Apple i Tunes flaw allowed government spying for 3 years

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  1. Mr. Snakey

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    An unpatched security flaw in Apples i Tunes software allowed intelligence agencies and police to hack into users computers for more than 3 years. A British company called Gamma International marketed the hacking software to governments that exploited the vulnerability via a bogus update to i Tunes, Apples media player, which is installed on more than 250 million machines worldwide. The trogan called FinFisher was made by Gamma. They sell computer hacking services to governments. They offer Zero Day security flaws. That means no anti virus program can remove or even detect it. Apple was informed in 2008 of the flaw. It took them over 3 years to fix it. The flaw that is. The trogan remains. On average it takes Apple 91 days to fix security flaws. This one took 3 years.

    APPLE iTunes flaw 'allowed government spying for 3 years'...
     
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    good thing i always ignored them.:biggrin1:
    i always thought updates were fishy
     
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    I doubt that this kind of eavesdropping is confined to the Apple OS.
     
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    Sure feels good to bypass Apple
     
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    It is not. Every Windows operating system since Windows 98 have N.S.A. keys in the registry. The N.S.A. had more to do with the Windows 7 build than Microsoft. I posted a thread some time ago about this. Here is my problem with Apple. The company. The user is lead to believe they are immune to viruses, spyware and malware. That is simply no the case. When Windows gets hit or has a flaw, they step up and fix it. Apple will either deny it or cover it up.
     
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    Ugh, this is extra creepy. I want to buy a whole new pc now.
     
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    Apple is evil.
     
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    I remember reading in an IT trade magazine a few years ago about how, at a hacker convention, they put a PC and a Mac side-by-side and let the hackers have at them and the Mac fell prey significantly faster than the PC.
     
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    Thats true. It was the hackers convention. Mac, Vista and Linux. The Mac was the first to be hacked in just 2 minutes for the top prize. From what little information i can find a day or two later Linux and Vista were hacked. I would love to attend something like that. I would get thrown out for shoulder surfing. I will search more for the results. The same man returned again and hacked a Mac in 10 seconds. Any operating (computer) system can be hacked. But in 2 minutes or 10 seconds? Thats not something i would use.


    Apple Mac Hacked in Two Minutes at CanSecWest - YouTube

    The Mac Security Blog ยป Hacker Contest: Mac Hacked in 10 Seconds
     
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    Well, then this is an ongoing problem with Macs because the hacking convention example I was thinking of was from probably 5-10 years ago, well before Vista was out there, might've even been before XP.

    Whatever, it looks like this has always been a problem for Macs. But, it is not unique to them, as you note any OS can be hacked.
     
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    For purposes of this discussion, what do we mean by 'hacked'? Do we mean a security flaw being exploited, or a full hack like a decompile and code modification?
     
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    The rules of the competition are, they are not allowed to give out full details. It was a security flaw being exploited with the web browser. Then being able to open up a port (and a few other steps) to have total control of the system.
     
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    Case in point in today's news.
    Carrier IQ: Mobile App Crap Must Stop - Security - Mobile Security - Informationweek

    Android Bloatware's Dark Side Emerges - Security - Mobile Security - Informationweek

    Carrier IQ On iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone: Which Devices Have Controversial 'Tracking' Software?
     
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    :hmmm: Hmmm . . . NSA key . . . I can't help but think I've seen those letters some place before. Perhaps Mr. Snakey could help shed some light on it ? :tongue:
     
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    Time flies when you are having fun, XP was released almost 11 years ago.
     
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    Hey buddy, Good to see you on here. I lost mine and i take it you lost yours. Two geeks who can't find their keys, is simply pitiful.:biggrin1:
     
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