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How Google and Apple’s Free Password Managers Compare With 1Password, Dashlane and Others

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With ransomware attacks on the rise—and compromised passwords to blame for some of the hackings—there’s no better time to review your personal security practices.

It all starts with how you create and store passwords.

You may have read a thing or two about password managers, perhaps in my previous column on the subject.

This software can create strong randomized passwords, then remember them for you, and they can auto-fill credentials, simplifying the login process. Having unique passwords is critical to your online security: Around 25% of security breaches in 2020 involved the use of stolen usernames and passwords, according to a Verizon report published in May.

In this column, I’m comparing the two main types:

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The hacker group that went after one of Apple’s suppliers found a new victim

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  • Sol Oriens, which consults with the federal government on security-related projects including work with the National Nuclear Safety Administration, is REvil’s latest ransomware victim.
  • Sol Oriens said it became aware of the “cybersecurity incident” in May.
  • CNBC has learned that documents posted on the dark web include invoices for NNSA contracts and descriptions of research and development projects managed by defense and energy contractors



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The hacker group REvil has become a headache for a new victim: a 50-person firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that consults with the federal government on security-related projects.

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Sol Oriens, which consults for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Safety Administration, confirmed to CNBC that it became aware of the “cybersecurity incident” in May, its investigation is ongoing and law enforcement has been notified.

In a statement, the company said it “recently determined that an unauthorized individual acquired certain documents from our systems. Those documents are currently under review, and we are working with a third-party technological forensic firm to determine the scope of potential data that may have been involved.”

Sol Oriens did not name the attacker or confirm that it was ransomware, but CNBC has learned that the well-known hacker group REvil was responsible for the assault, according to cybersecurity sources. 

One cybersecurity firm, which has seen documents posted on the dark web, told CNBC that they include invoices for NNSA contracts, descriptions of research and development projects managed by defense and energy contractors dated as recently as 2021, and wage sheets containing full names and Social Security numbers of Sol Oriens employees. 

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Sol Oriens said that it has “no current indication that this incident involves client classified or critical security-related…

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Apple’s tightly controlled App Store is teeming with scams – The Washington Post

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Apple’s tightly controlled App Store is teeming with scams  The Washington Post

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Apple’s software chief blames Mac security to keep grip on iPhone App Store

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Apple Inc.’s top software engineer criticized the security of his own Mac operating system in a bid to explain why the company shouldn’t be forced by a judge to loosen its hold over iPhone and iPad app distribution, as Epic Games Inc. is demanding.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, testified Wednesday at a trial in federal court in Oakland, California, that his experience with imported malware on the macOS system shows how security would be eroded if the company allowed iPhone and iPad users to install software from the web or other stores, as it does on the Mac.

“Today we have a level of malware on the Mac that we don’t find acceptable,” primarily because the system allows users to install software that isn’t vetted by Apple, Federighi said. That makes it less secure than iOS and iPadOS, the operating systems that power the iPhone and iPad, he said.

Allowing apps from other stores or places on the iPhone would create a “very, very bad situation for our customers,” including “a huge decrease in their safety,” Federighi said. He also said iPhones and iPads have security protections, including the App Store review process, to keep the products free from malware.

Later in his testimony, Federighi said that despite its malware problems, the Mac is the safest choice among personal computers and is more secure than those running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

Federighi said that the rival Android operating system, which allows third-party stores, faces similar security challenges. “It’s well understood in the security community that Android has a malware problem.” Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, has succeeded in blocking malware, he said.

Responding to a hypothetical situation in which third-party app download stores would be allowed, Federighi said that Apple’s “security stack” is built end-to-end in a way that it would be challenging to let third parties in to manage user security and privacy. He would have “grave concerns” if Apple had to hand off control over security to third parties, he said.

Earlier in the trial, Epic tried to make the point that if installing software…

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