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  • Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:30:04 +0000: Yes, Hackers Could Build an iPhone Botnet—Thanks to Windows - WIRED » Threat Level
    A reminder to Apple and smug iPhone owners: Just because iOS has never been the victim of a widespread malware outbreak doesn’t mean mass iPhone hacking isn’t still possible. Now one group of security researchers plans to show how to enslave an entire botnet of Apple gadgets through a perennial weak point—their connection to vulnerable […]

  • Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:25 +0000: Hackers Can Control Your Phone Using a Tool That’s Already Built Into It - WIRED » Threat Level
    A lot of concern about the NSA’s seemingly omnipresent surveillance over the last year has focused on the agency’s efforts to install back doors in software and hardware. Those efforts are greatly aided, however, if the agency can piggyback on embedded software already on a system that can be exploited. Two researchers have uncovered such […]

  • Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:16 +0000: Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken - WIRED » Threat Level
    Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’t […]

  • Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:30:30 +0000: Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance - WIRED » Threat Level
    There is no doubt the integrity of our communications and the privacy of our online activities have been the biggest casualty of the NSA’s unfettered surveillance of our digital lives. But the ongoing revelations of government eavesdropping have had a profound impact on the economy, the security of the internet and the credibility of the […]

  • Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:30:58 +0000: Your iPhone Can Finally Make Free, Encrypted Calls - WIRED » Threat Level
    If you’re making a phone call with your iPhone, you used to have two options: Accept the notion that any wiretapper, hacker or spook can listen in on your conversations, or pay for pricey voice encryption software. As of today there’s a third option: The open source software group known as Open Whisper Systems has announced […]