In-brief: Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to upgrade to the latest version of iOS amid published claims by Israeli firm Cellebrite that its engineers can unlock basically any iPhone model, including those running the new iOS 11. Apple again finds itself at the center of controversy surrounding the ability to hack into iPhones to extract protected user information. The company is urging iPhone users to upgrade their devices to the latest version of iOS amid claims by an Israeli mobile-device surveillance firm that its engineers can unlock virtually any iPhone model in the world. However, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is remaining mum on what, if anything, it might do now or in the future to resolve the issue. Citing anonymous sources, Forbes reported Monday that Cellebrite, based in Petah Tikva, Israel, is telling customers that its engineers already can bypass the security of devices running iOS 11, the […]
A team of researchers from Princeton has demonstrated that they can track the location of smartphone users even when location services like GPS and WiFi are turned off.
With some of Hollywood’s biggest stars issuing statements on Monday condemning the leak of personal photographs online, attention has turned to identifying the source of the leaks. But more than 24 hours after the photos appeared, there are more questions than answers about its source. Early attention has focused on an automated tool that exploited an apparent vulnerability in Apple’s FindMyiPhone feature. But by Monday, there were denials from the makers of that tool that it played any role in the massive privacy breach that saw photos of A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others leaked online. Within hours of the photos’ appearance on the image sharing site 4chan, attention shifted to the cause of the leak and the coincidence of the leaked photos with the publication of iBrute, a simple tool available on GitHub in recent days. According to this published report by Owen Williams over at TheNextWeb, the […]
As camera-equipped mobile phones have proliferated in recent years, CNN pioneered the crowd sourcing of news with its highly successful and much-imitated iReport program. But aspiring iReporters would do well to hold off submitting their stories using CNN’s mobile application for the iPhone – at least for a few days. According to a report from the security firm zScaler, the CNN App for iPhone fails a basic security test: failing to encrypt traffic sent to and from the application, including a user’s login and password. The flaw, which was only found in the CNN App for iPhone, could allow an iReporter’s account to be compromised, giving strangers access to any stories they have submitted to the news network. CNN senior director of public relations Matt Dornic acknowledged the flaws and said that CNN has updated the application and will be submitting it to Apple as soon as possible. According to a […]
The past 24 hours has seen a spate of stories warning about a spate of ‘ransomware’ attacks on iPhones and iPads – especially in the the UK and Australia. According to the reports, compromised devices are locked and owners are instructed to email a ransom (variously: $100, $50, €100) to one “Oleg Pliss” to have their devices unlocked. These attacks aren’t really news. In fact, the Oleg Pliss scam appears to have been circulating for close to six months. However, it’s worthwhile reviewing what we do (and don’t) know about these latest attacks on mobile devices. Accordingly, Security Ledger has put together a short FAQ that tells you what you need to know about the latest mobile scam, and to dispel some of the rumors floating around in the Internet ether. What’s Going On? According to news reports and complaints on Apple Support forums, owners of iPhones and iPads are having their devices locked. […]