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Topic: Security

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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Apple strips Facebook & Twitter integration from macOS Mojave

06/06/2018, 10:06 am

Continuing a policy that began with iOS 11, Apple has apparently stripped out integration of third-party accounts in macOS Mojave beyond email and calendar services.

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Inside Apple's move to ramp up security & privacy in iOS 12 & macOS Mojave

06/06/2018, 08:06 am

Apple used the Platforms State of the Union presentation to detail the privacy and security enhancements it will be including in macOS 10.14 and iOS 12, protecting even more types of user data and making it safer for users to download macOS apps away from the Mac App Store.

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iOS 12 users must unlock their iPhones every hour to maintain USB connections

06/05/2018, 10:06 am

Apple has enhanced the USB Restricted Mode feature in the first beta of iOS 12, requiring users to unlock their iPhone once an hour to allow data transfers via the Lightning port, in an attempt to protect user data stored on iOS devices from acquisition by unlocking services employed by law enforcement officials.

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FBI warns public to reboot Wi-Fi routers to counter 'VPNFilter' malware

05/28/2018, 09:05 am

The FBI is recommending power cycling Wi-Fi routers as a step to counter "foreign cyber actors" seeding malware known as "VPNFilter."

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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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