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Topic: Security

Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy talks with Chinese government were 'very open'

10/24/2014, 08:10 am

Tim Cook's tour of China continues with another interview with local media, this time with the Apple CEO telling users in the country that he had "very open" discussions on privacy and security with the Chinese government, following a series of attacks in the country targeting Apple users.

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After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be "completely compromised"

10/23/2014, 06:10 pm

Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed.

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Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier

10/22/2014, 09:10 am

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the country.

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Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland China with 'massive' attack

10/21/2014, 12:10 pm

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

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FBI director continues crusade against Apple's encryption of iPhone data

10/13/2014, 10:10 am

James Comey, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, has once again slammed Apple's iPhone and devices running Android that can hold secure, encrypted data that is inaccessible by law enforcement, saying that such capabilities allow users to "place themselves beyond the law."

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Apple says most customers not vulnerable to 'shellshock,' patch coming for advanced users

09/26/2014, 09:09 am

Apple on Friday sought to calm OS X users who feared their computers may be at risk from a widespread vulnerability in popular UNIX command interpreter bash -- which is included in Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system -- saying that most consumers are not at risk, while advanced users will receive a patch in the coming days.

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Increase the chances of recovering your lost iPhone by enabling 'Send Last Location' in iOS 8

09/25/2014, 11:09 am

A new and potentially crucial feature in iOS 8 allows an iPhone or iPad to send out its last-known location just before the device's battery dies, increasing the chances that a user might be able to recover their lost Apple product.

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Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-force attack for 6 months

09/25/2014, 09:09 am

A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple's iCloud service in March -- similar to the "iBrute" vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month -- says that the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it.

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Apple now emails users whenever their iCloud account is accessed through a Web browser

09/08/2014, 11:09 am

As part of its efforts to beef up iCloud security and prevent unauthorized access, Apple now by default sends users an email when someone has logged into their iCloud account through a traditional Web browser.

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How to enable Apple's secure two-step verification for your iCloud & iTunes accounts

09/07/2014, 11:09 am

Last week's celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it's available. With Apple's own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino's own implementation.

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Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security alerts, expand 2-step authentication after celebrity photo flap

09/04/2014, 10:09 pm

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

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Apple 'actively investigating' celebrity photo leaks for possible iCloud connection

09/01/2014, 04:09 pm

Apple on Monday confirmed in a short statement that it is in the process of determining whether or not security breaches in its online services were responsible for the outing of hundreds of racy photos of celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, over the weekend.

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Known iOS auto-call feature sparks concerns about unintended dialings

08/25/2014, 03:08 pm

Technical oversights on the part of some of the iOS ecosystem's most prominent developers -- including Facebook and Google --could allow attackers to exploit a documented iOS feature that allows apps to initiate phone calls without a prompt, spurring reminders that iPhone owners should be careful what they tap on.

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Russian government asks Apple to hand over source code amid spying concerns

07/30/2014, 11:07 am

Russia's Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has suggested that Apple should open its source code for government inspection to ensure that the iPhone maker is not complicit in enabling U.S. intelligence services to spy on the world's largest country.

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Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data behind our backs,' security researcher charges

07/21/2014, 12:07 pm

Noted forensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has uncovered a number of undocumented "backdoor" services in Apple's mobile operating system that he argues could be exploited by law enforcement agencies, the NSA, or other malicious actors to bypass encryption and siphon sensitive personal data from iOS devices.

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Apple expands availability of two-step verification for Apple IDs to 59 countries

07/17/2014, 03:07 pm

Just over a year after first enabling two-step verification for its pervasive Apple ID account system, Apple on Thursday revealed the feature's expansion to nearly 50 additional countries around the world in an updated technical support document.

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Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email to prevent snooping

07/16/2014, 11:07 am

Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google's Gmail.

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Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms

07/12/2014, 04:07 pm

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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MAC address randomization joins Apple's heap of iOS 8 privacy improvements

06/09/2014, 02:06 pm

With consumers growing more conscious about protecting their privacy, Apple has begun tackle the issue head on with numerous enhancements to its next-generation mobile operating system including a new feature that makes it more difficult to track and identify individual iOS devices.

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Apple's Tim Cook & other tech leaders urge US Senate to do more to curb government surveillance

06/05/2014, 01:06 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and a number of other high-profile tech leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Senate this week, urging them to beef up the proposed USA Freedom Act which would restrict government surveillance of Internet users.

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