March 22nd, 2013 by ElizaP
Following the lead of other companies like Facebook and Google, Apple has now decided to jump on the bandwagon to thwart security threats. Its iCloud product will now require two-step authentication for ATT Uverse and other users. This will allow users to have more security when attempting to access their accounts from devices the service doesn’t recognize. Users will have to set up the authentication on their accounts, which they were able to do as of yesterday. This requires simply visiting Apple’s site and clicking “Password and Security”.
Apple ID’s two-step verification will involve entering a username and password, and then waiting for a verification code to be sent to the device requesting access. Then, the user need only enter that code to verify their identity and access their account. This new authentication process means that hackers will find it difficult to access iCloud accounts unless they also have access to the account holder’s device.
April 12th, 2012 by ElizaP
The seemingly impossible infection of thousands of Mac computers by Flashback malware, first reported a couple of weeks ago, appears to have been reigned in significantly, according to Symantec. The up to 600,000 computers reported to be infected last week are now down to 270,000, with the most reduction in infection occurring in the last 24 hours. Discovered in 2011, Flashback was able to enter thousands of Mac computers under the guise of an Adobe Flash Player installer. Once installed, the malware set about finding and retrieving usernames and passwords. Apple issued a patch for the three versions of OSX the malware affected, the word about which could have been quickly spread over the last few days, resulting in the significant reduction of infections in a short time. Another security software company, Intego, reported last week that all servers involved in providing Flashback malware appeared to be offline, although the command and control servers are still active, leaving still-infected Macs vulnerable.