Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan
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AWT News Update: May 5, 2017

AWT News Update: May 5, 2017

TGIF! We have a few stories for you on today's podcast, including a very good close of the week for shares of AAPL, some mergers and acquisitions that could be appropriate for Apple, and some malware that's affecting a few Mac users:

  • Apple closes at $148.96 per share, and is trading above $149 in after-hours trading
  • A Citigroup analyst has seven ideas for interesting strategic mergers and acquisitions for Apple
  • The "Snake" malware that has bugged Windows users for some time is now causing some issues for Mac users, although Apple has shut down the certificate for the installer
  • Apple has raised $7 billion in a bond sale 
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Malwarebytes researcher discovers variant of new OSX.dok Trojan delivering backdoor malware

Malwarebytes researcher discovers variant of new OSX.dok Trojan delivering backdoor malware

Macs usually aren't the targets of malicious hackers, but a researcher at Malwarebytes discovered a new variant of the new OSX.dok Trojan that is installing a powerful, previously unknown backdoor malware on Macs. Adam Thomas of Malwarebytes found the variant and it was featured on the Malwarebytes blog yesterday

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GarageBand update to 10.1.6 patches potentially malicious exploit

GarageBand update to 10.1.6 patches potentially malicious exploit

Hidden in the Mac App Store updates tab the past day or two has been an update for GarageBand to version 10.1.6. While the update notes state that the new code is to fix "Performance and security issues", it appears that the primary reason was to shut the door on a vulnerability in GarageBand.

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AWT News Update: November 15, 2016 (Houston, TX)

AWT News Update: November 15, 2016 (Houston, TX)

Steve's in Houston, TX for a few hours tonight, so it was time to get a short AWT News Update recorded and published for your listening pleasure. What's up?

  • We discuss another good reason to not have an Android phone; manufacturer-installed software was sending the text messages and metadata from a number of phones to a Chinese server
  • Apple Pay expands big time in Australia, and new banks in Russia and China
  • Google releases PhotoScan for grabbing those old prints and moving them to digital, and also updates Google Photos

Just a reminder: Steve is on road, in the air and on the seas for the next month, so the AWT News Update may not be published every weekday.

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AWT News Update: July 22, 2016

AWT News Update: July 22, 2016

What's new in the world of tech today? If you have about 3 minutes, we'll let you know!

  • Pokémon Go broke records this month
  • Verizon may be acquiring Yahoo! as soon as next week
  • One Apple supplier reports higher expected revenues for the September quarter
  • Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are updated, as a recently-discovered security weakness could make it possible for malicious parties to install malware on your device by sending you a picture
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Apple shuts down KeRanger ransomware

Apple shuts down KeRanger ransomware

Yesterday, we told you about the first, fully-functional ransomware targeting Macs. The ransomware, known as KeRanger, was placed into two installers for Transmission, an open source BitTorrent client. Once infected, the malware would encrypt a user's files and demand a ransom of one bitcoin (currently worth about $400) to release the files. Fortunately, Apple has shut down KeRanger.

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Symantec: threats targeting Apple products have spiked in the past 18 months

Symantec: threats targeting Apple products have spiked in the past 18 months

New research from Symantec says that threats targeting Apple products have spiked in the past 18 months. The number of new Mac OS X threats rose by 15 percent in 2014, while the number of iOS threats discovered this year has more than doubled, from three in 2014 to seven so far in 2015.  

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Validating Xcode to Eradicate XcodeGhost

The news has been full of concern about XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Apple's Xcode development environment that injected malicious code into apps created with it. As a result, Apple had to remove over 5,000 from App Stores around the world. 

Today, the company sent an email to developers reminding them to download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer website, and to also leave Gatekeeper enabled on all systems to protect against tampered software. 

In a developer note, Apple also provided a method of verifying the installed version of Xcode as genuine. It's easy enough; launch Terminal, and then type in the following command:

spctl --assess --verbose /Applications/Xcode.app

For developers who have installed Xcode in another directory, just replace /Applications/ with the correct path to the Xcode app. The command takes a few minutes to run, after which it returns with a message as seen in this screenshot:

If the result is anything other than "accepted" and the source is anything other than "Mac App Store", "Apple" or "Apple System", the installed copy of Xcode should be removed completely and replaced with a valid copy.


KeyRaider malware stealing Apple account info on jailbroken iOS devices

KeyRaider malware stealing Apple account info on jailbroken iOS devices

Since iOS first appeared in 2007, people have hacked the operating system because they wanted their devices to "do more". Now that there are well over 1.5 million apps available that can do just about anything your heart desires, perhaps it's time for the jailbreakers to just cool it. Why? A new piece of malware called KeyRaider that only attacks jailbroken devices is a perfect example -- it has already been responsible for stealing the Apple account info on more than 225,000 devices.

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