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Russian authorities arrest hackers involved in Australian ransomware attacks

The individuals behind the recent ransomware attack on iOS users in Australia were recently apprehended in Russia, according to a report published today in The Sydney Morning Herald. Two perpetrators were found to be involved in the attack, one aged 17 and the other aged 23. About two weeks ago,...

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Camera Lock for OS X keeps prying eyes from spying on you

There was a flurry of stories some months back about rogue programs or hackers activating webcams that were external or built-in on desktop and Mac laptops. The stories left a lot of people with a queasy feeling, and recent NSA revelations have also called into question the security of our computers...

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iOS and Mac users in Australia locked out of their devices via "Find my iPhone" ransomware

Some iOS and Mac users in Australia this morning woke up to a concerning message indicating that their devices had been remotely locked by a hacker demanding upwards of AU$100 to unlock them. Originally reported by The Age, affected users ("dozens" reported issues on social media or Apple's...

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Daily Update for February 19, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Feel like a real social engineer in Hack RUN

RUN is a big, evil corporation, and they're up to no good -- or at least that's what your new "employer" has told you -- and it's up to you to dig into its digital backyard for information. And with that very basic plot, the text puzzler Hack RUN sends you into command-prompt hell in search of...

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The first person to hack Touch ID is going to make a lot of money

Apple's iPhone 5s, which sports the fancy Touch ID fingerprint sensor, hasn't launched yet, but there's already a reward for being the first person to successfully hack it. The aptly named IsTouchIDHackedYet.com is tallying the names of everyone who has pledge money to the individual (or team, I...

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Apple: iOS 7 fixes the nefarious charger hack

Three Georgia Tech hackers demonstrated how to install malware on an iPhone using a custom charger at the Black Hat USA 2013 conference, according to a report in ZDNet. The hack exploits a vulnerability that is present in all shipping versions of iOS, but has been patched in the latest beta...

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AT&T iPad hacker appeals conviction

The FBI in 2011 filed charges against Andrew Auernheimer, known as "weev," for exploiting a security hole on AT&T's servers and obtaining approximately 114,000 email addresses of iPad users who accessed the web via a 3G connection. The security breach made headlines, in part, because weev was...

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Modified iPhone charger installs malware

iOS may be susceptible to hacking via a malicious charger says a Black Hat briefing by Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song. This approach uses a charger that looks like a standard charger, but has malicious software on it. When an iOS device is plugged into the charger, an attacker can...

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Suspect found guilty in 2010 iPad user info leak

Andrew Auernheimer, one of two people charged last year with leaking the email addresses of 114,000 iPad users with AT&T data plans, has been found guilty on two felony counts by a federal court in New Jersey. Auernheimer is facing 10 years for fraud and conspiracy to access a computer...

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Daily iPhone App: Curiosity makes you wonder what is in the cube

Curiosity, a free app that arrived on the App Store last night, is more of an experiment than a game. It's developed by a company called 22 Cans, which is Peter Molyneux's latest endeavor. Molyneux is the famous creator of classic games like Dungeon Keeper, Populous, and Fable. Now he's...

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Want to Roll-Your-Own Fusion drive? It's not for the faint of heart

If you've been lusting after a Fusion Drive but own an older Mac, a Fusion-like solution may not be entirely out of your reach. Posts at the jollyjinx tumblr detail how the eponymous hacker built his own Fusion-style SSD/Hard Drive hybrid using features built directly into OS X. Lee Hutchinson...

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AppleCare freezes over-the-phone password resets in wake of hacking incident

The ripples from Mat Honan's weekend security incursion keep pushing outward. Earlier today Amazon shifted policy to prevent account details from being changed via a phone call, which blocks one avenue the hackers used to get the personal info used to compromise Honan's iCloud account. Now,...

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Apple FileVault 2 encryption cracked, but don't panic

FileVault 2 is a feature of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that provides a way to encrypt a full disk drive so that it can only be used by those who know a password ... until now, that is. Passware, a company that makes forensic software used to recover lost passwords or open encrypted files to police and...

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A Siri hack to start your car

Today's edition of "1,001 amazing things you can do with Siri" comes courtesy of our sister blog TechCrunch. In a post this morning, TechCruncher Chris Velazco tells the story of hacker Brandon Fiquett, who has figured out a way to use Siri to control a Viper SmartStart system and start up his...

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