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Apple’s call in the conflict with FBI: the company strengthens iCloud encryption to protect customers

Apple is developing a new strategy to enforce encryption of customers’ iCloud backups to avoid complying to future requests for data from authorities, according to trustworthy sources cited by the Financial Times. Image source: Pixabay The decision comes after the company announced las week it will oppose a court order to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter to avoid endangering the...

Apple declines FBI requests to create backdoor

Apple announced it will oppose a court order to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter to avoid endangering the privacy of millions. "Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the US government," Apple CEO Tim Cook says in an open letter. The FBI is looking for information that may be on Syed Rizwan Faro...

Tainted Xcode IDE Tricks Apple Developers to Submit Malicious Apps in App Store

Apple’s App Store has been riddled with malware following a large-scale attack caused by malicious code, dubbed XcodeGhost, embedded in legitimate applications. By tricking legitimate developers to download a tainted version of Apple’s Xcode IDE (integrated development environment) - used to make app development easier - attackers were able to embed their own malicious code in legitimate apps and use them t...

Why jailbreaking your new iPhone might be a bad idea; plus security tips

iPhone users can choose from 1.5 million official apps. But for some, that’s not good enough. To add a personal touch and enjoy their device to the fullest, they alter the OS to bypass standard settings and restrictions. A myriad of apps and configuration tweaks become available through alternative app stores. However, jailbreaking also removes the strict security that Apple built into iOS. Thinking of jail...

Read all about it! Nine security novelties in iOS 9

iOS 9 is finally here, and rolling out several security improvements, under-the-hood refinements and developer-designed features that promise better user privacy and security. In a bid to boost security, iOS 9 stacks up nine useful features. Here is an overview: Improved two-factor authentication Apple improves two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS. The operating system “uses different...

Nine out of 10 Mac and iOS Apps Are Completely Exposed to Password Theft

Some 88.6% of iOS and OS X apps using resource-sharing mechanisms and IPC channels are completely exposed to unauthorized cross-app resource access, or XARA, attacks, according to a report by university researchers from Indiana University, Georgia Tech and Peking University.  “The consequences of such attacks are devastating, leading to complete disclosure of the most sensitive user information (e.g., passw...

iOS 9 Boosts Security with Six-Digit Passcode and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple’s iOS 9 will oblige users to strengthen the passcode that protects devices and improve two-factor authentication by building it directly into the operating system, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to Apple IDs, according to the company. Apple added two-step verification to some types of accounts in March 2013, but users could log in using their Apple ID only and with no second c...

Now Twitter and Snapchat get stung by the iPhone text crash

Over the last few days, pranksters have been having a merry old time annoying the hell out of iPhone users by sending them a specially crafted text message that can cause devices to suddenly crash. The message, which I've decided - in the time-honoured tradition of keeping threats in sane proportion - to call the "iPhone text of doom", involves a sequence of Unicode characters as you can see in the followin...

Spammers are After Apple Credentials, Bitdefender Warns

Emails claiming to come from Apple are being sent to English-speaking users to lure them into giving away their financial data, Bitdefender warns. Attackers ask unsuspecting users to review their billing information in a well-crafted message. Once they click on the “Reset now” link, the login screen asks them to enter their Apple ID and password. Next, users are asked to fill in account information, includi...

Nine of the Most Deceiving Malware Threats of 2014

2014’s cybersecurity events – high-level security breaches, large scale vulnerabilities and endless privacy debates - have reshaped the world’s perception of digital safety. No one feels truly safe anymore. Behind every cyber tragedy lies a malicious piece of code designed to cause as much damage as possible - to steal identities, corporate secrets or simply to prove a point. In hopes of a safer 2015, we’re...

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