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News flash: hacker turns Apple's Lightning connector into a jailbreak conductor


A French hacker says he'll soon be making modified Lightning connector cables that will give Apple iOS jailbreakers a better view inside their iDevices.

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

"Towelroot" app makes it easy to root Galaxy S5 and other locked Androids...


Galaxy S5 users will be cheering. System administrators are probably groaning.

Paul Ducklin looks at an Android-era variant of Hamlet's dilemma: "To root or not to root, that is the question."

New iOS malware with a funky name: "Unflod Baby Panda"


You may have heard mention, over the past few days, of some curiously-named new iOS malware.

You'll hear it called "Unflod", because of the name of the file in which it was found, as well as "Baby Panda."

Paul Ducklin goes on a Panda expedition...

Jailbreak iOS 6.1 today, or wait until Sunday?

The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and its diehard technical fans continues.

Update - jailbreak - update - jailbreak...

Should Apple open up iOS and offer an official route to jailbreaking?

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week


Here you go.

All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Windows RT "jailbroken", shows its Windows 8 roots

Open cage image courtesy of Shutterstock

A security researcher has discovered a way to allow any code to run on Windows RT/Surface tablets, effectively "jailbreaking" Microsoft's latest foray into mobile computing.

One weekend, one million jailbreakers - what should Apple do next?

One weekend, one million jailbreakers - what should Apple do next?

Last weekend, Chronic Dev tweeted about the latest jailbreak tool for Apple's iDevices. In just two days, nearly one million people used it.

With such clear minority interest in jailbreaking, what should Apple do next?

Google subpoenaed by FBI to access a pimp's pattern-locked Samsung smartphone

pimp by Carole

The story of the Pimpin Hoes Daily gang founder Dante Dears, his pattern-locked Samsung phone, the feds, google, and subpoenas. Why couldn't the FBI get into the locked phone? Get the popcorn - this is interesting.

CanSecWest Day 2 - Smartphones, mobile security, iOS 5 and NFC

Cellular phone tower

Day 2 at CanSecWest was dominated by mobile security talks. The highlights included anti-rooting technologies used in Android, iOS and a look at NFC enabled mobile phone security.

Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S finally fall to jailbreakers


Apple's most hacker-resistant hardware to date - the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, which are built around the Apple A5 chip - can now be jailbroken.

Should you rush to slither free of Apple's fiscal tentacles?

EFF asks US Copyright Office to exempt jailbreaking from DMCA


The EFF is asking the US Copyright Office to expand exemptions for jailbreaking/rooting devices to include game consoles and other smart devices. We explore the security risks and benefits of their proposal.

Google's open source geezer gets shirty about security

Google's open source geezer gets shirty about security

Google's hackerishly hirsute Open Source Programs Manager, Chris DiBona, stormed the IT headlines this week.

He stuck his paddle into the computer security world and stirred...

Apple's iOS 5.0.1 is out - should you upgrade?

Apple's  iOS 5.0.1 is out - should you upgrade?

Apple's latest iOS update is out. The new version bumps iOS5 up to 5.0.1, and is Apple's first update available over-the-air.

Question is, should you update right away?

Apple hires jailbreaking iPhone hacker Nicholas Allegra

Apple hires jailbreaking iPhone hacker Nicholas Allegra

Comex, the creator of the JailBreakMe website which helps iPhone and iPad owners jailbreak their phones, has been given an internship... at Apple.

Three free tips to better protect your iPhone


iPhones and iPads are powerful computers - and need to be protected.

Mobile security expert Graham Lee offers some free security tips for iOS users.

Apple iOS 4.3.4 jailbreak bugfix jailbroken already

Apple iOS jailbreak bugfix jailbroken already

Early in July, the JailbreakMe site published an automated, on-line method for opening up iOS 4.3.3 devices. Apple, to its credit, caught up within two weeks, pushing out iOS 4.3.4 to close the hole.

But the jailbreakers are back in already.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.4/4.2.9 to fix JailBreakMe.com flaw


Apple have released an update to iOS to fix the vulnerabilities present in iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Three bugs were fixed, all related to the JailBreakMe.com website.

SSCC 66 - Popureb, JailBreakMe.com, WordPress insecurities and Twitter hackers

Sophos Security Chet Chat 41

In this week's Chet Chat Paul Ducklin is Chet's guest as they cover the latest security news. Topics covered include a paper on the Popureb rootkit, the vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS exploited by jailbreakme.com, WordPress 3.2 and the latest Twitter account hacks.

JailBreakMe site rings security alarm for iPhone and iPad users

JailBreakMe site rings security alarm for iPhone and iPad users

A website is making it easy to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad - but could also be giving a blueprint to malicious hackers on how to infect such devices with malware.