LAS VEGAS–An odd thing happened at Black Hat on Thursday: an Apple security official gave a talk. Seats began filling early, 20 minutes before the talk began, and expectations were high, with many people wondering how much the speaker would reveal about the inner workings of iOS security. And then the talk began and it was fairly clear that the answer to that question was, not much.
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In concert with the release of their highly anticipated Mountain Lion OS X, Apple also updated their Web browser, Safari, including a number of security fixes.
In this special edition Threatpost editor-in-chief Dennis Fisher talks with founding editor, Ryan Naraine about Mac security. They discuss why it took longer for the security community to understand the vulnerabilities of the Mac and when these conversations started. You’ll hear how cybercriminals are targeting OS X more than ever before and what you need to know to protect yourself from an attack.
Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled travel management application, furthering speculation that the company is readying mobile payment technology for future versions of its iPhone product.
Followers and supporters of Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama were the targets of an e-mail borne attack that used news of the spiritual leader’s birthday to trick recipients into installing a surreptitious monitoring program on their computers.
A new Trojan that uploads users’ phonebooks to a remote server is making the rounds, circulating on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play marketplaces, according to research by Kaspersky Lab posted on the Securelist web site earlier today.
Adobe said on Thursday that it will stop supporting Flash Player for Google’s Android mobile operating system, starting with version 4.1 of Android.
It’s nearly impossible to remember now, but there was a time when the iPhone didn’t exist. That time was five years and one day ago, and up to that point the idea of standing in line overnight for a mobile phone was almost as ridiculous as the notion of Apple being thought of as an innovator in security. But the former is now commonplace and the latter is straight fact, if only in discussions about the iPhone.
In a move that will patch several loopholes with its iPhone, the newest iteration of Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 6, will come with heightened security, it was revealed at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week.
Adobe has released a new version of the Flash player that now gives Firefox users the additional security of a sandbox and also includes a background update mechanism for Mac users. Flash has run in a sandbox on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer for some time already.