Popular apps send large amounts of device data to advertising companies without user consent.
Some popular iPhone apps use secret techniques to uniquely identify users, even if they have not given tracking permission. The data collected by apps includes everything from the last device reboot date to the display brightness settings.
App Tracking is based on a unique identifier assigned by Apple to each device. The identifier does not reveal any details about the user, but allows applications to see, for example, that the user of the iOS device 30255BCE-4CDA-4F62-91DC-4758FDFF8512 has visited an online electronics store and therefore can be a good target for advertising gadgets. The identifier also allows applications to see that the user of iOS device 30255BCE-4CDA-4F62-91DC-4758FDFF8512 was shown an advertisement for a specific product on a specific site, after which he visited the seller’s site and bought that product, which means that the ad was effective.
With a new Apple policy called App Tracking Transparency, app developers must ask users for permission to track their activity. If the user has not given such permission (this is most often the case), the application cannot use App Tracking.
The advertising industry was at first confused, but quickly found workarounds. In particular, certain types of digital fingerprints have come to be used to track users.
With each visit to the site, the browser transmits a large amount of data intended for the correct display of the site on the device. So, the display of the site on the iMac and on the iPhone are different. Apple closed that loophole too, but apps still found ways to track users.
According to The Washington Post, an analysis of a number of popular iPhone apps has shown that they are sending advertising companies crazy amounts of data about users’ devices.
For example, when a user opens the Subway Surfers mobile game, the App Tracking Transparency policy prompts a window asking for tracking permission. The user selects “No”, and it would seem that the application can no longer track his actions. But this is where the fun begins.
Subway Surfers is starting to send very specific data points about a user’s device to third-party advertising company Chartboost 29, including Internet address, free memory, volume level, and even battery level. This data allows you to identify the iPhone and, possibly, find out what other applications are used on it and what kind of advertising will be effective.
In a joint study, Lockdown and The Washington Post found at least three popular iPhone games that send large amounts of identifying information to advertising companies, even if the user has not given permission to track. The developers were unable to explain to the researchers why their applications collect data and send it to advertising companies.
Hacker Hacked Fast Company’s Apple News Account and Spread Racist Messages
An unknown hacker was able to access the business publication Fast Company’s Apple News account and sent out a series of obscene and racist messages via push notifications. Subscribers are the victims.
Fast Company confirmed the hack, and so did Apple. The incident is currently under investigation.
“Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked Tuesday night. After that, two push notifications with obscene and racist content were sent with a minute interval. The messages are disgusting and do not match Fast Company content. We are investigating the incident and have also paused feed updates and closed FastCompany.com until we are confident the situation has been resolved.“, – noted in the publication.
Shortly before the shutdown, the hacker himself posted an entire article on the Fast Company website, where he described in detail how he managed to bypass the protection. It turned out that the accounts on the site were protected by the same password, this also applies to the account of the site administrator. Having gained access to them, the hacker was able to get to the authentication tokens and log in to Apple News.
At the same time, in addition to hooliganism, no financial losses or manipulations were recorded.
Young hacker who leaked GTA 6 material denies his guilt
The 17-year-old hacker, who was previously arrested in the UK on suspicion of hacking Rockstar Games and Uber, has pleaded not guilty. According to police, he appeared in court over the weekend, but refused to plead guilty to PC misuse. At the same time, he admitted that he violated the conditions of release on bail. Now he is being held in a juvenile detention center.
According to investigators, the 17-year-old is part of the Lapsus$ hacker group and is behind the recent leak of videos and other details of the $2 billion GTA 6 game.
Earlier, a hacker under the nickname teapotuberhacker published an archive with video and source code from an early version of GTA 6, which has already gone viral. Take-Two tried to stop the spread of the leak, but it was only partially successful.
The hacker also said that it was he who attacked the Uber computer system, gaining access to correspondence, email addresses, and so on.
At the moment, the investigation is ongoing, so it is not yet clear how this story will end.
Cloudflare introduces world’s first eSIM with better security than VPN
Cloudflare has introduced a new solution that may be suitable for smartphone and mobile Internet users. We are talking about an eSIM card called Zero Trust SIM. Its peculiarity is that it provides an increased level of security, reducing the risk of number substitution.
In technical terms, we are talking about the transfer of DNS requests through the Cloudflare gateway, which allows you to protect them from interception and spoofing. Also promised is a check of all intermediate nodes through which the device accesses the Internet.
According to Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cumming, Zero Trust SIM technology can outperform VPNs and other security systems as it provides cell-level protection.
Zero Trust SIM will launch first in the US, where only a virtual card for iOS and Android will be available at first. When activated, it will bind to a specific device and allow you to protect it. Physical maps are also expected in the future.
The company is also launching Zero Trust for Mobile Operators, an affiliate program for telecom operators that will enable them to offer subscriptions to the services and tools of the Zero Trust platform. In addition, a similar project is expected for the Internet of Things.
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