ICYMI: Linux v malware, Microsoft v Microsoft, acid v iPhone

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In this week's In Case You Missed It, we highlight five most popular stories: Linux Mint operating system impregnated with malware, Microsoft security software disables itself, acid and lasers could crack iPhone, Apple find App store hidden in a Chinese app and malware is increasingly using encryption to hide itself.

Linux Mint operating system maliciously hacked

The Linux Mint operating system software download has been hacked on the community-driven distribution's own website. The Linux Mint ISO ‘disk image' data contents were maliciously altered, meaning than anyone downloading and installing the software over the weekend of 20-21 February 2016 will find their machine has been compromised. [Read more]

Microsoft security technology used to disable itself

Researchers at FireEye have discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's EMET security tool that can be used against itself to shut it down. [Read more]

Apple vs FBI: high-risk hardware hack could unlock shooter's iPhone

IOActive has stepped into the standoff between Apple and the FBI over unlocking a terrorist's iPhone by claiming the password could be grabbed using a risky hardware hack involving the use of acid to expose a processor chip and a laser to drill into the silicon. What could go wrong! [Read more]

Apple finds App store within an app on Chinese App Store

Apple has removed an app on its Chinese App Store after it was found to be hosting another App Store that could allow users to install pirate and jailbroken apps. [Read more]

Encryption increasingly used to hide attacks, says new report

Encryption is getting more popular, for legitimate users as much as cyber-criminals, according to Dell's most recent annual threat report which found that malware was being designed to encrypt itself to bypass security scanners. [Read more]

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