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Topic: Security

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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Apple summons security experts for bug bounty program brief - report

09/28/2016, 11:09 am

Apple has allegedly invited a bevy of third party security experts and device hackers to its headquarters to break down the details of the previously announced bug bounty program for macOS and iOS.

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'Pegasus' iOS malware package also found to impact OS X, Apple issues patch

09/01/2016, 08:09 pm

Apple in a patch last week blocked a particularly nasty malware package called "Pegasus" from infiltrating iOS devices, and the company is now doing the same for its OS X desktop operating system.

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Latest rumor pegs secure iris scanner for Apple's 2017 iPhone

08/31/2016, 10:08 am

Rather than waiting until 2018, Apple could introduce eye-scanning technology to securely identify users next year, if a new supply chain rumor is to be believed.

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BitTorrent app Transmission once again source of macOS malware

08/30/2016, 04:08 pm

Once again, BitTorrent client Transmission has distributed malware to some users through an altered installer, with downloaders of the software on Aug. 28 and 29 probably infected by the "Keydnap" package.

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Apple briefly allows, pulls jailbreak app on iOS App Store

08/29/2016, 04:08 pm

An app ostensibly for browsing Dribbble passed through Apple's App Store review process despite coming loaded with a hidden feature that allowed users running iOS 9.3.3 or earlier to jailbreak their device.

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Dangerous, targeted iPhone attack nullified by Apple with iOS 9.3.5 patch

08/25/2016, 03:08 pm

More details have emerged about the need for the iOS 9.3.5 patch, which looks to have terminated a trio of exploits capable of a remote jailbreak and mass exfiltration of data from a target's iPhone, including device and account passwords.

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Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

08/25/2016, 01:08 pm

Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.

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