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May 6, 2020
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard  
Critics Say Apple’s Lawsuit Against Correllium Has Stifled Security Research and Limited Researchers’ Ability to Tinker With Apple Products and Code

Apple launched a copyright lawsuit last year against a start-up based in Florida called Corellium for developing and selling software that allows customers, usually researchers, to sell develop and sell software that allows customers to create virtual iPhone replicas. This move, critics say, has stifled security research and affected how security researchers and software makers can tinker with Apple’s products and code.  of infringing its copyright by developing and selling software that allows customers to create virtual iPhone replicas. In January, Apple sent a negative message to would-be researchers when it subpoenaed the defense contractor L3Harris and Santander Bank, requesting information on how they use Corellium, all communications they’ve had with the startup, internal communications about their products, and any contracts they’ve signed with the company, among other information.

Related: Input, MacDailyNews, Slashdot, AppleInsider

Tweets:@LorenzoFB @josephfcox


May 21, 2020
Russell Brandom / The Verge

Russell Brandom / The Verge  
Apple and Google Roll Out Support for Their Coronavirus Exposure Notification System, Three U.S. States, Twenty-Two Countries Sign Up

In a move that makes digital contact tracing one step closer to reality in the U.S. and other countries, Apple and Google rolled out support for their coronavirus exposure notification system, as implemented in an update to iOS and Android. The joint system uses a complex BLE Beacon protocol to allow users to track recent exposures to other users who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both tech giants pledge not to monetize the data and to shut down the system once the tracking is no longer needed. Three U.S. states have come forward to announce their own notification systems based on the app – Alabama, South Carolina, and North Dakota. The companies say 22 countries have separately received access to the API, although it declined to name specific nations.

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Tweets:@carolineha_ @lukOlejnik @LeoKelion @geoffreyfowler

Business Insider: Apple and Google are making their COVID-19 exposure tech available to public health agencies, which means you’ll soon have access to contact tracing apps (GOOG, GOOGL, APPL)
iMore: Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
Android Central : Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
Mic: The Trump administration demanded the U.N. remove abortion access from its pandemic response plan
Fortune: Apple, Google’s COVID-19 tracing tool is one big step closer to being put to use
Roll Call: Apple, Google release template for COVID-19 contact tracing apps
Future of Privacy Forum: FPF CEO: Will I Install an Exposure Notification App? Thoughts on the Apple-Google API
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce exposure notification API (Update: Now public)
iPhone Hacks: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 with Exposure Notification API for Contact Tracing Apps
ET news: ‘Failed mishmash’ of privacy protections insufficient for NHS app users
Tech Insider: Apple and Google are making their COVID-19 exposure tech available to public health agencies, which means you’ll soon have access to contact tracing apps (GOOG, GOOGL, APPL)
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps tracking COVID-19 exposure
Gulf News Technology: Apple, Google release technology for COVID-19 apps
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
POLITICO: Apple, Google release coronavirus-tracing software — but will it help?
MacRumors: Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access
MacDailyNews: Apple TV+ faces dual challenges
TechCrunch: Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps
xda-developers: [Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19
Vox: Apple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited.
MacRumors: Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More
iMore: Apple releases iOS 13.5 with exposure notification API, Face ID updates
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
Input: iOS 13.5 is here with smarter Face ID unlock when you’re wearing a face mask
MacStories: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 Exposure Notifications, Face ID Bypass for Masks, FaceTime Setting, and Apple Music Stories Sharing
Patently Apple: A Bitter Ex-Apple Sub-Contractor in Europe is demanding that action be taken against Apple for basically ‘wiretapping entire populations’ via Siri
MacDailyNews: Siri whistleblower goes public over ‘lack of action,’ says Apple should face consequences
Gizmodo Australia: Siri Whistleblower Goes Public To Protest Lack Of Consequences For Apple
Slashdot: Apple Whistleblower Goes Public Over ‘Lack of Action’
BBC: Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps
The Guardian: Apple and Google release phone technology to notify users of coronavirus exposure
MacDailyNews: How to opt out of COVID-19 contact tracing in iOS 13.5
TechCrunch: Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps
POLITICO: Apple, Google release coronavirus-tracing software — but will it help?
Fortune: Apple, Google’s COVID-19 tracing tool is one big step closer to being put to use
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps tracking COVID-19 exposure
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
IT News : Apple-Google contact tracing tech draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets
iMore: Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
channelnews: Could Apple & Google’s COVID-19 Tracing Tech Make COVIDSafe Better?
ZDNet: Apple releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 contact tracing feature, Face ID improvements
MacRumors: Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access
MacDailyNews: Apple TV+ faces dual challenges
Techdirt: The Case For Contact Tracing Apps Built On Apple And Google’s Exposure Notification System
xda-developers: [Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19
Apple Newsroom: iPhone SE: A powerful new smartphone in a popular design
MacStories: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 Exposure Notifications, Face ID Bypass for Masks, FaceTime Setting, and Apple Music Stories Sharing
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce exposure notification API (Update: Now public)
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
iMore: Apple releases iPadOS 13.5
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
Techradar: iOS 13.5 is here – why you should download it right away
Vox: Apple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited.

@carolineha_: By the way, Apple + Google's API — the backbone that public health authorities can use to build exposure notification apps — went out today. The companies said today that "a number" of US states and 22 countries on 5 continents have requested access
@lukOlejnik: Here's how Google Play will verify that the contact tracing apps are actually from "national health authorities". Seems the system may behave differently if there's a risk of "high risk of transmission". What does it mean? I don't know! #COVID?19 https://support.google.com/googleplay/and
@LeoKelion: Apple and Google have delivered - now public health authorities get to see if there's real advantage in adopting their Covid-19 contact tracing model. But there may be some teething issues along the way
@geoffreyfowler: Apple and Google’s coronavirus exposure software is here, along with iOS 13.5 Now we’re waiting for apps that that use it. So far, we just know 3 states saying they’re going to try: Alabama, South Carolina and North Dakota.


April 10, 2020
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg  
Apple and Google Form Rare Alliance to Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology That Will Be Managed by Public Health Authorities

Apple and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add opt-in contact tracing technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with COVID-19, a system has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population. The companies said the technology would be deployed in two steps: In mid-May, the companies will add the ability for iPhones and Android phones to wirelessly exchange anonymous information via apps run by public health authorities. The companies will also release frameworks for public health apps to manage functionality. The much longer-term second step entails both companies adding the technology directly into their operating systems so that the contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. The combination of both the massive data caches that both Google and Apple maintain on their users combined with the power of state and local governments has some public interest, privacy and security advocates concerned over privacy and surveillance abuses even if the technology can ultimately save lives.

Related: Financial Times Technology, Daring Fireball, The Apple Post, Android Central, Tom’s Guide, Cult of MacTIME, Fortune, New on MIT Technology Review, iMore, TechCrunch, MacDailyNews, Mercury News, WCCFtech, Pocket-lint, Axios, RT News, SlashGear, iClarified, iPhone Hacks, Tom’s Guide, The Next Web, Gizmodo, Mashable, MacRumors, POLITICO, Tech Insider,  Apple, Google (PDF), Washington Post, The Verge

Tweets:@tim_cook @aslavitt @lukOlejnik @RonDeibert · @ashk4n @natfriedman @kurtopsahl @lukOlejnik @jsnell @fs0c131y @Khanoisseur

Financial Times Technology: Apple and Google join forces to develop contact-tracing apps
Daring Fireball: Draft Technical Documentation for Apple and Google’s Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing
The Apple Post: Apple and Google partner on new coronavirus contact tracing technology
Android Central : Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
Cult of Mac: Apple and Google team up to build COVID-19 contact tracing apps
TIME: Apple, Google Announce COVID-19 Smartphone Contact Tracing in Rare Partnership
Fortune: Apple, Google bring coronavirus contact-tracing to 3 billion people
New on MIT Technology Review: Apple and Google are building coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android
iMore: Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
TechCrunch: Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android
MacDailyNews: Apple and Google team on cross-platform COVID-19 contact tracing tool
Mercury News: Coronavirus: Apple, Google to work on contact tracing tech
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
Pocket-lint: How Apple and Google plan to use your phone to track COVID-19
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
RT News: Apple and Google debut Bluetooth-based contact-tracing platform to combat Covid-19…and end privacy?
SlashGear: Apple and Google team up to use phones for coronavirus contact-tracing
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
iClarified: Apple and Google Announce Partnership to Build Contract Tracing Functionality Into iOS and Android
iPhone Hacks: Apple and Google Collaborating on Bringing COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tech
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
The Next Web: Apple and Google team up to build a coronavirus tracking system
Gizmodo: Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Build Coronavirus-Tracking Tech. Hold Your Applause.
Mashable: Google and Apple team up to support coronavirus contact tracing
MacRumors: Apple and Google Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology to Be Added to iPhone and Android Smartphones
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
POLITICO: Apple, Google team up on big effort to trace coronavirus cases
Tech Insider: Apple and Google are teaming up to create a way for your smartphone to alert you if you’ve come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
Apple: Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology
Google: Contact Tracing (PDF)
Washington Post: Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus
The Verge: Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android

@tim_cook: Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent.
@aslavitt: BREAKING: New infrastructure for contract tracing is coming to our phones using Bluetooth. Strong privacy protections— but I hope EVERYONE opts in for one another. This is time to pull together in new ways. Thank you to @Apple & @Google
@lukOlejnik: Cryptography specification of the Google-Apple contact-tracing API protocol is here (https://covid19-static.cdn-apple.com/applications/covid19/current/static/contact-tracing/pdf/ContactTracing-CryptographySpecification.pdf). #COVID?19
@RonDeibert ·: Important observations from @ashk4n on @Apple and @Google plans to roll-out contact tracing apps for #COVID19 . Down pointing backhand index
@ashk4n: BIG MOVE: @Apple and @Google are creating API's to permit health authorities implement 'Contact Tracing' apps that monitor Bluetooth signals and identify whether individuals have been in contact with someone that has been infected by #COVID19 https://washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/10/apple-google-tracking-coronavirus/ THREAD:
@natfriedman: Huge thanks to Apple and Google for building privacy-preserving contact tracing into iOS and Android. Tech is emerging as a pillar of civilization and a critical reservoir of competence.
@kurtopsahl: Apple and Google announced a joint Bluetooth based proximity API for contract tracing, to be used by approved apps. Later they will be building this functionality into the underlying iOS/Android platforms.
@lukOlejnik: Will integrate this with their operating systems? "in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms" #COVID?19
@jsnell: Apple has experience with something similar to contact tracing thanks to the new Find My system. Probably gave them a head start. Good to see Apple and Google doing this and emphasizing consent and privacy.
@fs0c131y : Contact tracing apps will not defeat the #Covid19... even with the support of Apple and Google... A contact tracing app is for sure a way to monitor a population, #PrivacyByDesign or not. Don’t give your privacy to your gov or the GAFA against something which is not even working
@Khanoisseur: Apple and Google are partnering on technology for smartphones that will alert users if they’ve come into contact with a person with Covid-19 (but could be useful later for HIV, Ebola and other diseases). People must opt in and “privacy advocates” may fight this.


April 25, 2020
Russell Brandom / The Verge

Russell Brandom / The Verge  
Apple and Google Reveal Enhanced Privacy Practices for Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, Say It Will Be Disbanded Once Virus is Contained

Apple and Google released a set of FAQs regarding their ambitious joint coronavirus contact tracing app and outlined some of their privacy practices and pledged for the first time to disband their effort after the virus becomes contained. Under a new encryption specification, daily tracing keys will now be randomly generated rather than mathematically derived from a user’s private key and will be called temporary tracing keys. More importantly, the daily tracing key is shared with the central database if a user decides to report their positive diagnosis. The companies also developed a new system for encrypting Bluetooth transmissions such that they cannot be decoded in transit. Finally, the companies will no longer call their effort contact-tracing system but instead refer to it as an “exposure notification” system.

Related: CNET News, Engadget, AppleInsider, UPI.com, CERT-EU , CNBC Technology, Bloomberg Technology, SlashGear, TechCrunch, Android Authority, Reuters, Axios, FOX News, VentureBeat, Tech Insider, iMore, HealthITSecurity, HotHardware.com, Trusted Reviews, MobileSyrup.com, ExtremeTech, Bloomberg Technology, BBC News, PhoneArena, Security News | Tech Times, iPhone Hacks, MacRumors, Slashdot, Vox, TechTarget, The New Stack, Cult of Mac,  Apple-Google (PDF)

Tweets:@markgurman @stshank

CNET News: Apple and Google’s coronavirus tracking tool: How privacy fits in – CNET
Engadget: Google and Apple detail privacy measures ahead of coronavirus tracking tests
AppleInsider: Apple and Google evolve Exposure Notification to boost privacy, enhance encryption
UPI.com: Joint Apple-Google coronavirus tracker gets improved technology
CNBC Technology: Apple and Google are tweaking plans for tech to help officials track coronavirus exposure
Bloomberg Technology: Apple, Google Boost Privacy Protections for Contact-Tracing Tool – Bloomberg
SlashGear: Apple and Google change coronavirus contact tracing after privacy pushback
TechCrunch: Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce new contact tracing name and security measures
Reuters: Apple, Google update coronavirus contact tracing tech ahead of launch
Axios: Apple, Google tweak contact tracing specs as launch nears
FOX News: Apple and Google will shut down coronavirus tracing app when pandemic ends, companies say
VentureBeat: Apple and Google build more privacy and flexibility into Bluetooth contact tracing tech
Tech Insider: Google and Apple are adding some key privacy boosts to their upcoming coronavirus-tracking tool, and say they’ll shut it down once the pandemic is over (APPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
iMore: Apple and Google will disable COVID-19 tracing when pandemic ends
HealthITSecurity: ACLU, Scientists Urge Privacy Focus for COVID-19 Tracing Technology
HotHardware.com: Apple And Google Clarify COVID-19 Contact Tracing Pact Following Privacy Uproar
Trusted Reviews: Can privacy survive coronavirus? Apple and Google detail contract tracing plans
MobileSyrup.com: Apple, Google update exposure notification APIs with new protections and capabilities
ExtremeTech: Apple, Google Announce Privacy Changes to Coronavirus Tracing
Bloomberg Technology: Apple, Google Boost Privacy Protections for Contact-Tracing Tool – Bloomberg
BBC News: Apple and Google accelerate coronavirus contact tracing apps plan
PhoneArena: Apple and Google make changes to their contact tracing solution to address privacy concerns
Security News | Tech Times: Apple, Google to Terminate COVID-19 Tracking Tools When Pandemic Ends, But Here’s The Catch
iPhone Hacks: Apple, Google Introduce Privacy and Accuracy Related Changes to Upcoming COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
MacRumors: Apple and Google Strengthen Privacy of COVID-19 Exposure Notification System, Targeting Next Week for Beta Release
Slashdot: Apple and Google Pledge To Shut Down Coronavirus Tracker When Pandemic Ends
Vox: Could contact tracing bring the US out of lockdown?
TechTarget: NHSX reveals full details of UK Covid-19 contact-tracing strategy
The New Stack: Safe Paths: MIT Coronavirus Contact-Tracing App Protects User Privacy
Cult of Mac: Apple and Google enhance protection for contact-tracing tool; target beta for next week
Vox: Apple and Google’s new contact tracing tool is almost ready. Just don’t call it a contact tracing tool.
Apple-Google: Exposure Notification Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

@markgurman: Apple and Google are upping the privacy protections of its Covid-19 Contact Tracing tool (now called Exposure Notification) — adding more randomly generated keys, Bluetooth metadata encryption, exposure recording limit of 30 minutes. It’s also launching in beta next week.
@stshank: Apple and Google have updated their coronavirus contact tracing technology to try to address privacy concerns (and to make it easier for health authorities to write apps): https://cnet.com/news/google-apple-adjust-coronavirus-tracking-app-to-get-ahead-of-privacy-concerns/ from @iansherr


April 24, 2020
Stephen Nellis, Christopher Bing / Reuters

Stephen Nellis, Christopher Bing / Reuters  
Apple Disputes Security Firm’s Finding That Zero-Day Flaw in Mail App Was Exploited by Hackers

Apple said it found “no evidence” a zero-day flaw in its email app for iPhones and iPads has been used against customers and claimed it believes the vulnerability does not pose an immediate risk to users. Security firm ZecOps shook the information security world when it released a study saying this flaw could have exposed half a billion iPhone users to attacks. ZecOps CEO Zuk Avraham said that he found evidence as far back as January 2018 that the vulnerability was exploited in at least six cybersecurity break-ins. Apple admitted that the flaw existed in its software for email on iPhones and iPads, known as the Mail app, and said the company had developed a fix that it will introduce in a forthcoming update. ZecOps said it would release further technical detail on its discovery once Apple issues its fix for the flaw.

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MacRumors: Apple Says Recently Discovered iOS Mail Vulnerabilities Pose No Immediate Threat, But a Patch Is in the Works
The Verge: Apple downplays iOS Mail app security flaw, says ‘no evidence’ of exploits
ZDNet Security: Apple disputes recent iOS zero-day claim
iMore: Apple responds to claim of Mail app exploit in iOS 13
IT Pro: Apple finds “no evidence” hackers exploited critical iOS Mail flaws | IT PRO
9to5Mac: Apple strongly denies that iPhone Mail vulnerabilities have been exploited
SecurityWeek: Apple Finds No Evidence of Attacks Targeting iOS Mail App Vulnerabilities
Japan Times : Apple finds no evidence hackers exploited Mail flaw on iPhones and iPads
SCMP : Apple finds no evidence hackers exploited iPhone, iPad Mail flaw
Engadget: Apple says Mail app vulnerabilities don’t post an ‘immediate risk’ to users
AppleInsider: Apple says iOS Mail vulnerabilities do not pose immediate threat, patch coming
HOTforSecurity: Apple: iOS Mail Bug Doesn’t Pose an ‘Immediate’ Risk to Our Users
Gadgets Now: Apple says ‘no evidence’ iPhone mail flaw used against customers
Asia One Digital: Apple says ‘no evidence’ iPhone mail flaw used against customers
TechWorm: Apple’s Default iPhone mail app is vulnerable to hackers, researchers claim
iPhoneHacks : Apple Patches Mail App Related Security Vulnerabilities in Latest iOS 13.4.5 Beta [Update: Apple Responds]
Pocket-Lint : Apple responds to iPhone and iPad security flaw
Cyber News Group: iPhone defect used against customers? ‘No evidence’ says Apple
MacDailyNews: Apple found ‘no evidence’ Mail flaw was used against iPhone, iPad users
iLounge: Security flaws in Mail does not risk users, says Apple
Techradar: Apple denies hackers exploited critical iPhone vulnerabilities
Trusted Reviews: Apple denies iPhone Mail hack but admits there are vulnerabilities
RAPPLER: Hackers can ‘leak, modify, and delete’ emails through iOS Mail exploit – firm
BGR: Apple admits there’s a new iPhone security flaw, but says it wasn’t exploited

Bloomberg: Apple Finds No Evidence Hackers Exploited iPhone, iPad Mail Flaw


April 17, 2020
Andy Greenberg / Wired

Andy Greenberg / Wired  
Google and Apple Face as Host of Privacy-Related Questions Regarding Their Proposed COVID-19 Tracing Apps, As Well as Fears of Surveillance and False-Positive Emotional Turmoil

When announcing last week that they will jointly develop COVID-19 tracing apps, Apple and Google said that starting next month they’ll add new features to their mobile operating systems that make it possible for certain approved apps, run by government health agencies, to use Bluetooth radios to track physical proximity between phones. If someone later receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they can report it through the app, and any users who have been in recent contact will receive a notification. The system will be entirely opt-in, with no location data and only positive coronavirus users reported. Security and privacy experts have nevertheless pointed to serious privacy flaws with the proposed tracing system, including the fundamental questions of whether users are signing up for a surveillance system or will subject themselves to a more intrusive ad delivery system. On top of that is the emotional turmoil any false-positive tests may cause individuals.

Related: The Daily Swig, IT World Canada, Popular Science, Axios, Computer Business Review, The Sun, Roll Call, TechTarget, Startups News | Tech News, The Daily Swig, iMore, Android Central , The Register – Security, Pocket-lint, Pocket-lint, WRAL Tech Wire, MacRumors, Fortune, Business Insider, VentureBeat, AppleInsider, The Hacker News, MacDailyNews

The Daily Swig: Coronavirus: UK contact-tracing app raises privacy concerns
IT World Canada: Federal privacy commissioner issues framework for COVID-19 measures
Popular Science: Can smartphone apps track COVID-19 without violating your privacy?
Axios: Bluetooth-based coronavirus contact tracing finds broad support in tech and government
Computer Business Review: Europe Publishes Contact-Tracing App Guidelines
The Sun: Government’s London-centric coronavirus plan to ditch contract tracing, blasted by expert
Roll Call: ACLU cautiously approves COVID-19 tracking apps
TechTarget: EU warns no compromise on privacy as NHS clashes with tech firms on contact tracing
Startups News | Tech News: IoT tech startup Nodle launches Coalition, a free, privacy-first contact tracing app to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Daily Swig: Coronavirus contact-tracing apps are worse than useless – Schneier
iMore: UK’s NHS clashes with Google and Apple over contact tracing
Android Central : UK’s NHS clashes with Google and Apple over contact tracing
The Register – Security: Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule
Pocket-lint: The EU has published draft rules for how contact tracing apps should work
Pocket-lint: How the NHSX coronavirus contact-tracing app will work
WRAL Tech Wire: Will contact tracing via apps help fight pandemic at risk of personal privacy?
MacRumors: Apple and Google in ‘Standoff’ With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App
Fortune: Researchers working on ‘contact tracing’ say they welcome Apple and Google’s help
Business Insider: The UK scrambles to launch its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, after getting derailed by Apple and Google
VentureBeat: ProBeat: Apple and Google’s contact detection API will fail, but they should build it anyway
AppleInsider: Security experts have concerns about Apple and Google contact tracing
The Hacker News: Google and Apple Plan to Turn Phones into COVID-19 Contact-Tracking Devices
MacDailyNews: ACLU has concerns with Apple-Google’s COVID-19 contact-tracing plan


April 3, 2020
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac

Zac Hall / 9to5Mac  
Apple Brings Hardware Microphone Disconnect Features to iPads

Apple is bringing the aggressive security feature that disconnects hardware microphones on Macs to iPad. The new security feature, which works by closing the iPad with a case, requires using an MFi compliant accessory with the 2020 model iPad Pro. Apple has also unveiled other new security measures, including data vaults to protect personal information, new malware removal tools, new overviews to Apple’s security and privacy certifications, among other new features.

Related: iDownloadBlog, MacDailyNews, TechCrunch, The Verge, iMoreiClarified, MacRumors, Ubergizmo, AppleInsider, Pocket-lint, Apple Platform Security


Davey Winder / Forbes

Davey Winder / Forbes  
Ethical Hacker Receives $75,000 Bug Bounty Payment From Apple for Finding Seven Zero-Day Flaws in Safari That Allowed iPhone Camera Hijacking

Ethical hacker, Ryan Pickren, founder of proof of concept sharing platform BugPoC, found seven zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple Safari that enabled him to construct an attack chain, using just three of them, to hijack the iPhone camera successfully. Pickren found a total of seven zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari (CVE-2020-3852, CVE-2020-3864, CVE-2020-3865, CVE-2020-3885, CVE-2020-3887, CVE-2020-9784, & CVE-2020-9787) of which three could be used in the camera hacking kill chain. Pickren earned a $75,000 bounty payment from Apple for his efforts.

Related: MacRumors, Cyber Kendra, iPhone Hacks, Patently Apple, AppleInsider, Cult of Mac, iMore, The Hacker News, Ryan Pickren, 9to5Mac

Tweets:@lukOlejnik @TheHackersNews


April 21, 2020
Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg

Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg  
France Says Apple’s Privacy Feature That Prevents Bluetooth From Continually Running in the Background Stands in the Way of Coronavirus Contact-Tracing

A privacy feature in Apple’s mobile operating system is standing in the way of government contact-tracing in France, and the French government is asking Apple to move it. Apple’s operating system prevents Coronavirus contact-tracing apps using its Bluetooth technology from continually running in the background if that data is going to be moved off of the device, a limit designed to protect users’ privacy. This feature is the feature that thwarts France use of the app, Digital Minister Cedric O said. France aims to deploy its app by May 11, which is when France wants to begin to lift restrictions on movement that were imposed in mid-March. France’s development of a contact tracing app is taking place against a backdrop of heated debate over the privacy of all the tracing apps emerging onto the scene, including the joint one devised by Apple and Google.

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Tweets:@kaepora @a_bacci

iTnews – Security: Rift opens over European coronavirus contact tracing apps
AndroidHeadlines.com: Here Is What You Need To Know About Contact Tracing
The New Daily: Contact tracing app could help combat coronavirus, but privacy fears remain
TechCrunch: Hundreds of academics back privacy-friendly coronavirus contact tracing apps
iMore: France claims Apple’s privacy policy is blocking its contact tracing app
MacRumors: France Wants Apple to Lift iPhone Bluetooth Restrictions for Deployment of Virus Tracking App
HealthITSecurity: ACLU, Scientists Urge Privacy Focus for COVID-19 Tracing Technology
FOX News: ACLU says Google-Apple coronavirus contact tracing effort poses ‘significant risk’ to privacy, civil liberties
TechCrunch: France’s Inria and Germany’s Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol
Fortune: Controversy around privacy splits Europe’s push to build COVID-19 contact-tracing apps
NS Tech: PEPP-PT vs DP-3T: The coronavirus contact-tracing privacy debate kicks up another gear
Blog | Avast EN: What to Know About Government Contact Tracing Apps | Avast
The Mac Observer: Disagreement Over How to Proceed with European Coronavirus Contact Apps
Business Insider: Europe’s coronavirus-tracing apps risk an unprecedented increase in mass surveillance, experts warned
Databreachtoday : Contact-Tracing Apps Must Respect Privacy, Scientists Warn
AndroidHeadlines.com: Here Is What You Need To Know About Contact Tracing
The Register – Security: Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule
iPhone Hacks: France Wants Apple to Remove Bluetooth Restrictions in iOS for Its Contact-Tracing App
ZDNet Security: France asks Apple to relax iPhone security for coronavirus tracking app development
Engadget : France asks Apple to lift Bluetooth limits to further its coronavirus tracker

@kaepora: Why are all of France's technical and cryptographic proposals surrounding COVID-19 and pandemic contact tracing in general so flat-footed? First ROBERT and now this. It's never been a more embarrassing time to be a France-educated cryptography researcher.
@a_bacci: France is calling for privacy safeguards to be dropped from apple's OS. This is not a good look for a government hoping to establish trust in its contact tracing app.