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Topic: Security

Apple's expanded bug bounty program covers all operating systems, payouts up to $1M, special iPhones, more

08/08/2019, 04:08 pm

Apple is opening its bug bounty program to cover all of its operating systems, with the company expanding and improving the scheme to pay researchers for finding bugs in macOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iCloud, along with the current payouts for iOS issues. Also new are special iPhones that will help select researchers surface vulnerabilities.

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Law enforcement can get Ring doorbell video by just asking for it [u]

08/06/2019, 08:08 am

Concern has been raised over Amazon's Ring video doorbell and its links to law enforcement, with the assorted tools and partnerships between the retailer and the police considered to be eroding privacy for customers, their neighbors, and anyone who comes into contact with the surveillance devices, with law enforcement officials having relatively easy access to camera footage.

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Apple to reportedly provide 'dev device' iPhones for bug hunting, introduce Mac bounty

08/05/2019, 10:08 pm

Apple will furnish vetted security researchers special iPhone variants in efforts to suss out hardware and software vulnerabilities, according to a report on Monday that also claims the company intends to institute an official bug bounty program for Mac in the coming weeks.

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Fitbit's new financial worries are just its latest in a long line

08/01/2019, 03:08 pm

For a company that's a household name and is producing a hugely successful product, Fitbit has a remarkable history of lurching from crisis to crisis.

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Apple's AirDrop & Wi-Fi password sharing features can potentially expose critical ID data

08/01/2019, 10:08 am

Wireless features like AirDrop and Wi-Fi password sharing on iPhones, Macs, and other Apple devices can expose exploitable data, according to a recent report -- but there are two easy solutions.

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Jamf buys Mac security outfit Digita Security, Patrick Wardle in tow

07/31/2019, 09:07 am

Apple device management platform Jamf on Wednesday announced its takeover of Digita Security, a firm that employs noted researcher Patrick Wardle and specializes in endpoint security for Mac-based businesses.

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Capital One hack exposes data of 100M+ customer accounts

07/30/2019, 09:07 am

A Seattle woman has been arrested and charged with hacking into Capital One and gaining access to over 100 million customer accounts at the U.S. bank.

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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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