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Topic: Security

'Synthetic Click' attack re-emerges in macOS High Sierra at Defcon

08/13/2018, 12:08 pm

A vulnerability has been discovered in macOS that could allow an attacker to impersonate a mouse click, enabling for it to bypass security prompts and completely compromise a Mac, a flaw that was found by accident.

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Australian parliament will debate bill to weaken encryption by end of 2018

08/13/2018, 09:08 am

Australia's government will debate proposed legislation before the end of this year that could force Apple and other companies to introduce backdoors into their products and services, such as the iPhone or iMessage, under the guise of assisting with national security and law enforcement investigations.

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Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports

08/09/2018, 08:08 am

Apple has considered the possibility of using the iPhone as a form of identification for the user, with one proposed onboard secure storage system using RFID having the potential to use a smartphone as an alternative to a passport for travelers at ports.

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Pentagon bans geolocation services on iPhones, Apple Watch used by military personnel

08/07/2018, 08:08 am

U.S. military personnel are banned from using geolocation features in iPhones, the Apple Watch, and other smartphones and fitness trackers while deployed, as the Pentagon believes they could endanger lives by revealing the user's location in areas where they are operating.

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Wipe your iPhone before selling it, because if you don't you might get your data stolen

07/26/2018, 04:07 pm

Make sure you remove all your personal information before you sell or trade your #iPhone in because if you don't, the consequences can be creepy and dangerous as one Ontario teenager discovered. AppleInsider recounts the tale, and shows you how to avoid the same fate.

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Infections of macOS trojan 'Calisto' discovered two years after initial release

07/25/2018, 11:07 am

Security researchers have recently discovered infections of macOS malware named "Calisto," one that was seemingly developed in 2016 and may have been a precursor to the "Proton" macOS trojan that started to circulate in 2017.

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iOS 12 developer beta 4 requires device to be unlocked before connecting any USB accessories

07/17/2018, 01:07 pm

Your iPhone's Lightning port will be even more locked down come iOS 12, which has adding an additional layer of security in the fourth developer beta.

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How to use Apple's latest 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature included in iOS 11.4.1

07/11/2018, 10:07 am

Tucked away within the latest iOS 11.4.1 update, Apple included a new security feature that has been making headlines -- USB Restricted Mode. AppleInsider walks you through the new feature, how it works, and discusses if it really is that secure.

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Apple looking to deploy 1Password company-wide, company buy-out denied [u]

07/10/2018, 11:07 am

Apple is reportedly planning to deploy AgileBits' 1Password software across its entire workforce, claimed a report on Tuesday, but the same report alleging that the developer was going to be acquired by Apple was outright refuted.

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US lawmakers query Apple, Alphabet CEOs over smartphone personal data policies

07/09/2018, 03:07 pm

U.S. lawmakers have sent a request to the chief executives of Apple and Alphabet about how the personal data of their customers is handled on iPhones and Android smartphones, seemingly in an expansion of the government's privacy investigation following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update makes USB Restricted Mode active

07/09/2018, 03:07 pm

With iOS 11.4.1, Apple has quietly turned on USB Restricted Mode, a feature designed to make it harder for hackers -- as well as spy and law enforcement agencies -- to gain physical access to iPhones and iPads.

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NSO Group employee allegedly stole, attempted to sell 'Pegasus' iOS malware for $50M

07/06/2018, 12:07 am

A disgruntled employee at NSO Group, an organization that creates tools to exploit iPhones and other mobile devices, allegedly stole the firm's infamous "Pegasus" code and tried to sell it to unauthorized buyers for upwards of $50 million in cryptocurrency.

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Hundreds of iOS apps leaking data due to misconfigured Firebase backends, report says

06/29/2018, 06:06 pm

Some 2,200 unsecured Firebase databases have caused more than 3,000 iOS and Android apps to leak user data, exposing over 100 million records including plaintext passwords, health information, GPS location data and more, security researchers say.

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WPA3 will improve your Wi-Fi security, if your router supports it

06/26/2018, 08:06 am

The Wi-Fi Alliance has started to certify wireless devices for WPA3, a new security protocol replacing the aging WPA2, with it boasting enhanced authentication and encryption measures to protect both consumer and enterprise networks from unauthorized access.

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Apple disputes claims of iOS 'vulnerability' to brute force passcode hack

06/23/2018, 09:06 pm

Apple on Saturday responded to reports suggesting a security researcher had discovered a simple to execute bypass to iOS passcode protections, saying the supposed vulnerability is in fact the result of erroneous testing.

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Simple hack bypasses iOS passcode entry limit, opens door to brute force hacks [u]

06/22/2018, 09:06 pm

A security researcher recently discovered a flaw in Apple's iOS that allows anyone with a Lightning cable the ability to bypass an iPhone or iPad's passcode attempt limit, opening the door to brute force attacks.

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Grayshift claims it defeated Apple's forthcoming 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature

06/14/2018, 06:06 pm

Grayshift, the digital forensics firm that markets the GrayKey iPhone unlocking tool, says it already has a workaround for Apple's upcoming "USB Restricted Mode," an iOS 12 security feature that effectively disables hardwired USB data connections in a bid to protect user information.

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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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