involved in explaining how this works, but basically it involves transferring the money from one card to the other and because of the bug, he found out how to increase the amount which in turn let him transfer more than what he really had. Read full post →Man Hacks Starbucks Gift Card, Creates Money Out Of Thin Air
blaWhile it is possible that BlackBerry could one day find themselves performing like how they used to in their glory days, it certainly does not look that way at the moment. In fact the company which is known for its handsets has recently announced that they will be laying off an undisclosed number of employees in their device division.
The layoffs are part of the company’s strategy in which they will be refocusing their efforts towards the development of smartphone software and applications. It is also part of their goal to increase its margins which in turn will help to fuel its growth, which is actually an interesting direction that the Canadian company is headed towards. Read full post →BlackBerry To Layoff Some Employees In Its Device Business