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Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Apple halts contractors listening to Siri recordings, will offer opt-out

Apple will temporarily suspend its practice of allowing human contractors to grade snippets recordings of Siri conversations for accuracy. The move follows a Guardian report in which a former worker claimed contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of their job.  While Apple says user requests…
Apple Store
Mobile Security, Research, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple to send research phones to trusted hackers

Apple on Wednesday officially launched its iOS Security Research Device (SRD) program — a significant milestone for the white-hat hacker community, which has made significant strides in recent years gaining the trust of software developers, tech manufacturers and website operators that previously were reluctant to work with outsiders on security issues. Under the terms of…
AppleMalware2
Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Fixed Apple sign-in bug could have enabled hijacking of 3rd-party accounts

A security researcher in Delhi, India, reported that Apple paid him $100,000 through its bug bounty program for finding a vulnerability in its Sign in with Apple feature that could have resulted in the takeover of users’ third-party website and app accounts. In a May 30 blog post, researcher Bhavuk Jain explains how he detected the bug that could have fully compromised third-party user accounts , regardless…
Malware, Security News

Apple notarization process, meant to protect, approved Shlayer malware

Apple appears to have inadvertently approved OSX.Shlayer malware as part of the security notarization process it has touted would boost user confidence that the Developer ID-signed software they distribute has the innovative tech giant’s seal of approval. “While it is unclear “what the Shlayer folks did to get their malware notarized,” essentially Apple’s process “allowed…
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Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple patches dozens of security issues

Apple has released security advisories and patches for multiple products, including Safari, iOS and macOS. Two vulnerabilities were associated with Safari 13.0.5, CVE-2020-3833 and CVE-2020-3841, effecting macOS Mojave and High Sierra and included in Catalina. CVE-2020-3833 covers an inconsistent user interface issue that could be exploited if a user visited a malicious website leading to…
Florida Supreme Court rules warrants a must for real-time cell location tracking
Legal, Mobile Security, Security News

Supreme Court OKs Apple Store antitrust lawsuit; case raises security questions

A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing an antitrust lawsuit to proceed against Apple has reportedly left some cybersecurity experts wondering how users may be affected if the courts eventually force the company to allow iOS apps to be sold in third-party stores. In a 5-4 decision this past Monday, the court upheld a Ninth Circuit…
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple to expand bug bounty program, offer researchers access to iOS, iPhones

Apple is drastically overhauling its bug bounty program, eliminating its invitation-only status, increasing its rewards, expanding it to include MacOS and other operating systems, and even agreeing to supply qualified researchers with special iPhones that are easier to probe for vulnerabilities. Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced these changes last week at the…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple updates software, fixes flaw affecting third-party keyboard apps

Apple last week released a series of software updates that repaired vulnerabilities in iOS, iPadOS, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, watchOS, tvOS, Apple TV Software and Safari. This included a fix for an iOS/iPadOS flaw that, due to improper sandbox restrictions, can grant third-party keyboard extensions full access to iPhone, iPad and iPod…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Apple says ultra wideband tech culprit behind location data sharing; to issue fix

If what happens on your iPhone doesn’t stay on your iPhone after all, ultra wideband (UWB) technology is the culprit, according to Apple. After the Apple iPhone 11 Pro was discovered to still be sending out user location data even after Location Services was disabled, the company has finally pinned the contradiction of its privacy…
Application Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Over and out: Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie app after bug discovery

And that’s a big “10-7” (radio lingo for “out of service”) for the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app after the company reportedly disabled the feature following the discovery of a security vulnerability that could allow eavesdropping on iPhones. According to TechCrunch, Apple learned of the problem through a disclosure on its “report a vulnerability” portal.…
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