giovedì 26 maggio 2011

Apple standard procedures won't work with security

On May 24, Apple posted a support forum entry on how to avoid or remove the MacDefender malware that's been plaguing an unknown number of users since early May. And I'm glad they did. But the support forum is way overdue, and Apple's standard method of responding to user issues--ignore them until they won't go away and then issue a response when the outcry gets too loud--simply won't fly where user security is at stake.

Mac users are a juicy, unprotected target for hackers, phishers, and scammers, and Apple needs to drop the impenetrable fortress act and help them raise the drawbridge.

Mac Defender installer

Mac Defender installer

(Credit: Sophos Security)

MacDefender and its malicious software variants

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martedì 24 maggio 2011

Ordine interno Apple: "non date supporto anti-malware!"

How is Apple responding to the flood of customer calls about installations of the Mac Defender malware?

According to multiple tech support insiders, the company has doubled down on its policy of denying any help to affected customers. Meanwhile, despite evidence that a large number of customers have been affected by this issue, Apple has made no public statement and did not respond to two requests for comment.


lunedì 23 maggio 2011

Apple, tutti i nodi vengono al pettine


Son passati 2 anni e mezzo da questo articolo e, magicamente, quelle che allora erano delle mere opinioni –dal mio punto di vista basate su buon senso ed osservazione dei fatti-, si son trasformate in profezie che si sono puntualmente avverate.

D’altronde chiunque, con una dotazione minima di buon senso e lo stretto indispensabile di conoscenze nel settore avrebbe potuto e dovuto fare ragionamenti analoghi, come mi è capitato di leggere di recente.

Cos’è successo?
La notizia di un’esplosione di malware appositamente progettati per i sistemi Apple ha fatto il giro del mondo in men che non si dica.

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sabato 21 maggio 2011

Apple triggers 'religious' reaction in fans' brains, report says

At product launches, Apple store employees cheer for the first customers to buy the company's latest gadgets.

At product launches, Apple store employees cheer for the first customers to buy the company's latest gadgets.

CNN) -- Next time Grandma asks why you're going to the mall on Sunday morning instead of church, tell her you're going to Apple Chapel.

For Apple fans, the brand triggers a reaction in the brain that's not unlike that of religious devotees, according to a BBC documentary series that cites neurological research.


giovedì 19 maggio 2011



iPad can't get in the internet via a WPA2 Enterprise setup

iTunes Movie won't Play on iPad

Ipad 2 - Exchange Problems

Invitation alerts on Exchange

iPad showing calendar entries with the wrong date and time

Mac Defender

An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is "getting worse"

Over the weekend, I got an e-mail from an AppleCare support rep, who was responding to my recent reports of Mac malware being found in the wild. At least one prominent voice in the Mac community dismisses these reports as “crying wolf.” The view from inside an Apple call center says it’s for real:

I can tell you for a fact, many, many people are falling for this attack. Our call volume here at AppleCare is 4-5x higher than normal and [the overwhelming majority] of our calls are about this Mac Defender and its aliases. Many frustrated Mac users think their Mac is impervious to viruses and think this is a real warning from Apple. I really wish I could say not many people will fall for this, but in this last week, we have had nothing but Mac Defender and similar calls.


mercoledì 18 maggio 2011

Apple Low-Balls 2011 Q2 iPhone 4 Shipment Volume

Apple Low-Balls 2011 Q2 iPhone 4 Shipment Volume
AKA : per iPhone , cominciano gli ultimi respiri.

Last quarter, we collectively purchased 18.6 million iPhone 4s. As of right now, there are an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million iPhone 4s left out there, sitting on retailer and carrier shelves, waiting for a new owner like a puppy in a window. Maybe the rather hefty chunk of iPhone 4inventory pushed Apple to lower its Q2 shipment volume from 20 million units to 17.5 to 18 million units, but I’m secretly hoping this figure has something to do with the launch of the next-gen iPhone, maybe as soon as September of this year if rumors prove true.


domenica 15 maggio 2011

HTC Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Well, this is about as surprising as the tides rolling in: HTC has sued Apple for patent infringement. Earlier this year, Apple sued HTC, focussing on the Taiwanese phone maker's Android devices. HTC has now responded with a patent suit of its own.

As usual, the complaint is filed with the US International Trade Commission, and HTC asks the ITC to ban US import of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. HTC lists five patents, such as "Method for Power Management of a Smart Phone", "Telephone Dialer with Easy Access Memory", and "Power Control Methods for a Portable Electronic Device". Yeah, they sound just as vague and idiotic to me as most other patents these phone makers are throwing at each other. Engadget has more on the patents.


sabato 14 maggio 2011

Malware, Macs, and crying wolf: Doing the Math

Love Apple gear? Like math? TUAW's Doing the Math series examines the numbers and the science that lie behind the hardware.

The contentious subject of Mac security has been back in the news in recent weeks following the emergence of a fake antivirus package called MacDefender (also known as Mac Security and Mac Protector) that managed to steal a number of users' credit card details, and a new piece of "crimeware" called Weyland-Yutani BOT which allows non-technical hackers to easily create password grabbing webpages that specifically target Mac browsers.

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Apple loses ruling in Kodak patent case


patent case


A U.S. International Trade Commission judge said that neither of the two patents in Apple’s case before the ITC were being infringed by Kodak’s digital camera technology, according a Bloomberg report.

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mercoledì 11 maggio 2011

Apple ci ha ammazzato cambiando le regole durante il gioco

Thank you for being one of our valued customers. We are writing to you today to make a very sad announcement. BeamItDown Software and the iFlow Reader will cease operations as of May 31, 2011. We absolutely do not want to do this, but Apple has made it completely impossible for anyone but Apple to make a profit selling contemporary ebooks on any iOS device. We cannot survive selling books at a loss and so we are forced to go out of business. We bet everything on Apple and iOS and then Apple killed us by changing the rules in the middle of the game. This is a very sad day for innovation on iOS in this important application category. We are a small company that thought we could build a better product. We think that we did but we are powerless against Apple’s absolute control of the iOS platform.


domenica 8 maggio 2011

"Riduce la cache" ma si jailbrekka lo stesso

Sono stati appena rilasciati iOS 4.3.3 (per tentare di arginare lo scandalo del Location-gate) e RedSn0w 0.9.6rc15 (per jailbreakarlo comodamente).

I passi da seguire sono veramente semplici:
* Avviate redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 e cliccate sul tasto Browse
* Selezionate il firmware relativo al vostro dispositivo e cliccate su Next
* Nella schermata successiva selezionate solo “Install Cydia” e premete su Next
* Nella schermata successiva troverte le istruzioni per entratre in modalità DFU, quindi collegate il vostro iDevice da spento al pc e premte poi su Next

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giovedì 5 maggio 2011

Why malware for Macs is on its way

Oh, the rationalizations people come up with to explain away what they don’t want to hear.

Last week, when I wrote Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware, I expected to get an earful from Mac partisans telling me how wrong I was. They didn’t disappoint.

In this post, I want to respond, in detail, to the arguments that I heard in response to that post. They’re the same ones that come up over and over again when the topic turns to Macs and malware. First, there’s the contention that OS X is architecturally superior to other operating systems, that its very design confers immunity from infection. Second, there’s the perfectly reasonable question of numbers: if Macs and Windows PCs are equally vulnerable to attack, how come there are hundreds of thousands of Windows viruses and only a handful of specimens of Mac malware?



Hey MacCarone, Mac o PC ? Scegli!




Im a Mac , Im a PC

martedì 3 maggio 2011

iPhone is not a Private Phone!

Researchers have found that Apple is putting privacy of its customers at risk by tracking locations of users and saving every detail to a secret file.

The Daily Mail quoted Pete Warden, one of the researchers who discovered the file, as saying, “Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective, robber etc. – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been.”

lazyproBlogger iPhone is not a Private Phone!

Warden and his fellow researcher .............


Nuovi I Mac, come al solito sconvenienti.


i Mac 27   

€ 1.899,00

IVA incl.

  • Intel Core i5 quad-core a 3,1GHz
  • 4GB di SDRAM DDR3 a 1333MHz - 2 x 2GB
  • Disco Serial ATA da 1TB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970M GDDR5 da 1GB
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard (Italiano) & Manuale utente (Italiano)


Dell XPS XPS 8300

949 €

  • Processori e chipset Intel® CoreTM i7 2600 (3.4GHz/Cache da 8 MB)
  • Sistema operativo Windows® 7 Home Premium a 64 bit
  • Memoria Doppio canale SDRAM DDR3 da 6 GB2 a 1333 MHz
  • Capacità del disco rigido Disco rigido SATA da 1500 GB2 ( rpm) (7200 rpm)
  • Scheda video AMD Radeon™ HD 6770 1GB DDR5 graphics
  • Garanzia
    Un anno di supporto hardware con ritiro e restituzione incluso con il PC


Schermo piatto widescreen Dell UltraSharp U2410 da 61 cm (24") con PremierColor – Nero

598,80 €

Monitor Dell U2410 UltraSharp

Totale 1548 € il Potentissimo DELL , che a differenza del MAC , potete cambiare tutto ciò che vi pare , quando vi pare e come vi pare.

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lunedì 2 maggio 2011

Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware

Last week I showed you how malware authors have begun using social engineering to target Google Chrome, with convincing replicas of Chrome’s bright-red security screens to trick victims into installing a package of malware.

Now I am seeing evidence that the next target is OS X. That’s potentially very bad news for Mac owners who have abandoned their PCs in the belief that switching to a Mac somehow immunizes them from malware.

Security experts know, of course, that there’s nothing magical about Macs when it comes to security. They just haven’t been targeted because Windows has been such a big juicy target for so long.

But now that Macs have achieved a critical mass of success in the marketplace, they’ve attracted the attention of malware authors. According to a report from a Danish IT security company, an underground group has completed work on a fully operational kit specifically designed to build malware aimed at the Mac OS platform:


Intego Security Memo – MAC Defender Fake Antivirus Program Targets Mac Users

Malware: OSX/MacDefender.A

Risk: Low; in the wild, but not very widespread for now

Description: Intego has discovered a fake antivirus program called MAC Defender, which targets Mac users via SEO poisoning attacks (web sites set up to take advantage of search engine optimization tricks to get malicious sites to appear at the top of search results). When a user clicks on certain links after performing a search on a search engine such as Google, they are sent to a web site that displays a fake Windows screen with an animated image showing a malware scan; a window then tells the user that their computer is infected. After this, JavaScript on the page automatically downloads a file. The file downloaded is a compressed ZIP archive, which, if a specific option in a web browser is checked (“Open ‘safe’ files after downloading” in Safari, for example), will open. The file is decompressed, and the installer it contains launches presenting a user with the following screen:

If the user continues through the installation process, and enters an administrator’s password, the software will be installed.


Visto che nessuno ne parla... (

ualche buon cane mi difenda dalla mia meraviglia.

Come ormai succede a scadenza regolare salta fuori un altro segno del rapporto difficile di Apple con pla privacy, gli affari degli altri e l'universo in genere, ossia la scoperta di un log in chiaro di dove il portatore di iphone era stato, quando l'era stato, quanto c'era stato, apparentemente senza scopo nessuno.


Il rimbombo nelle profondità del silenzio Apple è assordante, as usual.

La società risponde quando la news è sparita dalle prime pagine, as usual.

Si muove con prudenza artritica, e dice cose mirabolanti, alcune anche prontamente smentite con effetto comico straniante o straziante. In forma di decalogo come si addice alla comunicazione di questo tipo di entità.

Pezzulli scelti su cui esercitare la discussione ed eventualmente picchiarsi oppure no. Le enfasi sono da me aggiunte per bassi intenti retorici e sarcastici.

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domenica 1 maggio 2011

Windows Phone vs. iPhone 4: Task Speed Test

The task was to complete the following list as fast as possible:
1. Take a Picture
2. Upload Picture to Facebook with Caption (“Check out my new hat!”)
3. Update Status (“I love weekends!”)
4. Find Directions to a Restaurant (Olive Garden)
5. Get Movie Times (“Fast Five”)