Archive for the ‘iphone’ Category

To beat crypto, feds have tried to force fingerprint unlocking in 2 cases

October 20th, 2016

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Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been successful in getting judicial approval for two highly unusual searches. The warrants allowed the authorities to force suspects, who were inside their California homes, to press their fingerprints on a seized smartphone to see if it would unlock, Ars has learned.

On Sunday, Forbes published the first-known redacted court filing associated with the search of a home in Lancaster, California, about 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The 12-page memo filed in federal court outlines the government's argument as to why it believes it can conduct such a search under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure, and against compelled self-incrimination, respectively.

The Lancaster document is dated May 9, and Forbes managed to contact an unnamed resident at the home, who confirmed that the search had taken place. That person said that “neither they nor any relatives living at the address had ever been accused of being part of any crime, but declined to offer more information,” according to Forbes.

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Researchers Send Secure Passwords Using the Human Body

October 10th, 2016

By Uzair Amir

Sending passwords through an Internet connection or Bluetooth is not

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Should we soon expect to be sending passwords through our bodies, not the air?

October 3rd, 2016
What if you could securely send password data through your body, not the air?

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Japanese man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

September 30th, 2016
He allegedly sold iPhones with a difference - pre-jailbroken and loaded with a popular game hacked to have handy powerups built in...

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iPhone exploit bounty surges to an eye-popping $1.5 million

September 29th, 2016

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A controversial broker of security exploits is offering $1.5 million (£1.2 million) for attacks that work against fully patched iPhones and iPads, a bounty that's triple the size of its previous one.

Zerodium also doubled, to $200,000, the amount it will pay for attacks that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in Google's competing Android operating system, and the group raised the amount for so-called zeroday exploits in Adobe's Flash media player to $80,000 from $50,000. After buying the working exploits, the company then sells them to government entities, which use them to spy on suspected criminals, terrorists, enemies, and other targets.

Last year, Zerodium offered $1 million for iOS exploits, up to a total of $3 million. It dropped the price to $500,000 after receiving and paying for three qualifying submissions. On Thursday, Zerodium founder Chaouki Bekrar said the higher prices are a response to improvements the software makers—Apple and Google in particular—have devised that make their wares considerably harder to compromise.

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iOS 10 has vulnerability that leads to Cracking of iPhone Backups

September 26th, 2016

By Uzair Amir

Russia security firm found critical vulnerability in iOS 10 allowing

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Update iPhone to iOS 9.3.5; Prevent this Highly Sophisticated Spyware

August 26th, 2016

By Uzair Amir

Apple is urging users to update their devices to the

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Actively exploited iOS flaws that hijack iPhones patched by Apple

August 25th, 2016

Enlarge / iPhone Spyware known as Pegasus intercepts confidential data. (credit: Lookout)

Apple has patched three high-severity iOS vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited to infect iPhones so attackers can steal confidential messages from a large number of apps, including Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp, security researchers said Thursday.

The spyware has been dubbed Pegasus by researchers from mobile security provider Lookout; they believe it has been circulating in the wild for a significant amount of time. Working with researchers from University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, they have determined that the spyware targeted a political dissident located in the United Arab Emirates and was launched by an US-owned company specializing in computer-based exploits. Based on the price of the attack kit—about $8 million for 300 licenses—the researchers believe it's being actively used against other iPhone users throughout the world.

"Pegasus is the most sophisticated attack we’ve seen on any endpoint because it takes advantage of how integrated mobile devices are in our lives and the combination of features only available on mobile—always connected (WiFi, 3G/4G), voice communications, camera, email, messaging, GPS, passwords, and contact lists," Lookout and Citizen Lab researchers wrote in a blog post. "It is modular to allow for customization and uses strong encryption to evade detection."

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Apple may be working on a Snapchat-like video app for 2017

August 25th, 2016

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Social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have become the best means of communication for many people, and now it seems that Apple wants to cash in on that trend. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is looking to "capitalize on the popularity of social networks" by developing a video-sharing app for iPhone and iPad. The new app, which is reportedly in development for 2017, would let users quickly take, edit, and share video by using one-handed controls on their mobile device.

The video app sounds a lot like Snapchat in terms of features: users can record a video and then apply filters to it, doodle, or place text over it, and then send it to friends via the contact list or existing social networks like Twitter. According to anonymous sources close to the project, the app will be designed to let users shoot and upload video in less than a minute, and possibly in a square shape like Instagram photos were confined to. Bloomberg reports that the app is being developed by the Final Cut Pro and iMovie teams. It's unclear if Apple plans to release the app as a standalone download in its App Store or if it will bundle the features into its existing Camera app. It's also unclear if we'll ever see this video app—it's currently in the preliminary development stages, and the project could be killed if it "doesn’t meet the company’s timetable and expectations."

This news comes as Apple's revamped iMessages application will be available to all users when iOS 10 comes out in the fall. The updated messaging app will let users send handwritten text and drawings, full-screen effects, larger emojis, and more. With that update, Apple is clearly trying to bring its native messaging app up to the standards of Facebook Messenger, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Line, which have had similar features for a while. But now with the news of a possible video sharing app, it's clear that Apple wants to play on the same social media level as those messaging apps, as well as others like Snapchat and Instagram.

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Exploit broker offers 2.5 times what Apple offers for serious iOS bugs

August 12th, 2016
It's offering up to $500,000 for serious iOS bugs.

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