Apple announces a new iPhone (and you can’t have it)

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2019 06:55:00 -0700

Apple has announced a new iPhone for 2020, but it will only be made available to a select group of security researchers – along with huge bounties to anyone informing the company of a new OS vulnerability.

Probably the world’s most exclusive iPhone

Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering provided big insights into Apple’s platform security during his presentation at Black Hat U.S. 2019.

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Many VPN apps on Apple’s App store can’t be trusted, researcher warns

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 05:50:00 -0700

I’m told Apple is at last looking into the privacy and security of free VPN apps made available across its platforms, following a report from researcher, Simon Migliano.

Who owns your VPN service?

The researcher has flagged up several concerns that really should be recognized by anyone choosing a VPN service from both the Apple and Google App Stores:

  • Ownership: Migliano claims that almost 60 percent of the most popular VPN apps are actually owned (sometimes opaquely) by Chinese companies.
  • Privacy: The researcher also found that as many as 77% of these VPN apps may have what he calls “serious privacy flaws”,including no privacy policy at all, generic policies with no mention of VPN or no detailed logging policy.
  • Data protection: Migliano claims Apple is not enforcing its third-party data-sharing ban against VPN apps, with 80 percent of the top free VPN apps “in breach of the rules”, he said. Many are sharing data with third parties, he claims.

That last allegation is particularly concerning.

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Almost half of tested free Android antivirus apps fail. That might prove very useful to IT.

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700

One of the problems with enterprise mobile BYOD efforts is that corporate apps — and lots of corporate data, including sensitive intellectual property — must coexist on the same device with whatever employees choose to download on the personal side. That’s far from ideal, but even worse is if employees choose to download a second antivirus program. Unlike doubling up on most apps (two VPNs, two word processors, two email programs, etc.), antivirus programs often conflict and fight each other, generating false positives and other bad results.

Unlike two deadbolts on a door, doubling up on security not only doesn’t work with antivirus, it can actually sharply weaken security. This all assumes that both antivirus programs are professional, effective and well-intentioned. But that’s often not the case. There are quite a few free antivirus programs out there, and they are disproportionately the ones employees opt to download. After all, if the company has already installed a high-level antivirus on the phone, why would an employee pay to install a second? But a free antivirus program is much more tempting.

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Who Owns Your Wireless Service? Crooks Do.

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2019 22:43:58 +0000

Incessantly annoying and fraudulent robocalls. Corrupt wireless company employees taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to unlock and hijack mobile phone service. Wireless providers selling real-time customer location data, despite repeated promises to the contrary. A noticeable uptick in SIM-swapping attacks that lead to multi-million dollar cyberheists. If you are somehow under the impression that you — the customer — are in control over the security, privacy and integrity of your mobile phone service, think again. And you’d be forgiven if you assumed the major wireless carriers or federal regulators had their hands firmly on the wheel.

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Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:12:00 -0700

Microsoft has quietly relaxed a rule that prevented privacy-first organizations from managing the Windows Update for Business (WUfB) service using group policies.

With Windows 10 1903, aka “Windows 10 May 2019 Update,” which debuted in late May, organizations no longer are required to set the “diagnostic data level” for their devices to “Basic” or higher.

That diagnostic data level is a multi-step categorization of what Microsoft pulls from Windows devices and sends to its own servers. Also dubbed “telemetry,” the data harvesting is used by Microsoft for a range of tasks, notably deciding when a specific PC receives a feature upgrade.

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Slack beefs up mobile security controls for Enterprise Grid

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:00:00 -0700

Slack today unveiled new security capabilities for Enterprise Grid customers, including tighter controls for admins who oversee mobile device access.

Enterprise Grid was launched in 2017 for Slack’s biggest customers, with additional features to support large-scale deployments. Among the 150 organizations now using Enterprise Grid are Capital One, IBM and Target. 

Slack has continued to build out security and compliance features for the software since its introduction, including the addition of enterprise key management last September.  

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Train to become an ethical hacker for only $39

Credit to Author: DealPost Team| Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:05:00 -0700

There are countless hackers and threats looming on the internet, so IT departments are in high demand for cybersecurity professionals to pinpoint threats before they strike. Luckily, there’s no better way to fight fire than with fire; ethical hackers study hacking techniques so that IT infrastructures will be better prepared for attacks. If you’re interested in becoming a hacker (legally, of course), then this $39 bundle is right for you.

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The Risk of Weak Online Banking Passwords

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:04:27 +0000

If you bank online and choose weak or re-used passwords, there’s a decent chance your account could be pilfered by cyberthieves — even if your bank offers multi-factor authentication as part of its login process. This story is about how crooks increasingly are abusing third-party financial aggregation services like Mint, Plaid, Yodlee, YNAB and others to surveil and drain consumer accounts online.

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