Celebrity hacker Guccifer’s confession gives us all a lesson in security — The activity of Romanian hacker Guccifer, who has admitted to compromising almost 100 email and social media accounts belonging to US government officials, politicians, and other high-profile individuals, is the latest proof that humans are the weakest link in computer security.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, is not a hacker in the technical sense of the word. He’s a social engineer: a clever and persistent individual with a lot of patience who a Romanian prosecutor once described as “the obsessive-compulsive type.” By his own admission, Lazar has no programming skills. He didn’t find vulnerabilities or write exploits. Instead, he’s good at investigating, finding information online and making connections.
QuarkXPress 2016 review: New features help your documents look their best — [Once Quark was the king of desktop publishing – then arrogance and feature lag let it down. Many will be amazed it even still exists. Here’s Macworld’s review of the latest.] “You have to hand it to Quark: every few versions they add a major new capability that has never existed in any program before. With QuarkXPress 2016 they’ve added the ability to – cue drum roll, please – convert imported PDF, EPS, and Adobe Illustrator files into native editable QuarkXPress objects. You can even convert objects or entire pages from Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), CorelDraw, Affinity Designer, and other apps.”
Ye gods! You’re a deity in Black and White 2 — If you’ve ever wanted to be a god, Black and White 2 from Feral Interactive gives you the chance. It’s a $19.99 (about NZ$30) sequel to the real-time strategy sequel for Mac OS X 10.9.5 or higher. It’s a fun, addictive game, though not without flaws.
Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos — Pixelmator Team has updated its namesake Mac image editor with two new selection tools, and a Retouch extension for Apple’s OS X Photos app. [The update is available via the Mac App Store – click Updates at top right.]