Category Archives: Apple

Apple will encrypt iCloud backups, addressing longstanding criticism

Apple will introduce end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, resolving longstanding criticism over the absence of the safeguard for a key way users store data. The “Advanced Data Protection” mode will be available for all iCloud data including backups, photos and notes, the company announced Wednesday. Apple already offers end-to-end encryption for iMessage and other iCloud […]

Facebook warns 1 million users about apps trying to compromise accounts

Facebook will alert 1 million users on Friday that they may have unknowingly revealed login credentials to malicious Android or iOS apps. The warning follows the release of Facebook parent company Meta’s first security report on malicious apps targeting login information. The report identifies 400 mobile applications across the Google Play and Apple App store […]

Apple ramps up war on spyware, a growing digital scourge

Apple will introduce a feature this fall allowing users to lock services that could otherwise be exploited by malicious hackers looking to infect their phones with spyware. While the company expects that ultimately only a fraction of its users may need the optional layer of enhanced security, the tool highlights Apple’s ongoing fight against the […]

Global advertising giant Omnicom suffers ‘suspicious’ IT incident

Omnicom, one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising agencies, took some of its IT systems offline over the “past week” due to “suspicious activity,” the company confirmed to CyberScoop Wednesday. Several employees affected by the outage said that they were unable to access their virtual private network service, and some couldn’t access email. The […]

Project Zero researchers see promising trends in vulnerability fixes

Big tech vendors generally are remediating serious bugs faster than they were three years ago, according to a new report from Google’s Project Zero. The data — while limited to vulnerabilities the group itself reported between January 2019 and December 2021, and influenced by what the group’s researchers have chosen to pursue — offers “a […]

EARN IT Act gets no changes to encryption language in Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday that is designed to crack down on child sexual abuse materials online, despite warnings from privacy advocates that the bill could pose a major threat to encrypted technologies. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act), introduced for the first time in 2020 […]

Security fears over antitrust legislation raise looming questions about a federal privacy law

A bill designed to break up America’s largest tech companies could come with an inadvertent side effect, its critics are arguing: weakening Americans’ privacy and data security. Detractors of the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act,” including Apple and Google, are campaigning against the legislation, contending that it would limit how companies are able to […]

White House hosts open-source software security summit in light of expansive Log4j flaw

Tech giants and federal agencies will meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss open-source software security, a response to the widespread Log4j vulnerability that’s worrying industry and cyber leaders. Among the attendees are companies like Apple, Facebook and Google, as well as the Apache Software Foundation, which builds Log4j, a ubiquitous open-source logging […]

NSO Group’s latest spyware on par with nation-state abilities, researchers say

When Apple announced Nov. 23 that it filed a lawsuit against Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, it claimed that the firm and its clients “devote the immense resources and capabilities of nation-states to conduct highly targeted cyberattacks.” An independent analysis published Wednesday backs that claim up. Google Project Zero researchers Ian Beer and Samuel Groß […]

CISA’s advisory panel is announced, set to make recommendations on major cyber topics

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Wednesday named members to a new cyber advisory panel that will make recommendations on subjects ranging from battling misinformation to gaining aid from the hacker community on national cyber defense. Among the 23 members selected are leaders from social media, cybersecurity companies, major technology firms and critical infrastructure […]

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