You know that old myth about Mac computers being invulnerable to viruses? Well, it really is a myth; Macs are vulnerable to malware and security breaches, it just happens less often. And lest you think the fine folks at Apple HQ don't have to worry about such issues, think again. According to Apple, some of its own employees suffered an attack via a Java plug-in.
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing among jailbreakers as to when Apple’s latest iOS devices might be freed from their ball and chains -- those being the A5-powered iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, of course. As the “cat and mouse game” with Apple continues, it appears that at least the iPhone 4S may soon be free, judging from a video making its way around the internet.
If you didn't get your Steve Jobs action figure, then you sure better do it soon, because Cupertino is putting the legal smack down on the Chinese manufacturer -- and more stories just like this tucked away in this week's scorching red hot barn burner of the top ten hot Apple stories you might have missed this week.
While we all wait to see if Apple’s HDTV will become a reality later this year, enterprising hackers have been hard at work over the holidays cooking up their latest magical feat: Running iOS apps full screen on the existing (jailbroken) second-generation Apple TV.
YGN identified security issues on an Apple Developers Website April 25 and immediately notified Apple. Although Apple responded on April 27, they did not fix the problems, and YGN threatened to go public with information about how to exploit the security issues a few days ago. According to YGN, just one day after the news spread about their threat, Apple finally fixed the issues.
Apple's developer website for Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPad is ripe for hacking, according to YGN Ethical Hacking Group. YGN, allegedly based out of Myanmar, claims that a malicious hacker could exploit three potential security holes in this website to launch phishing attacks. If successful, such attacks cause users to unknowingly enter credentials into a fake web page.
Take this one with a grain of salt, but a new report claims that Apple may slip out a modest iOS 4.3.1 update in the next two weeks, mostly to squash a few bugs -- and probably squash jailbreak attempts as well.
Apple’s Safari browser may be fast and the preferred choice of many, but hackers continually show off just how vulnerable it is. This week, a French hacker pwned the brand-new Safari 5.0.4 in only five seconds -- taking home a $15,000 prize as well as a new MacBook Air.
Here’s a scary statistic: If your iPhone is lost or stolen and the thief knows what they’re doing, they can get the handset to cough up passwords stored in its keychain in only six minutes -- without ever having to crack through your passcode.
As Apple users, we enjoy a lot of perks. Our equipment, when called upon, just works. Our software is often a joy to work with, and when we party, our devices allow us to party hard. Traditionally, Macs computers and iOS mobile devices have been far more secure than those of Windows and Android users. Sadly, if the security experts at McAfee are correct, the days of our being able to chortle in the face of viruses and malware may soon be coming to an end.