Security

Apple blocking older versions of Flash after yet another security exploit

Apple is now blocking older versions of the Adobe Flash web plugin, advising users to upgrade to the latest version in order to continue using it. This is due to a recent vulnerability that could cause user data to be lost to attackers exploiting the issue on a number of vulnerable sites.

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UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the basis that there will be new board to oversee the functioning of new powers. The move is an effort to continue protecting UK citizens from external threats.

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UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics with no charge from boarding flights

The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security.

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Apple's security lock adapter will chain your Mac Pro to your desk

Apple has released a new tool to increase the security of your Mac Pro, a security lock adapter. This allows you to attach one of several Kensington computer locks to the Mac Pro, securing it to your desk. It also prevents the Mac Pro from being opened, blocking access to the internal components while a lock is engaged.

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Not only is Yo stupid, it's now also a security risk

Yo! Remember the hit new app that managed $1 million in funding we covered yesterday, which enables smartphone owners to send "Yo" alerts to contacts? The service has been hacked by a student and two roommates. Yo has confirmed they're investigating the hack and expect to have the security vulnerability patched in the "next few hours". The hackers have been able to access any Yo user's mobile number with the ability spam any user with multiple Yo messages.

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Apple confirms iCloud breach not the reason behind Apple ID hijack

Yesterday, we reported that several iPhone and iPad users in Australia were locked out of their devices. Apple issued a statement today clarifying that the iCloud service, which forms the backend for the Find my iPhone service, was unaffected, and that users impacted by the hack should change their Apple ID passwords.

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Bizarre Australian iPhone, iPad hijack serves as yet another reminder to use unique passwords

There are reports coming out of Australia about iPhones and iPads somehow getting locked down by Find my iPhone, in some cases with a message claiming the devices will only be unlocked if a AUS$100 ransom is paid. What makes this bizarre is that it appears to only be happening in Australia (and the internet has no borders) and it's unclear how the attackers are accessing Find my iPhone for the devices in question. So, what's going on?

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Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Earlier today, eBay issued a press release letting users know that a cyberattack "compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data." Users will be asked to change their passwords just in case, though they noted that eBay "has seen no indication of increased fraudulent account activity." This is sadly just one of many attacks recently, and something that won't be going away anytime soon, if ever.

Attacks like this are nothing new, over the years plenty of big-name sites have become victim to similar cyberattacks. Retial chain Target has been all over the news lately, and there's also vulnerabilities like the recent Heartbleed Bug that affected Google, Facebook, Yahoo and dozens of other sites.

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New cases promise to protect your iPhone from hackers...somehow

Say what you will about your phone, but Vysk doesn't think it's secure enough. Their new case, the QS1, announced today for both the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 aims to amp up the physical and digital security of your smartphone. Plus there's a built-in battery for a bit extra juice to get you through your high security day.

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First smartphone 'kill switch' bill in the US passed by… Minnesota

The Governor of Minnesota signed a new bill into law that prohibits the sale of any smartphone without anti-theft software pre-installed. The idea is to deter criminals from stealing handsets in the first place by allowing users to remotely disable and wipe a phone's data, rendering it useless. If a stolen phone is remotely disabled, there wouldn't be any monetary incentive left in the endeavour.

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