FBI Uses Zero-Day iOS Flaw to Access Terrorists iPhone Data

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2016-03-30 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DAILY VIDEO: FBI exploits Zero-Day on iOS to hack terrorist's iPhone; Apple working to fix iOS 9 apps-crashing flaw; Microsoft 'deeply sorry' for Tay's Twitter rants; and there's more.

 
IBM Introduces All-Flash Storage Systems for Cognitive Workloads

DAILY VIDEO: IBM unveils all-Flash storage for cognitive workloads; Microsoft Power BI reports go...

Facebook Starts 'Journalism Project' to Curb Fake News

DAILY VIDEO: Facebook unveils ambitious project to clean up news feeds; Google rolls out new cloud...

Yahoo to Emerge from Verizon Sale Under New Name: 'Altaba

DAILY VIDEO: CEO, co-founder to leave Yahoo, now known as Altaba; DHS designates election machines,...

Hacker Enters Guilty Plea to Attacks on U.S. Intelligence Officials

DAILY VIDEO: Hacker pleads guilty to attacks against U.S intelligence officials; Google spinoff...

MongoDB Databases Hit by Multiple Groups of Ransomware Attackers

DAILY VIDEO: MongoDB ransomware impacts over 10,000 databases; Labor Department sues Google demanding...

FTC Sues D-Link Over Security Flaws in Routers, IP Cameras

DAILY VIDEO: FTC claims D-Link routers and IP cameras are leaving consumers at risk; Microsoft...

Red Hat Improves Hybrid Cloud Management With CloudForms 4.2

DAILY VIDEO: Red Hat CloudForms 4.2 Improves Hybrid Cloud Management; Virtual Reality-Enabled Windows...

DHS-FBI Report Provides Details on Russian Hacks of U.S. Targets

DAILY VIDEO: DHS-FBI report details Russian malicious cyber activity; U.S. prosecutors charge three...

Amazon Refuses to Give Police Echo Digital Assistant User Transcripts

DAILY VIDEO: Amazon resists warrant for Echo digital assistant user transcripts; South Korea fines...

Congressional Study Concludes Strong Encryption Important for Economy

DAILY VIDEO: Congressional study backs strong encryption essential for U.S. economy; Container...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

Today's topics include the FBI's use of an iOS Zero-Day exploit to hack the iPhone used by the shooter in a California mass murder, Apple's efforts to fix an iOS 9 flaw that's crashing apps, Microsoft's apology for the Tay chatbot's offensive Twitter rants and the long-delayed delivery of the Surface Hub digital whiteboard computer.

A new zero-day exploit against Apple's iOS mobile operating system enables an attacker to bypass a security lockout feature that will erase the device's contents after 10 unsuccessful passcode tries.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking credit for using this exploit to get access to the contents of an iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a gunman in the Dec. 2 killing of 14 county employees in San Bernardino, Calif.

The U.S. Justice Department had sought a court order requiring Apple to assist the FBI in defeating the phone's security measure to gain access to the data it contained. Once it gained access to the phone, the FBI ended its legal case again Apple.

Apple has acknowledged a flaw in the latest update to its iOS 9 mobile operating system that is causing applications to hang-up and operating system crashes when users try to access Web links.

Reports indicate that multiple versions of iOS 9 are affected by the problem, including the latest 9.3 version and earlier editions of the OS, according to a March 29 story by 9to5Mac.

Apple has issued a statement about the flaw after reports of it began circulating and it acknowledged that code repairs are under way.

Microsoft issued a public apology after its latest foray into artificial intelligence took an unfortunate turn. Last week, the company was forced to shut down its chatbot Tay, which used machine learning technology to mimic a young, good-natured American Millennial woman—after it began spouting offensive tweets.

A Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK that Tay's bad behavior was the result "of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay's commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways," in an email statement.

The Surface Hub digital whiteboard computer, originally slated to ship last September and later missing its January 2016 release deadline, is finally being delivered to Microsoft's business customers, according to Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft Devices Marketing.

The touch-enabled Windows 10-powered device, available in a 55-inch and a massive 84-inch model, features built-in cameras, a microphone array, Bluetooth, WiFi, motion sensors and near-field communications. It's designed mainly for work team collaboration and video conferencing.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel