Apple says ‘screw you’ to Europe’s largest hacker conference


Artist's impression of the people potentially behind iOS vulnerability. Photo: Hackers, United Artists
You know, hackers like these guys!
Photo: United Artists

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest collective of hackers, claims that Apple rejected the group’s streaming video app — which would allow users to watch talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event.

Why? Because members of the conference had previously hacked iOS, and Apple doesn’t want to help spread the hacking word.

Mysterious iPhone 6 running iOS 7 hacked together from leaked parts


The Chinese are so good at cloning Apple’s upcoming products that they regularly release fully functional doppelgangers of the next iPhone before Apple has even officially announced it. But these are ‘clones’ in only the vaguest sense, because they always have one major problem: they run Android, not iOS.

But that’s not true with this iPhone 6 clone. Although it looks exactly like an iPhone 6, it appears to be running iOS 7, not Android.

iOS devices are being held hostage by hackers down under

Hacked users were targeted by 'Oleg Pliss' and advised to send $100 to a PayPal account to unlock their iOS devices.
Hacked users were targeted by 'Oleg Pliss' and advised to send $100 to a PayPal account to unlock their iOS devices.

A number of Mac and iOS users from across Australia have had their Macs, iPhones and iPads remotely locked by hackers — and money demanded if they want to be able to continue using the devices.

Affected users have taken to Apple’s support forum, along with social media, to discuss the issue.

Joint effort: FBI reaches out to pot-smoking hackers

Leonardo Di Caprio in J. Edgar.
Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs to hire more hackers — and that means changing the rules about how much pot you can smoke on the job.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cybercriminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” FBI Director James B. Comey told the Wall Street Journal.