Is iMessages really secured? This question has been in mind of the many people who uses iMessages , after the NSA PRISM incident. Well sometime back Apple published a statement on their website that iMessages are protected by end to end encryption and there could not be any man in the middle attack , and even Apple could not decrypt the iMessages. You can view the statement by Apple here.
But this is not the case, iMessages can be intercepted by man in the middle attack and even Apple can decrypt the iMessages.
Here is a video that show a security researcher group doing a man in the middle attack on iMessage.
Why I think Apple is falling but yet making profit.
By now most of you have seen the event either live in person or in video. (If not here is the official link) Apple launched two iPhone the iPhone5C and the iPhone5S and iOS7 the next generation operating system for Apple’s iPhone.
Everyone got glimpse of both iPhone5C and iPhone5S on the internet, before it was announced. From a company that had a good level of keeping a new product secret, this was not expected,even we saw a year before that iPhone5 photo was leaked before it was launched. Well that won’t hurt the product but it does kills the element of surprise when we see the product for first time during the event.
The iPhone5C which is a plastic iPhone, Apple will say its high quality polycarbonate, but it no way looks high quality. when I first saw the leaked images I thought it was fake some cheap fake iPhones. But during the even I just could not believe my eyes that these plastic iPhones were actually from Apple.It looks like one of those fake iPhone you get from unknown company on which they misspell the word “iPhone” but this time its from the company called Apple and they did not misspell the word.As a company which is known for its elegant design in all its product the iPhone5C seems out of place. I wonder if Steve Jobs was the one who really designed the products and Jony Ive only who took the orders and put the design on paper. Have you looked at the iPhone5C with the cover from back side? here have a look at this picture.
Now tell me which company will make a product that will make their own products name partially visible? “iPhone” became “hon” really a company which is known for its attention to details this was not expected. I am very much sure if Steve Jobs was alive he would have put a bullet in the person’s head who designed iPhone5C and its cover.
Apple showed off their latest iOS version on WWDC 2013. Well while I love the functionality of the new OS, I am not happy with the design process.
I mean the icons looks as if its designed by a kid with a box by crayons. It has too much of colour and it no way looks like its made by Apple. It seems that someone has installed a Cydia Theme in iOS.
I am sharing some pictures of the new iOS7 do comment your thoughts about it. Do you like it or hate it?
Mac OS X Mavericks uses Windows file sharing by default. Why?
As you already know that Apple OS X uses AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) and Windows uses SMB (Server Message Block), the new Mac OS X uses SMB2 over AFP !
Ok, I know you will say that how does it matter? or You would say it would be easier to share with Windows based computers. Well yes, but one of the most like feature of the Mac OS X, Time Machine over LAN relies on AFP. Third party Time Machine manufacturers have to reverse-engineer AFP to keep it working with the new version of OS X. What more bothering me is that who selected SMB2 ? OS X prior to OS X 10.7 uses open source implementation of SMB , called Samba. (used in popular Linux distro too) With OS X 10.7 , Apple replaced it with their own implementation SMBX.
Yes, you read it correct. A modified charger that can install malwares onto your iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, even though its not jailbroken, it does not even needs your interaction. And it takes less than a minutes of charging to get it infected.
Recently researchers will show a prototype of this charger in BlackHat Security Conference in late July. The prototype of the charge is named “Mactans” which is build on open-source single-board computer called the BeagleBoard,availavle at $45 from Texas Instruments.
Brief description by the researchers Billy Lau,Yeongjin Jang,Chengyu Song.
Apple iOS devices are considered by many to be more secure than other mobile offerings. In evaluating this belief, we investigated the extent to which security threats were considered when performing everyday activities such as charging a device. The results were alarming: despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.
In this presentation, we demonstrate how an iOS device can be compromised within one minute of being plugged into a malicious charger. We first examine Apple’s existing security mechanisms to protect against arbitrary software installation, then describe how USB capabilities can be leveraged to bypass these defense mechanisms. To ensure persistence of the resulting infection, we show how an attacker can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications.
To demonstrate practical application of these vulnerabilities, we built a proof of concept malicious charger, called Mactans, using a BeagleBoard. This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed. While Mactans was built with limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish. Finally, we recommend ways in which users can protect themselves and suggest security features Apple could implement to make the attacks we describe substantially more difficult to pull off.
If you have an iPhone I would ask you not to update to iOS 6.1 if you haven”t done it already. And if you have already updated it, the I would suggest don”t let your iPhone out of your sight as a new bug has been found that helps attacker to bypass the Passcode Lock and access your Contacts.
Here is how to bypass the iPhone lock screen and access the Contacts on iOS 6.1
1. Lock device
2. Slide to unlock
3. Tap emergency call
4. Hold sleep button until the power down prompt shows. Click cancel, you will notice the status bar turn blue. Type in 911 casino online or your emergency number and click call then cancel it asap so the call dosen’t go through.
5. Lock your device with the sleep button then turn it on using the home button.
6. Slide to unlock then hold the sleep button and in 3 seconds tap emergency call. This will spazz out the phone and cause it to open.
[Make sure to continuously hold the sleep button until you are done looking in the phone]
This bug only works with “simple passcode” option is enabled. It does not work if you disable “simple passcode” option. Thanx to @andrewbway for sharing this info
If you have been a power user of Apple products you know that Apple has a KB article or KnowledgeBase for all its products and features,etc on a site http://support.apple.com/kb/. Recently there has been a new addition to the KnowledgeBase, its Jailbreaking. No if you are thinking that you will find article on how to Jailbreak you are wrong. The KB article says what negative issue you will have if you Jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Kubxlab showed a new type of iPhone case in CES 20123, that increases the volume of iPhone by 2X. The iPhone case Ampjacket , is a silicon case that has acoustic chamber that increases the volume. Its priced at $35 for iPhone. The company says to release similar cases for iPad soon.
The Top 10 Gadgets:
● iPhone 5
● Nintendo Wii U
● Sony Cyber-shot RX100
● Raspberry Pi Model B
● Apple 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display
● Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
● Samsung Galaxy Note II
The iPhone 5 and the iPad mini has been the most popular tech gossip around the internet. Expected to be launched on 12th September. The iPhone 5 has a bigger screen,4 inch in size and 16:9 aspect ratio wonder what will happen to the older apps? The artworks will have to be reworked. iPhone 5 is also to be said to have a A6 Quard Core processor.And the iPhone 5 will at last get 4G LTE.