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Man: border agents threatened to “be dicks,” take my phone if I didn’t unlock it

May 7th, 2017

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ALBANY, Calif.—As he sat in a darkened corner of a neighborhood bar, Aaron Gach, an artist and lecturer at a local art college, told Ars about what happened to him in February 2017 episode at San Francisco International Airport, where he agreed to unlock his iPhone and have it be searched by border agents rather than risk being detained and delayed further.

"I thought, in the moment, that if I gave in and turned over my phone that maybe they were being honest and wouldn't take my other belongings," he said, sipping a Death and Taxes beer.

He turned out to be right. After he unlocked his iPhone SE, agents took it out of sight for five to 10 minutes before giving it back and sending him on his way. Gach still has no idea why.

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Imagination Technologies can’t resolve Apple IP spat, opens formal dispute

May 4th, 2017

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Imagination Technologies has placed its patents row with Apple on a formal footing, confirming to the City that it has opened a dispute resolution process because—it says—attempts to settle a licence and royalty deal with the iPhone maker remain at a standstill.

In April, the British chip design company hinted that a IP row was brewing by claiming that Apple's own chip designs might breach Imagination Technologies' patents.

The company, which derives roughly half of its revenues from a licensing deal from Apple, learned last month that the Tim Cook-run multinational planned to ditch the UK-based semiconductor supplier by 2019.

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Miami sextortion case asks if a suspect can be forced to decrypt an iPhone

April 28th, 2017

Enlarge / Hencha Voigt (left) is accused of extorting Julieanna Goddard (right). For now, Voigt is refusing to enter the passcode to her seized iPhone. (credit: Hencha Voigt / Julieanna Goddard)

Next week, a local judge in Miami-Dade County, Florida, is expected to issue a key ruling in a bizarre sextortion case involving two Miami-area social media personalities.

The question before the court is one that has vexed other judges in recent years: can a person be forced to give up a password to decrypt their seized devices? Or, put another way, does the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination allow people to keep their encrypted devices locked? "I’m going to have to read these cases with a fine-tooth comb," Circuit Judge Charles Johnson said at a hearing this week, according to the Miami Herald. "I’m surprised by this case."

This issue is far from settled law. A former Philadelphia police officer has remained in custody for 18 months and counting for refusing to decrypt a seized hard drive that authorities believe contains child pornography. While the facts in that Pennsylvania case are different from the Florida case, the underlying issue remains the same.

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Hyundai Blue Link app vulnerable; login credentials and GPS data at risk

April 26th, 2017

By Waqas

Hyundai Blue Link apps on Android and Apple app stores are vulnerable to cyber attacks which if exploited can allow attackers to steal personal as well as sensitive data of the user. The vulnerability exists in the apps’ software 3.9.4 and 3.9.5 which takes advantage of insecure WiFi spots or by the standard man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack to […]

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Apple threatened to oust Uber from App Store for ‘fingerprinting’ iPhones

April 25th, 2017
Questions remain over if and how Uber still tracks devices after chief exec Kalanick was summoned to Apple for a roasting

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WiFi Chip Flaw in iPhone is Really Bad News for IoT

April 5th, 2017

In-brief: a remotely exploitable flaw in a common hardware component used in phones by Apple, Samsung and others underscores the risk posed by software embedded in system on chip components that are found in almost every connected device, experts warn.  Researchers for Google’s Project Zero security team warned on Tuesday that a flaw in a...

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Macs and iPhones patched – including 23 kernel-level holes

March 28th, 2017
Yes, we always say, "Patch early, patch often." But this time, patch even earlier!

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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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