How To Use Facebook Without Internet On Your Mobile


What if you are told that you can login and use Facebook on your mobile phone just the way you use its desktop version BUT without Internet or without worrying about Internet data usage? Yes, it is possible. We have tried this trick that helps the non-Internet mobile users access Facebook, the largest social networking website in the world, and it works.

Facebook users in India can access Facebook on any mobile without any Internet connection by dialing *325#. Facebook India has partnered with Fonetwish, a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) service provider. USSD acts as browser to pull content to the phone, instead of using a regular browser.

According to Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business, Facebook, “At Facebook, we are always exploring ways to enable people to easily connect and share with friends on Facebook wherever they are, whenever they want. This innovative USSD-based Facebook access service that will be offered by Airtel is another affordable and easy way for people to stay connected with their friends and family through Facebook.”

How does it work? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Dial *325# from your mobile.

Step 2: You will be prompted to enter your Facebook username and password.

Step 3: Enter your details to access free Facebook access.

Step 4: A message would appear offering you the Facebook Menu. Exit the message.

Step 5: Next message will ask you to choose from 8 options like News Feed, Update Status etc. Choose any.

Step 6: Now you can use all Facebook features at a nominal charge. Subscribe and get going!

Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison


The Silk Road taken, from drug kingpin to the penitentiary.

NEW YORK—Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison Friday, following a jury’s finding in February that the 31-year-old was the mastermind behind the Silk Road, once the Internet’s largest online drug marketplace.

Operating online as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” Ulbricht worked with a small staff to control everything sold on the site. He was arrested in October 2013, and the government made its case against him during a three-week trial here earlier this year.

Ulbricht pleaded for leniency during the hearing. “I wish I could go back and convince myself to take a different path,” he said.

He also said: “If given the chance, I would never break the law again.”

US District Judge Katherine Forrest wasn’t buying it. “Silk Road’s creation showed that you thought you were better than the law,” she said.

Ulbricht was found guilty on seven counts including a so-called “drug kingpin” charge that carries a 20-year minimum sentence. In addition to drug charges, he was convicted of money laundering along with facilitating the sale of fake IDs and computer hacking tools.

During trial, Ulbricht’s lawyer Joshua Dratel suggested someone else, such as Mt. Gox owner Mark Karpeles, was the “real” DPR and that Ulbricht was simply the “fall guy.” The Ulbricht family has maintained his innocence, and his mother has said they would appeal the guilty verdict.

Before Friday’s hearing, Ulbricht also begged the judge in a legal memo to “please leave me my old age.” The government asked for a sentence “substantially above the mandatory minimum” of 20 years.

Prosecutors’ allegations that Ulbricht tried to arrange several murders-for-hire also came up at trial, but he was not charged for them in this case. Instead, one of those six accusations is pending in Maryland.

Beware of the text message that crashes iPhones


Newly discovered iOS bug triggers wave of text messages that causes iDevice reboot.

According to people investigating the bug on reddit, the text causes iPhones running various versions of iOS to promptly crash. A flurry of Twitter users, angry that their devices fell victim to text messages, indicates that the bug is causing problems. Apple will almost certainly issue a fix. In the meantime, users can protect themselves against the nuisance text by going to system settings, navigating to Notifications>Messages>Show Previews, and turning it to off.

That change will prevent attacks that are currently circulating online, but it may not stop miscreants from finding new ways to crash people’s iDevices. According to the reddit thread, messages sent over WhatsApp may also trigger the crash. And depending on the way individual apps parse Unicode glyphs, other programs may do the same thing. The bug can also trip up OS X, although the attack requires a target to concatenate or paste a malicious file into the Mac terminal, according to a researcher who goes by the Twitter handle Hacker Fantastic.

Hacker Fantastic has tweeted a variety of other interesting technical details. The bug, he reported, resides in a part of the operating system that processes Unicode glyphs and causes a string to be written to a particular memory location. The bug is tied to the way banner notifications process Unicode, reddit reader sickestdancer98 reported. The banner is unable to display the text and eventually crashes the entire OS.

While the bug is rightfully regarded primarily as a nuisance, denial-of-service vulnerabilities can often be the result of serious flaws that, with more work, can be exploited to perform code-execution attacks. And even when more malicious exploits aren’t possible, DoS holes can sometimes present opportunities for extortionists or people looking to disrupt large events—for instance people at a conference. Expect Apple to release a patch in the coming week or so.