A week in security (December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:33:05 +0000

A roundup of last week’s security news from December 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019, including fresh breaches in the New Year, mobile malware, GandCrab, and how we remembered 2018.

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El portal de privacidad de Apple permitirá conocer todo lo que sabe sobre ti

Credit to Author: Naked Security| Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:47:28 +0000

Un mes después del reciente lanzamiento de los nuevos modelos de iPhone y Mac, Apple ha renovado sus páginas de privacidad. No han cambiado muchas cosas: todavía mantienen su compromiso con la privacidad como un derecho humano fundamental y mencionan que la información, en su mayor parte, se guarda en los iPhones, iPads y Macs. [&#8230;]<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/jE-WpV-Kywk” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Apple appears to have blocked GrayKey iPhone hacking tool

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:09:00 -0700

Apple has apparently been able to permanently block de-encryption technology from a mysterious Atlanta-based company whose blackbox device was embraced by government agencies to bypass iPhone passcodes.

Atlanta-based Grayshift is one of two companies that claimed it could thwart Apple iPhone passcode security through brute-force attacks.

The blackbox technology purportedly worked, as Grayshift’s technology was snapped up by regional law enforcement and won contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Secret Service.

Another vendor, Israel-based Cellebrite, also discovered a way to unlock encrypted iPhones running iOS 11 and marketed its product to law enforcement and private forensics firms around the world. According to a police warrant obtained by Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tested the technology.

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Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 12 — was released just a few weeks ago, and yet it’s already installed on 53% of relatively newer iPhones (introduced since September 2014) and 50% of all iPhones. Bottom line: It’s the fastest acceptance of any Apple OS.

This is more than a minimally interesting statistic. It illustrates the key difference between Apple mobile devices and Android mobile devices: Although there are more Android users on the globe, Apple’s users are much more of a community. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security.

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Bloomberg blunder highlights supply chain risks

Credit to Author: Adam McNeil| Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000

A potentially erroneous report from Bloomberg claimed that Chinese spies were able to infiltrate US hardware supplier Supermicro, and therefore, our technology supply chain. Learn how this unverified story could ultimately come true—and what, if anything, can be done to stop it.

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Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

Credit to Author: Ryan Faas| Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2018 04:17:00 -0700

On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers. 

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Safari users: Where did your extensions go?

Credit to Author: William Tsing| Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Safari has begun blocking legacy extensions installed from outside the Extensions Gallery. Unfortunately, implementation of this policy has been abrupt, with little explanation for users on why their extensions are being yanked. Let’s look at how Apple’s new policy and how its application impacts security.

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