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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...

New iOS and OS X Malware Infects Non-Jailbroken Apple Devices

WireLurker is the “biggest in scale” iOS and OS X malware to install “trojanized” apps through USB connections on non-jailbroken iOS devices, according to a report by Palo Alto Networks. “WireLurker is now the only known active, non-jailbroken malware threat putting over 800 million iOS devices at risk,” the report says. In the past six months, the new malware family infected 467 OS X apps on the Maiyadi Ap...

Apple Drops SSL 3.0 for Push Notifications due to Poodle Flaw

Apple is going to drop SSL 3.0 support for their push notification service due to the recently discovered POODLE vulnerability in the SSL protocol, according to Apple's announcement. The company is pulling the plug for SSL 3.0 support on Wednesday, October 29, in favor of the newer and more secure Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. "Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as poss...

Mac OS X Yosemite Leaks User Location and Search Results to Apple

Spotlight, the search tool embedded in Apple’s latest desktop operating system, is collecting search and location data by default, according to news reports. Users started complaining about the issue on Twitter. The company confirmed that anyone who uses Spotlight or iOS8 will have his data sent back to Apple servers in real time. "When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you s...

China Accused of Spying on Apple Users

Apple is the alleged victim of a man-in-the-middle attack organized by Chinese-hackers to capture users’ credentials, according to Chinese web monitor GreatFire.org. After similar attacks against Github, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, it seems Chinese hackers tried to get access to usernames and passwords as well as other data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos and contacts. The Great Firewall of Chin...

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...

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