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7. Oktober 2018

Department of Homeland Security Has ‚No Reason to Doubt‘ Apple’s Denial of Supply Chain Compromise

In a statement issued Saturday evening, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it has „no reason to doubt“ the companies who denied this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek report about China tampering with servers manufactured by Supermicro.

”The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise. Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story. Information and communications technology supply chain security is core to DHS’s cybersecurity mission and we are committed to the security [...]

 
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5. Oktober 2018

UK’s Cyber Security Agency Supports Apple’s Denial of China Having Infiltrated iCloud Servers

The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre has backed Apple’s and Amazon’s denials of a Bloomberg Businessweek report that claimed Chinese spies planted tiny chips the size of a pencil tip on motherboards manufactured by Supermicro, which both Apple and Amazon used at one time in data center servers.

„We are aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple,“ the agency, a unit of the GCHQ, said in a statement provided to Reuters today.

„The NCSC engages confidentially with security researchers and urges anybody with credible intelligence about these [...]

 
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29. September 2018

Facebook Uncovers ‚Security Issue‘ Affecting Nearly 50 Million Accounts

Facebook this morning announced that its engineering team on Tuesday discovered that hackers have exploited a vulnerability in its code, allowing hackers to steal Facebook access tokens for almost 50 million accounts.

According to Facebook, hackers took advantage of security flaws in its „View As“ code, which is a feature designed to let people see what their profile looks like to someone else. The Facebook access tokens that were stolen are digital keys that allow people to stay logged in to Facebook.

This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in [...]

 
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18. September 2018

Apple Shares Updated iOS Security Guide With Info on Shortcuts, Siri Suggestions, Screen Time and More

Apple today published an updated version of its iOS security white paper [PDF] for iOS 12, with information on new features and updates introduced with the iOS 12 software.

According to Apple’s Document Revision History, the updated guide covers iOS 12 features like Siri Suggestions, Siri Shortcuts, the Shortcuts app, Screen Time, Password AutoFill Student ID cards, and more.

On Siri Suggestions, for example, Apple explains that suggestions for apps and shortcuts are generated using on-device machine learning, with no data going to Apple except info that can’t be used to identify the user.

On the Shortcuts app, Apple explains that shortcuts [...]

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