Data Security

Apple: we don’t build backdoors into any services

Apple: we don’t build backdoors into any services

Recently, Apple products were run through a gamut of tests by a forensic scientist. This expert claimed that a backdoor existed in Apple products, and those were used by the NSA to exploit features in iOS. Though this expert didn’t directly blame Apple for creating a loophole, he did note they tend to be widespread. Apple has since issued a response.

 

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Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Stopping the black-hat hackers of the world is a tough proposition, but that’s Google’s newest aim. Project Zero, which was announced this morning by Google Security Engineer Chris Evans, aims to stop zero-day exploits by creating an open source platform. This new project also has no bounds, and won’t be limited to Google products.

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Android security ramps up with L

Android security ramps up with L

At Google I/O 2014, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai went right up front with Android Security upgrades. Google’s next step in Android security in Android L is to push security patches through Google Play instead of Android updates - making the whole process more secure and reliable.

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RCS malware affects iOS and Android devices internationally

RCS malware affects iOS and Android devices internationally

Remote Control System malware has been identified by the folks at Kaspersky Lab this week as affecting both iOS (iPhone) and Android devices across the planet. This system is said to be controlled by an international infrastructure which allows this "legal" spyware to take hold of devices at the hands of the company known as HackingTeam.

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Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

In April of this year a security hole called Heartbleed was revealed as one of the largest of its kind in history. The vast majority of websites on the internet were left open to this bug, only being patched after many, many years of being left open for any hacker to take advantage of. Now - even two months after its discovery, well over 300,000 web servers are still unpatched.

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Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Cloud storage services like Dropbox have made it simple to store and share files with family, friends, and coworkers. Unsurprisingly, unscrupulous individuals have also managed to pervert those features to spread malware, in particular, the kind that holds your files hostage until you pay a sweet fee, as narrated by anti-phishing company PhishMe.

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Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.

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