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Topic: Security

U.S. intelligence director: 'no evidence' of Chinese spy chips in iCloud servers

10/19/2018, 09:10 am

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, claims that the government has seen "no evidence" so far that Chinese spy chips were planted onto motherboards that then made their way into servers at companies like Apple.

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Chinese consumer group demands Apple compensate stolen Apple ID owners

10/19/2018, 08:10 am

The China Consumer Association is calling on Apple to fully compensate people who lost money as a result of stolen iCloud accounts, arguing the company is downplaying a recent security breach.

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Apple's refreshed Privacy website now allows US users to request stored personal data

10/17/2018, 11:10 am

Apple launched a refreshed privacy website on Wednesday, updating the minisite to better educate its customers on how the company works to protect the user's personal data across all of its products and services, as well as opening up a system for US users to request all of their data from Apple.

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Alphabet sued over failing to disclose Google+ privacy vulnerability

10/17/2018, 09:10 am

An investor has launched a lawsuit against Google's parent company, Alphabet, arguing that the company deceived fellow investors by failing to reveal a Google+ bug that could have exposed profile information people didn't set to public.

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Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

10/17/2018, 08:10 am

Facebook's recently launched Portal video calling devices could help the social network target advertising towards its users, it has been revealed, with data collected by the hardware potentially combined with other information for marketing purposes.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

10/16/2018, 09:10 pm

Four tech industry titans, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, this week announced plans to move from Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 to modern, more secure versions of protocol.

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Forensics firm urges police not to look at screens of iPhones with Face ID

10/13/2018, 07:10 pm

While U.S. police are now sometimes forcing suspects with Face ID-ready iPhones to unlock their devices, Apple's technology is simultaneously making that a risky proposition, one security firm is warning agencies.

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VoiceOver bug lets hackers view iPhone photos, send them to another device

10/12/2018, 10:10 pm

Amateur iOS hacker Jose Rodriguez on Friday unearthed another obscure, yet effective, lock screen bypass that leans on an unpatched bug in VoiceOver to gain unauthorized access to photos on a target device.

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Apple urges Australian government not to weaken encryption with backdoors

10/12/2018, 04:10 pm

Apple has submitted its formal response to a draft bill undergoing debate by the Australian government, with the iPhone maker calling for "increasingly stronger - not weaker - encryption" as a way to protect against the growing number of online threats.

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Facebook confirms security breach impacted 30M user accounts

10/12/2018, 01:10 pm

Facebook has issued an update for September's security breach, advising the breach affected 30 million users, 20 million fewer than first thought, as well as revealing the kinds of data the attackers had access to during the incident.

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NSA cybersecurity head can't find corroboration for iCloud spy chip report

10/10/2018, 10:10 am

The senior advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy to the director of the National Security Agency has advised there is a lack of evidence relating to both of Bloomberg's recent espionage-related stories, and has openly requested for people with knowledge of the situation to provide assistance.

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US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States.

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Supermicro iCloud spy chip report bolstered by US telecom network hardware hack

10/09/2018, 02:10 pm

Bloomberg is doubling down on its investigative report claiming servers belonging to Apple, Amazon, and other major organizations were tampered by China, by citing documents and analysis from a security expert working for a major telecommunications firm.

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Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity [u]

10/08/2018, 10:10 pm

Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell China hack investigation, in a podcast this week said he felt uneasy after reading the article in part because its claims almost perfectly echoed theories on hardware implants he shared with journalist Jordan Robertson.

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Google+ shutting down in wake of allegations of weak user data security

10/08/2018, 02:10 pm

Google has confirmed it will be closing down the social network Google+ in August next year as part of a data protection initiative called Project Strobe, but a report alleges the initiative itself was caused through Google wanting to avoid regulatory scrutiny from exposing the private data of hundreds of thousands of users.

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No evidence of spy chips, Apple insists in letter to US Congress [u]

10/07/2018, 09:10 pm

Apple hasn't detected unusual transmissions or other evidence servers were infiltrated with Chinese spy chips, the company's VP of Information Security insisted in a letter to Congress on Sunday.

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Department of Homeland Security chimes in on iCloud server spy chip allegations

10/07/2018, 09:10 am

The United States Department of Homeland Security has added to the growing chorus of voices siding with Apple and Amazon versus the blockbuster report that Apple's iCloud and Siri security was violated by a China-planted spy chip.

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Apple launched investigation into Bloomberg's China hack claims, 'found nothing'

10/05/2018, 09:10 pm

Apple reportedly launched a wide-reaching internal investigation into an explosive report claiming Chinese spies compromised its servers in what boils down to a complex supply chain hack, but came up empty in its examination.

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Apple left Intel processor management and testing tools unlocked for years

10/05/2018, 12:10 pm

An exploration of an Intel chipset function known as the Management Engine revealed Apple failed to lock down an undocumented feature until the last High Sierra patch, a vulnerability that could grant a skillful attacker the ability to write data to the RAM of a Mac if left unchecked.

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UK's GCHQ, U.S. officials cast doubt on iCloud server spy chip report

10/05/2018, 09:10 am

A report claiming Apple and almost 30 other companies were targeted by Chinese spies embedding chips in hardware has faced more scrutiny over the last 24 hours, with government officials and security agencies sharing doubts over the story's accuracy.

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