Tech wrap: Sony’s new security setback

May 18, 2011

Mere days after Sony began restoring access to its PlayStation Network, the company said it had discovered a security flaw on one of the websites set up to help the millions of users affected by April’s massive data breach reset their passwords.

The “security hole“, as Sony spokesman Dan Race termed it, could allow the hackers who perpetrated the April breach to access the accounts using the data they had stolen. Sony shut the webpage down in response. No hacking had taken place prior to taking down the page, Race noted.

Hacking occupied the minds of executives at the Reuters Global Technology Summit as well. Mobile hacking in particular was a hot topic of discussion, with executives at software giants and startups alike expressing their desire to cash in on ways to help smartphone users protect themselves as hackers increasingly target mobile devices.

“The mobile security market will one day be bigger than that of computers,” said Neil Rimer, co-founder of Geneva-based fund Index Ventures.

In other summit news, a senior Intel executive told Reuters that the popularity of the iPad and other Apple devices often helps shape how the chipmaker thinks about future devices and the chips that will power them. An executive at Rovio, creator of the popular mobile game Angry Birds, told Reuters it is aiming for a stock market listing in New York within two or three years.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates seems pleased with his company’s acquisition of Skype. Combining Microsoft and Skype will vastly improve the state of video conferencing, Gates told the BBC in an interview.

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