Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job.
According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey's annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a raise or bonus, Comey will make $1.34 million over the remainder of his job. That suggests the FBI paid the largest ever publicized fee for a hacking job, easily surpassing the $1 million paid by U.S. information security company Zerodium to break into phones.Read more
A security flaw with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will let anyone bypass the phone lock and access personal information without having to know the passcode. The bug, discovered by Jose Rodriguez, who found a similar security hole last year, requires Siri but unlike many other iPhone hacks is relatively easy to execute.
All an attacker needs to do is fire up Siri from the lockscreen and prompt it to search Twitter for any email address. Once one is found, 3D Touching the email address will bring up a context menu from which you can create a new contact or add to an existing contact. That gives the attacker complete access to your contacts.Read more
If you think your phones are super-secure, you're probably wrong. A Chinese start-up demonstrated this week how it could unlock an Apple iPhone via the fingerprint sensor using Play-Doh.
President of mobile security firm Vkansee created a mold of his fingerprint. He then took the modeling clay Play-Doh, pressed it on to the mold and created a replica. He touched the Play-Doh on an iPhone's fingerprint scanner and the device unlocked. It's not expected that we're going to see a rise of criminals creating moulds of people's fingerprints, but expert did the demonstration to highlight the lack of sophistication in today's biometric solutions.Read more
Don’t Try this at Home! An interesting software bug has been discovered in Apple's iOS operating system that could kill your iPhone, iPad or iPod Dead Permanently. Yes, you heard me right.
An issue with the date and time system in iOS had emerged recently when Reddit users started warning people that changing your iPhone's or any iOS device's date will brick your iPhone forever. You can watch the whole process in the video given below. Even regular recovery tricks do not work. So, you are recommended to Not Try This Trick with your iOS device really – unless you book a trip to your local Apple Store.Read more
A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or SMS to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to crash after being opened.
The bug, which requires a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters to be sent, was first noticed on Reddit earlier and has been spreading around the Internet since then. Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a security list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it.Read more
Every year, Apple tempts the world with a new, expensive iPhone, hailed as the fastest and best iPhone ever. You buy it. Just in time for the next fastest iPhone ever to hit stores, the one in your pocket feels crummier and more sluggish than ever. Is it coincidence? Are you sure?
Apple's products are announced and sold in regular cycles — at this point, a new model a year for each of its flagship product lines. This means that, merely a single year from the time you first learn about the iPhone 6, that phone will no longer be cool or shiny or interesting or desirable; instead, the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest and lightest and best.Read more
He says iPhone has special software that allows the government to spy on you. The Edward Snowden insecurity wagon stopped late last week in Russia for just long enough to scatter tales of wide-open iPhone hardware and easily cored user credentials.
Snowden's lawyer told reporters in Russia that he does not use an iPhone. We assume that he does not use a lot of common or open means of communication these days, because he worries about what it means for his liberty. Snowden, who is currently enjoying Russia as his home, does not have time to use the popular phone, and is unlikely to ever make time.Read more
How many secrets do you think your iPhone can reveal to strangers? Even when it’s in your hands, placed on the table, or being charged from a laptop it can reveal quite a few — from personal correspondence and photos, to financial information and credentials. So how do you protect yourself? Well, you can follow our tips in order to maximize your iPhone security.
Keep in mind that doing everything we mention here will deprive your iPhone of some of its helpful features, but at the same time it will better protect your private data. You don’t have to follow all of the tips, so feel free to choose what you’re ready to sacrifice for the sake of security — it’s completely up to you.Read more
A lot of people can be surprised that Steve Jobs forbid his kids from using new devices, including those that he created. During the interview Steve said: "My children haven't used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home." It is strange to hear from the person who made devices that dictate fashion and identify trends.
It turns out that many other leaders of technology firms strictly limit the amount of time their children can spend in front of a screen. Many people didn’t know what to say about Jobs‘ answer. They somehow thought that his house is full of touch screens, but iPads and iPhones are given to guests instead of candies. But it was not so. At all.Read more