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Old 25-02-2014, 10:14   #31
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Re: Apple Virus

As I understand it the original topic of this thread was about a security threat involving a potential hole in Apple SSL. This threat is only possible when using iOS devices on an open wifi network that is not encrypted. It may also involve OSx devices. The threat is addressed by iOS updates & OSx updates.

Avoid using any devices on open wifi networks especially for sensitive operations eg banking, CC purchases. Just common sense to me.
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Old 25-02-2014, 11:43   #32
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As I understand it the original topic of this thread was about a security threat involving a potential hole in Apple SSL.
The origin of this thread was an old Java exploit. The current Apple issue is the SSL flaw you refer to.

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This [SSL] threat is only possible when using iOS devices on an open wifi network that is not encrypted. It may also involve OSx devices. ...

Avoid using any devices on open wifi networks especially for sensitive operations eg banking, CC purchases. Just common sense to me.
The Apple SSL exploit is (or by now - was) possible on any network that a good hacker could get into. Open wifi is of course easiest, but "secure" wifi is pretty easy to break into as well... and if the hacker can find an accessible ethernet jack, or a compromised machine on a wired network... they're in there as well.

Properly-working SSL and valid certificates provides the data encryption and confirmation of the site you're doing business with, even on an open wifi. Nothing is perfect or 100% secure, of course...
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Old 25-02-2014, 14:32   #33
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Re: Apple Virus

Rumor has it that the NSA discovered the vulnerability in the Mountain Lion OS soon after it was introduced. Supposedly the NSA tries to hack into any new or old operating system with the help of all their technology. Your tax dollars at work.
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