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Topic: Security

Two critical zero-day Safari vulnerabilities exposed at Vancouver security conference

03/21/2019, 11:03 am

Two major Safari security flaws were uncovered at this week's Pwn2Own conference in Vancouver, one of which could seize full control of a targeted Mac.

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Microsoft brings formerly Windows-centric Defender antivirus to macOS

03/21/2019, 08:03 am

Reflecting its increasingly platform-agnostic stance, Microsoft on Thursday revealed plans to bring its Defender antivirus software to the Mac, if initially in limited form.

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Investigators sought permission to unlock Michael Cohen's iPhone with FaceID

03/19/2019, 11:03 am

The investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen included a request to use his biometric data to access his Apple devices, warrant documents reveal, with both the attorney's face and fingerprints needed to bypass security used in iPhones and iPads.

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Confidential Apple files exposed to public in misconfigured Box account

03/11/2019, 10:03 am

A poor configuration of the cloud storage service Box has left sensitive data open to viewing by unauthorized users, security researchers have discovered, with Apple and other prominent companies found to have inadvertently left files and folders accessible to the public.

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If you use Google Chrome on your Mac, update it right now

03/08/2019, 02:03 pm

Google has confirmed a recent update to Chrome was to patch a zero-day issue in the popular browser, an exploit that was actively used in attacks, and has recommended all Chrome users on Mac, Windows, and Linux update their installations as soon as possible.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledges 'privacy-focused' future amid ongoing scandals

03/06/2019, 03:03 pm

Facebook is embarking on a "privacy-focused" roadmap, shifting away from the public focus that has landed it in multiple scandals, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Hackers using stolen iPhone prototypes to probe security and develop iOS exploits

03/06/2019, 02:03 pm

Hackers are taking advantage of "dev-fused" iPhones, meant only for internal usage within Apple, to discover how systems and sensitive components in the smartphone function, with the publicly-unavailable variant now a highly prized tool for security researchers searching for vulnerabilities in the hardware and in iOS.

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Apple's videogame routines used to protect users from viruses and malware in new utility

03/06/2019, 09:03 am

Digital security expert Patrick Wardle has unveiled a new software tool at the RSA Conference 2019 that uses Apple's existing GameplayKit software to help protect users from malware and suspicious activity on their Macs.

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FBI director says there may be 'solutions' to end-to-end encryption debate

03/05/2019, 05:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray once again hammered home his opposition on end-to-end encryption on Tuesday, suggesting that there are "solutions" for letting law enforcement bypass security measures without exposing consumers.

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WebAuthn becomes official hardware login standard for browsers like Apple's Safari

03/05/2019, 10:03 am

The World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have certified WebAuthn as an official Web standard, allowing users of compatible browsers -- Safari among them -- to turn to hardware logins instead of passwords.

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Apple registers new PrivacyIsImportant domain name, no website yet

03/05/2019, 09:03 am

While it has not yet launched any website at the address, Apple now owns the site name PrivacyIsImportant.com.

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'High severity' kernel security flaw found in macOS file system

03/04/2019, 11:03 am

Google's Project Zero has revealed a "high severity" flaw in the macOS kernel, one which could allow an attacker to make changes to a file without macOS being informed, an issue that could lead to infected files being opened and allowing more malicious activities to become available to abuse.

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Security researcher hands Apple details of Keychain bug, calls for explanation regarding lack of macOS Bug Bounty program

03/03/2019, 02:03 pm

Linus Henze has informed Apple of all details regarding a bug he discovered in the macOS Keychain security software, and has done so without payment from the company. He previously withheld the information in protest of the company's lack of a Bug Bounty for Mac, but now says the problem is too important to keep to himself.

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Cellebrite iPhone hacking tools selling on eBay for as little as $100

02/27/2019, 03:02 pm

Meant to be used only by law enforcement, Cellebrite hacking tools for iPhones and other smartphones are reportedly selling on eBay for sums as low as $100.

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Thunderbolt 3 'Thunderclap' vulnerabilities let malicious peripherals attack a Mac's memory

02/27/2019, 07:02 am

Vulnerabilities in Thunderbolt has been disclosed by security researchers, with "Thunderclap" allowing a device connecting over Thunderbolt to acquire sensitive data from the host Mac, an issue that affects almost all Macs released since 2011.

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'Torpedo' location detection exploit could target iPhones on both 4G & 5G networks

02/25/2019, 02:02 pm

Flaws in both 4G and 5G cellular networks could potentially let hackers pinpoint the location of any given smartphone, including the iPhone according to researchers.

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Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News Magazines,' and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

02/15/2019, 08:02 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about digital data security and how protecting your privacy is getting harder, and whether or not it makes sense for Apple to start making their own Wi-Fi routers again.

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White-hat hacker demonstrates malicious Lightning cable with built-in Wi-Fi

02/14/2019, 10:02 am

Illustrating the potential threat from untrusted accessories, a hacker has developed a proof-of-concept Lightning cable with a hidden Wi-Fi chip that could allow parties to seize control of a Mac.

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Apple being sued because two-factor authentication on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time

02/09/2019, 02:02 pm

A class action suit has been filed that accuses Apple's two-factor authentication of being too disruptive to users, taking too much time out of a user's day when it is needed, and abusive since it can't be rolled back to a less safe login method after 14 days.

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Apple's crippled bug bounty program makes us all less safe online

02/08/2019, 01:02 pm

Paying people when they report serious security issues with macOS and iOS is a good idea but two years on, it's still only done in a half-hearted, miserly way. That's damaging for Apple and it's damaging for us.

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