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Topic: Security

Researchers leverage SSL bug to crash Apple devices over Wi-Fi in 'No iOS Zone' attack

04/22/2015, 10:04 am

A bug in iOS's secure sockets layer (SSL) library could allow an attacker to force apps --or in some cases, the entire device --to crash if users connect to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot, security researchers demonstrated this week.

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Some 1,500 iOS apps exposed to serious HTTPS vulnerability, analytics firm says

04/21/2015, 10:04 am

Approximately 1,500 iOS apps are exposed to a vulnerability that could let a hacker bypass HTTPS security and steal passwords and other sensitive data, according to research released on Monday.

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Update your Mac: Apple fixes major flaw in OS X Yosemite, but won't patch Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks

04/09/2015, 03:04 pm

A serious vulnerability present in every iteration of Apple's desktop operating system since OS X 10.7 --one which allows any user process to gain root privileges --was disclosed to the public on Thursday following the release of OS X 10.10.3, which addresses the issue, and users are urged to update as older OS X versions will remain susceptible to attack.

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Apple's resistance to hiring felons for Campus 2 construction is unusual, but not unprecedented

04/07/2015, 03:04 pm

Apple has found itself in the midst of an unexpected controversy this week after it was revealed that the iPhone maker bars laborers with recent felony convictions from working on its new corporate campus, a practice that may be unusual among private companies, but is not without precedent.

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Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

03/25/2015, 07:03 pm

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

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Apple's Safari among browsers taken down at Pwn2Own day 2

03/20/2015, 02:03 pm

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer were all successfully exploited during the second day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver.

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New 'IP Box' tool bypasses 10-try limit for PINs on older iOS versions, automates brute force attacks

03/18/2015, 09:03 am

A relatively new $300 device could allow attackers to crack the PIN codes on out-of-date iPhones or iPads, taking advantage of a flaw in iOS versions older than 8.1.1 that allows unlimited attempts at PIN entry, even when users enable Apple's 10-try limit.

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CIA has waged 'secret campaign' to crack Apple's iOS security - report

03/10/2015, 07:03 am

Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency has been engaged in a multi-year coordinated effort to crack the security of Apple's iOS platform, which powers and protects the iPhone and iPad.

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New SSL/TLS flaw leaves Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, Apple promises fix

03/03/2015, 03:03 pm

A newly-discovered flaw in some implementations of cryptographic protocols SSL and TLS -- including those used by Apple's Safari and Google's Android AOSP browsers -- could allow an attacker to force clients to use older, weaker encryption that would make it significantly easier to intercept secure communications.

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Stanford researchers develop method for tracking mobile devices using battery charge data

02/23/2015, 12:02 pm

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

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Lenovo bundled adware on some laptops, leaves users with staggering security vulnerabilities

02/19/2015, 02:02 pm

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users' browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.

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Apple signs on to Obama's cybersecurity framework as Tim Cook calls privacy 'life and death' issue

02/13/2015, 05:02 pm

Apple is among more than a half-dozen major U.S. corporations that have agreed to integrate the White House's Cybersecurity Framework into their operations, but the iPhone maker will not share security information with the federal government.

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US government to accept Apple Pay for 'many' transactions starting in September

02/13/2015, 02:02 pm

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

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Apple's iMessage, FaceTime now protected by two-step verification

02/12/2015, 05:02 pm

Apple continues to expand the range of offerings covered by its two-step verification scheme, with security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

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Apple's Activation Lock drives iPhone thefts down 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York

02/11/2015, 12:02 am

Once a hot item for thieves and pickpockets, Apple's iPhone is becoming a significantly less attractive target as the company's Activation Lock prevents the devices from being easily wiped and re-sold, a new report indicates.

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White House cybersecurity summit to feature address from Apple CEO Tim Cook

02/09/2015, 09:02 pm

Apple's chief executive will reportedly be among those speaking to participants at Friday's White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, an event designed to bring together representatives from all sides of the cybersecurity and privacy debate.

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New iOS spyware targets non-jailbroken devices but requires user intervention to install

02/04/2015, 06:02 pm

A malware campaign known in the security industry as "Operation Pawn Storm" has begun to target Apple's iOS devices with a new malicious application that can steal photos, text messages, contacts, and other data from non-jailbroken iPhones, but which cannot be installed without users' consent.

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OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware vulnerability

01/26/2015, 01:01 pm

A Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

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Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

01/23/2015, 10:01 am

An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown.

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Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

01/22/2015, 11:01 am

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

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