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Topic: Security

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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NSA leaker Edward Snowden refuses to use Apple's iPhone over spying concerns - report

01/21/2015, 11:01 am

Infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains "special software" that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.

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Apple's OS X Spotlight found to ignore e-mail privacy settings

01/09/2015, 12:01 pm

Mac owners who regularly make use of OS X's built-in Mail application and Spotlight search should take care when searching through e-mail messages, as Spotlight's preview functionality has been shown to ignore Mail's remote content settings and could inadvertently transmit unintended data to email senders.

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Apple's Mac EFI found vulnerable to bootkit attack via rogue Thunderbolt devices

12/22/2014, 02:12 pm

At next week's Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, a researcher will demonstrate a method in which a malicious actor could use a specially-crafted Thunderbolt device to inject a bootkit -- which could survive nearly any attempt to remove it --into the EFI boot ROM of any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.

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Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas" malware infects Windows and Android but can't exploit Apple's iOS without jailbreak

12/11/2014, 03:12 pm

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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US DOJ fines StealthGenie for selling Android, iOS spyware, demands source code

11/26/2014, 12:11 am

The United States Department of Justice has fined the CEO of spyware vendor StealthGenie $500,000 and demanded the firm turn over the source code for software designed to remotely monitor calls, texts and other activity on Android and jailbroken iOS devices.

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Apple responds to Masque Attack concerns, says unaware of affected users

11/13/2014, 11:11 pm

Coming days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability called "Masque Attack" was made public, Apple late Thursday issued a statement regarding the potentially malicious software, saying default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart attacks.

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WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for users who disable Apple's iOS, OS X security

11/10/2014, 05:11 pm

Despite headlines fretting of a "new era in OS X and iOS malware," Apple's security systems for iOS and OS X are working as intended to protect users from exposure to the ubiquitous malware affecting open platforms including Android and Windows. Here's the realistic, non-sensationalized facts about how safe Apple's users actually are and how users can remain protected from threats that arise.

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'Masque' attack for iOS could let hackers replace legitimate apps with malicious copies

11/10/2014, 03:11 pm

A recently-discovered vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system could allow attackers to trick users into replacing legitimate apps that have access to a variety of personal information --such as banking apps --with hacked versions that relay that information to malicious actors.

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Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware targeting Chinese iOS & Mac users

11/06/2014, 01:11 pm

Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching.

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