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Apple tech note illuminates purported 'backdoor' services

The company's explained the purposes of three diagnostic tools that a security researcher claimed provided 'backdoor' access to users' information.

iOS 8 Privacy Updates

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Luis Abreu, a UI and UX designer, has combed through Apple's WWDC talks and put together an extensive and thorough piece on the way Apple's improving its privacy and security in iOS 8.

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Apple's new Mac Pro Security Adapter keeps your desktop safe and sound

Apple quietly started selling an adapter for the new Mac Pro that lets you use standard Kensington locks to secure your desktop.

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New iOS jailbreak could open door to malware

The Pangu jailbreak has rankled a security researcher, who claims his work was improperly used.

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Watch the web get hacked in real time on this mesmerizing map

This is what hack attacks look like: A real-time map of worldwide activity drives home the scope of security threats far more vividly than mere words ever could.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Report: Neither iOS nor Android inherently more secure than the other

Apple has an edge in a couple of areas, but there are still ways into its walled garden, Marble Security said.

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Reading List: Zen and the art of product design

A new lock screen bypass rears its head, Apple aims for more marketing moves, and exactly what kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs?

Hackers behind iPhone ransom attacks arrested in Russia

A man and a teenaged boy are accused of using phishing and social engineering attacks to hijack Apple IDs and lock iOS devices

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Apple hints password reuse, not iCloud hack, at heart of locked iDevice ransom attacks

A compromise of Apple's services is not to blame for the recent ransom lockouts via Find My iPhone, according to the company.

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Reading List: iCloud story has a silver security lining

Apple says iCloud wasn't hacked; meanwhile, the iPad comes to Japan's largest cellular network and gets a break for school.

Apple devices reportedly held hostage via Find My iPhone

Hackers are demanding ransoms to unlock devices that were locked with the Find My iPhone tool, according to forum posts.

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Safari 6.1.4 and 7.0.4 address critical flaws, iOS patches missing

Apple patched 22 vulnerabilities in Safari, the majority of which could allow remote code execution.