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Topic: Security

The IRS does not accept iTunes gift cards, don't get scammed

03/06/2018, 07:03 pm

A recent op-ed reminds U.S. citizens that Internal Revenue Service impersonators are out in force this tax season and, like last year and year before, some are looking to fleece unwitting victims by asking them to pay back taxes with iTunes gift cards.

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Grayshift becomes second service to promise forensic unlocks for Apple's iPhone 8 & X

03/05/2018, 03:03 pm

Adding to the evidence that Apple's latest iPhones are no longer safe from hackers -- legal or otherwise -- a second company has come forward selling its ability to break in.

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Cellebrite executive insists iPhone unlocking has a 'public safety imperative'

03/04/2018, 11:03 am

Cellebrite offers its services to law enforcement for the welfare of the public, an executive of the security firm known for breaking the security of iOS and other devices claims in an interview, while also stressing the firm's tools are not a major risk to the privacy of iPhone users in general.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon reveal plan for new phone-number based app authentication

03/01/2018, 08:03 am

On Thursday the four major national U.S. carriers -- AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon -- revealed plans for a new authentication platform that could add an extra layer of security for people using apps on Apple's iPhone and other mobile devices.

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Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details legitimate communication

02/28/2018, 07:02 pm

Apple last week posted a new support document to its website detailing a few tips designed to help customers distinguish official emails from phishing attempts, the latter of which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent months.

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Cellebrite advertises its ability to unlock devices running iOS 11, including the iPhone X, to government agencies

02/26/2018, 03:02 pm

Cellebrite, the Israeli security firm believed to have helped the FBI unlock an iPhone during the San Bernardino investigation, is claiming it is capable of bypassing the security of devices running iOS 11 and older versions, including recently launched hardware including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers' personal data for law enforcement even if it's being kept on servers outside of the region.

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Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

02/22/2018, 06:02 pm

Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.

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'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

02/09/2018, 04:02 pm

This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends -- and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

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Apple issues DMCA takedown for iBoot code, says recent devices should be safe

02/08/2018, 04:02 pm

The iOS 9 iBoot source code published this week is old and shouldn't pose a threat to people who keep their iPhones and iPads updated, Apple said on Thursday.

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MacUpdate served up Mac cryptominer to unsuspecting users in Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper downloads on Feb. 1

02/07/2018, 05:02 pm

Download aggregator MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit a cryptocurrency miner on downloader's systems.

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Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious Russian botnet operator

02/05/2018, 11:02 pm

Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.

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Apple, Cisco partnering for enterprise cybersecurity insurance program focused on iPhone, iPad, Mac

02/05/2018, 09:02 am

A new "industry-first offering" from Cisco, Apple, Aon, and Allianz has been launched, allowing businesses small and large to utilize Apple devices, and Cisco security hardware, and in doing so, qualify for a "enhanced cyber insurance" program protecting the company from the financial impact of a cyber attack.

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Logitech adds notification snapshots, whole-home subscriptions for HomeKit-enabled Circle 2 camera

01/31/2018, 03:01 pm

Looking to ramp up appeal, Logitech on Wednesday announced a pair of upgrades for the Circle 2, its iPhone- and iPad-compatible security camera.

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Meltdown & Spectre discoveries credited to 22-year-old German genius

01/17/2018, 10:01 am

The identification of the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities in Intel- and ARM-based processors -- including chips used in Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- can be credited almost entirely to a Google security researcher in his early 20s, Jann Horn.

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Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data from iPhones, Macs & iCloud

01/16/2018, 02:01 pm

Despite the appearance of conflict between Apple and U.S. law enforcement, the company is not only cooperating in many search requests but actually training the FBI and other police forces.

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Kopi shows off suite of HomeKit-compatible smart home security devices

01/12/2018, 12:01 pm

Kopi has launched a range of smart home accessories and security devices compatible with HomeKit at CES, including a central security hub, contact sensors, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and a motion sensor with a built-in LED for illumination.

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Rejigged iOS Security Guide details Apple Pay Cash, other iOS 11 improvements

01/11/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple on Thursday unveiled a revised edition of its mobile security white paper, adding details on iOS 11.1 and 11.2 for information security professionals and intellectually curious users.

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Microsoft, Signal add end-to-end encryption to Skype

01/11/2018, 06:01 pm

Skype users will soon be able to message without fear of prying eyes as secure communications firm Signal has partnered with Microsoft to add new encryption capabilities to the service.

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