Apple FAQ on hacking request, Chinese devs abusing app testing


Image — the FBI's home page
Image — the FBI’s home page

Apple posts FAQ on FBI hacking request — Apple published a new open letter on Monday detailing questions and answers related to its very public stance in its fight to avoid creating a hackable version of the iPhone operating system for the FBI. The short version is that creating a hackable iOS is a bad idea and sets a very dangerous precedent. Tim Cook maintains ‘Let’s talk about privacy, not strip it away.’ “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true,” Cook said in the open letter. “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”

Chinese devs abuse free Apple app-testing certs to install pirated apps — A Chinese iOS application recently found on Apple’s official store contained hidden features that allow users to install pirated apps on non-jailbroken devices. Its creators took advantage of a relatively new feature that lets iOS developers obtain free code-signing certificates for limited app deployment and testing.
The number of malware programs for iOS has been very low until now, primarily because of Apple’s strict control of its ecosystem. Devices that have not been jailbroken — having their security restrictions removed — only allow apps obtained from the official App Store, after they’ve been reviewed and approved by Apple.

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