It’s surprisingly easy to alter anyone’s airline reservations

Karsten Nohl and Nemanja Nikodijevic’s Chaos Communications Congress presentation details their research into becoming a “Secret travel agent”: they figured out how to force the various portals to the Global Distribution System to let them know if they’ve guessed someone’s reservation locator code, which they can use to arbitrarily alter your flight plans, sending you…

Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

 Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App Store last year, and had been well-received until now. With a…

Earth and Space claws at the imagination, yet remains elegantly real

Since Daguerre’s first images of the moon in 1839, we have sought to capture the essence of the heavens above us through photography. We built observatories equipped with bigger mirrors and better cameras in the hopes that we will be able to see farther and yet more clearly. When those proved to be insufficient, we…