Dutch group of hackers named doulCi can activate blocked by means of Activation Lock function iPhones, using false iCloud servers.
Team DoulCi published a workaround that requires users to plug a bricked device into their computer and alter the "hosts" file inside. The iPhone or iPad is then tricked into connecting to the hacked server, which unlocks the gadget. Then the device is enough to be connected to iTunes and to dump Activation Lock regularly. DoulCi system works only partially: in attempt to unblock iPhone by their method, GSM module remains disconnected because hackers have no corresponding activation keys, however they promise to correct a problem shortly. The user gets access only to device operating system and Wi-Fi.Read more
Apple has the technical ability to disclose a wide range of information about a user upon the request of the authorities – from the person’s name and contact information to their photos and e-mail content.
This refers to the new company policy of cooperation with the law enforcement agencies. If there is a valid search warrant and the serial number of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad the Cupertino-based company may extract some types of data, even if the device has a password.
In particular, this refers to the user files created with proprietary applications. These include SMS-messages, photos, videos, contacts, and call history records. In case if the iOS-device is password-protected, the Apple cannot disclose the contents of the e-mail, calendar plans or the data of the third party applications.Read more
Apple's Mail app in iOS 7 is failing to encrypt email attachments, leaving user data vulnerable to hackers, a security researcher claims. Andreas Kurtz posted his findings online, saying Apple's email app in the latest version of its iPhone and iPad software is not securing files that are attached to emails.
This makes the files readily available to anyone with the proper software. The researcher said he confirmed this by trying out a method on email stored in an iPhone 4 running the latest version of iOS 7. He said he was able to find the device's email attachments unprotected, and he said he later confirmed the process on an iPhone 5s and an iPad 2. Advertisement "I found all attachments accessible without any encryption/restriction," Kurtz wrote.Read more
Viber, a mobile messenger app that allows users to make phone calls and send text messages and images for free, also gives up plenty of free user data to anyone who wants to listen.
According to researchers from the University of New Haven (UNH) in Connecticut, US, Viber's app sends user messages in unencrypted form - including photos, videos, doodles, and location images.
All of that rich data from users is also stored unencrypted on Viber's servers, rather than being deleted immediately, and is accessible without credentials, just a link, the UNH researchers said.Read more
A new feature introduced by Facebook to allow meeting the Facebook friends in real time when they are actually close by has had mixed reactions from its users. Nearby Friends, an optional mobile application, taps steady stream of location information and makes it possible for friends to track each other in real time and meet up in real life.
For example, when you’re headed to the movies, ”Nearby Friends” will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward,” says the Facebook newsroom. When selected, it means one can have information about:Read more
Apple founder Steve Jobs was planning to wage a "Holy War" against Google a year before he died, a higly confidential email has revealed.
Jobs sent the email in 2010 to his top 100 most senior executives, in which he outlined the company's strategy for the following year.
In it, he announced that 2011 would see a 'Holy War' between Apple and Google, and outlined all the ways in which the two companies would compete – from cloud services to mobile operating systems.Read more
Apple has released a massive update to its “iOS Security” white paper for IT professionals. It contains more information on iOS security than Apple has ever shared publicly before, including extensive details on Touch ID, Data Protection, network security, application security, and nearly all security-related features, options, and protective controls.
For the first time, we have extensive details on iCloud security. For security professionals like myself, this is like waking up and finding a pot of gold sitting on my keyboard. Along with some of the most impressive security I’ve ever seen, Apple has provided a way to make it impossible for agencies like the NSA to obtain your iCloud Keychain passwords.Read more
When you type a password into a mobile payment app, you'd probably expect it to protect that password somehow. But it seems that the Starbucks app for iOS doesn't actually lock its usernames and passwords down. According to a Computerworld report, company executives admitted today that the mobile app stores passwords in clear text, with no encryption of any sort. By connecting your phone to a computer, the report claims, someone could easily retrieve your password from a crash log.
What's more, it appears that Starbucks may not intend to actually fix the problem. While the company told both Computerworld and The Seattle Times that the company had "taken steps to safeguard customers' information," it's unclear what steps it could have taken.Read more
The team of developers and designers working on SafeUM secure messenger is ready to present interface options for one of the most popular platforms - iOS.
Given the characteristics of the platform, usability has been thought through to minute detail and application design has been adapted to better suit all iOS features and functionality. Easy-to-use menu of the mobile version allows to customize the application according to your personal needs for the security level and anonymity. You can use the application more comfortably with the auto-rotation feature.Read more