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Topic: Security

US Attorney General William Barr's push against encryption concerns some FBI officials

01/17/2020, 09:01 am

The continuing push by US Attorney General William Barr and government officials for Apple and other tech companies to assist law enforcement by weakening encryption is a continuation of a long-standing argument, but some within the FBI disagree with the latest political volleys to break device security.

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Google now lets iPhones act as FIDO hardware keys for better security

01/15/2020, 08:01 am

Following an update to Google's iOS Smart Lock app, iPhones can now be used as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key. This replaces the physical hardware keys previously required -- and brings the iPhone into line with Android phones.

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Cellebrite expands to Mac forensic tools with $33M BlackBag purchase

01/14/2020, 02:01 pm

Cellebrite, a digital forensic company known for assisting law enforcement in unlocking iPhones, is expanding its reach to other platforms, with the purchase of rival firm BlackBag adding PC and Mac forensic services to its portfolio.

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The FBI has the tools it needs to break into the iPhone, and shouldn't ask for backdoors

01/14/2020, 11:01 am

Demands from the FBI and Attorney General William Barr for Apple to provide more help to the ongoing Pensacola shooter investigation did not need to be made, as security experts have pointed out the existence of hacking tools that could have granted access to locked iPhones -- which law enforcement has at their disposal already.

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Apple escalates legal fight with iOS virtualization tool provider Corellium

12/30/2019, 02:12 pm

The researchers at Corellium are under legal assault by Apple, and the security firm has responded to Apple's latest legal volley and effort to block its iOS virtualization tool with the DMCA.

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Hacker avoids prison for 2017 iCloud blackmail attempt

12/23/2019, 08:12 am

A hacker involved in an attempt to blackmail Apple with a threat to delete 319 million iCloud accounts and factory reset millions of iPhones and iPads in 2017 has avoided going to prison after a London court handed down a two-year suspended sentence.

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Elcomsoft tool can seize partial keychain from locked iPhones on iOS 13.3

12/20/2019, 11:12 am

Forensic software developer Elcomsoft has updated its toolset for iOS to enable the extraction of Keychain elements from iPhones running iOS 12 to iOS 13.3, with the ability to acquire partial Keychain data from disabled and locked iPhones that have yet to be unlocked after being turned on.

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Apple opens security bug bounty to all researchers

12/20/2019, 06:12 am

A revamped Apple Security Bounty sees the company setting out much higher rewards for anyone finding bugs in its software, especially in beta releases. It also now covers all Apple operating systems, and no longer requires an invitation.

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Apple's Platform Security guide details how customer data is protected

12/19/2019, 01:12 pm

Apple has published its guide to Platform Security for Fall 2019, outlining how the company's products and services work to ensure the security of the user, including explanations of how key technologies like the Secure Enclave, biometric security systems, secure booting, and core operating system security measures protect its customers.

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Senators threaten Apple, Facebook with mandated encryption backdoors

12/10/2019, 03:12 pm

Tech companies including Apple and Facebook should provide encrypted user data to members of law enforcement, U.S. Senators said on Tuesday, with the added threat of imposing regulatory measures over the technology if they fail to do so.

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Over 1.2B profiles found in unsecured server shows severity of data collection by tech firms

11/22/2019, 04:11 pm

The discovery of an unprotected data store containing 1.2 billion records of personal information gleaned from data brokerage services offers a glimpse into not only the kind of resources scammers and hackers can acquire about a large number of potential targets, but also the amount of data online services share or sell with other entities.

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T-Mobile breach exposes personal customer information

11/21/2019, 10:11 pm

T-Mobile on Thursday reported a recent data breach in which potentially sensitive information, including customer names and billing addresses, was leaked to an unidentified attacker or attackers.

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Disney+ accounts hack highlights need for more password security

11/19/2019, 08:11 am

Disney+, the major studio's rival video streaming service to Apple TV+, has hit upon a second launch snag, with a number of users claiming their accounts have been hacked, but the small number of people affected suggests the issue lies in poor password management than in Disney's security.

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How to use Apple's HomeKit Secure Video in iOS 13

11/14/2019, 08:11 pm

Apple's HomeKit Secure Video in iOS 13 allows smart home device users to encrypt security camera feeds end-to-end and securely store those videos within iCloud. This is everything you need to know about the feature and how to use it.

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Jamf enhances managed device tool suite to boost iPhone & Mac security

11/12/2019, 11:11 am

Jamf kicked off its annual user conference in Minneapolis with a flurry of new announcements and features for its expansive product lineup of software to help large and small organizations manage their fleet of Macs and iOS devices.

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Hundreds of thousands of iPads will be used with smart AR security glasses

11/08/2019, 11:11 am

In what is believed to be the biggest single order of smart glasses to date, security firm Sword is buying an initial 10,000 Vuzix Blade AR headgear sets -- and pairing each to Apple's iPad.

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Corellium responds to Apple lawsuit with security research control claims

10/29/2019, 03:10 pm

Software virtualization firm Corellium has answered a lawsuit from Apple complaining it infringed on copyrights covering iOS, iTunes, and other Apple assets by claiming Apple had previously supported the company in its security-minded efforts, and that the lawsuit itself is an attempt by Apple to control how security research is performed on its products.

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Editorial: Despite claims to the contrary, the App Store isn't loaded with malware

10/24/2019, 12:10 pm

A report is being circulated as proof that the App Store has been infected by malware apps that could steal your data one day. Only, AppleInsider has been examining the research for some time, and it is baseless exaggeration, riddled with inaccuracies.

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Samsung issues patch for Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor problem

10/24/2019, 08:10 am

Following confirmed accounts that the Galaxy S10's fingerprint sensor can be defeated with a cheap screen protector, Samsung says it has issued a software patch to resolve it.

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Apple working on ways to securely present government ID from an iPhone or Apple Car

10/24/2019, 06:10 am

New research from Apple details methods that iPhone or Apple Car owners could securely store their identity credentials and securely share them with governmental agencies when required.

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