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Topic: Security

Apple issues transparency report for 2H 2017, says it will include App Store takedown requests in 2019

05/25/2018, 05:05 pm

Apple on Friday published its transparency report for the second half of 2017, revealing stats on government search requests in the U.S. and abroad. The company also announced plans to account for government requests to pull apps from the App Store.

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Amazon Echo recorded household audio, sent it to random contact [u]

05/24/2018, 03:05 pm

An Oregon family's Amazon Echo recorded household audio and sent it to an employee of the family's husband, something Amazon blamed on a rare bug that it intends to fix. [Updated with additional Amazon explanation]

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FBI reportedly inflated statistics on encrypted cellphone threat

05/22/2018, 10:05 pm

The FBI has for months bemoaned the threat encrypted cellphones pose to ongoing investigations, saying investigators were locked out of some 7,800 devices last year. A new report, however, claims the agency's figures are grossly inflated.

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YubiKey NEO's physical NFC key can now unlock apps on iPhone 7 & later

05/22/2018, 04:05 pm

Taking advantage of the more open NFC access on iPhones made possible with iOS 11, Yubico has announced that its physical YubiKey NEO authentication key can now be used to unlock compatible iOS apps.

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Intel promises fix for new 'Variant 4' Meltdown, Spectre vulnerability

05/21/2018, 08:05 pm

Industry woes over Meltdown and Spectre continued this week when Google and Microsoft on Monday revealed a newly discovered silicon-level vulnerability impacting chips used in millions of computers, including those marketed by Apple.

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Surveillance app stored teens' Apple IDs on unprotected servers

05/20/2018, 06:05 pm

An app meant to let parents monitor the phone activity of teenagers was saving the latter's Apple ID passwords in unprotected plaintext form, a report revealed on Sunday.

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Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking

05/20/2018, 04:05 pm

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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Future Apple biometric security may include scanning veins in a user's face

05/15/2018, 10:05 am

Apple's Face ID could become even more secure in the future, after the revelation the iPhone X producer has explored the possibility of scanning the pattern of veins in a user's face as another form of biometric authentication, one that could potentially tell identical twins apart.

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Apple Mail affected by critical PGP, S/MIME encryption vulnerabilities

05/14/2018, 08:05 am

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in PGP and S/MIME that could allow an attacker to read emails encrypted using the standards, with one attack potentially allowing for a message to be decrypted by abusing a flaw in the way Mail for iOS and macOS renders HTML-based messages.

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Spectre-style Intel chip vulnerability disclosures delayed, patches not expected until August

05/09/2018, 10:05 am

The release of patches to fix new Spectre-style flaws in Intel's processor designs is allegedly delayed by two more weeks to late May, but a report suggests Intel wants to push the release back even further into July while it works to finalize the required updates.

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Apple's iOS 11.4 update with 'USB Restricted Mode' may defeat tools like GrayKey

05/08/2018, 10:05 am

The iOS 11.4 beta contains a new feature called USB Restricted Mode, designed to defeat physical data access by third parties -- possibly with forensic firms like Grayshift and Cellebrite in mind.

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More Spectre-style chip flaws discovered in Intel processors

05/04/2018, 12:05 pm

More waves of patches to plug security holes in processors are on the way, after the discovery that Intel is working to patch more Spectre-style issues in its chips, with eight new vulnerabilities said to be found by security researchers following the Spectre and Meltdown fiasco from earlier this year.

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Google's Advanced Protection Program gains support for native iPhone & iPad apps

05/03/2018, 02:05 pm

Google's Advanced Protection Program -- intended strictly for people needing maximum account security, such as journalists, activists, and politicians -- now supports iOS' core Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps.

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Apple, other tech companies continue to resist encryption backdoor proposals by FBI, U.S. DOJ

05/02/2018, 02:05 pm

A group made up of Apple and other major technology companies is increasing its efforts to fight attempts by government agencies to force the addition of encryption backdoors, following reports US law enforcement bodies are forming new proposals to gain access to protected data.

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iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

04/24/2018, 08:04 pm

Grayshift, the firm responsible for the GrayKey iPhone hacking tool, is in the crosshairs of an extortionist after its product's source code was inadvertently exposed to the internet last week.

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Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

04/23/2018, 09:04 am

Florida police have reportedly attempted to unlock a dead man's smartphone using his fingerprint, an act that reflects an ethical dilemma for the modern age concerning biometric security for mobile devices.

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Researcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself

04/16/2018, 08:04 pm

New estimates from a security researcher suggest GrayKey, a digital forensics tool in active use by U.S. law enforcement agencies, is capable of cracking Apple's standard six-digit iPhone passcode in an average of 11 hours. Longer codes, however, could take years to process. Here's how to beef up your handset's security.

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Apple memo reveals 29 leakers caught last year, urges staff to stop leaking confidential information

04/13/2018, 03:04 pm

Apple has warned its employees about the dangers of leaking confidential information to the media, advising in a leaked internal memo that the company is still fighting to sniff out leakers, in its ongoing attempts to protect details about future products from being made public ahead of schedule.

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iPhone unlocking tool GrayKey sees increased use across all levels of law enforcement

04/12/2018, 03:04 pm

With the help of the iPhone-cracking GrayKey, local police departments and government agencies alike are gaining the ability to crack the security in the iPhone in ever-greater numbers, a new report says.

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HomeKit Insider: How to fix HomeKit camera's biggest flaw and gain some privacy

04/09/2018, 11:04 am

There are a few major drawbacks to HomeKit security cameras. We take a look at a creative solution to fix one of them to afford yourself some privacy.

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