Archive for December, 2010

Hacker plants back door in Symbian firmware

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Indian hacker Atul Alex has had a look at the firmware for Symbian S60 smartphones and come up with a back door for it. By modifying version 5 of the original software – which runs on such devices as the Nokia 5800, Nokia X6, Nokia 5530XM, Sony Ericsson Satio and Sony Ericsson Vivaz – he has integrated a back door as a reverse shell, including support for Perl scripts. All of the smartphone’s functions can be remotely controlled, including the camera. Alex wrote the back door itself in Python. He plans to make the firmware available for free soon for downloading. Continue reading

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How to Speed Up Your Old or Sluggish Android Device

How to Speed Up Your Old or Sluggish Android Device

Whether you’re resisting the temptation to upgrade to newer, faster hardware, or a year’s worth of use has made your Android phone feel slow and laggy, here are some ways to make your older phone run a bit smoother.

This guide provides a number of tips you can use to speed up your phone, and while not every tip will apply to you or your phone, you should find at least a few tips in here that will. Whether you’ve rooted your phone, overclocked, flashed a new ROM, or none of the above, you’ll be able to take advantage of a number of the tweaks below to get your phone from sluggish and glitchy to quick and smooth. Continue reading