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Topic: Security

Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he's expecting in 2019

11/28/2018, 10:11 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook's expectation that tech giants will be subjected to privacy regulations may soon become a reality, with a pair of U.S. Senators working on a bipartisan bill mandating the protection of consumer data that could be drafted in early 2019.

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DriveSavers launches passcode-beating iPhone cracking service for the public

11/27/2018, 07:11 pm

Data recovery firm DriveSavers is now selling a "passcode lockout recovery" service claimed to be the first for the general public able to crack any iPhone.

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Apple IDs locked for unknown reasons for a number of iPhone users

11/13/2018, 07:11 am

A number of iPhone users have discovered their Apple ID has been locked on all of their Apple devices, preventing them from accessing stored data and related services, with the lockdowns occurring for seemingly unknown reasons.

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Apple confirms T2 coprocessor blocks some third-party Mac repairs

11/12/2018, 10:11 pm

Repairing newer Mac hardware, such as the 2018 Mac mini and MacBook Air, at an unauthorized service center may soon be impossible thanks to new diagnostics requirements involving Apple's T2 security chip, the company recently confirmed.

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iOS 12.1 Group FaceTime bug allows viewing of a locked iPhone's contact details

11/01/2018, 01:11 pm

A bug has been discovered in the way iOS 12.1 handles Group FaceTime calls, one which can allow a hacker to access the details of a contact stored on an iPhone, without needing to unlock the smartphone at all.

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EU demands Facebook security & privacy audit, UK slaps company with $640,000 fine

10/25/2018, 10:10 am

In response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the European Parliament this week adopted a resolution calling on Facebook to take actions to stop interference in elections, and let E.U. agencies perform a full audit of the company's data protection.

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Apple's iOS 12 update breaks iPhone-cracking GrayKey forensic tool

10/24/2018, 04:10 pm

Shifting the balance of the encryption battle back in Apple's favor, iOS 12 has reportedly disrupted one of the most popular digital forensics tools, Grayshift's GrayKey.

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$50 million settlement nears in class action lawsuit over Yahoo security breaches

10/24/2018, 12:10 pm

Yahoo is offering to pay $50 million to settle a class action lawsuit over security breaches that may have impacted as many as 200 million people in the U.S. and Israel, and 3 billion email accounts around the world.

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Bloomberg's iCloud spy chip attack allegations technically impossible

10/23/2018, 08:10 am

A report claiming Chinese spy chips were secretly implanted into Super Micro servers used by Apple and other tech firms has been dealt another blow, with a delve into how secure servers work criticizing the report's lack of detail for the hack and insisting the claimed technique would have been implausible to pull off.

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Amazon, Super Micro executives join Apple's call to retract Bloomberg spy chip story

10/22/2018, 09:10 pm

Executives from Amazon and Super Micro on Monday joined Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling for the retraction of a Bloomberg Businessweek story claiming the companies were impacted by a Chinese spy operation.

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U.S. intelligence director: 'no evidence' of Chinese spy chips in iCloud servers

10/19/2018, 09:10 am

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, claims that the government has seen "no evidence" so far that Chinese spy chips were planted onto motherboards that then made their way into servers at companies like Apple.

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Chinese consumer group demands Apple compensate stolen Apple ID owners

10/19/2018, 08:10 am

The China Consumer Association is calling on Apple to fully compensate people who lost money as a result of stolen iCloud accounts, arguing the company is downplaying a recent security breach.

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Apple's refreshed Privacy website now allows US users to request stored personal data

10/17/2018, 11:10 am

Apple launched a refreshed privacy website on Wednesday, updating the minisite to better educate its customers on how the company works to protect the user's personal data across all of its products and services, as well as opening up a system for US users to request all of their data from Apple.

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Alphabet sued over failing to disclose Google+ privacy vulnerability

10/17/2018, 09:10 am

An investor has launched a lawsuit against Google's parent company, Alphabet, arguing that the company deceived fellow investors by failing to reveal a Google+ bug that could have exposed profile information people didn't set to public.

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Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

10/17/2018, 08:10 am

Facebook's recently launched Portal video calling devices could help the social network target advertising towards its users, it has been revealed, with data collected by the hardware potentially combined with other information for marketing purposes.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

10/16/2018, 09:10 pm

Four tech industry titans, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, this week announced plans to move from Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 to modern, more secure versions of protocol.

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Forensics firm urges police not to look at screens of iPhones with Face ID

10/13/2018, 07:10 pm

While U.S. police are now sometimes forcing suspects with Face ID-ready iPhones to unlock their devices, Apple's technology is simultaneously making that a risky proposition, one security firm is warning agencies.

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VoiceOver bug lets hackers view iPhone photos, send them to another device

10/12/2018, 10:10 pm

Amateur iOS hacker Jose Rodriguez on Friday unearthed another obscure, yet effective, lock screen bypass that leans on an unpatched bug in VoiceOver to gain unauthorized access to photos on a target device.

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Apple urges Australian government not to weaken encryption with backdoors

10/12/2018, 04:10 pm

Apple has submitted its formal response to a draft bill undergoing debate by the Australian government, with the iPhone maker calling for "increasingly stronger - not weaker - encryption" as a way to protect against the growing number of online threats.

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Facebook confirms security breach impacted 30M user accounts

10/12/2018, 01:10 pm

Facebook has issued an update for September's security breach, advising the breach affected 30 million users, 20 million fewer than first thought, as well as revealing the kinds of data the attackers had access to during the incident.

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