iPhone News, Articles and Updates

RSA: Trustjacking exploit abuses iTunes feature to spy on iOS devices

It has long been established that plugging one's iPhone into an unknown computer or hardware device exposes that mobile phone to potentially malicious cyber-activity.

Apple denies claims that it lowered iPhone X face-recognition accuracy

Apple is disputing claims that it ordered manufacturers to lower the accuracy of its face-recognition to make the iPhone X easier to make.

iOS 11 and Apple Watch Series 3, the good, the bad, and the unsecure

With the launch of iOS 11 and the Apple Watch, researchers note Apple's iOS 11 update included eight CVEs that patched vulnerabilities in iBooks, Mail MessageUI, Messages, MobileBackup, Safari, and Webkit.

BlackHat: security researcher says ApplePay vulnerable to two separate attacks

Positive Technologies' Timur Yunusov says ApplePay's security measures mean that on paper it appears to have the perfect defence. But that's not case.

Pickpockets and hackers, the latest cyber-crime marriage

A Trend Micro researcher may have stumbled across a new alliance in place between petty criminals and their more sophisticated cyber cousins that could prove mutually beneficial.

ICYMI: SC Awards, iPhone hack, Trump's $1.5bn, skills gap, Ubiquiti flaw

In Case You Missed It: SC Awards Finalists; 200 m icloud accounts breached; Trump cybersec spend; overcoming skills gap; ubiquity flaw

Update: Hackers threaten to wipe millions of Apple iCloud accounts

Hackers, purporting to be part of a Turkish crime family, are threatening to remotely wipe 200 million iPhones following an alleged breach of iCloud security.

Met Police grab suspect with phone unlocked to get hold of data

London's Metropolitan Police grab a suspect while on the phone, and continuously swipe to keep his phone open, so they can grab data from the phone.

Pippa Middleton's iCloud account hacked

A man who allegedly hacked into the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has been arrested.

Researcher posts paper detailing US$100 iPhone 5C NAND mirroring device

Cambridge researcher Sergei Skorobogatov has released a paper detailing a proof-of-concept, which is accompanied by a YouTube video explaining how he is able to crack the iPhone 5c passcode screen.

Survey: Hackers believe strongly in privacy... unless they're paid to crack passwords

Four out of five surveyed hackers agreed that Apple was right to refuse the FBI's request for a backdoor into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Yet 52 percent said they would help the FBI crack an iPhone's password for a fee.

Operation Ghoul attacks terrorise industrial and engineering orgs

Kaspersky researchers spotted a wave of attacks that has affected more than 130 organisations in at least 30 countries.

US judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

The FBI recently pressed for a 29-year-old Los Angeles woman to provide her fingerprint to open her phone after she was sentenced in an identity theft case.

FBI 'purchased zero-day from grey hats' to crack iPhone

UPDATED: The FBI apparently purchased a zero-day exploit from grey hat hackers to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, raising questions about ethics and implications for privacy.

Judge backs Apple as it fights FBI in San Bernardino gunman crypto case

The 'encryption versus privacy' battle is now moving to a new level in the Commons and US Congress

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

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.

Apple vs FBI: Apple calls court order 'unconstitutional,' asks judge to toss

Apple Thursday asked a federal judge to toss out her order compelling the company to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

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

IOActive researcher says he could crack the iPhone belonging to a deceased terrorist who killed 14 in San Bernardino, California late last year in a bid to resolve a dispute between Apple and the FBI.

Bill Gates supports FBI over iPhone crack request

The row between Apple and the FBI has steered attention to Bill Gates on whether Apple should unlock an iPhone as part of the San Bernardino case.

Judge orders Apple to help access encrypted data on iPhone

Apple ordered by US judge to help investigators access encrypted data on an iPhone used by San Bernadino shooters.

Jailbroken iPhones again victimised, this time by TinyV

Jailbroken iPhones are being hit with a new iOS trojan called TinyV, according to several industry experts.

Snowden smartphone allegations - security world unimpressed

Edward Snowden's appearance on last night's Panorama, and his phone hack allegations fail to shock security experts.

Hacker jailbreaks iOS 9 before it's released publicly

A hacker, going by iH8snow, demonstrated how to jailbreak iOS 9 in a YouTube video published Thursday night.

ICYMI: Masterful Shifu, wake-up call, KeyRaiders, pre-empt EU and scanning Android apps

In this week's In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): IBM warning over masterful Shifu, Carphone Warehouse attack was a wake-up call, KeyRaider targets jailbroken iPhones, pre-empt the EU and safeguard data now, and thousands of vulnerable Android apps found with new scanner.

KeyRaider infects 'jailbroken' Apple iPhone users in 18 countries

As many as 225,000 Apple iPhone users have had their account details hacked in what is said to be the biggest attack of its kind against the firm's user base.

RBS and NatWest to let mobile customers sign-in with biometrics

The gradual shift to biometric authentication continues with the news that two UK banks will allow customers to sign-in to their accounts by using Apple iPhone's fingerprint recognition technology.

European banks getting targeted by malware

At least one in twenty devices used by the customers of major European banks is riddled with malware, according to new claims from one security company.

ICYMI: EU data protection, iPhone spyware and Flash zero-days

The latest ICYMI column looks at the biggest stories on SC this week, including worrying news on EU data protection laws, claims of iPhone spyware and new Flash Player zero-days.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warns of iPhone spyware

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden reportedly refuses to use Apple's iPhone because he fears the handset can be monitored by spy agencies.

Apple's iCloud hacked, nude celeb photos posted

Questions have been raised about the security of Apple's iCloud service, after a hacker posted nude pictures of celebrities to the 4Chan forum, claiming they were obtained after a hack of the iCloud system.