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Apple says nothing as Apple ID accounts mysteriously locked down

Has someone been trying to hack into a large number of Apple ID accounts?

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

Smashing Security podcast #103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims

One travel blogger finds you don’t have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around hacking accusations.

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 Naked Security’s Mark Stockley.

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Yes, you should update your iPhone to iOS 12.1, but its lock screen is *still* unsafe

The latest iOS passcode bypass bug appears to have been introduced by Apple’s new Group Facetime feature.

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

Naked celebrity photo hacker used to be a high school teacher

A former high school teacher is to plead guilty to hacking into the online accounts of celebrities and stealing naked photographs and other private information.

Did Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch record his murder at Saudi consulate? Probably not

A Turkish newspaper claims that audio files of journalist’s death were recorded on his Apple Watch. Such a claim, if true, would be rather convenient for the intelligence services in Turkey – who might not want to reveal their methods.

China accused of sabotaging thousands of servers at major US companies with tiny microchips hidden on motherboards

An extraordinary report released by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which claims that China has been exploiting the supply-chain, planting a tiny microchip on servers which ended up in the server rooms of almost 30 companies, including the likes of Apple and Amazon.

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Even with the latest iOS 12 update, your iPhone’s lockscreen is unsafe

Once again, a way of bypassing the iPhone’s passcode lock to expose users’ photos and contacts has been discovered.

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

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Australian teen who hacked into Apple and stole 90 GB of files avoids jail

An Australian teenager who hacked into Apple’s network on multiple occasions over several months and stole sensitive files has been told that he will not be imprisoned.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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How to crash and restart an iPhone with a CSS-based web attack

A security researcher has revealed a method of crashing and restarting iPhones and iPads, with just a few lines of code that could be added to any webpage.

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

Smashing Security podcast #095: British Airways hack, Mac apps steal browser history, and one person has 285,000 texts leaked

Malicious script is being blamed for the British Airways hack, Trend Micro’s apps are booted out of the Mac App Store for snaffling private data, and Paul Manafort’s daughter wants Twitter to remove a link.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

Trend Micro apologises after Mac apps found scooping up users’ browser history

Trend Micro has confirmed reports that some of its Mac consumer products were silently sending users’ browser history to its servers, and apologised to customers for any “concern they might have felt.”

But apparently it’s the users’ fault anyway for not reading the EULA.

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Apps that steal users’ browser histories kicked out of the Mac App store

Apple has removed “Adware Doctor” from the macOS App Store amid claims that the program was uploading browser histories to China. And it turns out that wasn’t the only popular app stealing users’ private information.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

How to manipulate Apple’s podcast charts, and get yourself a top-rated show

Unpopular podcasts are manipulating Apple Podcasts to artificially inflate their ranking, and get themselves a coveted place towards the top of the charts.

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Facebook pulls its VPN from the iOS App Store after data-harvesting accusations

Facebook has withdrawn its Onavo Protect VPN app from the iOS App Store after Apple determined that it was breaking data-collection policies.

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

Smashing Security podcast #092: Hacky sack hack hack

Is your used car still connected to its old owner? Just how did Apple manage to identify the teenager hacker who stole 90GB of the firm’s files? And why on earth would a firm of lawyers start producing pornographic videos? You’ll be surprised by the answers!

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

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Apple hacked by 16-year-old who “dreamed” of working for firm

An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apple’s internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apple’s systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parent’s home in Melbourne’s suburbs.

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