A hacking group exposed some nasty holes that Apple has patched with an emergency fix.
Over the past few days, Apple has released a point-release to iOS 9.3 – iOS 9.3.5 – that was released to patch vulnerabilities exploited by the Pegasus malware. Pegasus, a set of tools that is branded as "lawful intercept" spyware by the NSO Group and has sold to some nation states for up to $1M USD. It could be used to remotely jailbreak iPhones and then use the device’s microphone to eavesdrop on suspected dissidents and its cameras to capture images of them.
iOS 9.3.5 was released to specifically thwart this malware.
Pegasus was highly sophisticated, silently installing itself via a link sent to an unsuspecting user via text message. Once installed, Pegasus can do more than just spy on you, it can also intercept cellular calls, Facetime audio and video calls, text messages, email and more. The software has been nicknamed an attack "lookout."
Security Analysis firm Lookout indicates that Pegasus can take advantage of the following security weaknesses in iOS 9.x:
Time to get your groove on with these popular MP3 player downloads!
Music is a huge motivator for me. If there’s one thing that I know I need on a daily basis, it’s a healthy injection of my tunes. In many cases, this is most easily remedied by firing up Music on my iPhone, and I’m good to go. However, this doesn’t always work, especially when you’re in an interior room or office in a Chicago high rise and you can’t get a cell signal when you don’t have any music stored on your phone.
That’s when you need a different music player download to save the day.
MP3 music players on your PC or Mac can come in a few different forms and types; and it’s important that we outline the differences.
- Streaming Apps – the type of player that will play music only via an active internet connection. Music is not stored or cataloged locally
- Local Music Players – the type of player that will play only local copies of music files. Music is stored and cataloged locally
Why are they so important? That’s simple – Music downloads and sales. Streaming music player apps make it very easy for listeners to discover new music, as it functions very much like traditional radio. Listeners can find music and listen to it in a “try before you buy” environment. Some services offer purchase links to artists and songs directly within the app, the idea behind all of this, however, is sales. Both streaming services and record labels are hoping that after you find new music, you’ll either purchase a subscription to the service, or you go and buy and download the album or tracks you’re interested in.
Yeah… “It’s good to be the king…!”
Those of you that recognize the comic line from Mel Brook’s History of the World: Part 1 will recall that it was used by Mel Brooks during the montage on pre-Revolutionary France where Brooks played King Louis XVI. The king gets to do whatever he wants. Therefore it’s good to be the king…
I’ve been looking for a simple explanation of the All Writs Act of 1789 and for a straight forward explanation on how it applies to the Apple v. FBI case. I found part of this, here. The Act in and of itself is a simple two sentence, two point piece of legislation that provides the government and law enforcement a great deal of latitude when pursuing justice. As its short and to the point, I’m including the full text of the statute, below:
The FBI’s request for Apple to crack the San Bernardino terrorist iPhone 5c isn’t as cut and dry as it might appear…
This story has been making headlines for quite some time now, and I honestly think that it will continue to make headlines for some time to come. In fact, I can see this subject staying in the news for at least the next couple of months…
This is perhaps one of the most controversial issues I’ve seen out of the tech sector in a very long time. I’m also not entirely certain that there has EVER been such a controversial or politically charged issue on the minds of nearly every personal computer user – like, EVER.
At the heart of the issue is the iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and injured another 22 during a training class and party in December 2015. The FBI has tried to access the iPhone 5c, but have not been able to get past its passcode, which resets after 10 failed attempts, rendering the device inaccessible.
During the week of 2016-02-14 to 2016-02-20, a federal judge ordered that Apple must assist the FBI in getting past the passcode screen. Apple, has since refused to comply with this order, stating that they intend to fight the order, which they see as a violation of the right to privacy and of civil liberties.
At issue, is not this one single iPhone, owned by the (uninvolved and unknowing) business that Farook worked for. According to Apple, the only way to gain access to an iPhone locked with a passcode is to crack the encryption and build a back door into the OS. According to the FBI, Apple doesn’t have to create that back door. They can simply modify this one, particular iPhone 5c and give the FBI the access they need.
Apple released the latest version of iOS 9 into the wild the other day…
As of this writing, the fifth version of iOS 9, iOS 9.2.1 has been released into the wild. Previously, Apple released 9.0.1, 9.0.2, iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 after the initial release of iOS 9.0 in the third quarter of last year (2015). iOS 9.2.1 has been in testing since mid-December 2015 and has seen three beta releases.
As updates and releases go, iOS 9.2.1 isn’t a big one. It’s got bug fixes and security updates in it, including an MDM fix for enterprise customers. iOS 9.2.1 will be followed in short order by iOS 9.3, which is currently sitting in beta testing with members of Apple’s Developer community. It should be released in about 6-8 weeks, so some time this coming Spring. Its considered to be a much bigger update, with iOS’ new Night Shift feature as a major deliverable. Night Shift is intended to change the overall color of the light used by your iOS screens (changing it from blue to yellow). Cutting down on blue light exposure in the evening hours will help promote better sleep and sleep habits for individuals who use their iDevices moments before trying to close their eyes and go to sleep. IOS 9.3 will also introduce new educational features, too.
If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, iOS 9.3 will also include new Quick Actions and it will introduce updates for apps and features like Apple News, Apple Notes, Apple Health, Siri, CarPlay as well as other updates and features.
IOS 9.2.1 is available now and should be a 170-300MB OTA (over the air) update.
Apple released updates to watchOS, iOS and OS X.
I knew things were close to being done for all three of these releases, but I wasn’t certain when Apple would green light changes to watchOS 2.0.1, iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1. Today, Apple released all three of these updates to a much awaiting public. The big news (as far as the OS carrousel, though) is the fact nearly no one saw the release of watchOS 2.0.1 coming. Apple didn’t announce or release it to its Developer Community at all.
I’m going to run down all of the changes for each and then I’ll have a bit to say on the changes overall, before I wrap it all up