A dangerous world that we live in

May 25, 2013

Earlier this week they found a body only a few blocks from where I live (Sorry for the Swedish link). Apparently the body’s been there for such a long time that they couldn’t distinguish if it was male or female, nor did they say if it was a result from an accident or from a crime.

There’s also been so much rioting in the suburbs that the UK foreign office has issued a warning for people traveling to Stockholm.

So what have I’ve done in the midst of all this violence and crazy stuff?

Monorun on Windows Phone 8

I’ve actually been doing the exact same thing as I did last week, except I haven’t, nor intend to do any further partying. But I’ve been quite busy working on Monorun. Monorun is now playable on phones, tablets and computers, and it’s fully responsive and supports retina rendering!

Vodka and lime herring

I’ve also eaten something I didn’t think you could find in Sweden. Not that I’ve been looking for it, nor that I even knew that it existed, but it’s something I would’ve reckoned to find in Finland and not Sweden, Vodka and Lime Herring. Ever since I was a child I’ve always loved eating potatoes and mustard herring, so we decided to eat that this Friday, with a wide variety of different herring types.

On a more serious note, I had a small heart attack Thursday evening/night just as I was about to go to bed. I checked twitter one last time before turning off the lights, and I found a retweet about Xbox Live being hacked and that there were 48 million user accounts with cleartext passwords out in the wild. The retweet was from the original source and was only a few minutes old. Naturally I tried to find more data on this, but seeing as it had just happened the news hadn’t yet picked it up.
Anyway, the link pointed to a pastebin document, where there was a wall of text about how bad microsoft is and that he didn’t want to leak his point of attack. And included in the message was about 6000 rows of user accounts (though there were multiple duplicates). There were also a link to the complete record-set, which should’ve been about ~6GB. Notice how I say “should”, the link to the archive was broken, it pointed to a domain that wasn’t registered, so I couldn’t verify the claims.

Being paranoid as I am, and I weren’t able to confirm if my data had been leaked, I started to do the only reasonable thing I could, I started to check over my security settings. I knew that the password used for my live account was unique, but I did double check that I had enabled the two factor authentication on my live account. Seeing as the user who had written the pastebin text said that he didn’t want to disclose his way in to the system, I felt that it was useless to change my password, if he indeed still had access to the accounts, changing password wouldn’t help. After searching for more clues, and coming up empty handed, I decided to go and sleep, figuring that every thing should clear up the next day.

The first thing I did when I woke up was to check the news to see if any new information had come up. Well, Microsoft denied that any data had been leaked nor had there been any intrusion, and no new links to the archive had surfaced. So I guess it wasn’t for real. But this however got me thinking on how much we rely on third-party vendors to keep our data safe. After Mat Honan lost all his online data, I decided to turn on two factor authentication on my Google, Microsoft and Facebook accounts and if you’re reading this, I urge you to do the same.