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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

Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode

Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode
June 05, 2017Wang Wei
Remember Ramona Fricosu ? A Colorado woman was ordered to unlock her encrypted Toshiba laptop while the FBI was investigating alleged mortgage fraud in 2012, but she declined to decrypt the laptop saying that she did not remember the password. Later the United States Court ruled that Police can force defendants to decrypt their electronic devices, of course, as it does not violate the Fifth Amendment that prevents any citizen from having to incriminate themselves. Forgetting passwords for your electronic devices could be a smart move to avoid complying with a court order, but not every time, as US judges have different opinions on how to punish those who do not compel the order to unlock their phones. On a single day last week, one defendant got six months jail for allegedly refusing to reveal his iPhone passcode, while a second defendant walks through after he claimed he forgot his passcode. A Florida circuit court judge ruled last week that child abuse defendant Christopher

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

Phone-Hacking Firm Cellebrite Got Hacked; 900GB Of Data Stolen

Phone-Hacking Firm Cellebrite Got Hacked; 900GB Of Data Stolen
January 12, 2017Swati Khandelwal
The company that sells digital forensics and mobile hacking tools to others has itself been hacked. Israeli firm Cellebrite , the popular company that provides digital forensics tools and software to help law enforcement access mobile phones in investigations, has had 900 GB of its data stolen by an unknown hacker. But the hacker has not yet publicly released anything from the stolen data archive, which includes its customer information, user databases, and a massive amount of technical data regarding its hacking tools and products. Instead, attackers are looking for possible opportunities to sell the access to Cellebrite system and data on a few selected IRC chat rooms, the hacker told Joseph Cox, contributor at Motherboard , who was contacted by the hacker and received a copy of the stolen data. Meanwhile, Cellebrite also admitted that it recently experienced "unauthorized access to an external web server," and said that it is "conducting an investigation

FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"

FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"
March 02, 2016Swati Khandelwal
What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code? Exactly this was what FBI Director James Comey asked in the congressional hearing on Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" over the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI ended up being full of drama. The key to the dispute is whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can force Apple to develop a special version of its mobile operating system that would help the agency unlock an iPhone  belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook . FBI Director James Comey was there with a prepared testimony about why the FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor into the killer's iPhone. Comey: Encryption is a Long-Term Threat to Law Enforcement Yesterday, a New York magistrate judge refused a similar order in a drug case in which the authorities asked Apple to help with the data stored in an

Donald Trump — Boycott Apple! But Still Tweeting from an iPhone

Donald Trump — Boycott Apple! But Still Tweeting from an iPhone
February 20, 2016Unknown
As the groundwork for the presidential election is being cooked up in the United States to be held on 8 November 2016, candidates are very busy in sharpening their skills to gain the vote of reliance. By struggling to gain an upper hand in the National issues at this moment could benefit the candidates bring them into the limelight and stardom. Donald Trump (a Presidential Candidate from Republican Party) is not an exception to this. Recently, Trump made a controversial statement to boycott Apple until the company handovers the San Bernardino terrorist's phone data to the authority; during a rally in South Carolina yesterday. "First of all, Apple ought to give the security for that phone. What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until they give that security number," Trump addressed in the rally. This action was the outcome of the Apple denial to the request of Californian Judge to build a backdoor for the shooter's iPhone. Also Read:

Latest iOS 9.0.1 Update Failed to Patch Lockscreen Bypass Hack

Latest iOS 9.0.1 Update Failed to Patch Lockscreen Bypass Hack
September 26, 2015Swati Khandelwal
iOS 9.0.1 – Apple's first update to its new iOS 9 mobile operating system, came out on Wednesday, addressed several bugs in its software. However, unfortunately, it seems that the latest update iOS 9.0.1 doesn't fix the lock screen bypass vulnerability reported by iPhone user Jose Rodriguez. Yes, the serious flaw in iOS 9 that allows anyone – with physical access of your iPhone or iPad – to bypass your device's lock screen and get into your contacts and personal photographs, also Works on iOS 9.0.1 . Video Demonstration: Rodriguez published a new video detailing a step-by-step explanation on how to bypass the passcode on iOS 9 and iOS 9.0.1 device, using the benevolent nature of Apple's personal assistant Siri. The lock screen bypass vulnerability works on all iOS versions from iOS 5.1.1 to the latest released iOS 9.0.1 . Mitigation So, until Apple rolls out an update to patch this bug, the only way available to iPhone users to mitiga

Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights

Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights
September 26, 2015Khyati Jain
Can the Cops can make you unlock your iPhone? ... " NO " According to a recent Federal Court’s ruling, it is not okay for police to force suspects to unlock their phones with a passcode. And, doing so would be a violation of your Fifth Amendment Rights in the US Constitution. The ruling came as the conclusion of a case , where Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Bonan Huang and Nan Huang for conducting illegal Insider Trading. As a result of which, the investigating agencies cannot question the suspects for giving out their smartphone passcodes or any form of encryption passwords or even their existence on the suspect's device. They are said to have used their positions as data analysts at Capital One Bank ( credit card issuing Bank) . The bank gave each of them a mobile phone, allowing them to use a passcode of their choice. Huang’s left Capital One and submitted the mobile phones to the bank, the bank then gave the mobil

For Better Privacy & Security, Change these iOS 9 Settings Immediately

For Better Privacy & Security, Change these iOS 9 Settings Immediately
September 17, 2015Swati Khandelwal
iOS 9 is out, and it's time to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. The new iOS is better, faster, and more efficient than its predecessors, with a number of new features and improvements including enhanced multitasking for iPad, Proactive Assistant Siri, new Low Power mode, Transit directions in Maps and many more. You need to download iOS 9 right away. But, after installing it on your iOS device, you should immediately change these security settings to protect your privacy. Besides various new features, iOS 9 also comes with a handful of security and privacy improvements. So, before doing anything like loading new apps, customizing your phone, or syncing your data, you need to check these settings – and if necessary, changed. 1. Locking the Door Boost iOS 9 Security by Setting a Longer 6-digit Passcode When you set up an iOS device, you are asked to create a passcode to encrypt your entire iPho

Zero-Day Exploits for Stealing OS X and iOS Passwords

Zero-Day Exploits for Stealing OS X and iOS Passwords
June 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
I think you'll agree with me when I say: Apple devices are often considered to be more safe and secure than other devices that run on platforms like Windows and Android, but a recent study will make you think twice before making this statement. A group of security researchers have uncovered potentially deadly zero-day vulnerabilities in both iOS and OS X operating systems that could put iPhone/iPad or Mac owners at a high risk of cyber attacks. Researchers have created and published a malicious app on the App Store that was able to siphon users’ personal data from the password storing Keychain in Apple's OS X , as well as steal passwords from iCloud, banking and email accounts. Dubbed XARA (cross-app resource access), the malware exploit app was able to bypass the OS X sandboxing mechanisms that are supposedly designed to prevent an app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other important data related to other apps. The Consequences are Dire!
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