Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Jawbone's MyTALK is hacked, emails, passwords raided

Jawbone's My TALK is hacked, emails, passwords raided
Courtesy Slashgear.com

Jawbone today notified some users that its MyTALK service has been hacked, with the cloud app and firmware update platform supposedly seeing names, emails, and encrypted passwords raided. The security hack was revealed in an email to registered users today, warning them that “limited user information” had been stolen.
Jawbone had launched the MyTALK service in 2010, with the ICON Bluetooth headset, as a way to deliver not only firmware updates to its Bluetooth-enabled products, but add cloud-based services. For instance, Jawbone allows headset users to add number speed-dials to the multifunction button via MyTALK, as well as change the voice of the spoken command prompts.

MyTalk  downloads also include Voice Dial, Directory Assistance 411 information, Jott Hands-free notes, reminders text, email, etc.  The voices and 411 are free downloads. However, Jott, and others services require monthly fees. The process for using MyTalk is pretty easy once your account is setup. All you do is plug in the supplied USB cable into your Mac or PC and then log into the MyTalk website. From there you can choose which features you want and download the installers. You can then choose to install them right into the connected headset.  The Jawbone ICON is bestseller headset for iPhone and Android devices and is extremely popular in the US markets.

As a response to the hack, Jawbone has disabled existing passwords and users must reset them if they want to log back into MyTALK. Technical details are yet to be revealed, with the company only saying that it was an “isolated attack on our system.”

Vijay Prabhu

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