Hackers Targeting iCloud Users in Mainland China in ‘Massive Attack’

iCloudLogoUnnamed hackers have begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China with a hack attack known as “Man In The Middle”.  This attack aims to steal users information when they download or upload information using iCloud.

The attacks were first revealed by Chinese activist group GreatFire.org, which said the latest efforts resemble previous attacks on Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Hotmail. The organization has alleged that China’s government is involved in the attacks, according to Reuters.

The attacks are said to have incredibly deep access to the servers of Chinese Internet providers, leading to speculation that the government-owned companies are cooperating in the attack. Security researchers say that Greatfire.org’s claims appear to be accurate, though the Chinese government has denied the accusations.

The attacks first came to light when users in China began to receive security warnings from Apple’s iCloud service. That led Chinese Internet activist Zhou Shuguang to investigate.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Zhou found that a so-called “man-in-the-middle” attack had been implemented between iCloud users and the server where data is hosted. His findings were also corroborated by security analyst Erik Hjelmvik of Netresec AB, who called the attack “quite massive” and “sophisticated.”

Analysts who spoke with the Journal alleged that Chinese iCloud users’ data stored in the cloud, including usernames and passwords, could be at risk if the attackers can decrypt the communication between users and iCloud servers in China. However, there was no immediate evidence that the hackers have been able to decrypt the data.

And while GreatFire.org has accused the Chinese government of being volved, some critics say the fact that users are alerted of security warnings suggest attack is too easily detected for the government to have played a part.

Additional information has been provided by AppleInsider.com.

Who supports Apple Pay? The list is below:

ApplePayLogoThe following is a list of companies and financial institutions that currently support Apple Pay.  This list will be updated as necessary:

As of 10-20-2014:

  • Aeropostale
  • Babies R Us
  • BJ’s
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron
  • Duane Reade
  • ExtraMile
  • Foot Locker
  • FootAction
  • House of Hoops
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco
  • RadioShack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys R Us
  • Unleashed
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods

Finally, Apple Pay support is said to be coming later this year from the following retailers and locations:

  • Anthropologie
  • Disney Store
  • Free People
  • Petsmart
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Walt Disney World

Now you can get information about  Pay and  Watch right here!

apple-black-logoAre you looking for somewhere that you can get information about  Pay and  Watch?

Well, look no further.  In our menu (next to the home button) is an  icon.  Putting your mouse over this option will open a new sub-menu with articles and information about both topics.

(Video): Demo of how Apple Pay works at a McDonalds

Via: John Ross

(Video) Apple Pay Launches Today



“It’s Been Way To Long” Media Event Notes

Apple presented a battery of new hardware and software during today’s media event.  Here’s a quick overview:

* Apple Pay
– Starts Monday (Oct. 20th)
– Available in major retail locations (such as Walgreens Pharmacy, others)
– Available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

* iOS 8.1:
– Available now, Free.

* iWork (new version):
– Available now, free.

iPhoto Cloud Beta:
– Share photos across multiple devices.  Public beta available now.

* OS X 10.10:
– Available NOW, free.
– Mail drop (saves attachments in the Cloud).

* iPad Air 2:
– 6.1mm Thin
– 18% Thinner than previous iPad Air.
– A8X Chip, 64 Bit.
– M8 Chip
– 10 Hour Battery Life
– Two new iSight Cameras (Front and Back)
– Burst Mode, Slow Motion when taking videos.
– Dual Microphones.
– Touch ID.
– From $499.00
– Available Now.

* iPad Mini 3:
– 7.9 Inch Retina Display (3 Million Pixel Display)
– A7 Chip
– Touch ID
– 2048 x 1536 Resolution
– From $399.00
– Available Now

* iMac:
– 14.7 Million Pixels
– 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel i5 or i7
– 8 Gigabytes Memory
– Starting at $2,499.00
– Available Now.

* Mac Mini:
– 1.4GHz – 2.8 GHz
– 4GB or 8GB Memory
– 500GB or 1TB SSDD
– $499.00 – $999.00
– Available Now

For more information, go to http://store.apple.com

Thinking about upgrading to OS X 10.10? We have you covered!

AppleOct16thIt is more than likely that Apple will be announcing the availability of its next generation operating system, Mac OS X 10.10 – Yosemite.  Many people will be asking if they can upgrade their computers, or how will they even know IF they can even do it.  This is what we do know at this time:

1.  The upgrade will be free.
2.  The Mac App Store will check your Mac to be sure the upgrade can be installed.
3.  Based on Betas, the installation takes anywhere from 15, 30, to 45 minutes.
4.  After installation is finished, you’ll be presented with some questions about your network and iCloud setups.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Apple TV’s Apple Event Channel goes live

AppleTV2Apple has made its Apple Event channel available ahead of today’s scheduled media event which should kick off at 10am PT (1pm ET).

U2’s Bono apologies for automatic song downloads

U2GroupLong time U2 Frontman, Bono, has apologized to its fans and iTunes users about automatically downloading their newest album, “Songs of Innocents” onto user’s computers without their consent.  Bono said in part:

“Oops. Um. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

U2 and Apple made the album free for all iTunes users – except they didn’t tell them that the album would be automatically sent to iTunes’s customers.

 

OOPS! Apple’s own iBook spills the beans about new iPads

With less than 24 hours to go until the media event, it seems that the company has spilled the beans about one major key feature about the new iPads – Touch ID.

The tip comes from Apple’s own iBook store in a manual called “iPad User Guide for iOS 8″.  The book (as shown below) shows instructions on how to use the Touch ID with an iPad:

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The error was spotted on September 17th and has since been taken offline and replaced with another version below:

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It is not known if this was a honest mistake, or the new iPads will have a Touch ID feature on them.

Stay with AppleScoop as we bring you all the last minute rumors and information before Thursday’s event which is scheduled for 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern).

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