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

Posted on October 26th, 2016.

  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...

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Communication

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

Posted on September 19th, 2016.

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

Posted on May 9th, 2016.

 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...

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FBI Paid Hackers Over $1.3 Million to Hack iPhone

Posted on April 22nd, 2016.

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...

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Cybersecurity

FBI Paid Hackers to Unlock San Bernardino iPhone

Posted on April 13th, 2016.

A new report has revealed that the FBI’s means to cracking the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone was by recruiting the help of professional hackers. One of the biggest news stories of the year just became a tad more interesting. A new report from the Washington Post has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resorted to...

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Cybersecurity

Apple Reveals FAQs Answering Questions about Pro-Encryption Stance

Posted on February 22nd, 2016.

Following Tim Cook’s all-encompassing open letter that revealed the US Government’s request to create a backdoor for an iPhone, Apple has released a new FAQ that answers questions that followed the original open letter. Once again, Apple has reiterated its stance on being for encryption as well as dispelling doubts and concerns on its...

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Cybersecurity

New York Bill Would Mandate Backdoors into Smartphones

Posted on January 14th, 2016.

A new bill up for consideration in the New York state assembly would mandate smartphone manufacturers to decrypt their phones for law enforcement to install backdoors and gain access to smartphones on demand. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Matt Titone in summer 2015 was referred to the committee last week, also proposes a $2,500...

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Companies

Most of America’s 100M+ Active iPhones Are on iPhone 6 or Later

Posted on November 20th, 2015.

The first statistic that might surprise the reader is that roughly one in three Americans is apparently using an iPhone. Using raw numbers and discounting for multiple phone ownerships, anyway. Data recently compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows there are currently 101 million iPhones in use in the United States. The...

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Cybersecurity

iOS Hackers Win a Million-Dollar Bug Bounty

Posted on November 3rd, 2015.

Security firm Zerodium has announced that an anonymous hacker group will claim the million-dollar reward for successfully developing a remote hacking technique to compromise the latest variants of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S. Apple’s iOS & MacOS software are generally considered hard nuts to crack by hackers. Tim Cook’s stance on...

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Breaches

Hackers Figure Out How to Remotely Talk to Siri

Posted on October 15th, 2015.

An exploit like this was bound to happen. Voice recognition technology may have been an idea since Star Trek or before, but it’s only really come to the consumer front in the past few years with the rise of Android and iOS, both of which have voice-activated virtual assistants. Now hackers have, brilliantly, figured out how to...

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Bugs

YiSpecter Malware Targets All iOS Devices: More than 100 Apps are Compromised

Posted on October 5th, 2015.

A new ad-based malware dubbed “YiSpecter” is now infecting iPhones and iPads that are both jailbroken and non-jailbroken by abusing private APIs within the iOS system, discovers a security firm. Security firm Palo Alto Networks has uncovered a new malware that appears to originate from an advertising company in China by...

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Cybersecurity

KeyRaider Malware Results in World’s Largest iCloud Hijack

Posted on August 31st, 2015.

In what is seen as the most comprehensive Apple accounts hijack in history, a malware named ‘KeyRaider’ is said to affect over 225,000 jailbroken Apple devices. A new iOS malware known as KeyRaider, targeting jailbroken devices, has already claimed private account information from over 225,000 Apple accounts, reports ThreatPost. A team...

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Lifestyle

Apple Makes More Money Than All Other Smart Phone Manufacturers Combined

Posted on July 14th, 2015.

The margin on Apple’s iPhone products may be a lot higher than you previously suspected, as the company presently makes more than 92% of the operating profits in the smartphone industry while selling roughly a fifth of the phones. This recent figure takes into account the top 8 smartphone manufacturers, putting Apple up against...

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Lifestyle

Apple iOS 9 Beta Available for All

Posted on July 11th, 2015.

Anyone with an iOS device can now download the next version of its operating system ahead of the official release. Apple has uncharacteristically decided to be somewhat open on its development process, though it would seem the move was mostly so that developers could make sure that their apps would work in the new environment. The...

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Gaming

New App Review Series 1: ’45’ Demonstrates How Fun Simple Apps Can Be

Posted on January 12th, 2015.

Welcome to Hacked’s first series, which is yet to be named. This series will focus on reviewing new (mainly indie) mobile applications, with the hopes of encouraging indie developers to create apps. I will write new reviews for this series periodically, likely every other week. The first review will be on the application ‘45’,...

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Communication

Welcome to 2016? Twitter Locks Out Android Users and Time-Travels Past The New Year

Posted on December 29th, 2014.

It looks like Twitter decided to kick the DeLorean up to 88 MPH and skip past almost all of 2015 just before the New Year arrives. Due to a bug in a single line of code, Twitter went down for five and a half hours for Android users, locking them out of the app entirely. The cause? Twitter thought it was December 29, 2015.

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Mobile Application Wakie Starts Your Day Off Right

Posted on December 29th, 2014.

Wakie is a mobile phone application that allows people from around the world to wake other people up, just like an alarm clock. It’s currently on Google Play, the Windows Store, and, as of two weeks ago, the App Store. Wakie is an interesting idea with a ton of potential. This review is for the iPhone application.