Apple Says All iPhones, Macs Exposed To “Meltdown”, “Spectre” Flaws

Apple Says All iPhones, Macs Exposed To “Meltdown”, “Spectre” Flaws:

All Mac iOS devices and systems are exposed and vulnerable to the recently discovered chip bugs known as Spectre and Meltdown, Apple confirmed on Thursday. The flaws, which as we discussed before, allow hackers unauthorized access to a computer’s memory and sensitive data, were discovered by security researchers at Google Project Zero on Wednesday. Security vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre affect almost all modern CPUs, including those produced by Intel, AMD and ARM Holdings.

All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected,” Apple acknowledged in a statement on Thursday, adding that no cases had yet been reported of customers being affected by the security flaws.

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Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones:

Plaintiffs from two separate class-action lawsuits claim Apple did not have user consent to slow iPhone performance and that it was forcing new purchases

Apple is facing lawsuits over the revelations that it intentionally slows down older iPhones without user consent.

Apple has admitted to slowing down the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE when their batteries are either old, cold or have a low charge to prevent abrupt shutdowns.

Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed Thursday, brought by plaintiffs in California and Illinois, arguing that Apple did not have consent to slow down their iPhones.

Two people from Chicago, along with residents of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, claim that Apple’s iOS updates were “fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple.”

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Hackers Crack Apple’s Face ID With $150 Mask

Hackers Crack Apple’s Face ID With $150 Mask:

On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video purportedly showing them cracking Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which they assembled to successfully trick the iPhone X into unlocking…

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“This Is Embarrassing”: 2 People Show Up For iPhone 8 Launch in China

–  “This Is Embarrassing”: 2 People Show Up For iPhone 8 Launch in China:

Confirming reports that reception for Apple’s iPhone 8 may be “underwhelming” to put it lightly, is the following report from Hangzhou, China which reveals that all of 2 people were waiting in line for the latest gizmo from Tim Cook.

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Apple’s New “FaceID” Could Be A Powerful Mass Spying Tool

Apple’s New “FaceID” Could Be A Powerful Mass Spying Tool:

On Tuesday, Apple revealed their newest phone. The new line was anticipated by Apple users and is another cult favorite.  But many are rightly skeptical of the “FaceID” feature.

FaceID, is a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones for use. Unsurprisingly, this has generated some major anxiety about mass spying and privacy concerns. Retailers already have a desire for facial recognition technology. They want to monitor consumers, and without legally binding terms and Apple could use FaceID to track consumer patterns at its stores or develop and sell data to others.

That seems minor on the surface, but the ramifications could be enormous. 

It’s also highly possible that police would be able to more easily unlock phones without consent by simply holding an individual’s phone up to his or her face, violating the rights of the person to privacy.

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Vault 7 bombshell just vindicated every conspiracy theorist: The CIA can spy on anyone through TVs, iPhones, smart phones and Windows PCs

Vault 7 bombshell just vindicated every conspiracy theorist: The CIA can spy on anyone through TVs, iPhones, smart phones and Windows PCs

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iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself

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iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself:

Apple has fixed a major security hole that potentially allowed hackers to gain access to a user’s iPhone, potentially allowing them to steal sensitive data such as passwords.

The flaw allowed hackers to break into an iPhone simply by sending them a text message with a specially-modified image file.

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Apple 2016 iPhone Sales To Fall For The First Time Due To “Lukewarm Demand”, Shipments To Drop 8.6%

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Apple 2016 iPhone Sales To Fall For The First Time Due To “Lukewarm Demand”, Shipments To Drop 8.6%:

Moments ago Japan’s Nikkei warned that Apple will see the first annual decline in iPhone shipments this year since the smartphone’s debut in 2007 “due to lukewarm demand for a new model, people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asian Review.” As Nikkei reports citing a person at a major supplier, overall iPhone shipments will total 210 to 220 million this year, falling as much as 8.6% from 2015.

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AAPL Tumbles After Report Of 70-80% Plunge In iPhone Chip Shipments

AAPL Tumbles After Report Of 70-80% Plunge In iPhone Chip Shipments:

Apple share are tumbling (as are the entire complex of suppliers) following a report from Nikkei that Taiwan Seminconductor’s shipments of iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 chips for June-Dec. period will likely shrink 70%-80% vs year earlier. As one anayst noted, a decline of more than 20-30% is not in consensus estimates. As Bloomberg reports, of particular interest is that this cut to orders is about upcoming iPhone 7, not about the well-publicized iPhone 6 slowdown.

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iPhone security flaw lets anyone access your contacts and photos without a passcode

iPhone security flaw lets anyone access your contacts and photos without a passcode:

Luckily, the flaw only affects devices that have given Siri relevant permissions to access these applications. At the time of writing there does not appear to be an official fix for the bug however concerned users can fully disable Siri on the lock screen to ensure they don’t fall victim.

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FBI’s Own Actions Likely Made Farook’s iPhone Data Inaccessible

FBI’s Own Actions Likely Made Farook’s iPhone Data Inaccessible:

On Friday, we noted that one of the reasons that the FBI was unable to get access to the data on the remaining iPhone from Syed Farook was because after the shooting and after the phone was in the hands of the government, Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino Health Department, initiated a password change on his iCloud account. That apparently messed stuff up, because without that, it would have been possible to force the phone to backup data to the associated iCloud account, where it would have been available to the FBI. But, after we published that article, a rather salient point came out: the Health Department only did this because the FBI asked it to do so.

From a San Bernardino County Twitter account:

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Is It All Just A Publicity Stunt: Apple Unlocked iPhones For The Feds 70 Times Before

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Is It All Just A Publicity Stunt: Apple Unlocked iPhones For The Feds 70 Times Before:

Apple’s stance in the San Bernardino case may not be quite the principled defense that Cook claims it is… it may have as much to do with public relations as it does with warding off what Cook called “an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.””

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The Unhackable iPhone Has Been Compromised: “Intelligence Agencies Can Intercept Calls, Messages, & Access Data”

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The Unhackable iPhone Has Been Compromised: “Intelligence Agencies Can Intercept Calls, Messages, & Access Data”:

Iphone maker Apple, Inc. claimed last month that their latest iteration of the wildly popular handheld device was unhackable. According to HackRead, the company is so convinced of its security successes that they issued a statement saying that data stored on a phone secured with a front screen passcode was impossible to access – even by highly talented intelligence agencies:

The CIA and the FBI are always looking for backdoors in Apple devices, in fact, the agency spent years trying to hack iPhone and iPads according to documents released by NSA’s Edward Snowden.

Now, with the new upgraded operating systems, Apple has termed it “impossible” to access any data from Apple devices. Though, the company can still access data from older phones.

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