The Straits Times Android tablet app had a bug previously where it allowed free access to premium content – for both the ‘Tablet Edition’ and ‘PDF Edition’. This bug was patched after the app was updated (sometime in Aug 2014, if I am not wrong). That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is another workaround to access the premium content again for free.
WhatsApp uses a customised version of XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) as the communication protocol. Upon installation, it creates a user account using one’s phone number (with country code prefix) as the username (Jabber ID:
[phone number]@s.whatsapp.net). A password is generated using an unknown algorithm on the server end and sent to the client. Previously the password was derived from the phone’s IMEI or the WiFi MAC address.
A couple of weeks back, WhatsApp introduced a new way of encrypting the backup messages saved on the SD card. The article that I wrote last month on decrypting the WhatsApp messages will no longer work on the new
HTTP Basic Access Authentication is a simple challenge and response mechanism to enforce access controls to web resources. It does not require overheads like cookies, session identifiers, login pages, etc. Since this method is on the weak end of the security strength spectrum, it is seldom implemented except on home Wi-Fi routers.
Akamai operates one of the largest CDN (Content Delivery Network) networks in the world. And if you are not aware, Facebook is one of Akamai’s biggest customers. Most, if not all of the media files that you upload in Facebook are stored on servers operated by Akamai. Now, how does that relate to this article on a free CDN? Continue reading…