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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Hackers automate the laundering of money via Clash of Clans

Popular smartphone games such as “Clash of Clans” are being used to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of credit card thieves.

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

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New iOS security feature can be defeated by a $39 adapter… sold by Apple

A one hour countdown timer can be reset simply by connecting the iPhone to an untrusted USB accessory – giving law enforcement plenty of opportunity to crack your passcode with specialist tools.

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Apple confirms it’s closing security loophole that police were using to crack iPhones

Yes, Apple is toughening up the security of iPhones with iOS 12. Yes, the steps Apple is taking will make it harder for law enforcement agencies to thwart iPhone security. But no, that’s not the reason Apple is doing it.

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

Paris Hilton’s hacker sentenced to 57 months in prison

Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton says she no longer trusts the iCloud.