The Digest: Sony condemns attack… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Sony condemns ‘vicious’ cyber attack | BBC News

“Sony has condemned the ‘vicious’ cyber attack that led to it suspending the release of its film The Interview. Sony boss Kazuo Hirai used his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to attack the hackers who penetrated the firm’s internal network. Mr Hirai said he was proud of those who stood up against the ‘extortionist’ tactics of the hackers.”

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw | The Register

“Custom mugs and tat outfit Moonpig has a signficant flaw that that exposes personal records and partial credit card details for some three million customer, almost 18 months after it was reported. The failure, discovered and privately reported by developer Paul Price, meant every account and the names, birth dates, and email and street addresses could be accessed by changing the customer identification number sent in an API request. Orders could be placed under any account. Credit card expiry dates and last four digits could be plucked out using a handy insecure API.”

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Police warn that flying drones near landmarks is illegal | The Telegraph

“Police have warned that flying unmanned drones over crowds or near landmark buildings is illegal. The warning was issued amid fears that the new must-have aerial gadgets was being used to harass and spy on people. It follows a surge in footage published on YouTube taken from drones flying over the London Eye, Tower Bridge and other attractions. One video showed an ascent to the top of the Shard.”

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Sony launches new Walkman – but it’ll cost you £949 | The Telegraph

“When it comes to portable music, smartphones have taken over. But Sony refuses to give up the fight and hopes that its new Walkman will win people over with high-quality audio and a 60-hour battery life – it’s just a shame about the price.”

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Uber driver accused of homophobia after ‘kicking a gay couple out for kissing’ | The Independent

“A gay couple have claimed that they were thrown out of an Uber cab in London for kissing. Corey Watts and Jordan Sloat told ITV News that they were travelling from Covent Garden at approximately 8pm on New Year’s Day when the driver pulled over and told them to get out.”

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Stuart O’Connor