Category Archives: iCloud
The encryption used by Apple’s iMessage service is hindering federal drug enforcement agency investigations, says a report in CNET. CNET obtained an internal Drug Enforcement Administration document that details the problem faced by agents who are tracking suspects using non-traditional communication methods.
According to the document, the end-to-end encryption used by iMessage makes it “impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices,” even when there is a court order authorizing the electronic wiretap. This problem was discovered when agents noticed that messages sent from one iPhone to another iPhone via iMessage were not being captured during a surveillance.
Securing your iOS device for your children, Part 3: removing apps, limiting social features and other safety options
There has been a string of high-profile cases where children have racked up thousands of dollars in credit card charges through in-app purchases. In these cases and others like them, the iOS devices used by the children have not been properly locked down by the parents.
In the first post of the series, we walked you through setting up a child-safe iTunes account and in part two we took a tour of parental controls (restrictions). In part three below, we put the finishing touches on your iOS device by removing stray accounts, deleting apps and turning off social features. Before you hand over an iOS device to your child, use this final checklist to clean up any leftover adult settings.
Apple’s iCloud service is expanding rapidly, and the company is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure to support it. Recent stories have pointed to the massive photovoltaic array powering the Maiden, NC data center, and last October Apple broke ground for a data center near Prineville, OR. Now AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has completed construction of a small “tactical” structure at a data center site near Reno, NV.
The headline of the AppleInsider post is somewhat misleading (not to mention grammatically questionable), crowing that “Apple’s initial iCloud facility in Reno already ready to go online.” The tactical structure houses cooling, security and support equipment, and doesn’t house any massive banks of servers or other infrastructure needed to house iCloud data. Similar structures are onsite at the Maiden, NC data center and one has also been built on the Prineville, OR site.
Apple’s new two-step verification process has already been put to the test, thanks to a (now apparently offline) exploit that allows anyone with your email address and birthday to reset your Apple ID. The Verge confirmed the exploit after the site was made aware of a tutorial posted on a Chinese-language hacking site. The hack involves pasting a modified URL while answering the question about the account’s date of birth info.
The Verge did further exploration on the hack and found that accounts that were told they needed to wait three days to enable the two-step verification are also vulnerable to the exploit. The only way to change it for those in the waiting period is for people to change their birthdays in their Apple profile.
Recently, TUAW received several emails from users who were attempting to send developers logs for troubleshooting purposes. Those emails, all sent via iCloud email addresses (.mac, .icloud, .me) would vanish before arriving at their destination. Some companies quickly created workarounds so that users seeking assistance could sneak the attachments around what appeared to be a “black hole” devouring emails with extreme prejudice.
An email anonymously sent to TUAW from a reader indicates that Apple has stated they are making adjustments on their end and believe the issue has been resolved.