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Topic: Security

First details emerge about new batch of Intel processor security flaws [u]

06/14/2018, 01:06 pm

Details of the first of the second wave of Spectre-style vulnerabilities in Intel processors has been published earlier than expected, with the "LazyFP" vulnerability potentially allowing an attacker to access sensitive data, such as cryptographic keys.

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Apple confirms iOS 12's 'USB Restricted Mode' will thwart police, criminal access [u]

06/13/2018, 05:06 pm

Apple in a statement to AppleInsider on Wednesday said iOS 12's incarnation of "USB Restricted Mode" will thwart criminals, and enhance user's privacy.

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Apple disallows developers from collecting and sharing Contacts data

06/12/2018, 05:06 pm

A largely unnoticed change in the revised App Store Guidelines Apple issued during WWDC was a ban on developers building their own databases with collected contact info, and/or sharing them without further permission.

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Apple strips Facebook & Twitter integration from macOS Mojave

06/06/2018, 10:06 am

Continuing a policy that began with iOS 11, Apple has apparently stripped out integration of third-party accounts in macOS Mojave beyond email and calendar services.

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Inside Apple's move to ramp up security & privacy in iOS 12 & macOS Mojave

06/06/2018, 08:06 am

Apple used the Platforms State of the Union presentation to detail the privacy and security enhancements it will be including in macOS 10.14 and iOS 12, protecting even more types of user data and making it safer for users to download macOS apps away from the Mac App Store.

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iOS 12 users must unlock their iPhones every hour to maintain USB connections

06/05/2018, 10:06 am

Apple has enhanced the USB Restricted Mode feature in the first beta of iOS 12, requiring users to unlock their iPhone once an hour to allow data transfers via the Lightning port, in an attempt to protect user data stored on iOS devices from acquisition by unlocking services employed by law enforcement officials.

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FBI warns public to reboot Wi-Fi routers to counter 'VPNFilter' malware

05/28/2018, 09:05 am

The FBI is recommending power cycling Wi-Fi routers as a step to counter "foreign cyber actors" seeding malware known as "VPNFilter."

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Apple issues transparency report for 2H 2017, says it will include App Store takedown requests in 2019

05/25/2018, 05:05 pm

Apple on Friday published its transparency report for the second half of 2017, revealing stats on government search requests in the U.S. and abroad. The company also announced plans to account for government requests to pull apps from the App Store.

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Amazon Echo recorded household audio, sent it to random contact [u]

05/24/2018, 03:05 pm

An Oregon family's Amazon Echo recorded household audio and sent it to an employee of the family's husband, something Amazon blamed on a rare bug that it intends to fix. [Updated with additional Amazon explanation]

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FBI reportedly inflated statistics on encrypted cellphone threat

05/22/2018, 10:05 pm

The FBI has for months bemoaned the threat encrypted cellphones pose to ongoing investigations, saying investigators were locked out of some 7,800 devices last year. A new report, however, claims the agency's figures are grossly inflated.

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YubiKey NEO's physical NFC key can now unlock apps on iPhone 7 & later

05/22/2018, 04:05 pm

Taking advantage of the more open NFC access on iPhones made possible with iOS 11, Yubico has announced that its physical YubiKey NEO authentication key can now be used to unlock compatible iOS apps.

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Intel promises fix for new 'Variant 4' Meltdown, Spectre vulnerability

05/21/2018, 08:05 pm

Industry woes over Meltdown and Spectre continued this week when Google and Microsoft on Monday revealed a newly discovered silicon-level vulnerability impacting chips used in millions of computers, including those marketed by Apple.

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Surveillance app stored teens' Apple IDs on unprotected servers

05/20/2018, 06:05 pm

An app meant to let parents monitor the phone activity of teenagers was saving the latter's Apple ID passwords in unprotected plaintext form, a report revealed on Sunday.

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Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking

05/20/2018, 04:05 pm

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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Future Apple biometric security may include scanning veins in a user's face

05/15/2018, 10:05 am

Apple's Face ID could become even more secure in the future, after the revelation the iPhone X producer has explored the possibility of scanning the pattern of veins in a user's face as another form of biometric authentication, one that could potentially tell identical twins apart.

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Apple Mail affected by critical PGP, S/MIME encryption vulnerabilities

05/14/2018, 08:05 am

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in PGP and S/MIME that could allow an attacker to read emails encrypted using the standards, with one attack potentially allowing for a message to be decrypted by abusing a flaw in the way Mail for iOS and macOS renders HTML-based messages.

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Spectre-style Intel chip vulnerability disclosures delayed, patches not expected until August

05/09/2018, 10:05 am

The release of patches to fix new Spectre-style flaws in Intel's processor designs is allegedly delayed by two more weeks to late May, but a report suggests Intel wants to push the release back even further into July while it works to finalize the required updates.

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Apple's iOS 11.4 update with 'USB Restricted Mode' may defeat tools like GrayKey

05/08/2018, 10:05 am

The iOS 11.4 beta contains a new feature called USB Restricted Mode, designed to defeat physical data access by third parties -- possibly with forensic firms like Grayshift and Cellebrite in mind.

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More Spectre-style chip flaws discovered in Intel processors

05/04/2018, 12:05 pm

More waves of patches to plug security holes in processors are on the way, after the discovery that Intel is working to patch more Spectre-style issues in its chips, with eight new vulnerabilities said to be found by security researchers following the Spectre and Meltdown fiasco from earlier this year.

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Google's Advanced Protection Program gains support for native iPhone & iPad apps

05/03/2018, 02:05 pm

Google's Advanced Protection Program -- intended strictly for people needing maximum account security, such as journalists, activists, and politicians -- now supports iOS' core Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps.

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