ICYMI: Apple hack; Carphone Warehouse breach; Firefox patch; Russian self-sufficiency

The latest ICYMI column looks at the biggest stories on SC this week, including non-jailbroken Apple hack; carphone Warehouse breach; Firefox patch and more.

FireEye roasts Apple crumble over revived iOS Masque attack
FireEye roasts Apple crumble over revived iOS Masque attack

Cybercriminals crack open security on Apple devices

Hackers have discovered a way of attacking iOS devices, allowing the installation of malware using compromised versions of popular apps. Vulnerability affects non-jailbroken devices. FireEye trawled through leaked data from IT security company Hacking Team to find out what kind of hacks the company was deploying. “FireEye has recently uncovered 11 iOS apps within the Hacking Team's arsenals that utilise Masque Attacks, marking the first instance of targeted iOS malware being used against non-jailbroken iOS devices,” said FireEye senior research scientist engineer Zhaofeng Chen on the company's blog. 

Updated: 2.4 million hit by Carphone Warehouse breach

Last Saturday Carphone Warehouse (CW) announced that the names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details of up to 2.4 million customers may have been accessed in a cyber-attack discovered on Wednesday, believed to have occurred during the two weeks prior. Encrypted credit card details of up to 90,000 people may have been accessed.

Mozilla moves to patch flaw in Firefox

Mozilla has issued an update to its Firefox browser after it was discovered that a flaw in the code could allow an attacker to search out files on a victim's machine and upload them to a remote server. Mozilla was notified of the problem by a user who noticed an advert displayed on a Russian news website had been serving an exploit that then looked for files before copying them to a remote location.

Russia to reduce dependence on Western technology due to state security concerns

Fears of western technology sending information to intelligence services is encouraging Russia to consider banning hi-tech imports, but concerns include WTO fines - and ability to source local alternatives. Russia plans to reduce its dependence from Western hardware devices and software over the next few years, according to Sergey Chemezov, head of Rostec, Russia's state corporation, which specialises in the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for civil and defence sectors.

How UK crypto-currency businesses can detect money-laundering

Paul Stokes, COO of Wynyard Group, explains how a recent proposal by the UK government to regulate digital currencies presents a huge opportunity for the UK to become a leader in the area. In the UK's 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced a number of policies in relation to digital currencies. These are intended to create the right environment for legitimate actors to flourish and to create a hostile environment for illicit users of digital currencies.

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