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Topic: Security

Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News Magazines,' and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

02/15/2019, 08:02 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about digital data security and how protecting your privacy is getting harder, and whether or not it makes sense for Apple to start making their own Wi-Fi routers again.

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White-hat hacker demonstrates malicious Lightning cable with built-in Wi-Fi

02/14/2019, 10:02 am

Illustrating the potential threat from untrusted accessories, a hacker has developed a proof-of-concept Lightning cable with a hidden Wi-Fi chip that could allow parties to seize control of a Mac.

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Apple being sued because two-factor authentication on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time

02/09/2019, 02:02 pm

A class action suit has been filed that accuses Apple's two-factor authentication of being too disruptive to users, taking too much time out of a user's day when it is needed, and abusive since it can't be rolled back to a less safe login method after 14 days.

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Apple's crippled bug bounty program makes us all less safe online

02/08/2019, 01:02 pm

Paying people when they report serious security issues with macOS and iOS is a good idea but two years on, it's still only done in a half-hearted, miserly way. That's damaging for Apple and it's damaging for us.

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Ahrendts departure, Group FaceTime fixed and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

02/08/2019, 08:02 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about digital data security and how protecting your privacy is getting harder, and what's going on with Apple Retail, now that Angela Ahrendts is leaving.

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Developers must disclose screen recording analytics tools or face expulsion from App Store, Apple says

02/07/2019, 05:02 pm

Following a report detailing the use of so-called "session replay" technology, Apple is informing developers that they need to disclose the implementation of analytics tools that enable screen recording or face a ban from the App Store.

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Popular iOS apps use Glassbox SDK to record user screens without permission [u]

02/06/2019, 06:02 pm

A number of popular iOS apps paying data analytics services for so-called "session replay" technology have the ability to record and play back user interactions, often without asking permission, according to a new report.

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Researcher demos new macOS Keychain exploit, holds data from Apple in protest

02/06/2019, 09:02 am

A veteran security researcher this week revealed the existence of a new macOS Keychain exploit, while controversially saying he wouldn't share details with Apple because of its bug bounty policies.

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Apple, Google have apologized for privacy issues but Facebook is just sorry they got caught

02/04/2019, 07:02 am

Apple's shutting down all of Facebook's internal apps seemed like a big deal, but it's just business as usual for the social media company -- violate agreements and trust, get caught, find another way to do the same thing and move on.

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Group FaceTime bug fix arriving in iOS update week of Feb. 4

02/01/2019, 09:02 am

Apple has advised it has repaired a security hole in Group FaceTime that allowed users to listen in to others without their permission on its servers, with a software update to address the issue on iPhones and iPads arriving in the next week.

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Spies want to use exploits similar to Group FaceTime bug for eavesdropping

02/01/2019, 08:02 am

The recently-discovered Group FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on other people without their permission has been worked around, and a fix is coming, but the UK's surveillance agency wants to use flaws like it as a feature, in order to more easily spy on targets.

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If you want to sue Apple over FaceTime eavesdropping and live in Canada, now's your chance

01/31/2019, 01:01 pm

A Montreal lawfirm is pursuing a class action lawsuit against Apple over its recently-disclosed Group FaceTime bug, which let people spy on others who hadn't actually accepted a call.

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New 'CookieMiner' malware aims to steal cryptocurrency logins from Mac owners

01/31/2019, 10:01 am

Newly-discovered Mac malware is geared toward stealing browser cookies for cryptocurrency exchanges such as Coinbase and Bittrex, security researchers say.

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LIFX responds to security vulnerabilities in HomeKit smart bulbs saying fixed in Q4 2018

01/31/2019, 09:01 am

LIFX has responded to the recent revelation of serious security flaws within its White mini HomeKit-enabled bulbs, saying all three issues were fixed at the tail-end of 2018.

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New York state begins probe into Apple's FaceTime vulnerability

01/30/2019, 04:01 pm

New York state is launching an investigation into whether Apple failed to properly warn customers about a Group FaceTime vulnerability that allowed people to spy on others.

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LIFX HomeKit bulbs appear to be storing Wi-Fi passwords unencrypted

01/30/2019, 02:01 pm

A hardware hacker has revealed a trio of vulnerabilities in the popular LIFX HomeKit-enabled smart bulbs, that could expose a user's Wi-Fi password to somebody devoted to rooting through your trash.

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Siri Shortcuts can be used to steal and send personal data, developer warns

01/30/2019, 10:01 am

iPhone and iPad owners should be careful about which Shortcuts they run in iOS 12, since malicious app creators could use them to scrape valuable data, a developer warns.

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Former US spies used iPhone hack tool on dissidents, on behalf of UAE

01/30/2019, 09:01 am

Using a tool known as "Karma," a team of former U.S. intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates broke into the iPhones of activists, diplomats, and even foreign leaders, a report said on Wednesday.

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Apple was told about Group FaceTime privacy bug more than a week before closing access

01/29/2019, 02:01 pm

Apple may have known about the Group FaceTime privacy bug a week before the company disabled the feature, with one Twitter user claiming to have informed Apple of the issue discovered by their child the previous Monday.

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If you've got mystery artists in your Spotify history, here's why

01/25/2019, 10:01 am

A number of Spotify listeners are encountering unknown artists in their play histories, something that appears connected to a 2018 security breach at Facebook.

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