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Modified Trojan Disables Auto-updating Function Of Anti-Malware Tools In OS X





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Last month it was reported that a new trojan known as Flashback.A has appeared and masqueraded as a Flash Player installer. Though Apple has continuously updated its XProtect.plist to detect this malware, security firm F-Secure has informed (via ZDNet) that a modified version of the trojan horse that disables the auto-updating function of Apple’s anti-malware tools has surfaced.


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Written by maxim

Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 13:59

Amazon announced iPad killer: Kindle Fire



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Today Amazon announced their tablet called Kindle Fire. It has 7" IPS display, custom android OS, weights 413g, has 8Gb of storage, Wifi. Unfortunately it does not have 3G. The price is attractive though - $199. Shipments start November 15.

We are not sure that this device can be a real iPad killer. However it will definitely compete with other Android tablets, like Blackberry Playbook, HP Touchpad and others.

More specs:


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Skype Released Updates For Its Native iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Apps



Today Skype updated its app for iPad as well as version for iPhone and iPod touch. Now the Skype app for iPad has Bluetooth connectivity on iPad 2 and a bugfix for security problems. Also the app can operate both on iPad and iPad 2. The program for iPhone/iPod touch also supports Bluetooth on the fourth-gen iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4.


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Apple Updates Anti-Malware Tools to Address New Trojan Threat



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Blurred screenshot of PDF file deployed by OSX/Revir.A

Late last week, a new trojan threat has targeted Mac users. It consists of two parts, with the first being a trojan downloader known as "OSX/Revir.A" that downloads and opens a PDF document containing "offensive political statements" written in Chinese, and installs a a backdoor known as OSX/Imuler.A that allows to get access to the user's machine.

When the backdoor is installed, it will set up a launch agent on the system that is used to continually keep the malware active on the system. It will then connect to a remote server and send the system's current username and MAC address to the server, after which the server will instruct it to either archive files and upload them, or take screenshots and upload them to the server.

Apple has quickly responded having updated its malware definitions for Snow Leopard and Lion systems so that they can recognize the trojan.

CNET has also reported that another trojan horse, known as OSX/flashback.A, has been discovered. The new trojan masquerades as a Flash Player installer to trick users into installing the package.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 16:21

Kensington Announced Two New Security Products For iPad And iPhone



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Kensington has announced a couple of security products for iPhone and iPad including lock mechanism SecureBack and intergrated alarm case BungeAir for iPhone.


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Thursday, September 15th, 2011. 20:19

Apple Hunting For People To Beef Up ‘New Product Security’



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After amazing lost of the iPhone 5 prototype, Apple seems to start worry about their forthcoming devices, having posted a job listing for two positions that are titled “New Product Security Managers”. Noteworthy to say, that these positions became available just a day after there appeared rumors claiming that Apple had lost the iPhone 5 prototype at a San Francisco bar. That’s probably somewhat of a coincidence, but it is obvious that the company does its best to protect future products and its intellectual property, describing the new jobs as follows:

The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple’s unreleased products and related intellectual property. Position will reside in Cupertino, California and will require up to 30% travel (international and domestic). The individual will collaborate with other security managers by contributing to, and managing execution of, strategic initiatives set forth by Director, Global Security.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011. 16:47

Carriers Currently Testing iPhone 5 in Sealed Boxes



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In June it was reported that the carries were testing the new iPhone 5. And now The Guardian offers some details on the carrier testing process, suggesting that Apple could be ready for September launch of the iPhone 5.

My carrier sources tell me that the boxes in which the new iPhone hardware is encased have been transported to carriers for testing. This is an important step in the release cycle for any phone. ... The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It's very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there's no clue to what the actual phone will do.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011. 15:54

Apple Released iOS 4.3.5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch



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Apple released iOS 4.3.5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The new firmware fixes a security update with certificate validation. For Verizon iPhone owners Apple released iOS 4.2.10.

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 3G

You can update via iTunes or download using direct links here.




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Not Only iPhone But Even Apple Store Can Be Faked



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China is a home not only of  fake iPhones, but also of  fake Apple Stores. A fake Apple Store is shown on the pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore). This store is a complete fake with everything that the Apple Store has. It offers all from blue shirts with logos of Apple to name labels for the staff. This store features a light exterior with a luminous, white Apple logo shining in the most conspicuous place.


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Apple released iOS 4.3.4 that blocks JailbreakMe exploit



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Apple has released iOS 4.3.4 to block the PDF exploit used by comex in JailbreakMe utility. JailbreakMe can wireless jailbreak all devices on iOS 4.3.3.

iOS 4.3.4 Software Update
Fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files.

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone 4 (GSM model)
• iPhone 3GS
• iPad 2
• iPad
• iPod touch (4th generation)
• iPod touch (3rd generation)

For iPhone 4 Verizon Apple released iOS 4.2.9.

The official information is available here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222




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Mac OS X Lion Round Up



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Mac OS X is almost 10 years, but it still continues to evolve and as Phillip Schiller claims "not because of hardware, but because of software."  During yesterdays keynote Apple unveiled only ten of 250 new features in Mac OS X Lion.Some of the new features include Windows Migration Assistant, a new version of FileVault, built-in FaceTime and more.

Lion will be available only through App Store as a 4 GB download for $29.99. So you pay ones and may install the new software on all your machines. Little bit strange but App did announce an exact date of MacOS X Lion release.

"New" features that were announced during keynote, include:


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WWDC 2011 liveblog: iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud and more!



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WWDC 2011 liveblog: iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud and more! (stevejobswwdc2011liveblogkeynote1117)


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Monday, June 6th, 2011. 20:25

New Mac Defender Variant Bypasses Apple’s Security Update



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Yesterday we reported that Apple had released the Security Update for Snow Leopard users to automatically find and remove the known variants of the Mac Defender malware. Apple enables OS X to update malware definitions daily to make sure that new versions of Mac Defender and other malware software will be discovered and removed. But despite all Apple’s efforts, there was found a new variant of Mac Defender that manages to circumvent Apple’s new security update and work exactly like Mac Defender.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011. 15:06

Apple Releases Security Update To Remove Mac Defender



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Apple has released a software update that is able to automatically find and remove known variants of the MacDefender malware. The company added a “OSX.MacDefender.A” definition to the malware check  and while installation the malware should be find and removed, then users should be notified that the MacDefender is removed.

Apple maintains a list of known malicious software that is used during the safe download check to determine if a file contains malicious software. The list is stored locally, and with Security Update 2011-003 is updated daily by a background process.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011. 16:37

New rumors about iPhone 4S и iPhone 5



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Macotakara posted some new rumors about upcoming iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models.

According to an anonymous source, this reported product by DigiTimes is improved model of iPhone 4 on same form factor, and uses ARM Cortex-A9 chip as CPU, but it is not confirmed whether this model has single CPU or with dual CPU's.

They confirmed that the new iPhone (called “iPhone 4S”) will carry ARM Cortex-A9 CPU (A5 chip), however it is unknown whoever it will be single or dual core. The iPhone 4S is said to include the * mega-pixel camera and 3-4 antennas to provide compatibility with both AT&T and Verizon networks. Macotakara revived rumors about sim-less iPhone with built-in chip inside with network settings.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011. 14:13