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Apple's Tim Cook at WWDC 2016
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Apple supports national privacy law, Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook told attendees at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners that his company is “in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States.”  Cook called the argument made by some tech companies that they could “never achieve technology’s true potential” if they are “constrained by…
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Security News, Vulnerabilities

Super Micro placing more heat on Bloomberg to retract story

Chinese computer maker Super Micro is conducting an internal review to search for any proof that malicious chips were inserted onto its motherboards as stated in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek report. Super Micro’s move comes in conjunction with Apple CEO Tim Cook calling for the news organization to retract its story and another by Amazon…
Apple's Tim Cook at WWDC 2016
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Apple CEO Cook calls for Bloomberg retraction

Apple CEO Tim Cook asked Bloomberg BusinessWeek to retract a story posted earlier this month that stated Apple had used computers that were hacked by the Chinese military. Cook made his demand during an interview with Buzzfeed News. Apple and Amazon, which also had been victimized by China Bloomberg reported, have previously denied being targeted,…
PokemonGo
Home, Vulnerabilities

Pokémon Go cheaters may inadvertently learn GPS spoofing

Between 2005 and 2009, children and preteens and even some adults were inadvertently learning basic HTML coding skill as they sought to customize their MySpace pages with unique skins, music, and overall layouts that best represented their personalities. Nearly a decade later, this same curiosity may allow people looking to cheat Pokémon Go, to inadvertently…
octopus iot mirai infection
Cybercrime, Security News

Octopus malware wraps tentacles around former Telegram users in Central Asia

A Russian-language cyberespionage threat actor dubbed DustSquad targeting Central Asian users and diplomatic entities using a malware, dubbed Octopus, designed to exploit the hype surrounding the Telegram app ban in Central Asia. The malware is written in Delphi and was coined by ESET researchers in 2017 after the threat group used the 0ct0pus3.php script on…
ChinaSpy
Government/Defense, Security News

Yes or No. Did China physically hack Super Micro computers?

A bevy of Congressional members are starting to dig deeper into the Bloomberg Businessweek report that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army actually committed a supply chain attack by placing malicious processors in computers used by top U.S. companies and the federal government. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., John Thune R-S.D., House Oversight…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple tweaks lock screen options in iOS security update

Apple yesterday issued its first software update for the iOS 12 operating system, fixing two bugs that both impact lock screen security. It also separately remedied 19 vulnerabilities in iCloud for Windows 7.7. The release of iOS 12.0.1 repairs CVE-2018-4380, a flaw in the VoiceOver feature, which a local attacker could exploit to view photos…
Apple issues seven updates, fixes more than 40 vulnerabilities in iOS 8, OS 10.9.5
APTs/cyberespionage, Cloud Security, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple, Amazon deny servers affected by China microchip plot

After reports that China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) slipped microchips into Supermicro motherboards, creating a backdoor that could be used by hackers to obtain information stored on servers around the globe, both Apple and Amazon deny that their servers were affected. “On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

China inserts microchips into motherboards used by Apple, CIA, Amazon

A microchip planted by China on Supermicro motherboards used by organizations, including the CIA, the U.S. military, Amazon and Apple, left sensitive information vulnerable to hacking and underscores the importance of locking down the security of the supply chain whose vast tentacles reach out to touch organizations around the globe. “It’s the equivalent of the…
Network Security, Security News

NYC announces ambitious cyber innovation and jobs initiative

New York City officials today announced CyberNYC, a multimillion-dollar initiative to turn the Big Apple into a major cybersecurity destination for technologists, enterpreneurs and job seekers in the coming years. Plans include the opening of a Global Cyber Center for innovation and the city’s first international cybersecurity investment hub, as well as a series of…
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