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This week you had to deal with AI security panic, fake Fortnite, and, if you use OpenBSD, the end of Intel HyperThread support Here are a few more bits of security news that you might have missed. Ready or not, here comes two-factor Azure log-in Microsoft is going to get its customers using best practices, even if it has to …

  1. Waseem Alkurdi
    WTF?

    Can somebody explain the iOS attack?

    It doesn't make sense. A long string of all possible PINs is supposed to be "cut up" by the "passcode check" function.

    For example let's have this:

    "1234567890 ..... 0980934720754055 ...."

    This string is supposed to be cut up into:

    1234 5678 9012 ....0980 9347 2075 4055 ..."

    when it is fed into the iPhone because each four characters represent a passcode that should be checked and, consequently, attempt counter increased.

    1. albaleo

      Re: Can somebody explain the iOS attack?

      It seems he's not using a passcode check function but a keyboard input function, i.e. simulating typing from the keyboard. While that function is running, apparently the counter/data-erase behaviour won't run. The video shows it behaving as if data is being manually entered. It's very slow - a few seconds per attempt.

      1. DougS Silver badge

        Re: Can somebody explain the iOS attack?

        The 'long string' might include the <enter> key, since it is coming as if from a keyboard. Seems like an easy thing for Apple to fix in iOS 12, to add to the security improvement of the one hour USB lockout.

  2. Waseem Alkurdi

    And it seems that something is wrong with that McAfee

    Just like his damned antivirus.

    From https://futurism.com/john-mcafee-poison/:

    Futurism reached the patient information team at Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina, where McAfee claimed in his tweet that he had been recovering, who said they couldn’t find a record of him as a patient.

    They are, it seems, at Vidant Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, North Carolina; that hospital’s patient services team told Futurism that they had no record of a patient named John McAfee there, either.

    Whoa.

    Edit: Or is it another form of "protection" for a "high-profile" individual?

    1. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: And it seems that something is wrong with that McAfee

      My enemies maged [sic] to spike something that i ingested. However, I am more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine.

      1) He is his own worst enemy.

      2) Just because he lacks imagination does not mean he won't eventually get it right.

  3. Gio Ciampa

    Is that why Azure went down?

    The admin lost the dongle to for it start up?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Is that why Azure went down?

      > Is that why Azure went down?

      > The admin lost the dongle to for it start up?

      The Azure admin probably lost his fingerprint.

      Lesson learn: be careful with your thumb, these thumb-cloud-drives can be pretty snappy these days.

  4. RGE_Master

    It was a drug overdose, the man is insane,

    He should stay off the meth and go back to cocaine...

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