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Apple Users Fend Off Ransom Attacks Against iPhones & Macs

Happily, the attack can apparently be deterred by having a strong unlock passcode, which you already have set, right?

Owners of Mac and iOS devices have found their iPhones and iPads held for ransom through a hack that targets the Find My iPhone and Find My Mac features on these devices to trigger a remote lock of the device.

The Find My iPhone feature is meant to allow users to track missing devices on a map, remotely lock the phone in the event that the device is lost or stolen and display a message so that those who find it will see that custom message. First surfacing in numerous reports in Australia yesterday, this attack claims through the custom message to be perpetrated by an Oleg Pliss, likely a pseudonym given that the most visible person by that name is a software engineer at Oracle. The malicious hacker responsible asks through the displayed message for users to pay $100 through PayPal for the privilege of unlocking their phones.

via Apple Users Fend Off Ransom Attacks Against iPhones & Macs.

Lion security flaw makes cracking, changing passwords easier

Something to be aware of:

A security researcher has discovered that changes to Directory Services in Lion make it much easier to access and potentially crack hashed user passwords. Worse yet, it is possible for any user to change any currently logged in user’s password, making it much easier to gain root remotely.

via Lion security flaw makes cracking, changing passwords easier.

Verizon tips for Mac security and anti-virus

Some handy tips to keep your Mac safe on the Internet:

Our most critical recommendations for OS X security have not changed much since its release ten years ago:

  • Uncheck the “Open ’safe’ files after download” box in Safari’s General Preferences.
  • Utilize your browser’s security features (anti-popup, anti-phishing, etc.).
  • Run Software Update on a weekly basis, and install security updates as they are made available.
  • In the Security System Preference, be sure the firewall is on.
  • Do not download, run, or share software from unknown sources.
  • Do not open or share unexpected attachments received via email or instant messenger.
  • Only connect to trusted wireless networks.
  • In an enterprise environment, an anti-spam solution should be in place.

via Verizon Business Security Blog » Blog Archive » It’s time to consider Mac AV.

iPad News – Steve Jobs is the Devil Edition | Les Jones

Unless I win one for joining the right webinar, I’m not going to get an iPad, but not because I think Steve Jobs takes his empire a little too far…

Gawker – The Dark Side of Steve Jobs:

During a major revision to the operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad last week, Apple quietly added a new rule for all new apps: They must be originally written using one of four programming languages blessed by Apple (Objective C, C, C++ and JavaScript).

The Dark Side of Steve JobsThis sounds like a geeky footnote, but was actually a dramatic power grab. It means developers can no longer write apps in languages like C# and Flash and then use tools that automatically convert their code into iPhone-compatible software. This has become common practice, especially among games developers, including Electronic Arts, which links in an unsupported language called Lua.

iPad News – Steve Jobs is the Devil Edition | Les Jones.