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Bug in Apple's Find My Feature Could've Exposed Users' Location Histories

Bug in Apple's Find My Feature Could've Exposed Users' Location Histories

March 05, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Cybersecurity researchers on Thursday disclosed two distinct design and implementation flaws in Apple's crowdsourced Bluetooth location tracking system that can lead to a location correlation attack and unauthorized access to the location history of the past seven days, thereby by deanonymizing users. The  findings  are a consequence of an exhaustive review undertaken by the Open Wireless Link (OWL) project, a team of researchers from the Secure Mobile Networking Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, who have historically taken apart Apple's wireless ecosystem with the goal of identifying security and privacy issues. In response to the disclosures on July 2, 2020, Apple is said to have partially addressed the issues, stated the researchers, who used their own data for the study citing privacy implications of the analysis. How Find My Works? Apple devices come with a feature called  Find My  that makes it easy for users to locate other Apple devices, includ
Apple Warns of 3 iOS Zero-Day Security Vulnerabilities Exploited in the Wild

Apple Warns of 3 iOS Zero-Day Security Vulnerabilities Exploited in the Wild

January 26, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Apple on Tuesday released updates for iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS with fixes for three security vulnerabilities that it says may have been actively exploited in the wild. Reported by an anonymous researcher, the three  zero-day   flaws  — CVE-2021-1782, CVE-2021-1870, and CVE-2021-1871 — could have allowed an attacker to elevate privileges and achieve remote code execution. The iPhone maker did not disclose how widespread the attack was or reveal the identities of the attackers actively exploiting them. While the privilege escalation bug in the kernel (CVE-2021-1782) was noted as a race condition that could cause a malicious application to elevate its privileges, the other two shortcomings — dubbed a "logic issue" — were discovered in the WebKit browser engine (CVE-2021-1870 and CVE-2021-1871), permitting an attacker to achieve arbitrary code execution inside Safari. Apple said the race condition and the WebKit flaws were addressed with improved locking and restrictions, resp
55 New Security Flaws Reported in Apple Software and Services

55 New Security Flaws Reported in Apple Software and Services

October 09, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
A team of five security researchers analyzed several Apple online services for three months and found as many as 55 vulnerabilities, 11 of which are critical in severity. The flaws — including 29 high severity, 13 medium severity, and 2 low severity vulnerabilities — could have allowed an attacker to "fully compromise both customer and employee applications, launch a worm capable of automatically taking over a victim's iCloud account, retrieve source code for internal Apple projects, fully compromise an industrial control warehouse software used by Apple, and take over the sessions of Apple employees with the capability of accessing management tools and sensitive resources." The flaws meant a bad actor could easily hijack a user's iCloud account and steal all the photos, calendar information, videos, and documents, in addition to forwarding the same exploit to all of their contacts. The findings were  reported by Sam Curry  along with Brett Buerhaus, Ben Sadeghipo
With Its First Android app, Apple tried to Kill Android Community, But Failed Badly!

With Its First Android app, Apple tried to Kill Android Community, But Failed Badly!

September 19, 2015Khyati Jain
Are you a Die Hard Android Fan? If you are also one of those millions Android fans, for whom the brand has turned into an insane religious devotion, then Apple has something that could give you second thoughts. Apple is losing control, wants you to ditch your Android! Few days ago, Apple made its debut on Google Play Store with its First App, called " Move to iOS ", for Android Users. With its first ever Android app, Apple tried to kill Android Community and fans, But failed badly! Apple's new app works as an " Uncalled Assistance " in a manner where you have bought a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and are confused about how to migrate data from your current Android device. Apple's ' Move to iOS ' app is designed to help Android users transfer their content quickly and safely from an Android device to an iOS device. The Apple App will help you in Migrating Data, like: Calendars Camera photos and videos Contacts Mail accounts Message history Web b
Photos Leaked! Here's Top Features Expected in Next iPhone Release

Photos Leaked! Here's Top Features Expected in Next iPhone Release

August 31, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Only 9 days are left for Apple's annual new iPhone launch event, where the company will bring its various new products but the obvious stars of the show will be the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus . The company has not officially announced the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus yet, but a series of new, high-resolution photographs obtained by 9to5Mac show some new features coming to its next-generation iPhone. The new iPhones – likely called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus – will be introduced at Apple's fall event on September 9. The leaked photos give us a closer look at two of the iPhone's key new features: Force Touch and a larger FaceTime camera. Here are the list of features the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus include: Force Touch The new iPhone 6S would include Force Touch technology that Apple introduced with the Apple Watch, and haptic feedback. Here's how it works: When a user press slightly harder on the screen, sensors in the scre
Android Wear App for iPhone and iPad compatibility may Launch Soon

Android Wear App for iPhone and iPad compatibility may Launch Soon

March 04, 2015Mohit Kumar
As you may be aware, you need an Android smartphone to use an Android Wear smartwatch , but if you carry an Apple iPhone or iPad, you'll soon be able to use the same Android Wear smartwatch, without relying on unofficial third-party app support. Google is reportedly going to release its a new iOS app over to the App Store that will allow iPhone and iPad users to pair Android Wear devices such as Moto 360 and LG G Watch with their Apple products, French outlet 01net claimed . OFFICIAL ANDROID WEAR APP FOR iOS Google's new move to go cross-platform with an iOS app would expand support for the wearable platform beyond Android devices and target the potential market of tens of Millions of Apple users that may not be interested in purchasing an Apple Watch. As well as, with lower prices and strong design, a fair amount of Android Wear smartwatch demand would likely be there. The search engine giant is possibly planning to launch the Android Wear app for iOS at Google's annual develop
Is It Possible to Track Smartphone Location By Monitoring Battery Usage?

Is It Possible to Track Smartphone Location By Monitoring Battery Usage?

February 22, 2015Wang Wei
Data leaks through power consumption? Don't be surprised because security researchers have discovered a way to track your every move by looking at your Android smartphone's consumption of the battery power,even if you have GPS access unable. Researchers at Stanford University and Israeli Defense Research Group, Rafael, have developed a new technology, which they have dubbed " PowerSpy ", that have capability to gather the geolocation of Android phones by simply by measuring the battery usage of the phone over a certain time. TRACKING PERMISSION GRANTED BY-DEFAULT Unlike Wi-Fi and GPS access, the battery consumption data does not need the users' permission to be shared and is freely available to any downloaded and installed application. Therefore, this data can be used to track a phone with up to 90 percent accuracy. All an attacker would need to do is use an application — any application you download and installed onto your Android smartphone — to measu
Google Launches User-Friendly 'Inbox' App, Alternative To Gmail

Google Launches User-Friendly 'Inbox' App, Alternative To Gmail

October 24, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Google is offering its users a completely new and better experience of its mailing service. And in an effort to do this, the company has launched a new email service, an alternative to Gmail, called " Inbox " on Wednesday that aims to make email more useful and preview next-generation capabilities. Inbox will not replace Gmail, the company's popular 10-year-old email product, instead it will sit next to its Gmail service and will provide users' better organize their emails with live alerts for appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. "Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it's not Gmail: it's a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters," wrote Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android , Chrome and apps, in a blog post . According to the company, the Inbox service was designed to deal with the problem of ge
Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again

Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again

August 02, 2014Swati Khandelwal
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Friday that aims to make it legal for consumers to "unlock" their cell phones in order to change their cell phone service providers without paying for a new phone. The bill is known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act , which orders the U.S. Library of Congress (LoC) to allow cell phone owners to " unlock " their devices – typically " locked ," to a specific service provider like AT&T or Verizon – for its use on other networks without the permission of their service provider. " As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service - and a phone they already own - to the carrier that best fits their needs, " the White House said in a statement . UNLOCKING Vs. JAILBREAKING Unlocking means the device can only access the network of a particular telecomm, like AT&T or Veriz
Apple iOS 7 Updates Silently Remove Encryption for Email Attachments

Apple iOS 7 Updates Silently Remove Encryption for Email Attachments

May 01, 2014Mohit Kumar
There is no question that Mobile devices have become a staple in everyday living around the world. But have you ever asked yourself, How Secure are the Android, iPhone or any other Smart devices? It is really important for us to think about the Security and Privacy of our Data stored in Smartphones. In June 2010, Apple introduced ' Data protection ' feature in iOS 4.0 devices that offer hardware encryption for  all the data stored on the devices. " Data protection enhances the built-in hardware encryption by protecting the hardware encryption keys with your passcode. This provides an additional layer of protection for your email messages attachments , and third-party applications ." Apple claimed  in an old announcement. But unexpectedly, In last few updates Apple has silently removed the email attachment encryption from  data protection mechanisms. Noticed by Security Researcher -  Andreas Kurtz , claims that  since at least version 7.0.4 and including the current
Warning: Malware Campaign targeting Jailbroken Apple iOS Devices

Warning: Malware Campaign targeting Jailbroken Apple iOS Devices

April 19, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A new piece of malicious malware infection targeting jailbroken Apple iOS devices in an attempt to steal users' credentials, has been discovered by Reddit users. The Reddit Jailbreak community discovered the malicious infection dubbed as ' Unflod Baby Panda ', on some jailbroken Apple iOS devices on Thursday while a user noticed an unusual activity that the file was causing apps such as Snapchat and Google Hangouts to crash constantly on his jailbroken iPhone. CHINA WANTS YOUR APPLE ID & PASSWORDS Soon after the jailbroken developer uncovered the mysteries ' Unfold.dylib ' file and found that the infection targets jailbroken iOS handsets to captures Apple IDs and passwords from Internet sessions that use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt communications and is believed to be spreading through the Chinese iOS software sites, according to the researchers at German security firm SektionEins . The researchers found that the captured login information is been sent
Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Easily Get Hacked

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Easily Get Hacked

April 15, 2014Mohit Kumar
Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint feature promises an extra layer of security for your smartphone, which also lets you make payments through PayPal. But does it really secure? Just three days after the launch of the Galaxy S5, Security researchers have successfully managed to hack Galaxy S5 Fingerprint sensor using a similar method that was used to spoof the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S last year. FOOLING FINGERPRINT SENSOR SRLabs researchers recently uploaded a YouTube video, demonstrated how they were able to bypass the fingerprint authentication mechanism to gain unauthorized access just by using a lifted fingerprint with wood-glue based dummy finger. The S5 fingerprint scanner allows multiple incorrect attempts without requiring a password, so an attacker could potentially keep trying multiple spoofed fingerprints until the correct match. PAYPAL USERS AT RISK Samsung Galaxy S5 users can also transfer money to other PayPal users just by swiping their finger on the sensor, but
Billions of Smartphone Users affected by Heartbleed Vulnerability

Billions of Smartphone Users affected by Heartbleed Vulnerability

April 13, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Heartbleed has left a worst impression worldwide affecting millions of websites and is also supposed to put millions of Smartphones and tablets users at a great risk. Heartbleed is a critical bug ( CVE-2014-0160 ) in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, that actually resides in the OpenSSL's implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat extension, which allows attackers to read portions of the affected server's memory, potentially revealing users data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers, that the server did not intend to reveal. OpenSSL is a widely-used cryptographic library which implements the SSL and TLS protocol and protects communications on the Internet, and mostly every websites use either SSL or TLS, even the Apache web server that powers almost half of the websites over internet utilizes OpenSSL. But to assume that the users using desktop browsers to visit websites are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, will be wrong. Despite 40
Update Your Safari Browser to Patch Two Dozen of Critical Vulnerabilities

Update Your Safari Browser to Patch Two Dozen of Critical Vulnerabilities

April 03, 2014Swati Khandelwal
So, is your Safari Web Browser Updated?? Make sure you have the latest web browser updated for your Apple Macintosh systems, as Apple released Safari 6.1.3 and Safari 7.0.3 with new security updates. These Security updates addresses multiple vulnerabilities in its Safari web browser, which has always been the standard browser for Mac users. This times not five or ten, in fact about two dozen. Apple issued a security update to patch a total of 27 vulnerabilities in Safari web browser, including the one which was highlighted at Pwn2Own 2014 hacking competition. The available updates replace the browser running OSX 10.7 and 10.8 with the latest versions of browser 6.1.3, and OSX 10.9 with 7.0.3. Among the 27 vulnerabilities, the most remarkable vulnerability addressed in the update is CVE-2014-1303 , a heap-based buffer overflow that can be remotely exploited and could lead to bypass a sandbox protection mechanism via unspecified vector. This vulnerability is
Encrypted Chat Service 'Cryptocat' released iOS app

Encrypted Chat Service 'Cryptocat' released iOS app

March 05, 2014Anonymous
Cryptocat , an open source encrypted web-based chat client, is now available for iOS Devices from the  Apple's App store , which was initially rejected by the Apple last December. It is not clear why it was rejected previously, but the good news is that, now ' Cryptocat ' is available for all iOS Devices. So far Cryptocat was only available for Linux and Mac OS X, and as an extension for web browsers Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome 3, Apple Safari and Opera . Cryptocat has become quite popular in the wake of the NSA Controversy, because of its end-to-end encryption that doesn't allow anyone in the middle to read your messages. Cryptocat for iPhone uses the OTR protocol for private conversations, a cryptographic protocol for secure instant messaging, and perfect forward secrecy, a system that constantly generates new user keys. So, snoops cannot decrypt older messages. It doesn't require any username or account rather just one time nickname makes the
Tinder Online Dating app vulnerability revealed Exact Location of Users

Tinder Online Dating app vulnerability revealed Exact Location of Users

February 20, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Using Popular Online Dating app - Tinder on iPhone ?? Then you are at significant risk that exposed members' private information without their knowledge. Online Dating app Tinder, available for the iPhone from the app store , has become incredibly popular in the past few months. Tinder app allows you to find dates nearby your location within a few miles and connects you with them, but a vulnerability allowed the attacker to potentially pinpoint your exact location to within 100 feet. Security Researchers at Include Security discovered that Tinder GPS vulnerability making members vulnerable to hackers. The Security flaw was discovered by the company last October, that enabled any member with some programming skills to access the app's API (Application Programming Interface) to get the exact latitude and longitude for another member. " Due to Tinder's architecture, it is not possible for one Tinder user to know if another took advantage of this vu
Snapchat user accounts vulnerable to Brute-Force Attack

Snapchat user accounts vulnerable to Brute-Force Attack

February 11, 2014Wang Wei
Snapchat , a Smartphone application that lets users share snapshots with friends is catching fire among teenagers. It was first hacked in December when 4.6 million Snapchat users were exposed in a database breach. Later, the denial-of-service attack and CAPTCHA Security bypass were discovered by other researchers within last two-three weeks. Snapchat has no Vulnerability Reward Program, but still many penetration testers are working hard and free of cost to make the application more secure by disclosing flaws. Interestingly, this is not the end of vulnerabilities, Mohamed Ramadan , a security researcher with Attack-Secure from Egypt, has spotted a new vulnerability on Snapchat that allow an attacker to brute-force login credentials of the users. Brute-force is a process of trying multiple passwords against a username until you get a correct password. " This vulnerability allows anyone who knows your SnapChat email to brute force your account's password without any
Beware! Cyber Criminals may spoil your Valentine's Day

Beware! Cyber Criminals may spoil your Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Valentine's Day   - a day of hearts, Chocolates, Flowers and Celebrations when people express their emotions to their loved ones and most of us send E-cards, purchase special gifts with the help of various Online Shop Sites and many other tantrums making them feel special. While you are busy in Googling ideal gifts for your loved ones, the Cyber thieves are also busy in taking advantage of such events by spreading various malware , phishing campaigns and fraud schemes as these days come out to be a goldmine for the cyber criminals. Online Shopping Scams are popular among Cyber criminals as it is the easiest way for hackers to steal money in easy and untraceable ways. Security Researchers at Anti virus firm - Trend Micro discovered various Valentine's Day threats which are common at such occasion i.e. A flower-delivery service and it appears to be a normal promotional e-mail, but the links actually lead to various survey scams. The Malware threats also arr
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