These hacks enable custom Apple Watch faces and 3D Touch gestures on iPad Pro via Apple Pencil

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

watchOS 2, the operating system powering Apple’s wearable gizmo, includes support for third-party complications on select watch faces designed to support them.

But as far as watch faces themselves go, users are limited to a handful of built-in styles as Apple’s software development kit (SDK) doesn’t allow for downloadable watch faces yet.

As it turns out, a quick hack that prolific iOS developer Hamza Sood posted on Twitter back in August (no, it didn’t fly under our radar) gets around Apple’s limitations and permits unofficial development and installation of custom faces for Apple’s wearable device.

And earlier this morning, Sood also posted another hack which brings 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures to the iPad Pro via the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensing technology. Read More


Hack makes new Apple TV run native tvOS browser

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

A new hack by Dutch developer jvanakker makes the fourth-generation Apple TV run a native tvOS web browser despite the fact that Apple’s operating system powering the set-top box lacks web browsing functionality.

The most interesting thing about this hack is its use of Apple’s private API based on the UIWebView class, which the company typically provides to iPhone and iPad developers as an officially sanctioned solution for embedding web views inside apps. Read More


Developer shows Apple TV can support app folders

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2015

Well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been experimenting with debugging tvOS and has figured out a way to create folders on the Apple TV using the LLDB debugger. Support for folders is there in tvOS, but it’s not currently being used and is not available to end users on tvOS 9.0 or the tvOS 9.1 beta.

As you might expect, folders in tvOS work very much like folders in iOS. Once enabled, all that’s required is to drag an app icon on top of another app icon to create a folder. While this finding paints no timetable as to when Apple might enable folder support in tvOS, it does at least let us know that Apple has at least thought about doing so. Read More


How to check to see if your iPhone is infected by the KeyRaider malware

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 5, 2015

DylibSearch is a new jailbreak app that helps you quickly check to see if you have any known malicious tweaks, like KeyRaider, installed on your device. It does so by scanning the contents of the .dylib files contained in the filesystem’s MobileSubstrate directory.

By checking for known strings contained in malicious files, DylibSearch can quickly tell you if your iPhone is infected, or if it has a clean bill of health. This open source tweak is available by means of a special third-party repo, which you’ll find inside of this post. Read More


Developer hacks Apple Watch to run 20-year-old Mac operating system

By Cody Lee on Jun 22, 2015

Developer Nick Lee on Monday posted a video showing off his Apple Watch running a 2o-year-old Mac operating system. Lee’s watch is running the watchOS 2 developer beta, as well as the Mini vMac Macintosh emulator, and the Mac OS you see loading up is version 7.5.5, which was first introduced in 1996. Read More


Developers hack Apple Watch to run native apps

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2015

Developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell, with the help of saurik, have managed to hack watchOS 2 to run fully-native apps. As noted by 9to5Mac, Troughton-Smith posted a video last night showing evidence of the feat.

The big deal here is that even though Apple says that support for native apps is coming in watchOS 2, developers are still going to be limited on what they can do. This hack, however, breaks those limitations, allowing the use of all accessible iOS UI frameworks. Read More


Hackers find easy way to steal large sums of money through Starbucks app

By Jake Smith on May 14, 2015

Hackers are stealing money from users’ credit cards, banks, and PayPal accounts through the Starbucks mobile app, the coffee giant confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

The app, which lets users pay at checkout and reload Starbucks gift cards, has an auto-reload function that makes it easy for hackers to take from users, not needing any account numbers. Read More


Hacker creates a software-only brute force tool for jailbroken devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 23, 2015

Well-known iOS jailbreak developer and hacker Majd Alfhaily was intrigued when read about MDSec’s black box hardware brute force for iOS devices. The tool, which runs over a USB connection, tries every possible passcode combination in an attempt to unlock an iPhone secured with a simple passcode.

The downside of such a tool, is that each PIN entry takes approximately 40 seconds, so it could take more than 110 hours to brute force an iPhone. Majd, being the curious person that he is, devised a way to do it in a fraction of the time using only software. The only caveat, if you even want to call it that given what it does, is that the device must be able to run unsigned code, i.e., the device must be jailbroken. Read More


New ‘IP Box’ tool unlocks iPhone PINs via brute force attacks

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2015

A new device is causing commotion around the interwebs today, that has the ability to unlock PIN-protected iOS devices. The tool, first spotlighted by security firm MDSec, is being used in the phone repair markets to brute-force iPhone and iPad Lock screens.

According to MDSec, these ‘IP Boxes’ are about the size of an Apple TV, and you can acquire one for around $300. It works by simulating the PIN entry on a device over a USB connection, and is able to sequentially bruteforce every possible PIN combination. Read More


Apple ‘actively investigating’ alleged iCloud hack that led to celeb photo leak

By Cody Lee on Sep 1, 2014

After nearly 24 hours of silence, Apple has finally commented on the alleged iCloud hack that led to a massive leak yesterday of nude celebrity photos. The Cupertino-based company says that it is aware of the reports and is “actively investigating” the claim.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Recode in a statement. She did not, however, provide any additional details on the attack, or if iCloud was even the source of the photos. Read More


Hacker leaks dozens of nude celebrity pics in alleged iCloud hack

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Twitter, Reddit and several other social networks are blowing up this evening with talk of a major nude celebrity photo leak. The trove first appeared on 4chan’s /b/ thread earlier today, and it includes Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and several others.

The pictures were allegedly retrieved through a vulnerability in Apple’s iCloud service, which allowed the celebrities’ phones to be hacked. Thus far, no one has confirmed that iCloud was actually breached, and few details are known about the attack, or the attacker. Read More


BigBoss repo allegedly hacked [updated]

By Sébastien Page on Jul 18, 2014

BigBoss, one of the default repositories for jailbreak tweaks in Cydia, has allegedly been hacked by an individual or a group of individuals whose identity is still unknown.

The attackers were apparently able to gain access to all packages (paid and free) that are available in the BigBoss repo, and made the deb index and database available for download. The assailants went as far as creating a new repo which can be added to Cydia to download all BigBoss-hosted tweaks.

As is always the case when this type of security breach happens, jailbreak users should be cautious and stay away from this. Read More


Yo hack compromises your phone contacts, but fix is underway

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Yesterday, I told you about Yo, a ridiculous new messaging app which lets people exchange two-character “Yo” messages. Some like Stephen Colbert have eviscerated Yo for being utterly useless and plain dumb while others point out the fact that it’s received more than $1 million in VC-backed funding as a proof that the mobile messaging space is booming with innovation.

Be that as it may, turns out the controversial software poses something of a security risk as a pair of college students have found a vulnerability allowing them to compromise any Yo user’s phone number, spam them with unsolicited messages and more.

Yo founder Or Arbel has confirmed that the app was “having security issues” and has promised to deliver a fix “in next few hours”Read More


Apple says Australian iOS device attacks not caused by iCloud breach

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2014

On Monday, a number of iOS and Mac users came forward with complaints that their devices had been remotely locked by hackers. In most of the cases, a message appeared via Find My iPhone on the locked devices, demanding payment for the hack to be reversed.

As far as we can tell, the attacks have been concentrated on Mac and iOS products in Australia. And among the various theories of how the hackers were able to set a remote lock has been the fear that iCloud was breached. But Apple says it hasn’t been compromised… Read More


Some iOS devices hijacked and held hostage in Australia

By Joe Rossignol on May 27, 2014

A growing number of iPhone, iPad and Mac users in Australia are turning to the Apple Support Communities and Twitter to report incidents of their device being remotely locked through iCloud. In some cases, a fraudulent message appears through the Find my iPhone service demanding payment between $50 and $100 to someone named Oleg Pliss for the device to be unlocked…  Read More


Hackers create tool to bypass Apple’s ‘Activation Lock’ security feature

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2014

Two hackers have created a tool that they claim can bypass Apple’s ‘Activation Lock.’ It’s called ‘doulCi, and it uses a man-in-the-middle attack to intercept users’ Apple ID credentials as well as unlock devices disabled by the highly-lauded security feature.

The hack utilizes a vulnerability in iTunes for Windows that has to do with verifying security certificates. And apparently, all you have to do to get it to work is plug in the device to a computer, and alter a file, directing it to an alternate server instead of iCloud… Read More


Glitch discovered in iOS 7.1 lets you hide stock apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

Folks who updated to iOS 7.1 earlier this month may be interested in this newly-discovered glitch that allows you to hide stock iOS apps. It’s very similar to last year’s Newsstand glitch, in that it involves a multi-step process and doesn’t [obviously] require a jailbreak.

The glitch is present on both iPhones and iPads, and is relatively easy to exploit. All you have to do, essentially, is create a folder full of apps you wish to hide, drop it in another folder, and then remove it. Interested? Keep reading for a full step-by-step video tutorial… Read More


Hacked T-Mobile carrier update for iPhone offers several features and improvements

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

Folks with an iPhone on T-Mobile might be interested to hear that there’s a new hacked carrier update available that promises a number of enhancements. It was created by the same folks who brought us that slew of carrier update hacks for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T iPhone models last summer.

This time around, the developers say that the modded update includes a variety of things like boosted data speeds and signal reception (depending on your location). It also adds several native T-Mobile features to your iPhone like the ability to view account balance, texts sent and other usage info… Read More


Winocm shows off iPad triple-booting iOS 5.1, 6.1.3 and 7.0.6

By Cody Lee on Mar 25, 2014

This is pretty interesting. Hacker winocm has posted a new video of his iPad triple-booting into multiple versions of iOS. The clip shows his hacked tablet booting up and running in iOS 5.1, and then its ability to quickly switch to iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 7.0.6.

Winocm has made quite the name for himself around the jailbreak community as both a hacker and a tinkerer. Last week he posted a video of his jailbroken (untethered) iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1, and don’t forget he helped iH8sn0w create p0sixspwnRead More


Geohot wins $150,000 for exposing ChromeOS exploits

By Cody Lee on Mar 15, 2014

Google held its Pwnium 4 security competition last week at CanSecWest in Vancouver, Canada. The day-long event ended with hundreds of thousands of dollars being awarded to hackers who demonstrated exploits in Google Chrome. And believe it or not, $150,000 of that went to Geohot.

For those not familiar with the name, Geohot has picked up a number of headlines over the past 7 years. After hacking the iPhone he took his talents to the PS3, where he caused enough chaos to get sued by Sony. And he’s since been spotted at Facebook, iOSDevCamp and various other places… Read More

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