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Voice recordings from domestic violence alerting app exposed on the internet

A smartphone app, disguised as a regular app delivering the top world, sports, and entertainment news, containing a secret feature that allows victims of domestic abuse to send a covert distress call for help at the touch of a button.

What could possibly go wrong?

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Pablo Escobar’s brother says FaceTime flaw revealed his address, sues Apple for a publicity stunt (and $2.6 billion)

As YouTubers warn the public not to buy smartphones from Escobar Inc, the notorious drug lord’s brother orchestrates a publicity stunt.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #180: Taking care of Clare

On this special splinter episode of the podcast, we’re joined by actor and comedian Clare Blackwood in the hope of convincing her that cybersecurity is no laughing matter.

Hear what happens in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Smashing Security podcast #179: Deepfake Jay-Z, and beer apps spilling your data

Apps that belch out sensitive military information, what could the world learn from South Korea’s digital response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and who has been deepfaking Bill Clinton, Jay-Z, and Donald Trump… and why?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest episode by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Brian Klaas of the “Power Corrupts” podcast.

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Edison Mail bug exposed iPhone users’ email accounts to complete strangers

The makers of a popular iOS email app have warned their users that their accounts may have been compromised after a buggy software update made it possible to see strangers’ emails.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Text ‘bomb’ crashes iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches – what you need to know

An innocent-looking message, containing characters in the Sindhi language, can cause your iPhone to crash without warning.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #174: Garry Kasparov and Animal Crossing

World-chess-champion-turned-activist Garry Kasparov joins us as we discuss celebrity lookalikes, smartphone fleeceware, the impact Coronavirus is having on security, and how a popular new video game is being used for political ends.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

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Hacking the iOS/macOS webcam – Apple pays out $75,000 to bug hunter

A vulnerability researcher has received a bug bounty after discovering security holes in Apple’s software that could allow malicious parties to hijack an iPhone or Mac user’s camera and spy upon them.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

The Shield: the open source Israeli Government app which warns of Coronavirus exposure

The Israeli health ministry released a smartphone app which takes location data from users’ phones in an attempt to determine if they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Should you be worried about your privacy? Perhaps not.

ToTok chat app tells users to ignore Google’s spyware warning

Google is warning users that ToTok is unsafe. ToTok says that users shouldn’t trust Google’s warning…

Apple fined €25 million for deliberately slowing down old iPhones

Apple has been hit with a 25 million Euro fine (US $27.5 million) after it added battery management features to iOS that slowed down the performance of older iPhones.

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Update your iPhone 5 before November 3 2019, or lose its internet access

Listen up if you’re still using an iPhone 5 – you need to update to iOS 10.3.4 before Sunday November 3, or you may find your smartphone loses access to the internet.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Fake iOS Checkra1n jailbreak site installs slot machine game, generates click-fraud revenue

A website that promises to jailbreak your iPhone using the Checkm8 exploit actually installs apps with the intention of generating click-fraud revenue.

It’s been a couple of days, so Apple releases yet another iOS update

Yup, there’s a new update to iOS. But don’t expect it to have resolved the worrying Checkm8 exploit one hacker found in the iPhone’s secure ROM.

Smashing Security podcast #145: Apple and Google willy wave while home assistants spy – DoH!

Apple’s furious with Google over iPhone hacking attacks against Uyghur Muslims in China, DNS-over-HTTPS is good for privacy but makes ISPs angry, and concern over digital assistants listening to our private moments continues to rise.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by journalist John Leyden.

iOS 12.4.1 update fixes jailbreak vulnerability that Apple accidentally reintroduced

Apple has fixed the jailbreaking vulnerability in iOS that it previously unfixed.