New jailbreak for iOS 13.5 is out
Ethical hackers have released an advanced jailbreak tool that exploits a zero-day vulnerability to support the latest iOS 13.5 version. A crew of hackers collectively calling themselves Unc0ver have masterminded a tool allowing users to jailbreak iOS 11 and later, including iOS 13.5 that went live just last week. The utility circumvents the security and software limitations built into iDevices.
iPadOS and iOS 13.5 released that patches vulnerabilities affecting the Mail app
Apple is rolling out a major update to iOS and iPadOS that addresses serious security flaws and brings several interesting features under the hood. The release of the new iPadOS and iOS 13.5 officially went live on May 20, 2020, and the update is currently underway globally. In addition to the usual bug fixes, stability tweaks, and performance improvements, it has a tangible focus on users’ health through the Exposure Notification API.
Millions of users installed iOS fleeceware from official App Store
Security analysts are reporting a growth in fleeceware apps promoted on Apple’s App Store as free ones but eventually overcharging users for junk services. Fleeceware is a researchers-coined term denoting applications that follow questionable marketing practices and exhibit the following characteristics: they provide paid features that are available at zero or lower cost in other apps; and they may also pretend to be completely free but end up charging people after a short trial period expires.
Apple is the most mimicked brand in phishing scams
According to recent findings of security analysts, Apple customers are in the epicenter of brand-based phishing attacks in Q1 2020. If you own a Mac computer or an iOS device, numerous perks are at your fingertips. The only major caveat is that you are more likely to encounter brand-related phishing hoaxes compared to customers of any other popular technology company. In case you find this statement far-fetched, the Q1 2020 Brand Phishing Report by Check Point cybersecurity firm will prove you wrong.
No chance for snoops: new iPad Pro disables the microphone when not in use
iPad models released in 2020 come with a hardware microphone disconnect feature that prevents eavesdropping when the device’s case is closed. Apple previously equipped their recent MacBook models with a security feature that intelligently switches off the microphone when the lid is closed. Now it’s turn for iPad devices to get a similar functionality off the shelf. The extra protection against snooping starts to go live in the 2020 iPad Pro. Instead of closing the lid, which is obviously not the case with the mobile devices in question, the mic cut-off feature is triggered when the user closes the case.
Apple paid white hat hacker $75,000 for unearthing zero-days
A bug bounty program is an amazingly effective way for software makers and device manufacturers to explore weaknesses in what they create. Apple joined the club in December 2019 by encouraging everyone, not only invited researchers, to put their products to the test. The first results of this move have been quick to arrive as a security analyst found a way to exploit Safari vulnerabilities and access the camera on iOS and macOS devices.