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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 ...

Aussie Apple Users Hit by Ransomware

An unknown number of Apple customers located in Australia had their accounts locked and were asked to pay $100 to access their own data, according to itnews.com.au. Apple device owners, including iPhones, tablets, laptops or desktops, started to complain on Apple’s support forum about a message saying “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss” appearing inside the Find My Phone section of their iCloud account. The Find ...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature ...

Tor Browser in Apple’s App Store Still Packed with Spyware and Adware

The Tor Browser in Apple’s app store is allegedly still packed with spyware and adware despite repeated complaints, according to Softpedia. The tech giant hasn’t yet removed the application that is said to be fake. Tor president Roger Dingledine is seeking help from experts in the security industry.  “I mailed Window Snyder and Jon Callas to see if they can get us past the bureaucracy,” Tor Project’s co-fou...

Apple Developer Center Breach; 100k Accounts Exposed

Apple’s developer site suffered a massive breach last Thursday that resulted in the compromise of roughly 100,000 developer accounts. The intrusion was quickly identified and the affected server was taken offline for “maintenance.” Only on Sunday did the Cupertino vendor publish extra details about the hack, pending a security audit. “Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of ou...

Chinese Digital Spies Snoop on Apple’s Latest iPhone Designs, Obama Claims

Surprising details emerged after last week’s meeting between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on the topic of cyber-warfare. Even though most of the meeting topics were kept under wraps, much of the discussions focused on North Korea and cyber-security. According to a news report by AFP, President Obama incidentally mentioned that every country is gathering intelligence abo...

Apple Password Reset Bug Allows Anyone to Hijack User Accounts

A step-by-step tutorial showing how to change Apple ID passwords posted on the underweb has caused a massive headache to the Cupertino-based technology vendor. The tutorial has forced Apple to put the password recovery process in maintenance mode over the weekend to protect customers’ accounts. The step-by-step account hijacking guide [the tutorial is not working anymore] reveals a gaping security hole in t...

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