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Individuals behind Wirelurker malware arrested; Maiyadi App Store shut down

Three individuals behind the recently discovered Wirelurker malware were arrested last week by Chinese authorities, according to a report from Security Week. Additionally, the website the defendants used to disseminate the malware has been taken down. The suspects, identified by their surnames a...

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Why the danger and hysteria surrounding the WireLurker malware is overblown

The sky is falling. iOS and OS X malware is on the loose. Apple fans beware! Such is the message a number of publications seem to convey in recently published articles detailing a new type of Apple-oriented malware emanating from China. A hyperbolic headline from Computerworld reads, "Horr...

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Google's Sundar Pichai rebuts accusation that Android is a "toxic hellstew" of vulnerabilities, likens Apple to Mercedes Benz

With Google's I/O conference set to get underway on Wednesday, Bloomberg Businessweek earlier today put up an interesting and sweeping profile of Sundar Pichai, the man Larry Page tapped to run Android following the departure of Andy Rubin. An extremely talented engineer seemingly beloved by many...

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Google releases TotalVirus Uploader for OS X

Google's VirusTotal Uploader is a popular utility tool in the arsenal of the war against malware. For years, the program has made it easy for Windows users to submit files to the VirusTotal data base for quick scanning. It can scan images, files of running processes, trigger scans of remote URLs, ...

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Eric Schmidt calls Android more secure than the iPhone, elicits laughter from crowd of CIOs and IT execs

There's no denying that Eric Schmidt is an incredibly intelligent guy, but the former Google CEO certainly has a penchant for making rather bold and arguably laughable claims. Recall that, in late 2011, he confidently predicted that mobile developers, in just six months' time mind you, would begi...

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U.S. government finds 0.7% of all mobile malware affects iOS, while Android accounts for 79%

A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government's findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS. This figure is in stark contrast to the Android OS, which the memo r...

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Daily Update for August 26, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all 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 inline player (requires Fl...

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Daily Update for June 3, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all 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 inline player (requires ...

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Security Researcher Brian Krebs outs the man behind the Flashback malware

In April 2012, security researchers discovered a new piece of malware targeting OS X users. The malware was dubbed "Flashback" and reportedly infected more than 600,000 Mac users, including about 200 machines on Apple's Cupertino campus. The malware was able to infect so many machines because i...

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Daily Update for February 19, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all 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 inline player (requi...

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Apple targeted by hackers

Reuters is reporting that Apple has been targeted in a cyber-attack. Apple announced the breach this morning, noting that malware had targeted a "limited number" of Mac systems. Reuters notes that the same hacker group is suspected of an attack on Facebook machines last week. In a statement the ...

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About that Google malware warning...

During the last 24 hours or so, many TUAW readers catching up on the latest Apple news have seen something similar to the warning above when they go to "Page 2" of the site, which is accessed by clicking the Older Articles link at the bottom of the TUAW home page. We are definitely aware of the...

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Oracle releases v11 fix for zero-day Java security flaw

Oracle has released an official fix for the Java security flaw that was reported by CERT (the Computer Emergency Readiness Team) on January 11. Shortly after the flagging by CERT, Apple took steps to disable the Java plug-in on all Macs running OS X 10.6 or later by amending the XProtect malware/...

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Fake installer malware makes its way to Mac

If you download a Mac app and its installer asks you for your phone number, you're likely looking at the latest malware to find its way onto OS X. According to Russian security firm Dr. Web, a Trojan malware has been identified called Trojan.SMSSend.3666 that requests your mobile phone number i...

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Daily Update for December 12, 2012

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all 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 inline player (requi...

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