A hacker has decrypted the iPhone's security chip, but your data is still safe

In order to make Touch ID on the iPhone 5s an onward secure, Apple introduced a fairly opaque piece of technology to its devices — the so-called Secure Enclave Processor (or SEP in short). This, in simple terms, is a piece of hardware found in almost every Apple-made device since the 5s which is used to keep users’ private data (think passwords, fingerprints, and everything else that requires cryptography) secure, taking the form of a tiny coprocessor kept completely isolated from the rest of the device.

And up until now, the SEP has been a black …


New security feature in iOS 11 disables Touch ID and blocks the cops from getting into your iPhone

It appears that with iOS 11, Apple is making it easy to disable Touch ID. This would allow a user worried about being forced to unlock his phone with a warrant or a court order, to prevent Touch ID from unlocking his/her handset. This happens to be a by product of Apple’s new feature that allows iOS users to quickly call 911 in case of an emergency. Pushing the power button five times in a row on iOS 11 will bring up the option to make a call to 911. More importantly for some, it also disables Touch ID, locking out the cops until the correct passcode is entered.

This is liable to set off …

Samsung pushes out July security update to Galaxy S5

A new update has started rolling out for Samsung’s 2014 flagship – the Galaxy S5. The patch contains the Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of the S5 to G900FXXU1CQG1.

While Samsung probably won’t dish out any significant Android updates to this phone as it’s more than 2 years old, it’s nice to see that the company at least provides security updates on a semi-regular basis. The last time the S5 got patched was in April when it received the security update for the month of March. 

The update is currently …

July 2017 security update starts rolling out to T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 5

T-Mobile subscribers with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 might be feeling a little more secure today as the phablet has started to receive the latest security update. This isn’t much of an update as these things go, since it weighs in at a paltry 24.39MB. Included with the new files is the July 2017 security patch. The Baseband Version is N920TUVS4EQG1. When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your Galaxy Note 5, there are certain things you need to do in order to make sure that the update is properly installed.

Before you proceed with the downloading and installing …

Rogers BlackBerry KEYone receives update starting tomorrow; focus is on bugs, not security

A leaked internal document reveals that starting tomorrow, July 17th, the Rogers branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an update. Unlike other handsets in the Rogers family that are receiving updates tomorrow (such as the Moto G4 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+), the new files being sent to the KEYone are related to bug fixes instead of security.

The issues that need to be addressed by the update are apparently related to the Rogers’ network. Early last month, several Rogers subscribers complained about their inability to receive incoming phone …

Trump and Putin unironically discussed forming a 'cyber security unit'

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It’s Sunday morning, so you know where this is going.

President Trump today fired off a series of tweets about his July 7 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office. Trump said he “strongly pressed” Putin about Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections and that the Russian leader “vehemently denied” any interference.

U.Sintelligence agencies and even Trump administration officials maintain that Russia did, in fact, meddle in the 2016 presidential elections, with a clear preference for Trump. But that apparently wasn’t enough to dissuade Trump from mulling the creation of an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Russia. Read more…

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T-Mobile rolls out June security update for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Just like every other month, U.S. carrier T-Mobile has teamed up with Samsung to provide customers with a new security update to make sure their smartphones are safe from any possible exploits. Google recently released the July security patch for its Nexus and Pixel devices, but Nokia 6 was among the first smartphones to receive the update.

Now, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting June security patch at T-Mobile, an update that many other smartphones have already received it. The good news is the carrier is adding a few small tweaks into the mix that are …

AT&T rolls out Galaxy S7 update that adds June security patch, Knox and Messaging fixes

While many handset makers are already pushing updates that contain the newest July security patch, U.S. carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T are rolling out the last month security update.

AT&T has just confirmed that a new update is now available for Samsung Galaxy S7. Aside from the June security patch, the update brings a couple of fixes and improvements that are meant to further enhance users experience and phone’s performance.

Although not many details about the update have been published by AT&T, the carrier did say what changes Galaxy S7 owners …

June security update coming to Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra owners should feel a little more secure following the latest OTA update sent out to the 2017 mid-range duo. The firmware patch contains the Android security patch for the month of June and should bump the build number of the XA1 and XA1 Ultra to 40.0.A.5.66 and 42.0.A.3.30, respectively. 

Currently, there’s no information about the size of the update or whether it includes any other changes. As such, if you happen to own one of these handsets and you’ve noticed anything new, please …

Google releases July security update for Pixel and Nexus devices

Ironically, Google is not the first company to provide the monthly security patch for its smartphones. We reported earlier today that Nokia 6 is one of the first handsets to get the July security patch before Google could release a similar update for its Nexus and Pixel lineups.

Well, at least it didn’t take too long for the search giant to start the roll-out of the July security update. If you own a Nexus or Pixel device, then the update should arrive OTA (over the air) in the next few days. However, if you don’t want to wait, then you can always download the factory …