Thursday, October 26, 2017

Articles Written from December 2016 to September 2017

It's catch-up time!  Here's a list of articles I've written since my last post on the JoshMeister on Security (in reverse chronological order):
  • October 3, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in September 2017
    • Featured stories include:
      • Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4
      • Patrick Wardle's SKEL and Keychain vulnerability discoveries
      • DolphinAttack
  • September 22, 2017 — What is BlueBorne? An Apple Device FAQ
    • Discussing BlueBorne, a Bluetooth vulnerability that affects some iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV models that Apple is no longer updating
  • August 30, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in August 2017 
    • Featured stories include:
      • Touch ID Secure Enclave Processor firmware allegedly decrypted
      • New Mac malware: Pwnet malware distributed via supposed hack for Counter-Strike game
      • New Mac malware: Mughthesec and other Mac adware installers
  • July 31, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in July 2017
    • Featured stories include:
      • New Mac malware: OSX/FruitFly.B, a variant of spy malware discovered in January
      • New Mac malware: OSX/FlashyComposer.A, a variant of OSX/Leverage backdoor malware from way back in 2013
      • DevilRobber Mac malware makes a comeback
  • June 29, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in June 2017
    • Featured stories include:
      • Mac ransomware and spyware as a service
      • New Mac malware: OSX/OceanLotus returns with new variant
      • Scam software in iOS App Store
  • May 31, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in May 2017
    • Featured stories include:
      • New Mac malware: OSX/Dok distributed via phishing
      • New Mac malware: OSX/Proton.B distributed via compromised Handbrake download server
      • New Mac malware: Snake gets ported from Windows
  • May 25, 2017 — WannaCry and the State of Mac Ransomware
    • Windows systems worldwide were hit by a serious SMB vulnerability called EternalBlue; Macs that run Windows could be affected
    • A summary of recent macOS-targeted ransomware is also discussed
  • April 27, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in April 2017
    • Featured stories include:
      • Apple introduces security (and, oops… insecurity) updates
      • SMS phishing scams targeting iPhone users
      • Find My Mac can be disabled by anyone with physical access
      • Unofficial app store hidden in an App Store app
      • Proof-of-concept fake site revealed a Unicode implementation issue in major browsers (Chrome, Opera, Firefox) that could have facilitated phishing
  • April 20, 2017 — Windows Vista is Dead; Should You Switch to Apple?
    • Microsoft is no longer releasing security updates for Windows Vista, and the upgrade path to Windows 10 is rather bumpy; is this a good time for users of a legacy Windows operating system to switch to a Mac or iPad?
  • March 24, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in March 2017
    • Featured stories:
      • Mac hackers get root at Pwn2Own
      • WikiLeaks' Vault 7 and DarkMatter disclosures highlight previously patched iOS and Mac vulnerabilities
  • March 20, 2017 — RSA Conference 2017 Highlights
  • February 24, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in February 2017
    • Featured stories:
      • New Mac malware: Filecoder/Findzip ransomware
      • New Mac malware: Sofacy XAgent
      • New Mac malware: iKitten
      • New Mac malware: EmPyre Word macro
      • New Mac malware: PROTON RAT
      • iCloud was storing "deleted" Safari history
      • Alleged nude celebrity photo leak blamed on "iCloud hack" but devoid of evidence
  • January 25, 2017 — Month in Review: Apple Security in January 2017
    • Featured stories:
      • New Mac malware: ClientCapture/Fruitfly/Quimitchin
      • Scam site launched DoS attack against unpatched Macs
  • December 15, 2016 — What to Do if Your Mac Can't Run macOS Sierra
    • Apple released a major new operating system, and it isn't compatible with some Macs that could run previous versions of OS X; this article includes ideas for users of older Mac hardware (note: macOS High Sierra, released in late 2017, has the same system requirements as Sierra)

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