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Anti-Government Hackers Hit Jay-Z's Android App 95

judgecorp writes "Jay-Z's Android app has been hit by hackers who created a clone of the software. The app was supposed to deliver a copy of the rapper's single and provide footage and other goodies. The rogue app is a ringer for the real one, but has a time-based trigger to deliver anti-Government propaganda on 4 July. The app, and its service name NSAListener, appears to suggest be a protest against U.S. surveillance."
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Anti-Government Hackers Hit Jay-Z's Android App

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  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @12:29PM (#44188739) Journal
    Perhaps these are anti-JZ hackers cleverly disguising their activities by posing as activists.
  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @12:36PM (#44188791) Homepage

    This sounds like something a music promotion company would do.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @12:40PM (#44188823)

    Jay-Z's app wasn't hacked at all. The story states that McAfee (the antivirus company, not the insane founder of that company) "found" an app that purports to be Jay-Z's app but does these things. It doesn't say where they found the app, nor if anyone has even been affected by this at all - it mainly seems to be a weird "Hey can we turn this whole Snowden story into a way to get our company so e attention" thing.

    We rail about the Slashdot editors all the time; but come on. Shouldn't you guys at least make sure the title isn't out and out WRONG?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So this app just downloads his single, some video and other crap ?
    Back in my day there used to be these things called 'websites' that artists used to do all that.

    Can't mobile/tablet users do anything without needing a specific app for it ? Or is it just because marketing droids still see 'app' as a buzzword?

    • That was along the lines of my first thought. Media has now gone from being static files to needing an executable "app" wrapper (pun not intended). I know it makes me sound like a crusty old bastard, but this whole "everything is an app" paradigm is one of the big reasons the whole smartphone/tablet space has little appeal to me.
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Well, they could, but apps provide stuff that websites don't, and sometimes stuff doesn't make it in the spec. Like DRM support in HTML5. Since that seems to be a huge non-starter, it just means if you want DRM, you don't put it on the web, you release it as an app.

      Whether or not HTML5 DRM is a good idea or not, or whether app-ificiation of the web is a good thing or not, is a debate for another day.

  • Create explitable JAY Z app
    Post that its been exploited to get on /.
    Profit for Jay Z

  • I think it would be absolutely awesome if someone were to do something like this and have it send out emails making empty threats to political figures that would keep the secret service so ridiculously busy that they can't do their job.

    But then again, that might be the cause they need to "increase the security budget and buy another billion bullets." Yeah, probably not a great idea but still. Having feds arrive at the doors of some of these people might be fun to watch.

    • call it, "project: DOS the BOSS"


    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      well.. you do realize that the way the soviet union fell was exactly that their budgets for needless crap ballooned so much that they practically bankrupted.

      so yeah, it might work. of course there's the inconvience of bankruptcy.

  • Cue Government propaganda on how only wide spread NSA surveillance can protect Jay-Z fans from infecting their Android phones.
  • Seems like it's about every week now we're hearing about Android vulnerabilities. Google shouldn't make open systems if they're incapable of securing them. That or they're trying to making something more busted than Windows.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.