Today in Tech: Criminals mining LinkedIn breach to scam users
Samsung grooms a new CEO; Foursquare launches a new app.
Criminals exploit LinkedIn breach for phishing attacks [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Shortly after the breach surfaced, LinkedIn users began receiving e-mails from what, at first glance, looked like LinkedIn. The e-mails asked users to confirm their e-mail address by clicking on an embedded link. But the link took users to scam sites, such as an illegal online pharmaceutical site that sells Viagra and other products. Several security researchers confirmed that the e-mails were scams and advised users to avoid clicking on any links in e-mails from LinkedIn and to only navigate to the site by typing LinkedIn.com directly into their browsers.
Asia’s technology powerhouse battling Apple for smartphone supremacy, is shifting its CEO to a new role as the family-run parent company prepares to transfer ownership control to a third generation. Choi Gee-sung, 61, will assume the new role of head of corporate strategy at Samsung Group … Crucially, he is widely seen as chief mentor to Jay Y. Lee, son of Samsung Electronics’ chairman Lee Kun-hee and the group’s heir apparent. Jay Y. Lee, 43, stays as chief operating officer. “Jay Y. Lee is in the final stage of being groomed … and Choi will help in this process, helping him look into the group as a whole, not just the electronics unit,” said Chung Sun-sup, head of chaebul.com, an online information provider on South Korea’s industrial conglomerates, which wield enormous political and economic clout.
Microsoft locked out HTC from the development of products using the newest version of its operating system on concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets, said the people, who asked not to be named because negotiations between HTC and other companies are private.
Twitter has closely held its revenue numbers, but digital media analysis firm eMarketer estimated in January that Twitter’s revenues could reach $260 million in 2012 and $540 million in 2014.
This new version of foursquare is more about finding things around you based on where you are right now. Instead of loading up the app when you arrive at a restaurant or bar and checking in, foursquare wants to be the app that you use to find new places to go. The “All New foursquare” is all about discovery.