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Topic: Security

Apple to fix Siri bug that read out hidden iPhone lockscreen notifications

03/22/2018, 03:03 pm

A future Apple update will solve an iOS security flaw allowing Siri to read out otherwise hidden lockscreen notifications, but AppleInsider can show you how to work around it now.

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Google claims Android is "as safe as the competition" despite its outdated install base

03/16/2018, 10:03 am

Google's head of Android security David Kleidermacher claimed in an interview that "Android is now as safe as the competition" on the release of the company's 2017 Android Security report, which seeks to reassure users that it is doing everything it can to protect them from malware and exploits. The problem is that Google can't secure the 2 billion Androids it claims as its platform.

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More Safari exploits demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018

03/15/2018, 07:03 pm

The second day of Pwn2Own 2018 saw Apple's Safari exploited twice, with one team completing its attempt within the competition's 30-minute, three-try guidelines, while another group demonstrated a bug in four attempts.

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'GrayKey' iPhone unlocking tool revealed as pocket-sized device with questionable security

03/15/2018, 12:03 pm

The forensic tool known as 'GrayKey' has grave privacy and security implications, a report into the iPhone-unlocking tool suggests, as it has the potential of being misused by thieves and other criminals if the compact device is stolen from members of law enforcement.

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Safari exploit successfully demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018

03/14/2018, 10:03 pm

Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative kicked off its annual Pwn2Own hacking competition on Wednesday with two attempts to exploit Apple's Safari web browser, one of which was successful.

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'GrayKey' iPhone unlock in use by Indiana police, documents reveal

03/09/2018, 03:03 pm

A recently exposed forensic tool called "GrayKey" -- sold as being able to hack into iOS 11 devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X -- is being used by at least one regional police force in the U.S.

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FBI chief continues his demand for law enforcement access to encrypted iPhones and other devices

03/07/2018, 03:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray has continued his fight to make it easier to defeat the encryption-based security of devices like Apple's iPhone, declaring in a speech at Boston College that these security systems could be designed in a way to help law enforcement agencies, as well as updating laws to keep up with changes in technology.

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Stolen Apple account credentials can be acquired from 'dark web' markets for just $15

03/07/2018, 10:03 am

Account credentials for Apple's online services are being sold by online scammers for an average of $15.39, a report into stolen account sales on the 'dark web' reveals, but despite the seemingly low cost, Apple-based accounts appear to be priced more than individual user accounts for a considerable number of other online destinations.

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The IRS does not accept iTunes gift cards, don't get scammed

03/06/2018, 07:03 pm

A recent op-ed reminds U.S. citizens that Internal Revenue Service impersonators are out in force this tax season and, like last year and year before, some are looking to fleece unwitting victims by asking them to pay back taxes with iTunes gift cards.

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Grayshift becomes second service to promise forensic unlocks for Apple's iPhone 8 & X

03/05/2018, 03:03 pm

Adding to the evidence that Apple's latest iPhones are no longer safe from hackers -- legal or otherwise -- a second company has come forward selling its ability to break in.

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Cellebrite executive insists iPhone unlocking has a 'public safety imperative'

03/04/2018, 11:03 am

Cellebrite offers its services to law enforcement for the welfare of the public, an executive of the security firm known for breaking the security of iOS and other devices claims in an interview, while also stressing the firm's tools are not a major risk to the privacy of iPhone users in general.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon reveal plan for new phone-number based app authentication

03/01/2018, 08:03 am

On Thursday the four major national U.S. carriers -- AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon -- revealed plans for a new authentication platform that could add an extra layer of security for people using apps on Apple's iPhone and other mobile devices.

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Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details legitimate communication

02/28/2018, 07:02 pm

Apple last week posted a new support document to its website detailing a few tips designed to help customers distinguish official emails from phishing attempts, the latter of which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent months.

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Cellebrite advertises its ability to unlock devices running iOS 11, including the iPhone X, to government agencies

02/26/2018, 03:02 pm

Cellebrite, the Israeli security firm believed to have helped the FBI unlock an iPhone during the San Bernardino investigation, is claiming it is capable of bypassing the security of devices running iOS 11 and older versions, including recently launched hardware including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers' personal data for law enforcement even if it's being kept on servers outside of the region.

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Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

02/22/2018, 06:02 pm

Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.

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'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

02/09/2018, 04:02 pm

This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends -- and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

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Apple issues DMCA takedown for iBoot code, says recent devices should be safe

02/08/2018, 04:02 pm

The iOS 9 iBoot source code published this week is old and shouldn't pose a threat to people who keep their iPhones and iPads updated, Apple said on Thursday.

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MacUpdate served up Mac cryptominer to unsuspecting users in Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper downloads on Feb. 1

02/07/2018, 05:02 pm

Download aggregator MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit a cryptocurrency miner on downloader's systems.

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