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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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September 19, 2016

San Bernadino iPhone Case: Major Press Agencies Are Suing the FBI

The Associated Press, Gannett, and VICE Media are suing the FBI to know more details about the agency’s hack of the San Bernadino killer’s iPhone.

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May 9, 2016

New iPhone App Tells You If You’re Being Spied On

 A new iPhone application dubbed “System and Security Info” will tell users if their device has been jailbroken, which would go a long way in helping users check to see if they’re being spied on.

The FBI had a tough few months trying to figure out the means to crack the passcode of an iPhone without triggering the phone’s default wipe feature. As lauded as its security practices are, Apple doesn’t provide total protection for its iPhone users. No device truly can be completely hack-proof. Still, there are simpler ways of keeping malicious hackers at bay, or at-least know when they’re snooping around.

Stealthy malware rarely leaves a footprint and runs quietly in the [...]

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April 22, 2016

FBI Paid Hackers Over $1.3 Million to Hack iPhone

The iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters has been at the center of stand-off between the FBI and Apple in recent times. While Apple stuck to its no-backdoor policy, the FBI eventually recruited the help of grey-hat hackers to crack the iPhone. The cost for such a hack-job? Over $1.3 million. The highest ever publicly known fee for a hack.

In numbers researched by Reuters, it can now be confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid over $1.3 million to hackers in order to unlock the iPhone without triggering its auto-wipe security feature.

At a recent security forum in London, a moderator addressing Comey directly asked the director how much [...]

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