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Topic: Security

Security concerns force President Trump to ditch Android phone

01/20/2017, 12:01 pm

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had to switch from his old Android phone to a new device, potentially a modified Apple iPhone.

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Popular beauty app Meitu checks if iPhone is jailbroken, sends carrier data back to Chinese developer

01/20/2017, 10:01 am

One of the App Store's top downloads -- an app for creating Anime-style self portraits -- is a potential privacy risk to its users, as researchers have discovered the app sends details about carrier, and whether the iPhone has been jailbroken, back to the developer.

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'Fruitfly' malware patched by Apple relies on 'ancient' Mac system calls

01/18/2017, 02:01 pm

Newly-patched Mac malware relies on some antiquated code predating the OS X era, but has been used in some previous real-world attacks on biomedical research groups, according to a prominent security software maker.

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WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

01/13/2017, 12:01 pm

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages [updated with statement from WhatsApp].

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Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

01/12/2017, 04:01 pm

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

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FTC sues D-Link for failure to secure webcams, routers from online attacks

01/09/2017, 10:01 am

D-Link is under fire from the Federal Trade Commission for not doing enough to secure its products, including connected home devices -- a threat Apple has countered via secure authentication chips in HomeKit-certified hardware.

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Linksys, Netgear, Norton taking different approaches to whole-home Wi-Fi

01/04/2017, 11:01 am

Home networking giants Linksys and Netgear have unveiled next-gen routers, with Linksys opting for mesh networking, and Netgear relying on traditional hardware. Norton is also throwing its hat into the ring with a router that claims to block all security threats before the enter the home's network.

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New router attack altering DNS settings, stealing ad traffic from infected users

12/19/2016, 01:12 pm

A second wide-spread attack on vulnerable home networking equipment is underway, with the latest attack redirecting an afflicted network's traffic, including that from Apple users, to fraudulent domains and opening up the routers to further attack.

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Florida appeals court orders man to surrender iPhone passcode

12/15/2016, 09:12 am

A Florida man accused of voyeurism can be forced to share the passcode of his iPhone 5, the state's Second District Court of Appeals ruled this week, potentially challenging established interpretations of the Fifth Amendment.

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Yahoo says more than 1B accounts hacked in 2013 security breach

12/14/2016, 07:12 pm

Yahoo, still reeling from a hack that impacted more than 500 million accounts earlier this year, on Wednesday revealed another one billion accounts were compromised in a separate attack dating back to 2013.

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As ax awaits Apple's AirPort, wide swath of Netgear routers found subject to serious vulnerability

12/14/2016, 09:12 am

Nearly all recent Netgear home routers have a serious flaw, allowing nefarious hackers to take control of a router and use it for denial of service attacks after the router's owner simply visits a malicious website.

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Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

12/02/2016, 12:12 am

Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack.

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Twitter plans crackdown on developers & organizations exploiting data for surveillance

11/23/2016, 11:11 am

Over the next several months, Twitter will embark on a crackdown on developers building surveillance tools to track protesters and activists, the company said this week in announcement.

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New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact information without passcode

11/18/2016, 09:11 am

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

11/17/2016, 09:11 am

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

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Monitoring software on some US Android phones sent text messages, location info to China [u]

11/15/2016, 03:11 pm

Pre-installed software on some Android phones from a developer contracted to develop the software for an undisclosed Chinese manufacturer sends the contents of text messages composed on the device, in addition to other user metadata, to a server in China.

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Shazam promises Mac app update to end always-on listening

11/15/2016, 12:11 pm

The makers of the music discovery app Shazam have promised a software update in the next few days, after it was uncovered that the current Mac version is always listening -- even when it's supposed to be off.

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LastPass frees cross-device password sharing from subscription, goes ad-supported

11/03/2016, 11:11 am

Password storage and retrieval tool LastPass is altering its pricing structure again, with the most recent opening up cross-platform password storage to all users with an ad-supported tier.

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UK government extends cellphone ban during Cabinet meetings to Apple Watch

10/10/2016, 09:10 am

UK cabinet members have been prohibited from wearing Apple Watch during Cabinet meetings, over misplaced concern that they may be penetrated by Russian spies, and used for covert surveillance and recordings of sensitive government business.

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Exploit broker triples iOS bounty to $1.5M, cites security improvements and demand

09/29/2016, 09:09 pm

Zerodium, a well-known "bug broker," on Thursday announced a new $1.5 million top end limit for zero-day exploits targeting iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest version of iOS 10.

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