Friday, October 4, 2013

Apple has released a Golden Master version of its upcoming operating system, OS X 10.9 or Mavericks, to developers

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This essentially means that OS X 10.9 is finalized, as the Golden Master is the same version that will be released to the public. The exact date of launch has not yet been revealed, but Mavericks should become available sometime in October.

The Mavericks GM is available for download now in the Mac App Store for those already on the developer preview. It’s also available as a direct download in the Mac Dev Center. Apple has seeded the Xcode 5.0.1 GM (to make apps for Mavericks), OS X Server Preview 9, and Apple Remote Desktop 3.7 as well.

Mavericks brings better performance and battery life, the ability to tag files, folders and documents, better support for multiple displays, a new version of Finder with support for tabs, a new version of Safari, as well as many fixes and improvements

Source: Apple, Mashable

Adobe loses 2.9 mil customer records, source code and credit card records

Summary:  Adobe Systems Inc. is expected to announce that hackers broke into its network and stole source code for an as-yet undetermined number of software titles, including its ColdFusion Web application platform, and possibly its Acrobat family of products. The company said hackers also accessed nearly three million customer credit card records, and stole login data for an undetermined number of Adobe user accounts.

In an interview with this publication, Adobe confirmed that the company believes that hackers accessed a source code repository sometime in mid-August 2013, after breaking into a portion of Adobe’s network that handled credit card transactions for customers. Adobe believes the attackers stole credit card and other data on approximately 2.9 million customers, and that the bad guys also accessed an as-yet-undetermined number of user names and passwords that customers use to access various parts of the Adobe customer network.

In a blog post Brad Arkin, chief security officer of Adobe, said: “Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.

“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident ”

Source: KrebsOnSecurity, USA Today