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Topic: Security

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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Apple denies claim China slipped spy chips into its iCloud server hardware [u]

10/04/2018, 07:10 am

A Bloomberg report claims Apple, Amazon, and almost 30 other companies were the subject of hacking by Chinese spies embedding chips in hardware for surveillance purposes, a story that Apple has now twice refuted as "wrong and misinformed."

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What you need to know about the 'Presidential Alert' coming to your iPhone on Wednesday

10/03/2018, 09:10 am

If you live in the U.S., expect to hear a familiar warning tone on your iPhone later on Wednesday -- this time, however, regardless of which part of the country you live in and what your alert settings are. AppleInsider delves into Wednesday's Presidential Alert system test.

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Apple joins other tech giants denouncing Australia encryption backdoor proposals

10/03/2018, 07:10 am

Apple is joining Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook in opposing a proposed law in Australia that would force companies to provide law enforcement officials access to encrypted data for the purposes of fighting crime, or face steep penalties.

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HomeKit support rolling out for Netatmo Welcome security camera

10/02/2018, 08:10 am

Netatmo is beginning to deploy HomeKit support for owners of its Welcome indoor security camera, beginning with beta testers, the company has confirmed.

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FBI makes suspect unlock iPhone X in first confirmed instance of forced Face ID

09/30/2018, 11:09 pm

The FBI recently ordered a suspect to unlock his iPhone X via Face ID, in the first known example of police doing so anywhere in the world.

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Complex iOS 12 passcode bypasses grant access to iPhone Contacts and Photos

09/28/2018, 11:09 pm

A pair of extremely involved passcode bypasses discovered in Apple's latest iOS 12 can grant attackers access to Contacts and Photo data on a user's iPhone, including models protected by Face ID.

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Almost 50M Facebook accounts at risk for theft after latest security breach

09/28/2018, 01:09 pm

Facebook on Friday revealed that it recently uncovered a major security breach impacting close to 50 million users, which could result in the user's account being stolen by the thieves.

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Apple's Device Enrollment Program vulnerable to attack over device serial authentication

09/27/2018, 08:09 am

Apple's Device Enrollment Program, used by businesses to provision iPhones and iPads with an internal device management server, is claimed to have a weakness in its authentication that could allow an attacker to learn internal information about an organization.

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Australian teen receives 8 months probation for hacking Apple's corporate network

09/26/2018, 11:09 pm

An Australian teen who gained unauthorized access to Apple's corporate network has been sentenced to eight months probation for his crimes, which included the collection of about one terabyte of sensitive data gleaned from company servers.

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Zero-day vulnerability in macOS Mojave bypasses system-level privacy permissions

09/24/2018, 07:09 pm

Apple's macOS Mojave, which was released to users around the world on Monday, includes a faulty implementation of security protections that can potentially expose personal user data, according to one security researcher.

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NSO malware accessed executive's iPhone within minutes

09/20/2018, 04:09 pm

While the Pegasus software accessed the man's iPhone while he was in the company's offices, the attack was not wide, and the entrepreneur had volunteered his phone.

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Sen. Rubio takes Apple to task for slow response to Adware Doctor's data harvesting

09/19/2018, 03:09 pm

A frequent critic of the company in regards to China, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has reportedly sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company didn't immediately react to word a Mac App Store title was exporting browser histories to the country.

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