Facebook CEO appears with tape-covered camera, microphone port on MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 08:05
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security


It’s not the most complicated fix in the world, but apparently Mark Zuckerberg stands by it.

The Facebook CEO, who has apparently had more than $16 million on security spent on him for protection from “specific threats” and has hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home, shared an image on Facebook celebrating Instagram’s 500 million monthly user milestone in which the camera and microphone of a MacBook Pro in the background are covered with taps. While some tried to argue that it wasn’t Zuckerberg’s desk, it’s been seen in a variety of other images of Zuckerberg and in various live streams, so it seems like a safe assumption.


WWDC: Flash, older plug-ins to be turned off by default in macOS Sierra, push towards HTML5 continues

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Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 17:07
Category: Developer, Google, News, security, Software, WWDC


In another sign that Flash is pretty much on its way out, Apple engineer Ricky Mondello announced that Safari 10, which will arrive in the upcoming macOS Sierra operating system, will arrive with legacy plug-ins like Flash turned off by default.

The Mac maker is planning similar measures with other plug-ins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime. This move will force websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5.


1Password updated to 6.3.1 for OS X, 6.4.2 for iOS

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 16:24
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software


1Password, AgileBits’ ubiquitous password manager, has been updated the version 6.3.1 for OS X and 6.4.2 for iOS.

1Password 6.3.1 for OS X offers the following fixes and changes:

– Item sharing has returned with proper advice for sharing only over secure services.

– When first setting up 1Password the back buttons shown there now properly support VoiceOver.

– The password generator shown when first setting up 1Password now announces the number of words.

– VoiceOver no longer reads the image descriptions in sidebar categories or item list.

– We made it more clear how to sign out of an account in the “Accounts” preferences.

– Improved VoiceOver support in the 1Password Account login form so that the text fields are associated with their labels.


Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule units

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: News, security, Software


It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:


WhatsApp arrives for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software


WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.


FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for peer review

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 08:50
Category: Hack, iPhone, Legal, News, security


The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.


Safari Technology Preview 2.0 released, available for download and testing

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 16:53
Category: Developer, News, security, Software


If you’re interested in what’s on the horizon via Safari’s upcoming versions, you’re going to like this.

Apple released Safari Technology Preview version 2.0 today. The updated browser lets you play around with a slew of upcoming technologies and offers the following fixes and changes:

Browser Differences:
– Changed the CFBundleSignature to allow Apple Events, like those sent from AppleScript, to correctly distinguish between Safari and Safari Technology Preview.


Cellebrite says it’s “optimistic” it can unlock iPhone 6 units

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016, 09:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security


Cellebrite, the company that is believed to have been hired by the FBI and successfully unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, says that it is “optimistic” that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

Earlier this year, Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father didn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti stated that Cellebrite has already made progress.


Adobe updates Flash Player to version, works to patch new vulnerability (updated)

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 07:36
Category: News, security, Software


As useful as Adobe’s Flash Player tends to be, this is sort of a mess.

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw, bringing the current version to The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately.


Apple releases server-side patch to Siri bug allowing access to photos, contacts under iOS 9.3.1

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


A Siri-based vulnerability that allowed access to a user’s photos and contacts under the right conditions under iOS 9.3.1 has been patched server-side by Apple.

Shared recently by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri’s ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user’s full photo library was also visible.

The vulnerability relied on Siri to perform a Twitter search and could give direct access to photos and contacts/ The method appears to have been disabled on all devices as of today.