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13. Juni 2018

Ring’s New $199 ‚Ring Alarm‘ Security System Now Available for Pre-Order

Ring, the Amazon-owned company known for its camera-equipped doorbells, today announced that its new Ring Alarm security system is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping out on July 3.

First announced in the fall of 2017, the Ring Alarm is marketed as a „do-it-yourself“ home security system that does not require professional installation, nor are its users required to sign up for a long-term contract.

For $199, the Ring Alarm system includes a Base Station, a Keypad, a Contact Sensor that can be situated on a window or a door, a Motion Detector, and a Range Extender.

It is designed to be paired with existing Ring Cameras [...]

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12. Juni 2018

Third-Party macOS Security Tools Vulnerable to Malware Code-Signing Bypasses for Years

Hackers have had an „easy way“ to get certain malware past signature checks in third-party security tools since Apple’s OS X Leopard operating system in 2007, according to a detailed new report today by Ars Technica. Researchers discovered that hackers could essentially trick the security tools — designed to sniff out suspiciously signed software — into thinking the malware was officially signed by Apple while they in fact hid malicious software.

The researchers said that the signature bypassing method is so „easy“ and „trivial“ that pretty much any hacker who discovered it could pass off malicious code as an app that [...]

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6. Juni 2018

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking New Anti-Drone Legislation in National Security Effort

In a renewed effort to clamp down on potentially threatening drone use, the United States Department of Homeland Security today will be urging Congress to approve new anti-drone legislation. Specifically, the proposed legislation would give the U.S. federal government new powers „to disable or destroy“ any drone perceived to be „threatening“ (via Reuters).

The DHS deputy general counsel Hayley Chang and undersecretary for intelligence and analysis David Glawe are set to speak on behalf of the department in an effort to seek „new authority“ on the drone issue. Specifically, the DHS is looking at national security threats that can and have [...]

 
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5. Juni 2018

Apple Details Upcoming Privacy and Security Protections in macOS Mojave

Apple is beefing up security in both iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, and in a yesterday’s Platforms State of the Union event for developers, Apple outlined a number of new protections that are coming to the Mac with Mojave.

First of all, Apple is extending privacy protections to the camera, microphone, and other sensitive user data that includes mail database, message history, Safari data, Time Machine backups, iTunes device backups, locations and routines, and system cookies.

In macOS Mojave, apps will need express user consent for all API and direct access to these resources, with users able to access their security preferences in the Security section of System [...]

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