It’s a hard day for us tech bloggers today, as two very important internet services have gone down. We do have good news for Pebble Steel fans, though.
TweetDeck was taken down for a while this morning, causing an uproar in the Twitter community. It seems the cause of this was an exploit that made the service vulnerable.
“This vulnerability very specifically renders a tweet as code in the browser, allowing various cross site scripting (XSS) attacks to be run by simply viewing a tweet. The current attack we’re seeing is a “worm” that self-replicates by creating malicious tweets.” -Security expert Trey Ford
The issue has been fixed and TweetDeck should be back up now. Twitter was quick to act. It seems the hack only affected desktop users, and mostly those using Google’s Chrome browsers. Everything should be back to normal now.
Opinion: It’s impressive to see how quick companies can react to such instances. Every minute counts, though. Twitter probably lost a sizable amount of cash in this attack.
TweetDeck was not alone in today’s internet attacks. Feedly, a popular news reader, has also suffered from an attack and has been down for several hours now. Feedly was bombarded with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). It seems that is not all, though.
Feedly claims the attackers are trying to extort them them money if they want the hackers to stop. Feedly is not working with them, so we will have to wait some more time before they can get it all figured out.
Opinion: These services have become so important, but we take them for granted. Not having Feedly has turned my work day into a mess!
The Pebble Steel was one of the most exciting products at CES 2014. It brought the functionality and battery life of the Pebble Smartwatch and put it in an elegant body. So far we have yet to see it spread across the market, though. It is not as readily available as its predecessor, something that will change very soon.
Pebble has just announced its elegant smartwatch will be available at Best Buy stores starting June 15th for $229. This does include the Best Buy website, Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile locations.
Opinion: I believe Pebble is a little too late, and won’t be able to compete with Android Wear devices (and possibly that rumored iWatch). It offers an E-Ink display with more battery life, but Android Wear will have much more support and functionality.