Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

12/21/2010
09:41 AM
50%
50%

Apple Unplugs WikiLeaks App

Other applications that connect users to Julian Assange's rogue Web site are still available for Google's Android platform.

After three few days of availability, Apple on Monday unplugged a WikiLeaks app from its iTunes App Store.

The application, which went live on December 17, provided users with access to WikiLeaks documents and updates from the site's Twitter account. In addition, it automatically forwarded users to mirrored WikiLeak content and CableGate data.

Russian developer 'Igor Barinov '--also known by Twitter ID @wikileaksapp--submitted the app for Apple's approval on December 11, according to Barinov's Twitter update.

Barinov earlier had said that half the money raised from sales of the $1.99 WikiLeaks App would go to WikiLeaks, TechCrunch said. By Sunday, he claimed to have raised $1,000, primarily from sales in the United States, Barinov--who appears to be based in Russia--told TechCrunch.

"Collected >1000$ dollars already and will show in twitter copy of check," Barinov posted on Twitter on December 19. A copy of a check was unavailable on Twitter at press time, but earlier on Tuesday Barinov said $4,434would be transferred to WikiLeaks .

Interested Android users still can check out several WikiLeaks applications, both free and for a price.

A search of AppBrain.com revealed four WikiLeaks apps for Android: Two free and two for about $1.50. In addition, the WikiLeaks.ch site currently is online in the U.S., and the public can also view vetted information through The New York Times, The Guardian, and other newspapers that published information provided by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Apple is not the first to bar interactions with WikiLeaks.

Amazon, MasterCard, Bank of America, and others have stopped people from doing business with or donating to the site. Earlier this month, the MasterCard website suffered occasional bouts of downtime after an orchestrated WikiLeaks botnet attack. And members of the so-called 'Operation Payback' reached back a few decades, launching a fax-based attack that used free online fax services to inundate targeted fax machines with spam.

However, Operation Payback itself is under attack as unknown combatants forced the hackers offline. Antivirus firms have blocked the loosely knit group's technologies to prevent distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, and some ISPs have blocked the users' IP addresses.

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 8/10/2020
Researcher Finds New Office Macro Attacks for MacOS
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  8/7/2020
Healthcare Industry Sees Respite From Attacks in First Half of 2020
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  8/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: It's a technique known as breaking out of the sandbox kids.
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
This special report takes a look at how enterprises are using threat intelligence, as well as emerging best practices for integrating threat intel into security operations and incident response. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-20383
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
ABBYY network license server in ABBYY FineReader 15 before Release 4 (aka 15.0.112.2130) allows escalation of privileges by local users via manipulations involving files and using symbolic links.
CVE-2020-24348
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
njs through 0.4.3, used in NGINX, has an out-of-bounds read in njs_json_stringify_iterator in njs_json.c.
CVE-2020-24349
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
njs through 0.4.3, used in NGINX, allows control-flow hijack in njs_value_property in njs_value.c. NOTE: the vendor considers the issue to be "fluff" in the NGINX use case because there is no remote attack surface.
CVE-2020-7360
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
An Uncontrolled Search Path Element (CWE-427) vulnerability in SmartControl version 4.3.15 and versions released before April 15, 2020 may allow an authenticated user to escalate privileges by placing a specially crafted DLL file in the search path. This issue was fixed in version 1.0.7, which was r...
CVE-2020-24342
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-13
Lua through 5.4.0 allows a stack redzone cross in luaO_pushvfstring because a protection mechanism wrongly calls luaD_callnoyield twice in a row.