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Nokia Developers site hacked

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Nokia Developers site hacked
Nokia’s Developers portal, the gateway for Symbian/QT/future Windows Phone programmers has been defaced by Indian hacker “pr0tect0r AKA mrNRG” and for a couple of hours users heading to the portal were actually showed Simpsons character Homer doing his famous facepalm.

The hacker had reportedly done no harm, but only revealed the security flaw. So you should expect that your account info hasn't been stolen but to be 100% safe, you’d better change your password. The hacker left the following comment:

“LOL, Worlds number 1 mobile company but not spending a dime for a server security! FFS patch your security holes otherwise you will be just another antisec victim. No Dumping, No Leaking!!”

Nokia admitted that the attack had taken place and now the website is up and functional. The company is also “evaluating the security practices of websites that are hosted externally,” according to Finnish newspaper Helsingen Sanomat. This basically means that the site was not hosted over at Nokia, but the Finns have rather outsourced the portal to a different company. Hopefully, Nokia’s Ovi Store storing your sensitive credit card credentials is better protected as it’s supposedly hosted by Espoo itself.

Security leaks seem to affect companies more and more, but it’s a bit ironic that Nokia’s devs portals was hit as the company moves to Windows Phone as its main platform and one of its biggest goals is to woo Qt/Symbian programmers to switch to Microsoft’s ecosystem. The company doesn’t have the developer backbone and support of long-time players like Apple and Redmond, but could it manage to change its profile over the couple of months left until the first WP devices roll out? Feel free to share your expectations in the comments below.

source: Helsingen Sanomat via IntoMobile

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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 07:54 2

1. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Thankful this hacker was more into the sport of it than in it to do actual harm. This kind of back door may be more likely to happen as they transition to W7 and are preoccupied with that. At least Nokia owned up to it - always the best way to keep the bad press to a low roar.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 08:10

2. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Its crazy how people can hack.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 12:58

3. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


That hacker will probably be hired by Nokia to work on the security of future websites. I've seen it happen before.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 13:28

4. afsdg (unregistered)


We can only hope they don't take the Sony route. Geohot was the first to hack the PS3 and released his code online which got him sued by Sony, instead of spending all that time and money they could have hired him to work on their system software. Stupid companies.

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