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How to Make Sure Your Passwords Haven't Been Stolen

One of the best things about having a solid password is that you don’t have to change it. If it’s strong, unique, and hasn’t been compromised by an …
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Take these 5 critical steps to protect yourself from cybercrime

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Microsoft patent reveals controllers to transform smartphones into handheld Xbox

A Microsoft patent filed last month revealed plans for controllers that will transform smartphones into handheld Xbox consoles, in what may be the system’s first foray into gaming on the go.

The patent, filed on July 9, is for a charging device for removable input modules. While there is no specific mention of the Xbox in the application, a couple of the drawings feature all-too-familiar buttons and symbols.

The patent is specifically for the charger of the controllers, which the filing said will temporarily attach to a touchscreen device to provide input controls. Possible features for the controllers include built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and wireless headphones support.

The controllers will address certain issues commonly experienced in games for a touchscreen device such as a smartphone, including slipping fingers, obscured parts of the display, and the cramped space for on-screen controls.

Designer Sarang Sheth from Yanko Design took a stab at mock-ups for the controller mentioned in the Microsoft patent, creating what may be the first look at an upcoming Nintendo Switch challenger.

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Clever attack uses SQLite databases to hack other apps, malware servers

SQLite databases can be modified in such a way that they execute malicious code inside other apps that rely on them to store data, security researchers have revealed.

In demos presented at the DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas today, Check Point security researcher Omer Gull showed demos of a tainted SQLite database hijacking the command and control server of a malware operation, and malware using SQLite to achieve persistence on iOS devices.

Clever SQLite attack lets hackers get iOS persistence

The idea is that vulnerabilities in how third-party apps read data from SQLite databases allows a third-party to hide malicious code in the SQLite database's data.

When the third-party app, such as iMessage, reads the tainted SQLite database, it also inadvertantly executes the hidden code.

In the iMessage demo he presented at DEF CON, Gull showed how malware or a threat actor that manages to replace or edit the "AddressBook.sqlitedb" file can insert malicious code inside an iPhone's addressbook.

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Warning Issued For Apple's 1.4 Billion iPad And iPhone Users

Apple is having a bad week. Just days after Face ID was hacked and the company’s “user-hostile” iPhone battery practices were exposed, an extraordinary story of Apple neglect has resulted in a warning every iPhone and iPad user needs to know about.  

Every iPhone released since 2011 is potentially vulnerable to having their data and passwords stolen

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Picked up by AppleInsider, security firm Check Point has revealed it has found a way to hack every iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 right up to betas of iOS 13. This spread covers eight years of devices (iOS 8 supports the 2011 iPhone 4S) and, with Tim Cook stating there are 1.4BN active iOS devices around the world, this is worrying news for the owners of pretty much all of them. 

What Check Point discovered is that the Contacts app built into iOS can be exploited using the industry-standard SQLite database so that any search of Contacts can trick the device into running malicious code capable of stealing user data and passwords. 

"SQLite is the most wide-spread database engine in the world," said Check Point. "It is available in every operating system, desktop and mobile phone. Windows 10, macOS, iOS, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Android are popular users of SQLite."

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