iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself

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iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself:

Apple has fixed a major security hole that potentially allowed hackers to gain access to a user’s iPhone, potentially allowing them to steal sensitive data such as passwords.

The flaw allowed hackers to break into an iPhone simply by sending them a text message with a specially-modified image file.

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Apple 2016 iPhone Sales To Fall For The First Time Due To “Lukewarm Demand”, Shipments To Drop 8.6%

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Apple 2016 iPhone Sales To Fall For The First Time Due To “Lukewarm Demand”, Shipments To Drop 8.6%:

Moments ago Japan’s Nikkei warned that Apple will see the first annual decline in iPhone shipments this year since the smartphone’s debut in 2007 “due to lukewarm demand for a new model, people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asian Review.” As Nikkei reports citing a person at a major supplier, overall iPhone shipments will total 210 to 220 million this year, falling as much as 8.6% from 2015.

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AAPL Tumbles After Report Of 70-80% Plunge In iPhone Chip Shipments

AAPL Tumbles After Report Of 70-80% Plunge In iPhone Chip Shipments:

Apple share are tumbling (as are the entire complex of suppliers) following a report from Nikkei that Taiwan Seminconductor’s shipments of iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 chips for June-Dec. period will likely shrink 70%-80% vs year earlier. As one anayst noted, a decline of more than 20-30% is not in consensus estimates. As Bloomberg reports, of particular interest is that this cut to orders is about upcoming iPhone 7, not about the well-publicized iPhone 6 slowdown.

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iPhone security flaw lets anyone access your contacts and photos without a passcode

iPhone security flaw lets anyone access your contacts and photos without a passcode:

Luckily, the flaw only affects devices that have given Siri relevant permissions to access these applications. At the time of writing there does not appear to be an official fix for the bug however concerned users can fully disable Siri on the lock screen to ensure they don’t fall victim.

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FBI’s Own Actions Likely Made Farook’s iPhone Data Inaccessible

FBI’s Own Actions Likely Made Farook’s iPhone Data Inaccessible:

On Friday, we noted that one of the reasons that the FBI was unable to get access to the data on the remaining iPhone from Syed Farook was because after the shooting and after the phone was in the hands of the government, Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino Health Department, initiated a password change on his iCloud account. That apparently messed stuff up, because without that, it would have been possible to force the phone to backup data to the associated iCloud account, where it would have been available to the FBI. But, after we published that article, a rather salient point came out: the Health Department only did this because the FBI asked it to do so.

From a San Bernardino County Twitter account:

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Is It All Just A Publicity Stunt: Apple Unlocked iPhones For The Feds 70 Times Before

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Is It All Just A Publicity Stunt: Apple Unlocked iPhones For The Feds 70 Times Before:

Apple’s stance in the San Bernardino case may not be quite the principled defense that Cook claims it is… it may have as much to do with public relations as it does with warding off what Cook called “an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.””

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