The clock is ticking for Apple to issue a patch for the iOS operating system that powers iPhones, iPods and iPads following the release of a remote exploit that uses specially crafted PDF files to defeat iOS’s content protection mechanisms and “jailbreak” mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad.
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It wasn’t long ago – just a month in fact – that Apple’s iOS mobile operating system was being called the ‘Most secure’ OS. Period.’ A few weeks later, and the security of that OS has fallen (again) to the talents of Comex, an as-yet-unnamed mobile device hacker whose work is attracting kudos from some of the world’s top hackers, vulnerability researchers and exploit writers.
Apple has released a massive set of security updates for Mac OS X and a number of other applications, fixing a total of 39 separate vulnerabilities in programs including QuickTime, MobileMe and others. The company also released OS X 10.6.8.
Computer security experts have been forecasting the arrival of malicious programs that target Apple’s products for so long that they had begun to sound like the kind of Rapturistas and Mayan Calendar sleuths that we all (smartly) ignore. But if May didn’t bring Harold Camping’s Judgement Day, as predicted
(Update: its now October 21st, y’all!), it did prove those Apple
doomsayers correct as real Mac-focused crimeware and rogue antivirus
appeared in the wild.
There is a serious game of back-and-forth going on between the security team over at Apple and the developers of the Macdefender malware.
ElcomSoft, a Russian security firm, claims that a new encryption cracking tool can decode data encrypted on mobile devices running Apple’s iOS operating system.
Fake Apple Store order notification emails floating around the Web right now are redirecting to a new site pushing the same old familiar list of discount (read: fake) pharmaceuticals.
Attacks targeted at users of Apples Mac OSX may be more common than previously thought, according to a post on Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist blog.
In a hearing on Tuesday about the amount of data that mobile device manufacturers, app developers and others collect about users’ location and activities, senators called on Apple, Google and other companies to be more open and clear with consumers about their data-collection and tracking mechanisms.
After a bruising series of revelations about location tracking features on mobile devices running their operating systems, Apple and Google will send executives to Capitol Hill to talk to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law about cell phone privacy.