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Mobile apps for kids collecting and sharing information with third parties

Posted December 12, 2012 The second of two FTC reports on kids’ mobile apps shows that the industry hasn’t improved with regards to privacy, with many apps sharing personal information with third parties, all without notifying parents or asking for their permission. Read the story now.

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But did she STEAL the iPhone? App takes photo of woman trying to unlock it

Posted December 11, 2012 A woman who tried to unlock a stolen iPhone unwittingly took her own photo. An application on the phone then automatically sent the photo to the owner, who called the police. It’s a good reminder that there are tools out there, either free or darn close to it, that can track […]

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Use Instagram on your iPhone? Your account can be hijacked, claims security researcher

Posted December 4, 2012 A security researcher has published a proof-of-concept attack on Instagram for iOS that would allow malicious users to remotely hijack victims’ accounts, delete or download photos, and tinker with profile details. Here’s more.

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Goatse hacker Auernheimer found guilty of breaching AT&T to access customer iPad data

Posted November 22, 2012 A hacker claims he was disclosing a security flaw responsibly. But IRC transcripts show that the Goatse hacking group was instead musing about shorting AT&T stock, discussed selling 120,000 email addresses to spammers, and never told AT&T about the vulnerability in the first place. Here’s the full story.

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iOS dictionary apps posting false piracy “confessions” onto users’ Twitter accounts

Posted November 14, 2012 An iOS dictionary application has rewarded those who bought it by hijacking their Twitter feeds to post cooked-up piracy confessions. The Japanese maker of the dictionary apps has apologised and posted fixed versions, but the #softwarepirateconfession tweets are still coming in at a good clip, much to the chagrin of law-abiding, […]

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Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

Posted September 11, 2012 A recent poll shows that people use their electronic devices on planes, RF interference be damned. Is the lack of planes dropping like shot ducks proof that the ban is illogical, or is electromagnetic emissions pollution more subtle and intermittent than that? For more, here’s the story.

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Police can imitate your drug dealer to text you from his phone

Posted August 1, 2012 A US court has decreed that sending texts using a seized iPhone while impersonating the phone’s owner doesn’t violate privacy rights. Read the full story. 

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