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Topic: Security

Google details five patched iMessage security bugs, one remains unpatched

07/30/2019, 09:07 am

Researchers from Google's 'Project Zero' have disclosed five of six security bugs within iOS that could have allowed an attacker to affect a target user's device via iMessage, issues that Apple has patched in its recent iOS 12.4 update.

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What Apple's T2 chip does in your new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

07/29/2019, 12:07 pm

Apple says the T2 is a security chip, and if all it did were keep your data more secure, it would be worth it. Yet this little processor does so much else, and it has a startling effect on performance.

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Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro & the ARM Mac on the AppleInsider Podcast

07/26/2019, 08:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors, just how effective Facebook's $5 billion fine from the FTC will be, and the pending antitrust investigation into big tech companies.

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Equifax to pay $700 million for breach of 140 million Americans' data

07/22/2019, 09:07 am

Credit reporting agency Equifax has reached a deal to pay upwards of $700 million to state and federal regulators to settle probes related to a data breach that exposed personal information of over 140 million people.

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Google settles three lawsuits over age discrimination, minors & illegal Wi-Fi hotspot data

07/21/2019, 01:07 pm

Clearing some of its legal plate, Google this week reached settlements for three different lawsuits, most notably a 2010 class action over illegal Wi-Fi data scooped up by Street View vehicles.

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Israeli spyware claims to beat Apple's iCloud security

07/19/2019, 07:07 am

NSO Group, which previously hacked WhatsApp, is advertising that it is able to gather all of an individual's cloud-hosted data from Apple, Google, Microsoft and more, using its Pegasus malware.

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Facial recognition bolstered by mass database scraping, but not from Apple

07/13/2019, 02:07 pm

Progress is being made in the field of facial recognition by the use of multiple photograph databases consisting of subjects who were not aware of their misuse, a report claims, but while many companies and researchers are collecting and sharing the images and resulting data, Apple is not one of the sources.

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RIP Macbook, Zoom runs afoul of Apple & more on the AppleInsider Podcast

07/12/2019, 09:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor talk about the changes in the MacBook line, Victor explains what happens when you try and defeat Safari security, and William likes the TV App finally.

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Google Assistant voice recordings reviewed by humans include private conversations

07/11/2019, 12:07 pm

Some voice snippets uploaded by Google Assistant are being reviewed by human contractors, as with Amazon Alexa, and can potentially include sensitive conversations, reports say.

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Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app due to iPhone snooping threat

07/11/2019, 02:07 am

Apple late Wednesday said it disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch after being alerted to a vulnerability that allows a user to surreptitiously listen in on another iPhone's audio.

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Zoom to patch flaw that enabled access to Mac webcams

07/09/2019, 06:07 pm

Following the disclosure -- and wide media coverage -- of a zero-day flaw in video conferencing service Zoom's Mac client that enables easy access to a user's camera feed, the company on Tuesday reversed course and said it plans to issue a fix for the vulnerability.

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Apple's latest transparency report includes government demands for App Store removals, redacted NSLs

07/02/2019, 10:07 pm

Apple on Tuesday published its transparency report for the six-month period ending in December 2018, revealing for the first time government requests to remove apps from the App Store and redacted national security letters dating back to 2016.

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New Apple video ads sell App Store & iMessage security, recycling efforts

07/01/2019, 03:07 pm

Apple on Monday unloaded a burst of short "message" ads on YouTube, continuing its ongoing focus on user privacy and security.

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Latest Mac malware in the wild evades security software, researchers

07/01/2019, 09:07 am

Newly uncovered Mac malware is not only in the wild, but trying to avoid detection by security researchers, according to one such firm.

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OpenID Foundation says 'Sign in with Apple' has critical gaps, urges changes

06/29/2019, 11:06 am

The OpenID Foundation this week issued an open letter to Apple's Software Engineering chief, Craig Federighi, arguing that the upcoming "Sign in with Apple" standard bears a lot of similarity to OpenID Connect -- but not enough for privacy, security, and development purposes.

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White House mulls end-to-end encryption ban to aid law enforcement

06/28/2019, 03:06 pm

The Trump administration are looking into the possibility of banning encryption techniques that cannot be broken by law enforcement, a proposal that would weaken encryption as a whole for users and businesses, and could make messaging clients like Apple's iMessage stop using end-to-end encryption.

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Apple security chief to talk iOS 13, macOS security at Black Hat

06/27/2019, 11:06 am

Apple's security engineering chief Ivan Krstic will be making a reappearance at the Black Hat security conference in August, discussing the technologies protecting iOS 13 and macOS Catalina as well as how the Find My feature is kept secure.

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Mac Gatekeeper vulnerability allows installation of malware

06/25/2019, 05:06 pm

A flaw with the Gatekeeper authentication feature in macOS, a tool designed to keep malware off Mac, is reportedly being exploited to deliver a malicious software package nicknamed "OSX/Linker."

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Chinese hackers suspected of attacking global telecoms carriers

06/25/2019, 05:06 am

A Chinese government-backed group called APT 10 could be behind an unprecedented hack that granted high level access to at least ten global telecommunications carriers, permissions that were subsequently used to track specific spies, law enforcement, military personnel and dissidents linked to China.

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Facebook VP Nick Clegg attacks Apple over privacy criticism

06/24/2019, 02:06 pm

Facebook vice president of global affairs has attacked Apple in the ongoing feud between the two tech titans over user data privacy, accusing the iPhone maker of being elitist while defending the social networking site's advertising-based model as a way to make it available to everyone.

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