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Fingerprinting iPhones with the built-in gyroscope

Some rather ingenious researchers have found a way to unique identify iPhones and iPads by examining data gathered from a device’s accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer sensors.


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Smashing Security #125: Pick of the thief!

WannaCry’s “accidental hero” pleads guilty to malware charges, Samsung and Nokia have fingerprint fumbles, the NCSC publishes a list of 100,000 dreadful passwords, and Apple finds itself at the centre of an identity mix-up.

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 John Hawes.


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The man suing Apple over two-factor authentication has ‘previous’

Many have been baffled by Jay Brodsky’s legal action against Apple, including his claim that it takes between two and five minutes for him to pass the 2FA security check.

But things began to fall a little more into place when you discover it’s not the first time he has sued Apple.


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Apple sued over death blamed on faulty iPad battery

Was iPad’s Lithium-ion battery to blame for apartment fire that killed 64-year-old man two years ago?


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Apple sued because two-factor authentication… oh, I give up

An American man is bringing a class action against Apple, complaining that two-factor authentication (2FA) on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time.


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Smashing Security #115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it’s costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don’t get caught by a catfisher this Valentine’s Day.

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 B J Mendelson.


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Update your iOS devices now against the FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Apple has finally issued an update to iOS, iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the high profile problem which allowed FaceTime callers to listen and even see you *before* you answered an incoming call.

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


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Smashing Security #113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you *before* you answer the phone, Facebook’s Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

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 John Hawes from AMTSO.


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Exposed! Facebook pays teenagers to install app that harvests personal data

Since 2016 Facebook has been paying users aged 13-35 up to $20 per month to install an app which has almost unlimited limitless access to their smartphones and most sensitive data.


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Apple races to fix FaceTime bug that lets you spy on someone *before* they pick up your call

Don’t panic, but a bug has been found in FaceTime that could allow someone to spy on your conversation – and even see through your iPhone’s front-facing camera – before you answer an incoming call.


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Supermicro says independent investigation found no spy chips on its motherboards

An independent audit has found no evidence that malicious chips were planted on Supermicro’s motherboards, debunking Bloomberg claims that servers at Amazon and Apple were being spied upon by China.


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Smashing Security #107: Sextorting the US army, and a Touch ID scam

Fitness apps exploit TouchID through a sneaky user interface trick, tech giants claim to have a plan to banish passwords, and you won’t believe who was behind a sextortion scam that targeted over 400 members of the US military.

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, joined this week by ferret-loving ethical hacker Zoë Rose.


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Fitness-tracking apps caught misusing Touch ID to steal money from iPhone users

Two iOS fitness apps have been found exploiting a sneaky user interface trick to fool users into making unwanted in-app purchases with Touch ID.


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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.


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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.


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Department of Homeland Security and GCHQ back Apple and Amazon’s denials they were hacked by China

The US Department of Homeland Security and UK’s GCHQ have rallied behind the vigorous denials issued by Amazon and Apple, after Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported China had planted malicious computer chips on systems used by the tech giants.


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