Apple's iOS has a reputation for being a more secure operating system than Google's Android, and as the Washington Post reports, it deserves it. Earlier this week reports from surveillance firm Gamma Group leaked that discussed the capabilities of its FinSpy software, and the documents listed an crucial caveat — the software won't work on iPhones unless the phone is jailbroken.
One of the prevailing themes of 2013 was the invasion of privacy, and as AppleInsider reports, new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that some Mac users have more to worry about besides the NSA. Based on their findings, the iSight camera on Macs made in 2008 and before can be activated without triggering the green light signaling that it's on. The flaw in question doesn't work on later models, but that doesn't mean that updated versions haven't been written.
Proving that tech companies can set aside their rivalries and differences for a good cause, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have launched a campaign calling for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.
Back when all the concerns about the NSA and government surveillance first started making the rounds, Apple was one of the first companies to push for "greater transparency" in declaring the requests it received from the U.S. government. With a brief released today, Apple shows that it wasn't just blowing smoke.
We still don't know if Apple and other tech companies' denial of direct involvement in the PRISM scandal has any truth (although we can at least be happy that Apple was apparently the last to participate), but we can take some comfort in the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook seems to want to do something about it. According to Politico, Cook and other tech representatives held a confidential meeting this week with other tech executives and President Obama to discuss government surveillance programs.