Ruby 11 Libraries Found to Contain Backdoors

· Andrew Orr · News

The RubyGems package repository removed 18 backdoors from Ruby 11 software libraries meant to launch secret cryptocurrency mining.

Chinese Hackers Threaten the Internet and Democracy

· Andrew Orr · Link

Over the past decade Chinese hackers have been increasingly attacking the United States and other countries that threaten the hegemony of The Party.

Many thought the internet would bring democracy to China. Instead it empowered rampant government oppression, and now the censors are turning their attention to the rest of the world.

Chinese hacking groups fall under the category of Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). The United States and China have this weird, sadomasochistic relationship, and while I don’t believe in trade wars, I think it’s important we send a message that the U.S. won’t tolerate such egregious behavior from our partners.

Here's Why You Don't Need an iOS Antivirus App

· Andrew Orr · News

Kaspersky Labs wrote an informative blog post on why you don’t need an iOS antivirus app. In short, apps can’t access other apps’ data.

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The iCloud Extortionists (Update)

· Andrew Orr · How-To

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You may have read in the news that a hacker group is holding a number of iCloud accounts for ransom. If Apple doesn’t pay a certain amount of money by April 7, the hackers will reset the accounts and remotely wipe iOS devices. Andrew Orr shows us how to protect your Apple ID.

If You Haven't Changed Your iCloud Password in the Past Two Years do it Now

· Jeff Gamet · News

Change your iCloud password to stop hackers from wiping out your data

Trying to extort money out of Apple by threatening to wipe out iCloud accounts and reset iPhones is a business model the Turkish Crime Family hacker team will likely learn is flawed at best, but there it is a great reminder to change your online passwords regularly. The list of iCloud logins the group has looks to be at least two years old, so if you haven’t changed your password more recently than that, it’s time right now.

Apple: iCloud Extortionists Haven't Hacked into Our Systems

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple says hackers threatening to wipe out millions of iCloud accounts haven't broken into their servers

Hacker group Turkish Crime Family says it’s going to wipe out over 300 million iCloud accounts on April 7th if Apple doesn’t pay US$75,000 as ransom. Apple says the group hasn’t broken into its servers, so that means the logins they claim to have probably came from old hacks into other company’s services.

Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music - ACM 398

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They also discuss the negativity that greeted Planet of the Apps, and argue that TV shows are good for Apple Music. Plus, they visit listener comments on Net Neutrality.