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Watch Out! Difficult-to-Detect Phishing Attack Can Steal Your Apple ID Password

Watch Out! Difficult-to-Detect Phishing Attack Can Steal Your Apple ID Password
October 10, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Can you detect which one of the above screens—asking an iPhone user for iCloud password—is original and which is fake? Well, you would agree that both screenshots are almost identical, but the pop-up shown in the second image is fake—a perfect phishing attack that can be used to trick even the most careful users on the Internet. Felix Krause, an iOS developer and founder of Fastlane.Tools, demonstrated an almost impossible to detect phishing attack that explains how a malicious iOS app can steal your Apple ID password to get access to your iCloud account and data. According to an alarming blog post published on Tuesday by Krause, an iOS app can just use " UIAlertController " to display fake dialog boxes to users, mimicking the look and feel of Apple's official system dialogue. Hence, this makes it easier for an attacker to convince users into giving away their Apple ID passwords without any degree of suspicion. " iOS asks the user for their iTunes pass

Police Arrest Man Potentially Linked to Group Threatening to Wipe Millions Of iPhones

Police Arrest Man Potentially Linked to Group Threatening to Wipe Millions Of iPhones
March 29, 2017Wang Wei
The British authority has reportedly arrested a 20-years-old young man – potentially one of the member of a cyber criminal gang ' Turkish Crime Family ' who threatened Apple last week to remotely wipe data from millions of iOS devices unless Apple pays a ransom of $75,000. The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested a young man from London on Tuesday on suspicion of " Computer Misuse Act and extortion offences, " who according to Motherboard , " may be connected to the ongoing attempted extortion of Apple by a group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family. " Last week, the hacking group claimed to have access to over 300 million iCloud accounts and threatened Apple to remotely wipe data from those millions of Apple devices unless Apple pays it $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. Motherboard broke the story after one of the members of Turkish Crime Family shared screenshots of emails between the hacking gro

Hackers Threaten to Remotely Wipe 300 Million iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom

Hackers Threaten to Remotely Wipe 300 Million iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom
March 22, 2017Mohit Kumar
If you use iCloud to sync your Apple devices, your private data may be at risk of getting exposed or deleted by April 7th. It has been found that a mischievous group of hackers claiming to have access to over 300 million iCloud accounts is threatening Apple to remotely wipe data from those millions of Apple devices unless Apple pays it $75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. The hacking group, who identified themselves as 'Turkish Crime Family,' has demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another popular crypto-currency. Motherboard broke this story on Tuesday after a hacker claiming to represent the alleged hacking group shared screenshots of alleged emails between the group and Apple's security team with the publication. "I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing," the hacker told Motherboard. The screenshots o

iPhone Secretly Sends Your Call History to Apple Even If iCloud Backups are Turned Off

iPhone Secretly Sends Your Call History to Apple Even If iCloud Backups are Turned Off
November 18, 2016Swati Khandelwal
In the fight against encryption , Apple has positioned itself as a staunch defender of its user privacy by refusing the federal officials to provide encryption backdoors into its products, as well as implementing better encryption for its products. However, a new report from a security firm suggests Apple's online syncing service iCloud secretly stores logs of its users' private information for as long as four months — even when iCloud backup is switched off. Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft discovered that Apple's mobile devices automatically send its users' call history to the company's servers if iCloud is enabled, and stored that data for up to four months. And it turns out that there is no way for iCloud users to stop this phone call syncing service unless they completely disable the cloud synchronization feature. Elcomsoft, which sells software to extract data from Apple's iCloud backups and works with police and intelligence agencies,

FBI Admits — It was a 'Mistake' to Reset Terrorist's iCloud Password

FBI Admits — It was a 'Mistake' to Reset Terrorist's iCloud Password
March 02, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Yes, FBI Director James Comey admitted that the investigators made a " mistake " with the San Bernardino investigation during a congressional hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee. Apple is facing a court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonged to San Bernardino Shooter by developing a backdoored version of iOS that can disable the security feature on the locked iPhone. Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook has maintained his stand over Privacy and Security , saying the company will fight the court order because it is dangerous for the security and privacy of all of its users. As the company earlier said, Apple had been helping the FBI with the investigation in San Bernardino case since early January by providing an iCloud backup of Farook's iPhone under a court order and ways to access Farook's iPhone… ...but the problem, according to Apple, was that the feds approached the company after attempting a ' blunder ' themselv

Apple's Biggest Hack Ever: 4000 Malicious iOS Store Apps Linked to CIA?

Apple's Biggest Hack Ever: 4000 Malicious iOS Store Apps Linked to CIA?
September 24, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The First major cyber attack on Apple's App Store has now been linked to CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) . Last week, Researchers disclosed some 39 iOS apps on Apple's App Store infected by ' XCodeGhost Malware' . The Bad News is that the infection has now increased exponentially with the discovery of more than 4,000 infected apps. The XCodeGhost malware was distributed through legitimate iOS Apps via counterfeit versions of Apple's app developer toolkit called Xcode . XcodeGhost is a very harmful and dangerous piece of malware that is capable to Phish credentials, infect other apps, Hijack URLs, Steal iCloud passwords from your device and then upload them to the attacker's servers even without your knowledge. After Apple had removed nearly 300 malware-ridden iOS apps from the App Store, FireEye researchers found more than 4,000 compromised apps. The infected apps include the popular instant messaging app WeChat, Chinese Uber-like ca
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