Category - Security
A security researcher has discovered a new way to attack iOS devices, one that could install malicious apps on a device, even if it hasn't been jailbroken by the user. Called SandJacking, Mi3 Security's Chilik Tamir demonstrated the attack at the Hack In The Box conference earlier this week, with an attacker with physical device access, and some time, to be able to replace a legitimate app with a malicious version. The substitution in turn can provide the attacker with access to stored user data associated within the replaced app.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items all relate to online security, including a subscription to a VPN service, a way to have a "burner" phone line, secure storage for your account credentials across multiple devices, and courses that teach ethical hacking techniques.
Apple has confirmed that it has rehired Jon Callas, who had previously worked at Apple on an encryption system used to protect stored data on a Mac, reports Reuters. Callas worked for Apple in the 1990s, and then again between 2009 and 2011, before he went on to co-found secure communications specialists PGP Corp and Silent Circle, best known for its encrypted and secure Blackphones.
Charles is back on the podcast this week, so regrettably Jordan has been benched for a while. Managing Editor Mike remains the constant element, however, and Charles and Mike waste no time getting into the big topics of the week, including Apple CEO Tim Cook's trip to India, and what it means that he brought along at least two other key Apple executives. With over $200 billion in cash, most of which is held (hostage) overseas, we're likely to hear a lot more about foreign investments over the remainder of the year.
A bipartisan bill has been introduced to combat a judicial rule change that took place recently, one that would allow US judges to issue search warrants permitting remote access to computers in any jurisdiction, including overseas, once it comes into force. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) presented the one-page bill, one that would effectively reverse the recently-adopted procedural rules adjustment, voted on by the US Supreme Court in private last month.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Blizzard makes all current expansions for World of Warcraft free by rolling them into the base game, racism by Twitch viewers of a Hearthstone tournament prompts re-examination of moderation policies, Apple disagrees with a Palestinian game developer over game classification, and the creators of ransomware that typically aimed at gamers has given up the master encryption key to security researchers.
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An earlier breach of LinkedIn's servers has been revealed as bigger than first thought, years after the event took place. A breach of the work-focused social network in 2012 was thought to have affected 6.5 million accounts, but it has recently come to light that details for approximately 167 million accounts were advertised for sale on a 'Dark Web' site, with the seller offering the entire collection for five bitcoins, worth just $2,200.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items all center around digital security, including a VPN service, a way to keep your phone number private, a tool for recovering lost data from your iPhone or iPad, and for the curious, a course teaching you about the world of white hat hacking and penetration testing.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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