Security

Kaspersky reports increase in Apple phishing attempts this year

So far this year, Apple customers have been exposed to an increased number of phishing attempts according to a study done by Kaspersky Labs. The study shows a greatly increased number of phishing emails purporting to come from Apple in the first five months of this year when compared to the number of Apple-related phishing attempts detected in 2011. More specifically, Kaspersky seems to be looking at the number of attempts to access phishing sites that have been blocked by their products.

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Ibrahim Balic on what he did, why he feels reponsible for Developer Center downtime, and what he's heard back from Apple since

Ibrahim Balic received a lot of attention recently after claiming he may be the person responsible for Apple's ongoing Developer Portal outage. With no further communication or corroboration from Apple, people are still trying to get a clear picture as to exactly what happened last Thursday that prompted Apple to take the site down, and if Balic's actions are truly the cause. In order to get a better handle on what may or may not have happened, and his potential role in it, I communicated with Balic yesterday and asked him a series of questions. Here's what I found out:

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Viber calling and messaging service hacked, 200 million phone numbers, IDs, IP addresses potentially compromised

Following just days after Tango's servers were compromised, the Syrian Electronic Army(SEA) has hacked another calling and messaging service, Viber. E Hacking News is reporting that this time SEA was able to acquire a partial database backup containing phone numbers, UDIDs (Viber generated, not Apple UDIDs) and IP addresses, among other user information for some of Viber's more than 200 million subscribers.

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SIM card hack announced... just enough to scare people

There's news from Security Research Labs making the rounds that a way to hack and clone SIM cards - the subscriber identification modules used in phones and tablets to connect them to voice and data networks - has been discovered and will be expounded upon at a later date. It involves an old DES-56 exploit - Jerry Hildenbrand provides the details over on Android Central - but that's about all that's been disclosed so far. No word on which SIMs, on which carriers.

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Security researcher claims to have reported bugs shortly before Apple took down its developer portal

London-based security researcher Ibrahim Balic has come forward, claiming he may be the one behind Apple's recent security threat. Following Apple's statement to developers earlier regarding a security threat to the developer portal, Balic posted a comment on TechCrunch's report of the story trying to set the record straight that no harm was ever intended.

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Apple reveals they took down Developer Center due to intrusion, completely overhauling system

Apple has sent an email out to developers addressing the reason behind the ongoing multi-day outage of their developer portal, confirming suspicions that it was the result of a security breach.

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Tango chat service hacked, 1.5 terabytes of phone, contact, and email data reportedly compromised

The Syrian Electronic Army has reportedly hacked the popular video chat app Tango. Since announcing the hack on Twitter yesterday, the group has posted a series of photos supporting their claims, and state they've acquired 1.5 terabytes of data.

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Tumblr updates iOS app, fixes important potential password security issue

Tumblr for iOS has been updated with an important security fix. According to Tumblr's blog post, there was an issue in the app that allowed for a user's password to be compromised in certain circumstances.

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How to add extra security to your Facebook account on iPhone and iPad with Code Generator

If you're worried about someone accessing your Facebook account from a different iPhone, iPad, or computer browser, you can enable a few security settings to set your mind at ease. Code Generator can give you access codes right on your iPhone and iPad so you can approve different devices and browsers as you see fit.

Here's how:

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Investigating iMessage security and privacy claims

How secure and how private is iMessage, Apple's SMS/MMS-like communications platform? Earlier this month, after news broke about the NSA's electronic surveillance program, codenamed PRISM, Apple released a statement detailing some specifics on the number of requests they receive from government agencies for customer records. As part of the statement, Apple claimed that iMessage conversations use end-to-end encryption and therefore cannot be decrypted by Apple:

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