Richard Baguley, chief cellular ninja over at WirelessInfo.com, just published a number that, when called, turns your iPhone into a mobile field testing station. Suddenly, up pops a new menu (as you can see on our own iPhone at left) that provides detailed reporting on strengths and characteristics of the cell towers in your area, plus a load of other nerdy networky factoids. In other words, you can see things that AT&T might not want you to see.
What’s cool is that you can even enter field test mode during a call just by tapping the iPhone’s “Add Call” icon, then the field test number. But before I give you this magic number, it is my duty to share Richard’s warning.
NOTE: Although it seems that most of the information is read-only (so you can’t change anything), field modes like this have the potential to damage your phone and possibly interfere with the phone network. We are providing this information as-is; we cannot be held responsible if anything you do in this field mode damages your phone or the phone network.
There, now that the warning is out of the way, here you go:
Dial that, and have fun fiddling. If you do discover anything freaky, please report back to us, and, of course, to Richard. If you whack out your iPhone in the process, don’t come crying to me.
t’s very unlikely, but someone claims to have hacked into the publishing house that distributes the Harry Potter books (Bloomsbury) and obtained the final manuscript of the soon-to-arrive 7th book. This man (kid) supposedly got into the computers of the publisher by sending a link to a browser exploit through email and having the publisher click on it.
Don’t click if you don’t want potential spoilers.
Harry Potter 0day [Seclists via The Inquirer]
Now it makes sense why Apple released Safari for Windows. Steve must love his Windows security jokes so much that he decided Apple should create a browser that exploits them even more.
Currently only six bugs have been found. Four involving Safari crashing & two that allow remote code to be launched. Currently there’s no official word on whether or not these can be recreated on its OS X counterpart. So for now we’ll call this a sneak attack, or maybe a beta. Yeah, beta sounds better
Security researchers: Safari for Windows not so secure [CNet]