Cellular networks under fire from Soft Cell attacks

Credit to Author: Christopher Boyd| Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:30:00 +0000

We break down the recently revealed attacks on telco operators around the globe, targeting specific high-value individuals.

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Microsoft delivers Defender ATP security service to Macs

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:42:00 -0700

Microsoft on Monday made good on a March pledge by announcing that its most sophisticated endpoint security service is now available for Macs.

Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) for Mac shifted to what the company calls “general availability” on June 28, wrote Helen Allas, a principal program manager on the enterprise security team, in a July 8 post to a company blog. Core components of Defender ATP, including the latest – “Threat & Vulnerability Management,” which made it to general availability a week ago – now serve Macs.

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Message to IT: Trusting Apple and Google for mobile app security is career suicide

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 05:47:00 -0700

Ready for the mobile security news that IT doesn’t want to hear about but needs to? When security firm Positive Technologies started pen-testing various mobile apps, security holes were rampant.

We’ll plunge into the details momentarily, but here’s the upshot: “High-risk vulnerabilities were found in 38 percent of mobile applications for iOS and in 43 percent of Android applications” and “most cases are caused by weaknesses in security mechanisms — 74 percent and 57 percent for iOS and Android apps, respectively, and 42 percent for server-side components — because such vulnerabilities creep in during the design stage, fixing them requires significant changes to code.”

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How ‘Find My’ Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 08:13:00 -0700

Apple is changing how its Find My Mac tool works in macOS Catalina and iOS – it will now use Bluetooth and should find your Mac even when it is asleep.

How does ‘Find My’ Mac work?

Apple is combining two apps – Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a new ‘Find My’ app.

The combined app offers what we are used to from each one of these individual apps, but introduces new tools based on Bluetooth.

The ideas is that it will use low energy Bluetooth signals to help bring people together with lost things.

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Mobile stalkerware: a long history of detection

Credit to Author: Nathan Collier| Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0000

Does Malwarebytes detect stalkerware? Absolutely, and for good reason. Moreover, we’ve been doing so for a long time—but it’s time to up our efforts.

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What the latest iOS passcode hack means for you

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:25:00 -0700

A mobile device forensics company now says it can break into any Apple device running iOS 12.3 or below.

Israeli-based Cellebrite made the announcement on an updated webpage and through a tweet where it asserted it can unlock and extract data from all iOS and “high-end Android” devices.

On the webpage describing the capabilities of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) Physical Analyzer, Cellebrite said it can “determine locks and perform a full file- system extraction on any iOS device, or a physical extraction or full file system (File-Based Encryption) extraction on many high-end Android devices, to get much more data than what is possible through logical extractions and other conventional means.”

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How the Huawei ban could become a security threat | TECH(feed)


We’ve already talked about how the Huawei ban may affect business, but how will it affect security? Google has already warned of security threats should the company be unable to send updates to Huawei’s Android-powered devices. And even if Huawei responds with its own OS, will people trust it? In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet discusses those security implications and what some people think the U.S. should do instead.

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WWDC: Apple’s iOS 13 NFC improvements are good for business

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:08:00 -0700

Apple will make NFC much more useful in iPhones running iOS 13, and these enhancements will impact the retail, medical, government and security industries.

What is Apple changing?

Apple already uses NFC to support Apple Pay and the Apple Pay Express Transit system which is rolling out at this time.

While it has incrementally extended the tasks NFC supports over the years, the company has limited its NFC support to the NDEF standard until now, but extends this with support for new standards in its Core NFC Framework in iOS 13.

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WWDC: Get to know Apple’s 11+ new privacy tools

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 05:22:00 -0700

Apple introduced an array of additional privacy protections at WWDC 2019. Many of these both offer protection and help us better understand how our privacy is undermined.

Why does this matter?

Apple CEO Tim Cook is passionate about the need to protect user privacy and this is by no means a one man mission.

Speaking with Vector, Apple’s VP Software Technology, Bud Tribble stressed the need to educate people into the needs and benefits of privacy, a topic he believes is much more” widely discussed now than before.

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Who watches the iOS parental control apps?

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 31 May 2019 07:36:00 -0700

Children are emotional. Protecting them matters. When it comes to technology, do you want developers you don’t know over whom you have no control watching what your children do on their devices?

Apple doesn’t

Apple recently cut developers off from using MDM software to drive third-party parental control solutions.

Developers were upset, and seventeen smaller developers you’ve probably never heard of got together just days before Apple’s WWDC 2019 conference with a well-organized PR campaign and a professional website to demand access to new API’s that let them develop parental control software for iOS.

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