Smashing Security #139: Capital One hacked, iMessage flaws, and anonymity my ass!

Capital One gets hacked, critical vulnerabilities are found in iMessage, and data anonymization may not be as good as we hope. But listen up, we also discuss the Legend of Zelda, a biography of tech giants, offer advice for escaping an angry moose, and are introduced to… Penelope?

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

Google found a way to remotely attack Apple iOS devices by sending a boobytrapped iMessage

Have you updated your iPhone and iPad to iOS 12.4 yet?

If you care about your security and privacy, then Google researchers have given you a very good incentive to do so as soon as possible.

Text bombs and ‘Black Dots of Death’ plague WhatsApp and iMessage users

Please don’t be tempted to try any of these text bomb attack out on anyone else, even as a prank. It’s simply not funny.

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

Apple Messages could be exposing your privacy when it previews a link

Apple’s iMessage isn’t doing all it can to protect users’ information when it previews a link in a conversation.

David Bisson reports.

Install iOS 9.3 to fix serious iMessages encryption flaw

Researchers from John Hopkins University have discovered a way to break the encryption of iMessages, opening the door to snooping on photos and videos as they are sent between users.

Now Twitter and Snapchat get stung by the iPhone text crash

Apple provides a Siri-based workaround for the “iPhone text of doom”, but meanwhile Twitter and Snapchat users are also found to be at risk.

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

Watch out! This boobytrapped text message will turn off your iPhone

Boobytrapped Unicode message causes iPhones to reboot. And it’s not the first time that Apple has been plagued with such bugs.

Read more in my article on the Intego Mac Security blog.

Australians troll politicians via iMessage, in protest at metadata law

Australian attorney-general George Brandis bombarded with messages to his smartphone, including the first chapter of “1984”.

Controversial Android iMessage app pulled from the Google Play store

iMessage Chat, the controversial Android app that brought Apple’s propretary iMessage service to Android users, has been removed from the Google Play store.

iMessage for Android. Be careful what you trust!

A new app, which claims to bring Apple’s proprietary iMessage chat service to Android users, is raising concerns.

Would you trust it with your Apple username and password?