A new trojan specifically for Macs has been discovered that installs an adware plugin. The malware attempts to monetize its attack by injecting ads into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (the most popular browsers on Apple’s desktop platform) in the hopes that users will generate money for its creators by viewing (and maybe even clicking) them.
The threat, detected as “Trojan.Yontoo.1” by Russian security firm Doctor Web, is part of a wider scheme of adware for OS X that has “been increasing in number since the beginning of 2013,” according to the company. The security firm chose to underline Yontoo because it can download and install an adware browser plugin, making it slightly more modular as attackers could potential swap out the threat for an updated one or a different one entirely.
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Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Tuesday, a software update that makes improvements to Maps in Japan and, more importantly, fixes a bug in iOS that allowed someone to bypass the lock screen on an iPhone and access the phone app.
Discovered late last month, the iOS vulnerability involved manipulating the iPhone’s emergency call functionality and power button to gain access to the phone. Specifically, someone would start to make an emergency call, and cancel it while toggling the phone’s on/off switch. Doing so would grant that person temporary access to the phone.
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Adobe Systems Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch has been hired by Apple to become the tech giant’s vice president of technologies. According to a report by CNBC, Lynch will report to Apple senior vice president of technologies Bob Mansfield.
Adobe reported Lynch would leave the company for “other opportunities” in Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Apple later confirmed Lynch’s hire and position in the company to All Things Digital.
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A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs. Apple has released software updates for systems running OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 that will update Java to fix the security flaw, and remove the Flashback malware if it is present. For Macs running Mac OS X v10.5 or earlier, you can better protect yourself from this malware by disabling Java in your web browser(s) preferences.
In a sign of Apple’s increasing vulnerability to attacks, some Mac computers belonging to Apple employees were infected with Java-related malware when the employees visited a software development website.
Apple admitted its systems were penetrated by hackers. In the wake of this attack Apple released the update to its Java package for Mac computers that can remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
The Apple hacks happened when vulnerability in Java, from Oracle Corp., allowed hackers access to core computing systems, but the same vulnerability may also put regular PC users at risk. A similar Java related exploit against Facebook was revealed Friday.
Scott Brown’s claim that his infamous “whatever” and “bqhatevwr” tweets were the result of innocent, accidental pocket-tweeting. Pocket tweeting is nearly impossible using Siri or the touch screen lets show you how.
The touchscreen requires finger touch that’s why people buy special gloves in the winter because if not they cannot touch the screen, so navigating to the Twitter compose screen, inputting a sentence that is contextually relevant, and hitting send, never mind three times in a row seems like a stretch.
Siri is another matter altogether since Siri requires voice command s you would have to say “Twitter App” and the “Compose” then after the tweet is assembled say “send”. So saying Siri did it cannot be used as an excuse.
Since Scott Brown is a politician he is required to have a lock on his phone that automatically initiates after 1 minute of no use so how did the lock get off his phone while in his pocket.
Now that we have explained how the technology works you can now many your own conclusion.
Apple shares fell after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weaker than expected demand and the product not selling well. Apple which has fallen to 5.5% market share behind Nokia 19.2% and Samsung at 22.9% which both sell the droid operating system on their own hardware.
People have been quoted as saying the first iPhone was a head of its time and for first 2 to 3 years there were innovative now they are playing catch up. There is other possible reasons why Apple has cut their component orders from Samsung.
- On October 12, 2012 Reports said Apple is planning to shift production of its ARM-based microprocessors from Samsung to the Taiwanese chip-baking giant TSMC as early as next year.
- Back in October 22, 2012 there was a report that Samsung was cutting LCD supply chain to Apple. Later Samsung claimed the rumor to be false.
- In early November 12th 2012 I be leave Samsung hit Apple with a 20% price increase on mobile processors.
- Apple is moving some of their production to the United States.
- Apple and Samsung are in law suits over patent infringement.
- The holiday season has come to an end and United States still has tough economy
I am not saying Apple sales are not slowing down. What I am saying is I think it’s possible that maybe the orders for iPhone 5 components are slowing down because Apple is planning a hardware vender change or a product direction change time will tell.
The latest versions of Apple’s iMac which unveiled in October will go on sale tomorrow November 30, 2012. Apple said that the 21.5-inch iMac will be available through its online and retail stores and via some Apple resellers and will begin shipping in December.
The 2012 edition of the iMac desktops come with 8GB of memory, a 1-terabyte hard drive, a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce graphics processors, and the new Fusion Drive, a hybrid that combines solid-state storage with a traditional platter-based hard drive.
The 21.5-inch model starts at $1,299, and the 27-inch model starts at $1,799.
Apple has fired the manager in charge of its controversial mapping software, according to a new report. Bloomberg said Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue recently fired Richard Williamson, who was in charge of the company’s maps software for iOS.
Williamson had been with Apple since 2001 and at Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer before that and was the senior director of Apple’s iOS services team. In October Apple announced that its iOS chief Scott Forstall would be leaving the company as part of a larger executive shakeup.
We reported Apple’s CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for Maps in late September and even suggested alternatives to Apple Maps, noting that it “fell short” of the company’s commitment to provide the “best experience possible” to users.
Williamson appears to be the latest fall guy in Apple’s attempt to set its image straight. This is Apple trying to prove they are just as strong without Jobs. Apple is setting an example to shareholders, employees, investors and customers.
Step-by-Step guide on how to show hidden files on Mac OSX
On may occasions I have had to hook up a crashed Windows drive up to my Mac to copy over users data. Some Outlook files and database files are hidden that I need to copy so I needed to find a way to unhide hidden files on Mac.
Just follow the steps below and your finder will show hidden files:-
1. Start your “Terminal”
2. Copy this string into terminal window
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
To disable the show hidden files in Finder, follow the steps below:-
1. Start your Terminal
2. Copy this string into terminal window
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
Apple got caught with its hand in the cookie jar before when privacy experts protested the use of a universal device identifier or UDID. Apple used this information to track the online preferences of iPhone and iPad users. Device tracking is back with iOS 6, courtesy of a new tracking technology: IDFA, or identifier for advertisers.
If you want to turn off device tracking using the IDFA on your iOS6 device, do the following:
- Click on Settings.
- Click on General to access the General Settings.
- Click About
- Scroll down and click on Advertising.
- Set Limit Ad Tracking to “ON”.
- The is Default On.