19 Nov

Anonymous staging a cyber war against ISIS

On its #OpParis Twitter account, the activist group Anonymous claimed it took down 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts.

“We report that more than 5,500 Twitter account of #ISIS are now #down! #OpParis #Anonymous #ExpectUs,” the group wrote in a Nov. 17 tweet.

The group claimed to have to have taken down more than 3800 accounts as of the twitter posting. But no one can verify the authenticity of the claim yet.

Anonymous has also begun leaking the personal information of individuals it believes to be extremist. This comes just two days after declaring war on ISIS following the Paris attacks, according to The Independent. The alleged leak reportedly contains physical addresses and names of individuals believed to be involved in ISIS recruitment.

In January, following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France, the group launched a campaign to hack into Twitter accounts that publish ISIS propaganda  Anonymous claimed this week’s takedown would be its “biggest cyber attack” against the group.

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19 Nov

Uhh ohh.. Siri Leaks Personal Data

Further security and privacy risks to users of Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, have been revealed that could allow anyone to gain entry to personal data on someone else’s Siri-enabled iOS device, regardless if the device is locked.

A new blog post from Trend Micro details how anyone can use voice recognition to gain entry to data on someone else’s device, even those protected by a passcode.

“Once anyone has physical access to your device, they can use voice recognition to call out a number of commands, including those that give access to names, numbers, calendar entries, and more,” the post stated.

What’s needed is vocal identity recognition or user authentication, the post said. Trend Micro recommended that iOS users be careful of who accesses their Siri-enabled devices, and advised users to turn Siri off as needed. Apple informed the company that users could disable Siri on the lock screen.

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