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


Give your old device the look and feel of iOS 7 with Whited00r 7

By Cody Lee on Dec 29, 2013

Although Apple is one of the best handset-makers around when it comes to supporting older devices, it does have a cutoff point. And for iOS 7, that cutoff point was the iPhone 4, meaning you can not install the new firmware on devices older than that.

But never fear! If you happen to be running an older device, you can still get the look and feel of iOS 7 thanks to Whited00r 7. The modded firmware includes an iOS 7-style UI with card multitasking, Control Center, push notifications, and much more… Read More


Researchers have found a way to discreetly activate Mac iSight cameras

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013

Hackers have long had the ability to infiltrate a person’s personal computer, and enable their webcam without their knowledge. We’ve been hearing horror stories about this for years, where users were covertly spied on through their PC’s camera.

But Mac owners have always been led to believe that this can’t happen with the iSight camera, because it’s designed to always illuminate the adjacent green light every time it’s active. Researchers have found a way, though, to get around this behavior… Read More


Developer ports iOS core to Nokia N900

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013

Winocm, the developer leading the work on the iOS 6.1.3/4 jailbreak, has managed to port iOS to a non-Apple device. The photo you see above is the iOS core, known as the “XNU Kernel,” running on a Nokia N900 smartphone.

The port is extremely primitive, as it doesn’t include any of iOS’s or OS X’s user-interface elements and cannot be run as a useable operating system. But it does signal a major development for the ongoing open source project… Read More


Yet another Lock screen vulnerability, this time on iOS 7.0.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2013

Once again, another Lock screen vulnerability has reared its ugly head, this one right on the heels of Apple’s 7.0.2 update to fix another vulnerability.

Dany Lisiansky has posted the steps on a YouTube video he recently uploaded, and we’ve verified that the steps, albeit a bit involved, do work.

If there’s one bright spot about this latest vulnerability, it is that it doesn’t expose anything outside of the Phone app to would be snoopers, and you can nix the bug by disabling Siri access from the Lock screen. Still, Apple’s security team can’t be happy about this. Read More


Expert says ‘average consumers’ shouldn’t worry about Touch ID hack

By Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2013

Over the weekend, a group of hackers called the Chaos Computer Club announced that it had managed to bypass Apple’s Touch ID system using the popular ‘fake finger’ method involving a hi-res photograph, and pink latex milk.

As you’d expect, the announcement has caused quite a commotion, and has a lot of folks concerned. But according to security expert Marc Rogers, they shouldn’t be. He says the average consumer has nothing to worry about… Read More


Hacker group bypasses Apple’s Touch ID with ‘fake finger’ technique

By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2013

A group of German hackers called the Chaos Computer Club has reportedly figured out a way to bypass Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor using a variation of the long-running ‘fake finger’ technique.

The method involves taking a high resolution photo of the original user’s fingerprint, printing it on a transparent sheet with a thick toner setting, and then filling it in with pink latex milk. Here, watch the video… Read More


New hack brings Plex back to the Apple TV

By Sébastien Page on Aug 28, 2013

We have some good news following our yesterday’s report that PlexConnect, the hack that allows you to run Plex on a non jailbroken Apple TV had been disabled in the device’s recent update. As it turns out, you can still run PlexConnect on your Apple TV, although it might not be as straightforward as it once was.

Developer Paul Kehrer has written a fairly detailed tutorial explaining how to run PlexConnect on your Apple TV. The hack still poses as Apple TV’s Trailers app in order to accomplish the install… Read More


Bad news: this morning’s Apple TV update broke PlexConnect hack

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2013

Apple this morning has issued an update making its popular $99 Apple TV gadget a whole lot more useful by enabling an additional five content channels: 24/7 music video streaming via Vevo TV, in addition to on-demand and live video feeds from Weather Channel, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Smithsonian Channel.

While not a software update per se – new icons automatically appear on your Home screen upon firing up the set-top box without requiring any intervention on the user’s part – something has changed because it’s broken PlexConnect, a popular hack that fools Apple’s Trailers app into streaming media files stored on your computer, no jailbreak required… Read More


Apple credits Ibrahim Balic for reporting iAd Workbench vulnerability

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2013

Ibrahim Balic, an independent security researcher, made the headlines by taking credit for knocking Apple’s Dev Center out for thirteen days following his discovery of a serious iAd Workbench vulnerability.

Even though that issue hasn’t made the hack directly possible, it did force Apple to shut down Dev Center for more than a week.

It has also prompted an overhaul of Apple’s developer systems, including updating the server software and rebuilding the entire database. Though Balic has rarely come out of stealth mode since protecting his Twitter timeline out of fear of potential consequences, he needn’t worry as Apple has now credited him with reporting the iAd Workbench vulnerability… Read More


Apple issues another system status update to developers

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 5, 2013

Although the majority of its services are back online and in working condition, Apple has been diligent about keeping developers updated on the progress of its efforts after suffering a security threat a few weeks back.

Key services like the iOS and Mac dev centers are back online, but there are still a few items that remain stuck in limbo, namely, Xcode automatic configuration, TSIs, program enrollments, and renewals in Member Center.

Apple says that it expects that the majority of the remaining services should be back online this week. Have a look inside for the full e-mail that was issued to developers today. Read More


planetbeing wins Pwnie award for ‘privilege escalation’ used in evasi0n jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2013

If you’ve followed the jailbreak scene for any extended amount of time, you know that it takes a person with high-level skills to exploit iOS. There’s only a handful of people in the world that can do it, and let’s just say they’re very, very talented.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that planetbeing—one of the 4 members of the evad3rs—was recognized at this year’s Black Hat hacking convention. He took home the Pwnie for privilege escalation, which was used in the evasi0n jailbreak… Read More


iOS 7 includes fix for malicious charger exploit

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2013

Back in June, a group of researches discovered a flaw in iOS that would theoretically allow an iOS device to be hacked  using a malicious USB charger. Their proof-of-concept allowed them to invisibly install malware on non-jailbroken iPhones and iPads.

The results of the experiment were called ‘alarming,’ and brought to the attention of Apple in hopes for a quick fix. The Cupertino company must have gotten the message, because according to a new report, the exploit has been patched in the latest iOS 7 betaRead More


Viber attack may have been more broad than initially thought [updated]

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2013

Internet companies beware, hackers are out in full force this month. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen Apple’s Dev Center hacked, several Instagram accounts hacked, and the popular voice and messaging service Viber attacked.

Viber claims, though, that the damage it suffered from its breach was minimal, saying the attacker only gained access to two minor support systems. But a quick glance at its App Store description suggests that wasn’t the case… Read More


Instagram users hacked by smoothie spammer [update]

By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2013

If you’ve been having trouble logging into your Instagram account this morning, or have noticed any strange photos posted to your stream, you’re not alone. Several users are reporting that they’ve been hacked on the popular photo sharing network.

Reports first started surfacing about the issue on Twitter around 11PM last night, according to a report by The Verge. Users who suffered attacks complained that unauthorized photos along with strange URLs had been posted to their accounts… Read More


Amid continuing outage, Apple launches Dev Center status dashboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2013

Seven days into the Dev Center outage and there’s no end in sight to this major blunder. Developers use Apple’s Dev Center to access technical documentation, download iOS 7 and OS X beta builds, file bug reports, give feedback, use web tools to manage their code and much more.

Therefore, this downtime is entirely unacceptable and it’s become totally conceivable now that such a significant downtime might spoil Apple’s blockbuster Fall. Realizing as much, the firm on Wednesday posted a notice outlining its steps going forward.

And, a brand new dashboard status page charts Apple’s recovery from the hack… Read More


Popular voice and messaging service ‘Viber’ hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2013

Popular voice and messaging service Viber has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, reports The Hacker News. The group has a history of hacking the Twitter accounts of the Associated Press, The Guardianand other news sources.

Proof of today’s attack came in the form of a warning message on Viber’s support website (which has since been). The SEA claims that the messaging platform is spying and tracking its users, and it posted a screenshot of alleged evidence… Read More

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