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Topic: Security

Video of Apple's Black Hat 2016 presentation now available

08/16/2016, 08:08 pm

The full video of Apple's presentation at this year's Black Hat security conference was posted to YouTube on Tuesday, offering viewers a deep dive into iOS security mechanisms, from backbone synchronization service iCloud to new systems like HomeKit.

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Oops: Microsoft leaks its Golden Key, unlocking Windows Secure Boot and exposing the danger of backdoors

08/10/2016, 04:08 pm

Microsoft has demonstrated why the FBI's desire for "Golden Key" backdoors allowing "good guys" to bypass security is such a bad idea: it inadvertently released its own keys to Windows tablets, phones, HoloLens and other devices using UEFI Secure Boot.

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Apple's security measures in iOS detailed at Black Hat conference

08/09/2016, 12:08 pm

Apple engineer Ivan Krstić spoke on far more than Apple's new bug bounty program at the Black Hat security conference, and delved into the inner workings of iOS hardware and software security features both in iOS 9 and the forthcoming iOS 10.

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Apple's Ivan Krstic to give 'behind the scenes' iOS security talk at Black Hat USA

07/28/2016, 04:07 pm

Apple's head of Security Engineering and Architecture will go into "unprecedented technical detail" on iOS security during a talk at this year's Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, including new technology coming with iOS 10.

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Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital signatures in .xip format

07/28/2016, 09:07 am

Apple has implemented the .xip file compression protocol with digital signatures for its newest Xcode 8 beta distribution, instead of the unsecured .zip format, guaranteeing that the contents have not changed since initial creation.

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New guidelines may push Apple to switch away from SMS for two-factor authentication

07/26/2016, 11:07 am

Newly-published guidelines could lead Apple and other companies to find an alternative to SMS for two-factor authentication, such as dedicated apps, according to reports.

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Pokemon Go players sacrifice full Google account access, pair of fixes coming soon

07/12/2016, 10:07 am

Amid revelations that the popular Pokémon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.

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Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple's Gatekeeper still prevents infection

07/07/2016, 03:07 pm

A second piece of Mac-specific malware has been discovered this week, one that could expose the passwords stored in the macOS Keychain. But once again, Apple's Gatekeeper security -- when properly configured -- will block the attack from succeeding.

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New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera, but macOS Gatekeeper users are protected

07/06/2016, 10:07 am

A new piece of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user's computer, but Apple's own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.

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Apple's differential privacy in iOS 10 is opt-in, limited to four use cases

06/24/2016, 05:06 pm

The new data collection method set to roll out in iOS 10 will require users to opt in, and will be limited to four specific system functions, according to Apple.

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Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with cutting edge differential privacy

06/15/2016, 10:06 am

After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple is doubling down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data.

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No warrant needed to obtain location data held by cellphone carriers, US court rules

05/31/2016, 04:05 pm

Law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to gain access to a cellphone's location data, as long as they obtain it from wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

05/11/2016, 09:05 am

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

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US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon & others on security patches

05/09/2016, 03:05 pm

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.

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LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

05/05/2016, 09:05 am

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.

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FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple, Edward Snowden says

05/02/2016, 10:05 am

Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again weighed in on the Apple-FBI battle, this time saying that the bureau should disclose the vulnerability used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone in the interest of national cybersecurity.

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US Supreme Court approves search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction

04/29/2016, 09:04 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized a rule change that -- barring intervention by Congress -- will allow judges to issue search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction, instead of just the ones their courts oversee directly.

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Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

04/28/2016, 12:04 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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US government requested information on nearly 5,200 Apple accounts in past 6 months

04/19/2016, 02:04 am

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.

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FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

04/14/2016, 03:04 pm

Rather than seeking Apple's assistance, the FBI plans to work with its own San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to obtain data from a seized iPhone 5c involved in a murder investigation, if it is awarded a warrant to do so.

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