iPhone Encryption Laws USA

New bill might force Apple to hack encrypted iPhones

By on April 8, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

New bill might force Apple to hack encrypted iPhones

The FBI has abandoned its court battle with Apple for the time being, after figuring out how to hack the San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help. However, the fight over smartphone encryption is not over, and there’s a new proposal that seeks to regulate law enforcement’s access to encrypted devices and Internet products. More →

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iPhone 6s Malware Protection

It’s insanely easy to make iPhone malware, but you probably shouldn’t worry about it

By on April 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM.

It’s insanely easy to make iPhone malware, but you probably shouldn’t worry about it

It’s apparently very easy to develop iPhone malware, a new report shows. And it’s not Apple’s fault. The security features built into iOS and the App Store are as strong as ever, but there are certain things that make a hacker’s job a lot easier.

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Apple iPhone Unlock Police

Apple didn’t always care so much about protecting iPhone users from the government

By on April 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

Apple didn’t always care so much about protecting iPhone users from the government

A new report says that Apple was more willing to comply with the government in the past when it came to unlocking iPhones tied to criminal investigations, having gone as far as to help prosecutors draft the documentation that would force it to unlock a device. More →

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Adobe Flash Security Flaw

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

By on April 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… dozens of times. A very serious security flaw has been discovered in Adobe Flash and millions of users are impacted. The zero-day vulnerability allows hackers to exploit the flaw and crash a user’s system, or even take control of the system and steal private data.

It’s one of the most serious types of flaws out there and in this case the vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers. In other words, this isn’t some tiny bug discovered by researchers and handled privately with Adobe behind closed doors. Hackers are using the security hole to attack users as you read this — and now Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw. More →

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VPN Home Router Tips And Tricks

Use a VPN-enabled router to stay secure even on public Wi-Fi

By on April 7, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Use a VPN-enabled router to stay secure even on public Wi-Fi

Every time you browse the web on a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you’re taking a risk that someone may be able to intercept your traffic and steal sensitive information such as passwords. There’s a pretty simple way to keep your devices secure and make sure your traffic is encrypted even when you’re using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, however: Use a VPN that’s hosted by your home router. More →

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Hackers Identity Theft Internet

It’s cheaper than ever to buy someone’s stolen identity off the internet

By on April 7, 2016 at 4:12 PM.

It’s cheaper than ever to buy someone’s stolen identity off the internet

Business is apparently booming for hackers who deal with a certain type of digital product: identity theft. Buying someone’s identity off the internet is now cheaper than ever, a new report shows, suggesting that there’s both a strong demand for such products as well as strong supply. More →

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iPhone 6s FBI Hack

The FBI can’t hack the iPhone 6s

By on April 7, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The FBI can’t hack the iPhone 6s

The FBI withdrew its assault on iPhone encryption after it managed to hack its way into the San Bernardino iPhone. Soon after that, the agency notified other law enforcement officials across the country that it’ll try and help out unlock other iPhones from various criminal investigations.

The FBI is yet to tell Apple how it performed the hack, but the Bureau does talk about it with senators. In the meantime, the FBI confirmed that while it may be able to hack some iPhones, the iPhone 6s is impenetrable for the time being.

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U.S. Government Hacked APT6

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

By on April 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

A mysterious hacking group has had access to U.S. government files for years and the hackers might still be able to siphon data off government computer networks. The hack apparently dates back to 2011, though it may be linked to attacks on the U.S. government’s computer infrastructure originating in 2008.

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Panama Papers Leak Explained

How the biggest data leak in history happened

By on April 5, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

How the biggest data leak in history happened

For over a year, more than 400 reporters have been inspecting terabytes of data originating from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. This “Panama Papers” data has turned out to be the greatest data leak in history, outperforming any similar data dump to date. Coming all from a whistleblower at Mossack Fonseca, the leak includes more than 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDF files, amounting to more than 2.6 terabytes of information.

Why is the leak important? Because it details the shady tax-evading business practices of various public figures for whom Mossack Fonseca helped create shell companies that were used to hide assets and money.

And it turns out all this data came from a single person who used increased protection to hide his or her identity and to siphon a large amount of data. Here’s how it happened. More →

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Apple FBI iPhone Hack Leak

Apple confident it’ll find and patch the FBI’s iPhone hack

By on April 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Apple confident it’ll find and patch the FBI’s iPhone hack

Apple’s fight with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone isn’t over yet because now Apple has to figure out how the FBI actually hacked into the device without Apple’s help.

The FBI did not reveal to Apple how it bypassed the security protocols built into iOS, but the bureau told law enforcement agencies that it will help them in their investigations. Even if it doesn’t provide specifics about the iPhone hack at its disposal, the more iPhones the FBI unlocks for criminal cases, the more likely Apple will be able to figure out how it’s gaining access. More →

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