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October 26, 2016

Chinese White Hats Win $200,000 for Hacking iPhones, Google Devices


The Pwn2Own contest, a hackathon run by security firm Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) in Japan sees this year’s winners in Keen Lab, a popular crew of Chinese hackers who hacked Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Nexus device.

Keen Lab compromised the iPhone 6s by targeting two iOS vulnerabilities to steal pictures from an iPhone, according to Forbes. For that hack alone, they were awarded $52,500. Furthermore, they also installed a rogue application on the iPhone 6s. However, that app did not survive beyond a reboot of the phone, due to a default iPhone security configuration that prevented persistence of malware. Still, ZDI bought the bugs used by the hackers [...]

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October 21, 2016

U.S. Officials Say Defenses Are up against Alleged Russian Hacking

The U.S. has put measures into place that is reported to stop Russia from hacking into emails that could influence the upcoming presidential election, reports NBC News.

Back in July, it was reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said that Russian state-sponsored hackers may have hacked the Democratic Party’s network and email system in an attempt to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

He said:

…experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump…that’s disturbing.

But could Russia really be looking into hacking the U.S. presidential elections?

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October 5, 2016

Cybersecurity Spending Doubles Threat Growth Sees UK Businesses Spend More On Security

As the threat of cybersecurity grows in the U.K. companies are reported to be spending twice as much to prevent their businesses from being targeted, reports City A.M.

In 2016 budgets spent on cybersecurity more than doubled compared to that spent in 2015. It’s reported that, on average, the budget rose to £6.2 million per business as the threat of cyberattacks continued to increase.

According to a PwC’s yearly Global State of Information Security Survey, the cost of preventing cyberattacks and security breaches on businesses has grown by more than half to £2.6 million. Despite interviewing over 10,000 executives from 133 countries, the survey found that U.K. companies [...]

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October 1, 2016

PC Users Will See Fingerprint Authentication Replace Passwords

Industry’s giants – Paypal, Intel, Lenovo and Synaptics – announced that they have joined forces to bring fingerprint authentication to PC consumers.

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