Apple offers a million dollars to jailbreak IOS 9

iphone-518101_640iOS 9 has not even a week old and already installed on approximately 50% of Apple compatible mobile devices. The rapid adoption of the new version is one of the main arguments against Android, which typically takes months for updates to arrive, if they come at all. Among the users who have installed iOS, many decided to sacrifice the jailbreak to test the new features of the upgrade, but now they are waiting to give hackers the way to overcome the defenses of the platform and finally the long-awaited launch Jailbreak iOS 9. As if there was not already enough excitement, ZERODIUM cybersecurity firm has generated more heat by offering a reward of no less than a million dollars to get the first break in the system of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It must be an untethered jailbreak, browser-based and is compatible with IOS. These are the only requirements imposed from ZERODIUM to anyone who wants to venture into finding exploits which lead into a jailbreak for iOS 9. The company is not popular because it operates in highly specialized circles, as reports from Redmondpie state, but its main activity is to locate vulnerabilities in operating systems, and then sell the reports to the highest bidder. The reward they have put at the head of IOS 9 could mean two things. Either you are pretty sure that nobody will beat iOS 9 is very safe, or have a customer willing to pay a large sum of money for the jailbreak. It is not the first time that money has been offered to developers for a jailbreak, but it is the first time money has been offered ​​publicly. According to the ZERODIUM, iOS is the most secure mobile platform, but just because it is safe does not make it unbreakable. With this statement challenge there will be many brave developers looking for any and all exploits.

Currently the Pangu and TAIG Team are the two most active hacker groups in the jailbreak community. TAIG signed off on the last Jailbreak and said that Pangu has spent several months working on the Jailbreak of iOS 9. However, Asian hackers are not very keen to share their progress, but prefer to remain silent until everything is ready for launch. In this sense, they could surprise us with the jailbreak of IOS 9 in any time, and now that there’s a million dollars at stake, there may be more haste.

Following the presentation of IOS 9 in June, rumors about a feature called Rootless supposedly preventing the jailbreak emerged. However, the hacker iH8sn0w released a video showing the jailbreak on your iPhone 5 updated to iOS in September, so unlocking system is possible. However, there is still no public solution. For now you will just have to wait and cross your fingers that the IOS jailbreak will soon be done for iOS 9. Hopefully ZERODIUM’s offer will accelerate things.

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Hackers used Yahoo’s advertising network to infect millions

yahoo-76684_640Hackers used Yahoo’s advertising network for seven days, affecting a percentage of users, to try to infect millions of visitors to the various sites of the company, according to security firm Malwarebytes who discovered the attack. The security company says that it is one of the, so far largest, malware attacks via advertising, because it affected all Yahoo sites which together receive 6,900 million users a month.

“With the pure scale and size of Yahoo, many people may have fallen victim to this attack,” Grayson Milbourne, security intelligence director at Webroot, told SC Magazine.

The vulnerability, a security issue for Adobe Flash, was exploited by hackers for seven days and the last attack was detected on July 28, according to Malwarebytes. Hackers exploited this vulnerability as follows: advertising space was purchased on Yahoo sites; as a computer with Windows came to it, malicious code was installed on the machine.

The attack also leveraged Microsoft Azure websites to spread the Angler Exploit Kit onto the desktop PCs of unsuspecting site visitors, the researchers noted. The kit has seen its market share explode from 25 percent to 83 percent this year, according to Fraser Howard, a researcher at SophosLabs.

“Yahoo is committed to ensuring that our advertisers as well as users, have a reliable and safe experience. As soon as we learned of this problem, our team took action and continue to investigate what happened,” Yahoo said in a statement to the security company.

This malware advertising (malvertising,) is very dangerous for not needing user interaction; simply it requires the user to visit a page with infected advertising that will be enough to become infected. This, of course, is not the first instance of malvertising. Yahoo and AOL users were previously infected in January 2014, and Yahoo was hit with a similar attack again in October 2014. Additionally, DoubleClick, Google’s ad network, was attacked in September 2014, with a repeat in January of this year. According to RiskIQ, malvertisements grew 260 percent between January and June over the same period last year.

Yahoo, Adobe and Malwarebytes did not give a complete figure of people affected by this vulnerability. After rising to meet the security problem, Adobe issued an alert to update the version of Flash for Windows – you can download the latest version on the Adobe website.

The statement from Yahoo also said it will continue to “ensure quality and safety” of it ads through automated testing and through the SafeFrame working group. This alliance works to protect web users from security risks inherent in the online ad ecosystem.

Yet, Milbourne noted that with the immense number of users to Yahoo’s websites, “this exploit raises serious questions about the size of this attack and Yahoo’s security processes.” He advised users to select the Chrome browser as well as an ad-removal extension. “This combination offers the best chance of preventing an ad network redirect to an exploit kit,” Milbourne said. “When in doubt, steer clear and stay safe.”

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Windows 10 makes Microsoft’s operating system shine again

computer-914546_640Windows 10 is all that must be Windows 8. Microsoft took one end to prioritize touchscreens on everything else in Windows 8 step, but with the new version of Windows the company remedies it with a more flexible, capable and functional interface.

In Windows 10, Microsoft manages to combine the best of traditional elements of Windows – which were improved in Windows 7 – while modernity brings what the company tried to offer Windows 8.

Microsoft seems to have a life cycle marking for its desktop operating systems. Windows XP was a great operating system after Windows ME disappointed, like Windows 7 came to remedy what happened with Windows Vista. Windows 10 is here as the best version of the Microsoft operating system, Windows 8 version that failed to be.

Depending on whether you use a mobile or hybrid device, or a traditional computer, once you start Windows 10, everything will become the traditional desktop we know from past versions of the Microsoft operating system, or see the Home screen with Windows tiles.

The new Start menu Windows 10 is a mixture of the Start menu in Windows 7 and we all liked the Home screen to introduce Windows 8.

The interface has some changes, more user friendly with an icon in the lower left corner to open the Start menu.

Once you have the Start menu open, you are in the left column displaying the name of the user who is using the computer (with options to control the account), the most used apps, recommendations for apps or features, Windows Explorer, the settings, the option to turn off (sleep or restart) the computer or tablet and a menu to access all apps installed on your computer or tablet.

The right column integrates tiles that can be configured as shortcuts to apps and have the ability to show real-time information, if you use apps with live content. You can arrange the tiles by dragging each one of them and you can resize it by right-clicking or holding down the tile on a touch screen. Also, you can arrange the tiles in different categories.

Windows 10 also allows you to resize the Start menu by placing the mouse over the edge. Windows 10 allows you to anchor all the apps on the Start menu, like in the taskbar with them just right click (or hold the app for touch screen) and select the option.

One of the great innovations of Windows 10 is that it is a more flexible operating system, allowing the experience you have in all kinds of devices with different screen sizes and technologies  as relatively good and very similar.

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Universal Apps: an app for all devices

nokia-926756_640The flexibility of Windows 10 does not end at their interface and adaptation of apps, but the universal apps are what allow the idea that operating systems can run on all types of devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile and even Xbox One – is a reality.

This means that each device does not need their own version of an app, but one app can be transformed to offer a similar experience in different devices.

These universal interfaces adapt the apps to the device you’re using, offering many of the same functions, but with a touch screen optimized (and screen size) or the mouse and keyboard interface you’re using.

Mail has become one of my favorite apps to manage my mail from a computer and works even with common gestures in the Outlook app, Android and iOS. Likewise, universal apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer a very good universal experience.

Inspired by the Windows Phone, Windows 10 computer brings a notification center called Action Center, which can be accessed by swiping your finger from the right edge or pressing the icon in the notification section indicators of the taskbar.

The center of notifications and quick settings allows you to receive notifications of all kinds of apps in one place, as well as allows you to enable or disable Wi-Fi, airplane mode, location, Bluetooth, VPN, and other configurations from a single location.

Cortana comes to PCs and tablets

If you know Windows Phone, you know that Cortana is the Microsoft virtual assistant – similar to what Google Now is to Google and Siri is Apple.

With Windows 10, this is the first time that Microsoft takes Cortana to computers and tablets. With Cortana, you’ll get reminders, customized information and search with your voice so that the virtual assistant look in your database, your local files, onedrive and Bing.

In computers, Cortana appears in Windows 10 on a search field next to the Start menu. Cortana interface seems to be an extension of the Start menu. It keeps the same colors, style and design.

Pressing the My Stuff icon when you’re performing the search, the wizard searches for Microsoft files on your computer and Onedrive. Cortana has the ability to scan the text found inside the files, so the results are often more relevant, something very useful when you do not remember the file name.

Besides doing a simple search, you can also provide information about your flight, friend’s birthday, perform voice dictation, music and open my control, similar to Google Now cards. Cortana is a place where you can keep informed about what interests you most.

In the notebook or Notebook Cortana, you can control your interests and information that you want Cortana to know about you. In addition, Cortana is always in sync with all your devices, so it is less likely to forget, for example, buy the milk when you’re on the way home. Cortana is available on Android in beta for some users and will soon reach iOS to allow that information is kept current Cortana regardless of the cell phone you have.

Saying “Hey, Cortana” or “Hello Cortana” is used to ask all kinds of questions, and activate voice commands.

Having a central place to stay informed about your life and where you can search your files and web is a very powerful and valuable. Eventually, Cortana will begin to integrate third-party apps, allowing control and do more with voice command.

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