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iMessage zero-click exploit weaponized to surveil journalists

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have recently unearthed an unprecedented cyber-espionage move targeting 37 journalists at Al Jazeera, a major media organization headquartered in Qatar. This campaign was allegedly set in motion using a zero-click exploit chain dubbed Kismet, which hinges on an undocumented iMessage vulnerability.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Apple enforces new rigid app privacy requirements

Apple has made a bold move to pull the plug on app makers’ privacy foul play. The new rules now in effect require that every developer provides a clear-cut summary of what types of data their products collect. This is expected to raise users’ awareness of the potential privacy roadblocks they may hit down the road when using a particular application.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Long-standing Safari bug could fuel misinformation campaigns

The bug allowing this unorthodox exploitation to occur was originally spotted by the MacRumors website crew almost two years ago (in February 2019). In a nutshell, it boils down to an imperfection in the link-sharing feature of Safari on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mobile devices. While allowing anyone to add a text excerpt from an arbitrary article to the iMessage link preview...

David Balaban
David Balaban

Cdn.districtm.io pop-up virus removal from Mac, iPhone, iPad

Hassle-free web browsing becomes a misnomer when intrusive pop-ups kick in. The root causes for this kind of a drag can range from site misconfigurations and aggressive advertising to social engineering and malware activity. The cdn.districtm.io certificate alerts shown on arbitrary sites appear to fit the mold of a glitch, but it could be difficult to tell this issue from skillfully cloaked malvertising.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Here is why sharing your custom iPhone home screen is a bad idea

The latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices comes with awesome UI tweaks, important vulnerability patches, Siri improvements, Safari privacy enhancements, and many more bells and whistles under the hood. One of the features most welcomed by iPhone fans is that the home screen can finally be personalized via widgets, custom wallpapers, and favorite apps library.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Remove "Do you want to download f.txt.js" pop-up virus from Mac

Mac adware and browser hijackers tend to be treated synonymously these days, because most browser-targeting threats are hybrid and call forth a mix of noxious symptoms. If a sketchy ad is recurrently popping up in the middle of web surfing sessions on different websites, it means that the root cause for the issue resides in the system rather than the web services being visited.

David Balaban
David Balaban