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Personal privacy is and probably always will be a difficult topic now that a digital lifestyle has become indelibly linked to our culture. It’s not enough to stop using a service, we should be able to have data deleted from the servers just in case a hacker manages to gain access. Google Play Games has long offered the ability to erase entire profiles, which includes the Gamer ID, XP, scores, and any other data saved to its servers.

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Groups Worry as Apple Moves iCloud Data to State-Owned Chinese Servers

Apple on Wednesday is officially moving iCloud accounts belonging to Chinese users to state-run servers in the country, worrying both human rights groups and digital privacy advocates. The Chinese iCloud accounts — and the encryption keys needed to unlock them — are being transferred from a hosting service in the U.S. to servers owned and […]
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Apple Transfers Chinese Users’ iCloud Data to State-Run Servers in China

Today marks the official transfer of Apple’s Chinese iCloud services from a hosting location in the United States to servers owned and operated by state-run Chinese company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) (via CNN). With the move, all Chinese users’ iCloud accounts will now be hosted on GCBD’s servers, along with the iCloud encryption keys needed to unlock an iCloud account.

Apple made the transfer to comply with the latest laws enacted in China regarding regulations on cloud services, requiring foreign firms to store data within the country. At the time of the original announcement, Apple said, “While we advocated against iCloud being subject to these laws, we were ultimately unsuccessful.”


Still, Apple remains adamant about its users’ privacy:

“Apple has not created nor were we requested to create any backdoors and Apple will continue to retain control over the encryption keys to iCloud data,” the Apple spokesman said.

“As with other countries, we will respond to legal requests for data that we have in our possession for individual users, never bulk data,” he added.

The company decided to obey the new law in China, instead of outright discontinuing iCloud services in the country and causing a “bad user experience and less data security and privacy” for its Chinese customers. Now, starting today, any iCloud accounts on a device with location settings set to China will have their accounts switched to host GCBD, which is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China.

Because of the move, the Chinese government will be able use its own legal system to ask Apple for its users’ iCloud data, whereas before the government had to go through the U.S. legal system. This has been the focus of controversy regarding the move, with human rights and digital security advocates questioning whether Apple will be able to maintain and protect its customers’ privacy under the new Chinese laws.

“The changes being made to iCloud are the latest indication that China’s repressive legal environment is making it difficult for Apple to uphold its commitments to user privacy and security,” Amnesty International warned in a statement Tuesday.

Speaking to CNN, Ronald Deibert, an expert on human rights and global digital security from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, said that Apple customers in China will need to take “extra and possibly inconvenient precautions not to store sensitive data on Apple’s iCloud.” Apple has noted that users can terminate their iCloud account if they don’t want their data stored by GCBD, but a company spokesperson said that “more than 99.9 percent” of iCloud users in China have decided to continue using the service.

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OMG! Mirai malware variant turns IoT devices into proxy servers

NEWSBYTE: Researchers discover that IoT devices are being used to anonymise hackers

Security researchers have discovered a new variant of the Mirai malware that turns infected IoT devices into proxy servers to protect the identity of hackers.

According to a blog post by Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs research team, researchers dubbed the variant OMG. The malware has added some new features to Mirai and retired others. However, the original modules, including the attack, killer, and scanner modules, have been retained, they said.

“This means that it can also do what the original Mirai could, i.e. kill processes (related to telnet, ssh, http, by checking open ports and other processes related to other bots), telnet brute-force logins to spread [sic] and DOS attack,” says the research team’s blog update.

Researchers discovered that the main purpose of the new malware was to turn IoT devices into proxy servers. They said in the post that they believed the botnet operator could be selling access to these proxies for cash.

“This is the first time we have seen a modified Mirai capable of DDOS attacks as well as setting up proxy servers on vulnerable IoT devices. With this development, we believe that more and more Mirai-based bots are going to emerge with new ways of monetisation,” said Fortinet.

Firewall set up on proxy

They added that two notable additions are the two strings that are used to add a firewall rule to allow traffic on two random ports.

“This variant of Mirai uses 3proxy, an open source software, to serve as its proxy server. The set up begins by generating two random ports that will be used for the http_proxy_port and socks_proxy_port. Once the ports are generated, they are reported to the CnC,” said researchers.

“Since the release of the source code of the Mirai botnet, FortiGuard Labs has seen a number of variations and adaptations written by multiple authors entering the IoT threat landscape,” they added. “These modified Mirai-based bots differ by adding new techniques, in addition to the original telnet brute force login, including the use of exploits and the targeting of more architectures.

“We have also observed that the motivation for many of the modifications to Mirai is to earn more money. Mirai was originally designed for DDoS attack, but later modifications were used to target vulnerable ETH mining rigs to mine cryptocurrency.”

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It was long thought that the key security risk of the IoT would be electronics companies with little track record in enterprise-grade security rushing to market with insecure smart lightbulbs or HVAC systems, or placing a spy in every home/office with insufficiently secured robots.

However, it is now clear that the threat landscape is far more complex than that, particularly when it comes to harnessing the computing power inherent in a network of smart devices to enable either brute-force attacks, or mining for cryptocurrency.

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Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

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The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers’ personal data for law enforcement even if it’s being kept on servers outside of the region.
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Apple will store China’s iCloud keys on local servers

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Apple to move Chinese iCloud keys to China servers, opens door to government data requests

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In order to conform with Chinese cybersecurity laws, Apple will for the first time move cryptographic iCloud account keys out of the U.S. and into China when it migrates customer data to a local server farm in late February.
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Pokémon Go servers down again

Can’t get Pokemon Go to load? Nothing there when you get in? Everything frozen? Here’s what’s going on!

February 23, 2018: Pokémon Go service issues affecting Community Day game play

August 31, 2017: Pokémon Go experiencing ‘network errors’ preventing play

Pokémon Go is currently experiencing a debilitating amount of “network errors”. Characterized by a spinning white icon in the top left of the screen and terminating in a bright red “Network Error” banner at the top of the screen, the outage is causing:

  1. An inability to log in.
  2. An inability to finish Raids. (Timer keeps going down but no damage is recorded.)
  3. An inability to battle in Gyms.
  4. An inability to engage in normal gameplay like spinning PokéStops or catching Pokémon.

In other words, the game is currently screwed.

With the Legendary Dogs just announced as starting today here’s hoping Pokémon Go gets its servers together and fast!

August 25, 2017: Pokémon Trainer Club is down again.

Update: Pokémon Trainers Club (PTC) came back only for a few hours, went down again, and is now slowly returning once more. Will it stay up this time? We’ll find out!

Pokémon Trainers Club (PTC), the service many players use to log in to Pokémon Go, is down. That means you won’t be able to access Pokémon Go until it’s back up and running again.

Those logging in using Google accounts aren’t affected and can play as normal. (Though illegitimate third-party mapping services, which rely on PTC accounts for their bots, will be offline for the duration.)

Having PTC go down on the last weekend of Legendary Bird raids has left players frustrated. Hopefully The Pokémon Company is working triple time to get things fixed.


Ugh, Pokémon Go is down again — What should you do?

Don’t delete the Pokémon Go app and re-download thinking it will get you back playing faster. All it will do is force you to enter your account name and password over and over again until the servers are back online, making it harder for you to check and see if it’s working. Just be patient, wait, and try again every so often.

This isn’t caused by there being too many people playing — this is because of a problem with the servers. Pokémon Go developer Niantic is trying to connect and authenticate who you are, so they can log you in and give you access to you account. That includes everything from your trainer to your Pokémon, your gear to your goodies.

Niantic is certainly aware of the problem and is no doubt working hard to fix it. So, everything should be back up and running as soon as possible.

While this may have ruined your plans to out hunting right now, it does give you extra time for planning and strategy. We have a ton of articles to help you get the most out of the game — see our latest Pokémon Go tips and tricks here! If you’re already up to speed on those, try some of the others below!

Otherwise, stay strong and let us know when Pokémon is back up and running for you in the comments below!

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