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Livescribe Writes Fix for Security Flaw With Its Wi-Fi Digital Pen

Digital pen maker Livescribe on Monday issued a security update for its new Sky digital pen, plugging a hole that could have allowed unauthorized access to its customers’ notes.

Livescribe said the update adds a secure key to protect notes, making it once again safe to share notes with others.

“All of your Livescribe content is fully protected by this enhanced security, which was deployed to resolve a vulnerability that could have allowed unauthorized access to Livescribe notes through a shared link to the Livescribe Player,” Livescribe said in an email to customers. “For your protection, the links to your notes or notebooks that you have previously shared with someone through Evernote have also been disabled.”

Those who want to re-share notes will have to resend them with new, secure links.

Livescribe launched the Sky at the end of October as its first digital pen to incorporate wireless function. The Sky also switched from using the company’s own desktop software to a process that works with Evernote.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik