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Weekly Roundup - July 28th, 2017

Adobe To Kill Off Flash

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Adobe has announced that they will be killing off Flash - at the end of 2020.

For years, Flash has been despised by many users and developers due to its constant bugs and security vulnerabilities. Because cyber attackers have favoured the use of Flash and Flash's frequent zero-day exploits, barely a month goes by without some sort of Adobe Flash security update.

Many platforms have already banned Flash Player, such as Google Chrome, because HTML5 is a new and much better substitute.
Microsoft declared that they will disable Flash Player in Edge and IE from 2019, by default.


Mac Malware and MacOS & Linux Hacking Tools Exposed

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Apple users are being warned of an almost undetectable malware that is targeting Macs, another reminder that owning a Mac does not make you immune to viruses or malware.

Discovered only a few months ago, Fruitfly can take control of the mouse, screen, webcam and keyboard as well as install additional malware and has been doing so for the past 5 years. It is believed by researchers to have actually been active for around 10 years.

Fruitfly is a surveillance malware and most likely infects Macs via infected websites or phishing emails, and potentially by applications that have been booby-trapped. It's thought to have gone undetected for so long due it being used in targeted attacks.

The code used in Fruitfly also includes Linux shell commands, making the Linux OS a potential target as well.


WikiLeaks have published another set of classified documents, as part of the ongoing CIA-Vault 7 leaks.

In a post published on July 27, WikiLeaks revealed details of 3 CIA-developed hacks from the Imperial project of the CIA.

Achilles is a tool to backdoor the Mac OS X Disk Images, SeaPea is an OS X Rootkit that provides stealth and tool launching capabilities, and Aeris is an automated implant that supports many POSIX-based systems.

For more details on each of these, you can read this article by The Hacker News, here.


Google - Play Protect

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Google released a security suite for Android devices, Play Protect, back in May of this year and it is now available for all users.

Play Protect scans and verifies all apps in the Google Play Store prior to a user downloading them. Apps that are obtained from a third-party store are scanned and constantly monitored for behavioral changes. Find My Device is also implemented, allowing the owner the lock it or wipe data from it.

To access Play Protect, in your Android device go to: Settings>Google>Security>Verify Apps.


Apple Says Goodbye To iPods

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The iPod nano and iPod shuffle have officially been discontinued, leaving iPod touch as the only remaining iPod device available, after the iPod classic was discontinued in 2014.

A spokesperson for Apple told The Verge that both of these products have "met their end and are now officially discontinued."

Apple are simplifying their iPod range with only 2 models of the iPod touch now with doubled capacity.


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