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Topic: Security

FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

04/07/2016, 09:04 am

The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday.

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Apple moves to bring iCloud infrastructure in-house predicated by backdoor fears - report

03/23/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's multi-year effort to develop its own servers and networking hardware has reportedly been driven in large part by security concerns, as the company worries that supply chain tampering may lead to deeply embedded vulnerabilities which are difficult to find and remediate.

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Researchers, Apple collaborate to fix iMessage security hole with today's release of iOS 9.3

03/21/2016, 08:03 am

A bug has been discovered in Apple's iMessage encryption by security researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who have collaborated with the company to help patch the issue in the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update, set to be released to the public today.

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Apple hires away Amazon exec to head up corporate digital security, report says

03/18/2016, 11:03 pm

Days before Apple is set to meet U.S. prosecutors in court over a contentious encryption fight involving an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a report on Friday claims the company has poached Amazon's vice president of information security George Stathakopoulos.

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FTC challenges Android developers on their use of SilverPush microphone spyware

03/18/2016, 01:03 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to a dozen Google Play developers over their use of SilverPush software, which turns Android devices into advertising spy beacons to listen for and track the television programming users are exposed to.

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'AceDeceiver' malware secretly installs malicious apps onto iOS devices

03/16/2016, 04:03 pm

A new form of iOS malware, nicknamed "AceDeceiver," can infect people without relying on an enterprise certificate or attacking jailbroken devices, security firm Palo Alto Networks revealed on Wednesday.

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Take a stand against the Obama/FBI anti-encryption charm offensive

03/14/2016, 06:03 pm

It has been frustrating to watch as the horrific San Bernardino terrorist killing spree has been used as a cover by the FBI to achieve the anti-encryption goals they've been working towards for years. Much of that frustration stems from the fact that the American media has so poorly reported the facts in this case.

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Florida sheriff vows to arrest Tim Cook if Apple won't comply with court orders

03/14/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's firm stance against decrypting iPhones in criminal investigations could land CEO Tim Cook in jail, if the sheriff in one rural Florida county has his way.

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Justice Department considers wiretapping fight with WhatsApp amid Apple-FBI row

03/14/2016, 09:03 am

The U.S. government is at odds with yet another Silicon Valley firm thanks to encrypted communications, this time targeting Facebook-owned messaging superpower WhatsApp over federal wiretapping statutes.

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California Assembly considers bill to mandate encryption backdoors

03/10/2016, 09:03 am

A bill introduced in the California State Assembly earlier this year would require companies that build smartphones and mobile operating systems to build backdoors in their products and fine any company that does not comply.

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Apple, FBI battle a wedge issue for American voters, poll shows

03/09/2016, 10:03 am

The ongoing philosophical debate between Silicon Valley -- with Apple at the forefront -- and the federal government over encryption has split the American electorate in two distinct but equal camps, a new survey shows.

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Woz backs Apple in FBI's 'lame' iPhone encryption case

03/08/2016, 11:03 am

During a late-night television appearance on Monday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed his support for Apple in the company's ongoing fight with the FBI, saying the bureau "picked a lame case."

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How to verify checksums when you download an app for your Mac

03/07/2016, 10:03 am

Some Mac users received a nasty surprise last week when it was discovered that a recent version of the open source Transmission BitTorrent client infected their computer with malware -- a situation that may have been avoided with proper precautions.

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Craig Federighi: Security is an endless race, but the FBI wants to roll it back to 2013

03/06/2016, 09:03 pm

Apple's head of software engineering Craig Federighi published an opinion in the Washington Post today that clarified the company's reasoning behind refusing to weaken its products to appease a very public demand from the FBI.

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Malware-infected Transmission 2.9 app threatened OS X users, stopped by XProtect

03/06/2016, 06:03 pm

Users who downloaded the Transmission BitTorrent client on Friday or Saturday are being warned to update to the latest 2.92 version to avoid being targeted by a ransomware that infiltrated an earlier version of the open source software.

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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks out for strong encryption

03/03/2016, 02:03 pm

The Pentagon wholeheartedly supports strong encryption and opposes efforts to add back doors to secure software, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.

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Apple files formal objection in San Bernardino case, submits New York decision as backup

03/02/2016, 10:03 am

Apple this week made a pair of moves designed to shore up its legal footing in the ongoing battle with the FBI, formally objecting to the Central District of California's order to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone and bringing that court's attention to the pro-Apple decision handed down in New York on Monday.

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Comey: 'Of course' FBI would leverage precedent in San Bernardino case

03/01/2016, 02:03 pm

Under questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey admitted that his agency would "of course" seek to use the precedent gained from a win in the San Bernardino to unlock other phones.

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US Attorney General 'hopes' Apple will unlock San Bernardino iPhone

03/01/2016, 09:03 am

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch weighed in on Apple's fight with the FBI on Tuesday, saying she would prefer that Apple comply with the recent court order directing the company to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

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Maricopa County Attorney bans employees from getting new iPhones, says Apple is 'on the side of terrorists'

02/25/2016, 09:02 am

As a result of Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone, the Maricopa County, Ariz. Attorney's Office has announced that it will not allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements.

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