Well, have we all cooled down since WWDC? Good. Sure, little bits of info keep on trickling in of this discovery inside the code of iOS 8's beta or in Yosemite's plist files, but for now we're firmly focused on new hardware - - until some new beta is released with lots of new goodies to dig into. For now, we've got some good news, some weird news, and some improvements all around, so let's get newsing.
Around two weeks ago, hackers identifying themselves with names like "Oleg Pliss" started holding iOS devices and even Mac computers hostage in exchange for payment — but now they've been caught in their Russian homeland.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
Apple has done a lot to keep iPhones safer from thefts over the last year or so, most notably in the introduction of Activation Lock with iOS 7. But now Dutch publication De Telegraaf (via MacRumors) reports that two hackers dubbing themselves AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog have found a way around Apple's usually effective system for keeping user data safe.
Only two weeks later, it's already time for another security update for Adobe's Flash player, reports Ars Technica. The culprit this time is a hole in security that lets unsavory coders inject malicious code into both Mac and Windows computers. According to security firm FireEye, it's already responsible for attacks on three nonprofit organizations.
Yesterday, Apple finally came around on the subject of two-step verification. And for many, the move seemed like Cupertino was taking a stronger stance on protecting those valuable Apple ID accounts. But unfortunately, a new security hole may have opened in the process.
The tech world had a rather amusing reaction to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins calling the iPhone's user interface dated on Monday, especially considering how long the smartphone maker formerly known as Research in Motion had let its own mobile OS languish. But there was plenty of other interesting news to start off the week, so let's fly through a recap of five more stories right now...