If the user viewed the email on Apple Watch and not on iPhone, the sender’s real IP address will be visible.
Developer and researcher under the pseudonym Mysk discovered that Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection does not work in the official Apple Watch Mail app.
This feature was introduced in iOS 15 and offers three types of privacy protections. Apple says it keeps location data secure, protects against tracking, and blocks marketing companies from seeing whether a user has opened an email or not.
Incoming emails can have hidden pixels that allow senders to know the recipient’s information. As soon as the user opens such a letter, the sender will receive information about his actions in the mail, and the recipient has no way to control the transmitted information. The sender can find out when and how many times the recipient opened the letter and whether it was forwarded to someone else, as well as learn the IP address and other data useful for creating a user profile and determining his location.
Mail Privacy Protection helps protect your privacy by blocking email senders (including Apple itself) from learning about user activity in email. When an email is received via the Apple Mail app, instead of downloading deleted content when the email is opened, Mail Privacy Protection by default downloads the deleted content in the background, regardless of whether the user opens the email or not. At the same time, Apple does not receive any data about the content.
In addition, all remote content downloaded by Apple Mail is routed through multiple proxies, preventing the sender from knowing the recipient’s IP address. Apple does not share the IP address of the sender, which would allow it to determine the location of the recipient. The proxy server network randomly assigns an IP address that matches only the region in which the device is located. Apple itself also has no access to the recipients’ IP addresses.
The feature can be activated for Apple Mail on iPhone, but it doesn’t work if you view emails (or even just previews) on Apple Watch, Mysk noted.
The researcher demonstrated his discovery by uploading an image to his server, pasting it into an email, and sending it. When Mysk checked the IP address where the image it sent was uploaded, it saw the real IP address of the Apple Watch.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.
Somewhat earlier it was reported that the attack allowed the hackers to steal about $110 million, but now it turned out that everything is much worse. At the same time, the specialists of the exchange managed to freeze part of the funds, but we are talking about only 7 million dollars, which is clearly insignificant against the background of 570 million.
The exchange revealed that a cross-chain bridge connected to its BNB chain was attacked, allowing hackers to move BNB tokens off the network. Now the network has been restored, and the clients’ funds, according to Binance, are safe.
The fact of the theft of funds contributed to a sharp drop in the BNB rate by almost 5%, but after a few hours, almost half of the fall was redeemed.
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.
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Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.
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