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Apple Tops Phishing Targets in First Half of 2014, Report Says

Apple was the most hijacked brand in the first half of 2014 with a total of 21,951 attacks, or 17.7 percent of all phishing attacks, according to a report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). PayPal came second with 17,811 attacks and Chinese shopping site Taobao was third, suffering 16,418 phishing assaults. iPhones "can be used to lock a user out of their phone and ransom it back to them for money,"...

Apple’s Four-Digit Passcodes Still a Weak Link in iOS8 Encryption, Researcher Says

Apple's newly revised encryption system from iOS 8 is susceptible to brute-force attacks in certain circumstances as users pick four-digit passcodes, according to Joseph Bonneau's research. The new encryption system adopted in iOS 8 concerned US law enforcement because Apple would lack access to the encrypted user data, though it can still be vulnerable in some circumstances. "Users with any Simple Passcode...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Amazon, Google and Apple Ramp up Competition in Internet of Things; Hackers Await

What is Bitdefender's Pick? We might be a security company, but our interests spin way beyond creating virus signatures and identifying new malware. We also keep our eyes peeled for new gadgets and innovative technologies. You'll simply love our pick!  [divide] When you run out of coffee for your espresso machine, Samsung and Apple may soon want you to tap a smartphone app for a refill. Amazon may soon pers...

Shellshock Bug Exploited in the Wild, Now Patched by Apple

Apple has patched the Shellshock vulnerabilities almost a week after the first disclosure, according to media reports. The company said a "vast majority" of OS X users weren’t at risk, as the systems were safe “by default and not exposed to remote exploits of [GNU Bash] unless users configure advanced UNIX services.” Bitdefender’s analysis shows the typical attack scenario recalls a vulnerable script, toget...

iPhone 6 Users Trolled by 4Chan’s iBend Prank

STOP bending your new iPhone 6! Even though the iPhone 6 architecture allows for bending due to the distribution of components and the new aluminum case, actually bending it is not very smart. The Daily Dot reports that 4chan pranksters are trying to persuade iPhone 6 owners to bend their smartphones. The prank, also known as Bend or iFlex, follows a series of reports of the iPhone 6 flaw shortly after its...

Apple Does Not Read Your Emails, CEO Says

Apple continues its series of security and privacy updates, refreshing its Privacy Policy in view of the iOS 8 launch, according to macworld.com. In a public message on the company’s privacy page, CEO Tim Cook discussed how the company treats users’ data: “We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers," he said. "We don’t 'monetize' the information you st...

Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication for iCloud

Amid a nude picture leak scandal that exposed hundreds of private photos of female celebrities through an alleged iCloud breach, Apple has extended the two-factor authentication feature to its iCloud backup service, according to PC World. In an email to Apple ID account users, the company announced that, in addition to protecting Apple ID account information, two-step verification is also available to secur...

Celebrities Nude Pic Hacker Accidentally Leaves Clues to Identity

The anonymous hacker who leaked nude photographs of high-profile female celebrities after claiming to have breached their iCloud accounts also left clues about his identity on the way. According to Softpedia, the hacker accidentally revealed his network location and the name of the HomeGroup sharing functionality in a screenshot showing the stolen files. After further investigation, it appears the hacker is...

Hacker Finds Undocumented Functions in Apple’s iOS That Could Siphon Data

Jonathan "NerveGas" Zdziarski, an iOS researcher and developer, has found several undocumented functions in Apple's mobile iOS that allegedly siphon data back to Apple, according to a blog post. The functions retrieve data, without authentication, from an iOS-based device using wireless or USB connections and have no other purpose other than data retrieval from devices, Zdziarski says. "I have emailed both...

Apple Updates Safari, OS X Mavericks, Apple TV and iOS Following Critical Vulnerabilities

Apple has issued four updates for Safari, OS X Mavericks, Apple TV and iOS because of 38 vulnerabilities published in NIST's National Vulnerability Database. All vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed a day after they were patched. One of the vulnerabilities scored Security Database's highest rank in terms of complexity while  16 were of medium rank and 21 were of the lowest rank. When it comes to overall...

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