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Topic: Security

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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MyFitnessPal data breach exposes email addresses, passwords of 150M accounts

03/29/2018, 06:03 pm

Under Armour's popular health and nutrition app and corresponding website MyFitnessPal was hit with a security breach in February that exposed the usernames, email addresses and passwords of about 150 million users, the company said on Thursday.

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Investigation finds FBI did not exhaust all options before taking Apple to trial in San Bernardino case

03/27/2018, 08:03 pm

An investigation into the FBI's aggressive attempt to force Apple to assist in the unlocking of an iPhone tied to 2015's San Bernardino shooting suggests a lack of communication, red tape and perhaps political motives were at play in taking the case to court.

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Apple cooperation on India's 'Do Not Disturb' iPhone app torpedoed over privacy concerns

03/27/2018, 09:03 am

Despite nominally coming to an agreement to help India's Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) with an iPhone version of its "Do Not Disturb" app, Apple has effectively stopped cooperating, a report indicated on Tuesday.

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Craig Federighi argues against renewed push for law enforcement backdoor to iPhone

03/26/2018, 09:03 am

Apple's senior VP of software engineering maintained the company's hard line on encryption in response to a story saying the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice are renewing their pursuit of backdoors for searches by law enforcement.

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Police using fingerprints of dead suspects to unlock Apple iPhones

03/22/2018, 07:03 pm

While there have been some failures, U.S. law enforcement agencies have indeed used the fingers of corpses to unlock iPhones and obtain evidence, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Apple to fix Siri bug that read out hidden iPhone lockscreen notifications

03/22/2018, 03:03 pm

A future Apple update will solve an iOS security flaw allowing Siri to read out otherwise hidden lockscreen notifications, but AppleInsider can show you how to work around it now.

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Google claims Android is "as safe as the competition" despite its outdated install base

03/16/2018, 10:03 am

Google's head of Android security David Kleidermacher claimed in an interview that "Android is now as safe as the competition" on the release of the company's 2017 Android Security report, which seeks to reassure users that it is doing everything it can to protect them from malware and exploits. The problem is that Google can't secure the 2 billion Androids it claims as its platform.

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