Tag Archives: Apple

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0041: The battle for privacy

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » Privacy in the digital realm has become a hot topic. There has always been a debate about the degree to which law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be allowed to snoop on what many of us would consider private communications. But that discussion became supercharged following the leaks by Edward Snowden and… Read more »

Android security: surviving the toxic hellstew

With an 87% global market share, it’s no wonder that Android devices are attracting malware authors like circling vultures – much to Apple’s delight. There’s a kind of hackers’ arms race going on as they compete to plant nastier and nastier bugs on Android phones. The latest arrival is ransomware, which infects and encrypts your files then (sometimes) releases your… Read more »

The iPhone 5s fingerprint hack – a sense of perspective

So, the Chaos Computer Club (bless ’em) have already come up with a way of hacking the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s. Somehow I knew that, if anyone was going to do it, they would. But does this mean the system is fatally flawed? No. We need a bit of perspective on this, something that isn’t always readily available… Read more »

Mac malware and missing the point

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And so, with Flashback, Mac users finally have a significant piece of malware to worry about. From the tech news sites, you’d think that the sky is falling for users of Apple’s OS X. And, as usual, they’ve completely missed a more significant point – about how malware is changing. I’ve seen one estimate that puts the number of Flashback… Read more »