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Topic: Security

Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data behind our backs,' security researcher charges

07/21/2014, 12:07 pm

Noted forensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has uncovered a number of undocumented "backdoor" services in Apple's mobile operating system that he argues could be exploited by law enforcement agencies, the NSA, or other malicious actors to bypass encryption and siphon sensitive personal data from iOS devices.

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Apple expands availability of two-step verification for Apple IDs to 59 countries

07/17/2014, 03:07 pm

Just over a year after first enabling two-step verification for its pervasive Apple ID account system, Apple on Thursday revealed the feature's expansion to nearly 50 additional countries around the world in an updated technical support document.

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Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email to prevent snooping

07/16/2014, 11:07 am

Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google's Gmail.

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Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms

07/12/2014, 04:07 pm

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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MAC address randomization joins Apple's heap of iOS 8 privacy improvements

06/09/2014, 02:06 pm

With consumers growing more conscious about protecting their privacy, Apple has begun tackle the issue head on with numerous enhancements to its next-generation mobile operating system including a new feature that makes it more difficult to track and identify individual iOS devices.

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Apple's Tim Cook & other tech leaders urge US Senate to do more to curb government surveillance

06/05/2014, 01:06 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and a number of other high-profile tech leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Senate this week, urging them to beef up the proposed USA Freedom Act which would restrict government surveillance of Internet users.

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Google's VirusTotal adds desktop file analysis client for Apple's OS X

05/26/2014, 11:05 am

Google's online malware analysis tool VirusTotal, which acts as a "meta scanner" for suspicious files, on Monday announced the availability of a new desktop upload client for the Mac.

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Hackers claim to have exploit for iCloud, use vulnerability to disable Activation Lock

05/21/2014, 06:05 pm

A group of hackers calling themselves "Team DoulCi" say that they have figured out a way to execute a man-in-the-middle attack that gives them the ability to intercept users' Apple ID credentials as well as unlock iOS devices that have been made unusable by Activation Lock.

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Apple aware of email attachment encryption issue in iOS 7.1.1

05/05/2014, 11:05 am

Recent releases of Apple's iOS platform, including the latest iOS 7.1.1 update, include a bug that prevents email attachments saved on the device from being properly protected with encryption, and a fix is presumably on the way.

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Mobile malware authors 'almost exclusively' focused on Android in 2013, says Symantec

04/08/2014, 12:04 pm

Attackers continue to target Android more than any other mobile operating system, according to a new report released Tuesday, as Google's platform played host to all but one of the new mobile malware families discovered last year.

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Apple IDs targeted in phishing scam through hacked Electronic Arts servers

03/19/2014, 01:03 pm

The servers of video game publisher Electronic Arts have apparently been compromised, with a new phishing page set up with the intend of stealing Apple ID usernames, passwords, and credit card information.

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Apple touts secure design of iOS as Google chief admits Android is best target for malicious hackers

02/27/2014, 06:02 pm

Speaking at Mobile World Conference, Google's new Android chief Sundar Pichai admitted that security plays second fiddle to "freedom" in the design and implementation of Google's mobile operation system, exposing Android users to an overwhelming, disproportionate share of malware vulnerabilities.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 with fix for SSL security flaw, plus new FaceTime Audio

02/25/2014, 01:02 pm

Apple on Tuesday released an incremental update for its Mavericks operating system, with OS X 10.9.2 addressing a critical SSL-related security flaw for Mac users, and also adding a handful of new features, most notably additions for FaceTime calls and iMessage user blocking.

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British spy agency said to target Apple's iPhone with remote surveillance exploit kit

01/28/2014, 08:01 am

The U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters has reportedly developed a set of iPhone exploits that can turn Apple's handsets into live, remotely-accessible microphones and GPS trackers, according to new documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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Users may be weakest link in Apple ID, iOS security chain

01/22/2014, 05:01 pm

While Apple's robust security practices have made malware a virtual non-factor, iOS device owners should still take care to ensure that they themselves don't become the weak link in the security chain.

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Apple's Phil Schiller plugs security report showing 99% of mobile malware targets Android

01/21/2014, 03:01 pm

Apple's marketing chief took to Twitter on Tuesday to promote the 2014 edition of Cisco's Annual Security Report, presumably in a bid to draw attention to the report's finding that 99 percent of mobile device-targeted malware is directed at Android.

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Following security controversy, Starbucks patches iOS app with new 'safeguards'

01/17/2014, 07:01 am

Starbucks on Friday quickly responded to criticism after it was discovered that its iOS payment app does not encrypt users' login information, with a new update that promises additional "safeguards" for customers.

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Starbucks' iOS app found to store user credentials in plain text [u]

01/16/2014, 09:01 am

Coffee megachain Starbucks is under fire over their data security practices after it was discovered that the company's iOS payment app does not encrypt customers' login information.

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Apple says it was unaware of NSA's iPhone spying, vows to defend customers' privacy

12/31/2013, 12:12 pm

Apple on Tuesday reacted to news that the U.S. National Security Agency has worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, saying it has not cooperated with the agency on such projects and was not previously aware of those attempts.

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NSA worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, leaked documents show

12/30/2013, 07:12 pm

New documents revealed on Monday show the U.S. National Security Agency has the capability of deploying software implants on Apple's iPhone that grants remote access to on-board assets like SMS messages, location data and microphone audio.

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