Thursday, October 1, 2020

Checklist 200: TikTok, TV, and Time for a Checklist

On this week’s Checklist, we discuss a rapidly changing App Store story, we talk about streaming services and privacy, and we show you how to keep your wits in a cybersecurity emergency. This week’s Checklist covers: App bans … on hold?Is...

Apple updates iOS, macOS, and more

Apple has issued its initial round of updates to iOS 14, just a little over a week after the new mobile OS was first released to the public. In addition, there were updates to macOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS...

TikTok and WeChat bans on hold for now

With the United States threatening to make good on its promise to pull them from U.S. app marketplaces, popular apps TikTok and WeChat are granted a last-minute stay of execution. The post TikTok and WeChat bans on hold for now...

macOS Big Sur security and privacy guide

Apple will soon release macOS Big Sur to the public — and it looks like it will bring a number of important security and privacy enhancements. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the...

New iPads, Apple Watches, and more at the Apple Special Event

Apple held a special event this week to introduce several new devices and features. Here are some of the highlights:  Apple Watch Series 6 As expected, Apple used the special event to introduce the Apple Watch Series 6. Although a number...

Checklist 199: iOS 14 Privacy Features with Nick Leon

With iOS 14 out for less than 24-hours, now is an excellent time to look at some of its privacy improvements. Nick Leon joins us to address them. The post Checklist 199: iOS 14 Privacy Features with Nick Leon appeared...

Checklist 198: Listener Tracking in Podcasts with Rob Walch

Did you know that some podcasts actually track their listeners? Rob joins us today to talk about how the tracking occurs and about a new tool on the way to fight it. The post Checklist 198: Listener Tracking in...

Is App Notarization broken?

Security researchers have discovered a variant of Shlayer malware — an extremely common macOS threat — that appears to have circumvented Apple’s App Notarization process. The post Is App Notarization broken? appeared first on SecureMac.

What is geofencing?

Federal judges in the United States are starting to push back against police requests for “geofence warrants”, citing constitutional concerns. In this short article, we’ll introduce you to the issue, tell you what it means for your privacy, and...

Checklist 197: Staring at the Cloud with Dominique West

On this Checklist, we talk with cloud security expert Dominique West. The conversation covers career paths in infosec, today’s changing threat landscape, common misconceptions about cloud security, and the importance of community to the industry. The post Checklist 197: Staring...

Guide to iOS 14 Privacy Features

Apple has just released iOS 14 to the public, it has a number of important privacy enhancements that you should know about. In this guide, we’ll walk you through iOS 14’s privacy features, and give you tips and how-tos...

Ransomware attacks by amateur Iranian hackers used “off-the-shelf” malware

Threat researchers are reporting that low-skilled Iranian hackers carried out a number of successful attacks against enterprise targets in June. The incident highlights the growing threat of off-the-shelf malware to businesses and individuals. In this short article, we’ll tell you...

Checklist 196 : The Art of Mac Malware: Analysis with Patrick Wardle

Mac malware expert Patrick Wardle is writing a book — and he’s asking for help from the security community. We sat down with him to discuss: The book and its audienceInsights for everyday usersLooking ahead to publication A different kind of...

Checklist 195: Attacks on the 2020 Election with Nick Leon

The 2020 U.S. election is under attack. Who’s doing it? Why? How? And what can we do stop it? SecureMac’s Nick Leon joins us to talk it over. The post Checklist 195: Attacks on the 2020 Election with Nick Leon...

XCSSET: New Mac malware infects Xcode projects

Security researchers have discovered an interesting new variety of macOS malware that spreads by attacking Xcode projects. It’s called XCSSET, and in this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know about this unusual threat in order to...

When Coffee Machines Demand Ransom, You Know IoT Is Screwed

A researcher reverse engineered an internet-connected coffee maker to see what kinds of hacks he could do with it. The answer: quite a lot.

Russian Gets 7 Years in Prison for Linkedin, Dropbox & Formspring Hacks

A Russian man received a seven-year prison sentence for having hacked into computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring. On September 30, Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, sentenced Yevgeniy Alexandrovich Nikulin,...
Bruce Schneier

Detecting Deep Fakes with a Heartbeat

Researchers can detect deep fakes because they don’t convincingly mimic human blood circulation in the face: In particular, video of a person’s face contains subtle shifts in color that result from pulses in blood circulation. You might imagine that these...

Anthem to Pay Nearly $40M Settlement Over 2015 Cyberattack

Health insurer Anthem has agreed to another multimillion-dollar settlement over a cyberattack on its technology that exposed the personal information of nearly 79 million people. read more

#BeCyberSmart – why friends don’t let friends get scammed

Friends don't let friends get scammed. Because cybercrime hurts us all.