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Beware: Targeted Attacks on iPhone Users are a Thing | Lookout Blog

Beware: Targeted Attacks on iPhone Users are a Thing | Lookout Blog

In-brief: Lookout said it identified an active threat that was using three critical iOS zero-day (that is: previously unknown) vulnerabilities. When exploited, the three vulnerabilities “form an attack chain that subverts even Apple’s strong security environment.”

One team qualified for the $1 million bounty for a working, remote exploit or jailbreak for devices running Apples iOS 9 operating system, according to the security firm Zerodium.

Apple Falls In Line: Offers Bounties Up To $200K For iOS, iCloud

In-brief: Apple announced on Thursday that a new bug bounty program would pay researchers up to $200,000 for information on flaws in its iOS mobile operating system and iCloud service, joining the ranks of technology firms that offer cash for information on software vulnerabilities. 

Smart television sets that rely on the Android operating system could be vulnerable to ransomware, a Symantec researcher warns.

Google: Lessons of Android Shape IoT Vision

In-brief: A prominent Googler says the company is committed to keeping the Android operating system open source, but wouldn’t mind the security benefits that come with Apple’s closed iOS ecosystem, either!

Battle Brews: Apple Refuses Court Order To Help FBI Hack iPhone

Battle Brews: Apple Refuses Court Order To Help FBI Hack iPhone

In-brief: In a letter to customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is resisting a court order for it to help the FBI break data security protections on its iPhone, citing a threat to civil liberties. 

A report from Harvard's Berkman Center makes the case that encryption backdoors aren't needed for law enforcement or intelligence agencies to do their jobs.

With Internet of Things, FBI In No Danger of Going Dark

In-brief: A report from a leading legal think tank argues that the spread of the Internet of Things will provide ample opportunities for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to spy on citizens, despite more widespread use of encryption.