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iOS Is Ripe for Phishing Password Prompts

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Felix Krause:

iOS asks the user for their iTunes password for many reasons, the most common ones are recently installed iOS operating system updates, or iOS apps that are stuck during installation.

As a result, users are trained to just enter their Apple ID password whenever iOS prompts you to do so. However, those popups are not only shown on the lock screen, and the home screen, but also inside random apps, e.g. when they want to access iCloud, GameCenter or In-App-Purchases.

This could easily be abused by any app, just by showing an UIAlertController, that looks exactly like the system dialog.

Even users who know a lot about technology have a hard time detecting that those alerts are phishing attacks.

I’ve been thinking about this for years, and have been somewhat surprised this hasn’t become a problem. It’s a tricky problem to solve, though. How can the system show a password prompt that can’t be replicated by phishers? The best idea I’ve seen is for these system-level prompts to only appear in the Settings app. When the system needs your iCloud or iTunes password while you’re in any other app, that prompt would take you to Settings, where you’d then be prompted for the password. That’s not great, though, because it makes entering your password far more cumbersome. And how would you get back to the original app after entering your password?

Krause suggests one way to protect yourself if you suspect a password prompt might be a phishing attempt: press the home button. If it’s a phishing scam, the dialog box will disappear when you go back to the home screen, because it’s part of the app you’re using. If it’s a real system-level prompt, the alert will still be there.

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davelevy
43 days ago
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Always worried when I get an apple ID check. Did not know about the home button thing.
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texnessa: mediamattersforamerica: WOW. Watch these 3 minutes...

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WOW. Watch these 3 minutes from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest. Compare this to any right-wing media whining and that’s why this is one to remember.

Dale Hansen is a fucking treasure.  He admitted he was a childhood victim of sexual abuse in the hopes that it would encourage others to come forward and seek help. He has been an ardent supporter of scholar-athletes and of gay players in the NFL and of trans athletes.

“I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he is gay; I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he is part of mine.”

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davelevy
57 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
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tedder
31 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
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torrentprime
46 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
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ChrisDL
57 days ago
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this.
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darastar
58 days ago
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Things that people need to hear. Not that those people are reading my blurblog...

Eric Reid: ‘Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee’

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Eric Reid, former teammate of Colin Kaepernick, in an op-ed for The New York Times:

After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.

It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.

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davelevy
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I know it won't convince the people who think it's disrespectful, but it's scary how misunderstood the whole issue is.
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We're still dealing with slavery

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The legal reason that rural voters have exaggerated power in the US is a compromise that allowed the union to be formed in the first place. The southern slave states had low population agrarian economies, unlike the more urban northern states. If representation in Congress were proportional to population, slavery would have been outlawed at founding, even though (I learned later, after going through the NYC public school system) northern states participated in and profited from the slave trade.

The compromise was that every state, no matter how small its population, got two votes in the Senate. Today that means states like Wyoming, with a population that's a fraction of a NYC borough, gets two votes. Compared with California, the most populous state, which has 66 times the population of Wyoming. California also gets two votes.

Add up enough small states and voila, you have Trump in the White House even though he lost the popular vote. And a new right-to-lifer on the Supreme Court (and likely one or two more). Goodbye Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, health care, the climate, voting rights, probably democracy itself, to make permanent the rule of the country by the rural minority.

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davelevy
138 days ago
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Dave is a city boy (like me) and I find that the increasing divide is between rural and city. Being in constant contact with people of all types, not just the same 1000 folks you literally grew up with, has an effect on your perspectives.
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Disability in the Age of Trump

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Beautiful, moving comic by Amanda Scurti.

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davelevy
247 days ago
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No words
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the7roy
246 days ago
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@jkevmoses I dare you to troll this one
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Peter Thiel Is a Fucking Fool

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Peter Thiel, back in October, asked if he supported Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the U.S./Mexican border and ban Muslims from immigrating to the U.S.:

I don’t support a religious test. I certainly don’t support the specific language Trump has used in every instance. But I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always is taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously but it always takes him literally. I think a lot of the voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally. So when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment, or things like that, the question is not are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China, or how exactly are you going to enforce these tests. What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy. We’re going to try to figure out how do we strike the right balance between cost and benefits.

Wrong. Trump meant every fucking word of it. He literally wants to build a wall. He literally thinks he can stick Mexico with the bill for it. He literally just banned people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S., with a religious exception for Christians.

I heard this over and over during the election. Trump doesn’t really mean what he says. He meant every word of it, and everyone who thought we shouldn’t take him literally (and seriously) is a goddamn fool.

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davelevy
298 days ago
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This is why he never had a chance in NY. Folks here knew that he meant what he says and that it's his support team that tends to make it right. And if they don't the company goes bankrupt and they start again somewhere else. I never could understand during the election why there were so many SUPPPORTERS who thought that there was going to be a balance. The worse news is that if he crosses the line that even the Congressional Republicans won't cross, Pence is there ready to bring us back to the Happy Days of the 1950s and not the one on TV,but the Pleasantville version before color hit the town.
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zwol
298 days ago
I think a lot of his supporters saw their (Republican) congressional representatives wriggle around trying to distance themselves but not that far, and heard "yeah, he's bad, but Hillary is worse." And _they_ did _that_ because they don't care what his agenda is as long as they get to execute _their_ agenda. Up till the immigration bar I was actually thinking _their_ agenda would turn out to be worse for the country.
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DGA51
297 days ago
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As for taking authoritarians literally, see sarahkendzior.com
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the7roy
298 days ago
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I agree that Thiel is a fool, but not everyone who voted Trump is. Some of them are racist.
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