A particularly rotten phish

A particularly rotten phish

Phishing - the act of sending out emails that look like they’re from some service you use that are actually trying to make you give up your user name, passwords, and even credit card info - has reached a new low. This morning I received an email from the “App Store” thanking me for signing up for the Apple Music trial and telling me I’d be charged $59.99 at the end of the trial unless I canceled by July 31... (see image below).

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Today is Data Privacy Day, so remember to Stop. Think. Connect.™

Today is Data Privacy Day, so remember to Stop. Think. Connect.™

Today is Data Privacy Day, celebrated in the US and Canada since 2008 on January 28. The date is used to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust, as well as to commemorate the January 28, 1981 signing of the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. 

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AWT News Update: May 3, 2017

AWT News Update: May 3, 2017

A nice, calm day after the storm of an Apple earnings report. Here's today's news:

  • Apple closed slightly down from yesterday's near-record close
  • Quick! Run to the TV. Tim Cook is on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer
  • Rumor has it that Inventec is building the alleged Apple Siri speaker that may be announced as soon as next month
  • Beware the Google Docs phishing attack!
  • Enterprise sales are booming for Apple
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Rotten Phish: Dissecting a phishing email

Rotten Phish: Dissecting a phishing email

Phishing is a form of social hacking; the hackers try to get people to divulge their email addresses, passwords, and other key information by sending out fake emails that are usually from email addresses in Russia (sorry, Russian readers, but it's true...). Tonight I received a phishing email that was so execrably bad that I just had to share it with readers of Apple World Today. Here's the email:  

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AWT News Update: January 27, 2017

AWT News Update: January 27, 2017

TGIF! We have some fascinating stories about the world of Apple to get your weekend started off right:

  • A UK insurance company that offered a discount on Apple Watches in return for customers being more active finds that its app isn't making those customers happy
  • One of the hackers caught in connection to a 2014 iCloud data theft was sentenced to jail yesterday
  • We tell you what Apple's doing around the globe to help celebrate this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year festivities
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iOS Mail bug allows phishing attacks

iOS Mail bug allows phishing attacks

Security researcher Jan Soucek discovered an iOS Mail bug a while back that allows attackers to run remote HTML code when an email is opened. What this means is that a malicious user who knows about the bug could create a phishing email that prompts users for their iCloud login. Once the login has been entered, the unsuspecting victim has handed over the keys to everything secured with Apple ID credentials. Here's Soucek's demonstration video of the bug in action:

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