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Android Malware Doubled in 2016, Adding to Mobile Malware Problem

March 27th, 2017

In-brief: Smart phones infected with Android malware jumped 95 percent between 2015 and 2016, part of a steady increase in mobile phone infections in recent years, Nokia said on Monday. Smart phones infected with Android malware jumped 95 percent between 2015 and 2016, part of a steady increase in mobile phone infections in recent years, Nokia...

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Latest WikiLeaks dump shows CIA targeting Apple earlier than others

March 24th, 2017
Focusing on Macs makes sense, say experts: 'many high-value targets love to use Macs'

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Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration

March 23rd, 2017

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In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors also said that this search is validated by recently issued warrants.

The court filing, which was first reported Wednesday by BuzzFeed News, states that approximately half of the protestors prosecuted with rioting or inciting a riot had their phones taken by authorities. Prosecutors hope to uncover any evidence relevant to the case. Under normal judicial procedures, the feds have vowed to share such data with defense attorneys and to delete all irrelevant data.

"All of the Rioter Cell Phones were locked, which requires more time-sensitive efforts to try to obtain the data," Jennifer Kerkhoff, an assistant United States attorney, wrote.

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Your Mac is not malware-proof: a look at the threats and defenses

March 21st, 2017
What's the state of play on malware for the Mac platform? We checked in with Sophos Labs for an update

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iPhone users can now access Amazon’s Alexa on the go

March 16th, 2017

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Move over, Siri, there's a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices. Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS. This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes.

Alexa lives in the microphone icon next to the search bar in the Amazon Shopping app. This icon originally let users voice-search Amazon to find products to buy, but now it will also support voice commands for Alexa. You're not limited to shopping-related questions, either—you can use Alexa in the Shopping app as you would in your home if you have an Alexa-enabled device. Alexa can detail weather information, tell you jokes, track Amazon orders, answer search-related questions, play music from Amazon Music, and even read Kindle books aloud.

Although this puts Alexa in direct competition with Siri, Apple's voice assistant has the upper-hand in that it's truly hands-free. With Siri enabled, you can say "Hey Siri!" and your iOS device will hear you and listen to your command. To talk to Alexa, you need to open the Amazon Shopping app and press the microphone icon before you can say any commands.

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Fappening 2.0: Private Photos of Amanda Seyfried, Emma Watson and others Leaked

March 16th, 2017

By Carolina

It is 2017, but fappeneing is still happening. The latest victims of this campaign include top celebrities, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Watson, Rhona Mitra, Alyssa Arce, Jillian Murray, Analeigh Tipton, Iliza Shlesinger and others. The leaked pictures and or videos were leaked yesterday on a celebrity gossip website “Celeb Jihad” ranging from nude selfies, explicitly sexual photos of intimate moments. […]

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Apple illegally fixed prices of iPhones in Russia, investigation finds

March 14th, 2017

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A seven-month investigation by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service has found that Apple's Russian arm illegally fixed prices for certain iPhone models, according to a report from the Financial Times. The FAS found that Apple told 16 retailers to "hold the prices" of these iPhones and that Apple would contact the retailers in the event that the company found their prices "inappropriate." Apple may have terminated agreements with retailers unwilling to meet those pricing guidelines.

The full report is posted in Russian here; affected phones include the iPhone 5S and 5C, the 6 and 6 Plus, and the 6S and 6S Plus. The prices were fixed for a period of roughly three months.

A penalty has not been set, though the report indicates that it could be as much as 15 percent of Apple's sales in Russia. The company will have three months to challenge the decision once the full ruling is published later in the month. The investigation and the ruling only apply to Apple's Russian subsidiary, and the FAS dropped a similar investigation against Apple Inc. and other international subsidiaries "due to lack of evidence."

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Report: Next-gen iPhone could dump the Lightning port in favor of USB-C

February 28th, 2017

Enlarge / The iPhone 7 made few changes to the iPhone 6-era design. The next one could be different. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A new Wall Street Journal report on Apple's next-generation iPhone suggests a significant overhaul after three years of roughly the same physical design, and much of the WSJ's reporting echoes or builds upon rumors we've heard before. The WSJ says that Apple could switch to an OLED display like those used in the Apple Watch, the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, and many Android phones, also suggesting that display could be curved rather than flat. Apple could follow up on the iPhone 7's static Home button by doing away with it entirely, switching instead to an onscreen software button (other rumors have said that Apple could integrate the TouchID fingerprint sensor into the screen itself).

But the most interesting suggestion in the report is that Apple could drop its proprietary Lightning port in favor of USB-C, the industry standard that has slowly been trickling out into Android phones, PCs, and Apple's own MacBooks and MacBook Pros in recent years. Apple first moved to Lightning in the iPhone 5 in 2012, several years before USB-C would be introduced; at the time, the Lightning connector was intended as a smaller, more convenient replacement for the aging 30-pin connector Apple had been using in its gadgets since the iPod.

Moving from Lightning to USB-C would definitely have benefits for Apple and the ecosystem. USB-C can do everything Lightning can do and then some, and my experience with USB-C cables and connectors so far (Apple's included) has been that they are slightly larger but also sturdier than the Lightning versions. It would also be the first step toward unifying Apple's entire ecosystem behind a single port, doing away with the confusion and inconvenience of the current mix of USB-C, USB-A, and Lightning. Today you can buy a brand-new iPhone 7 and a brand-new MacBook Pro, and you still need to buy a separate cable to be able to connect them together.

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Cellebrite Can Now Unlock, Extract Data From iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

February 25th, 2017

By Waqas

Cellebrite, the famous Israeli firm known for reportedly cracking the iPhone 5C of San Bernardino shooter is back in the news and this time the company is claiming that their Advanced Investigative Service (CAIS) product can now even crack iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. The announcement came from Cellebrite’s director of forensics research, Shahar Tal […]

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Judge: No, feds can’t nab all Apple devices and try everyone’s fingerprints

February 23rd, 2017

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A federal magistrate judge in Chicago recently denied the government’s attempt to force people in a particular building to depress their fingerprints in an attempt to open any seized Apple devices as part of a child pornography investigation.

This prosecution, nearly all of which remains sealed, is one of a small but growing number of criminal cases that pit modern smartphone encryption against both the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and also the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. According to the judge’s opinion, quoting from a still-sealed government filing, "forced fingerprinting" is part of a broader government strategy, likely to combat the prevalence of encrypted devices.

Last year, federal investigators sought a similar permission to force residents of two houses in Southern California to fingerprint-unlock a seized phone in a case that also remains sealed. In those cases, and likely in the Illinois case as well, the prosecutors' legal analysis states that there is no Fifth Amendment implication at play. Under the Constitution, defendants cannot be compelled to provide self-incriminating testimony (“what you know”). However, traditionally, giving a fingerprint (“what you are”) for the purposes of identification or matching to an unknown fingerprint found at a crime scene has been allowed. It wasn’t until relatively recently, however, that fingerprints could be used to unlock a smartphone.

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