As the date of the expiry of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act draws near, a wide range of tech companies, privacy advocates, and trade associations have asked the US president, US politicians and prominent government officials to reform US surveillance laws.
Apple users are once again targeted with phishing emails, warns Bitdefender, and the latest variant of the scheme is impersonating Apple Support claiming that their account has been "limited." The text of the email will likely raise suspicion with a lot of users, but unfortunately there are always those that will miss the double greeting, the unconventional capitalization of words, the purposeful push to make users act immediately, without thinking ("This link will expire three hours after this email was sent").
It didn't take long for spammers to jump on the Apple Watch bandwagon - they set up a Twitter account named "Apple Giveaways", and began spamming out messages to random users, telling them they have been "chosen" and urging them to visit the site linked in the message.
Apple has released security updates for OS X and iOS which, among other things, fix the FREAK flaw that may allow an attacker to decrypt secure communications between vulnerable clients and servers.
A flaw in OpenSSL and Apple's Secure Transport implementation of SSL and TLS protocols is putting millions of Android and Apple device users as well as visitors of secured sites in danger of having their encrypted connections decrypted, and the information exchanged with the servers behind them intercepted.
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