BrakTooth affects iPhones and MacBooks
The newly released BrakTooth vulnerabilities also affect various Bluetooth chipsets that we analyzed in the past. We use our research frameworks - InternalBlue and Frankenstein - to make an in-depth assessment of these new vulnerabilities. Even though not listed by the BrakTooth researchers as of now, because Apple did not make the disclosure deadline, these vulnerabilities also affect iPhones and MacBooks. For more details, see our blog post.
Florentin Putz wins KuVS Best Thesis Award
Florentin Putz just won the Best Master’s Thesis Award 2020 from KuVS for his research on ad-hoc acoustic communication. KuVS is the special interest group on Communication and Distributed Systems, which is jointly supported by the German Informatics Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI) and the Information Technology Society of VDE (Informationstechnische Gesellschaft, ITG).
Who can “Find My” devices?
It is supposed to make it easier to find Apple devices - but normally not for everyone. The offline finding system Find My from tech giant Apple is a tracking app that can find all of a user’s Apple devices, from MacBook to AirPod. Since the tracking relies on Bluetooth, it also works when the devices are offline or switched to flight mode. This is a practical function for all Apple users to see, for example, if one only forgot the iPhone in the office or if it actually fell from the pocket in the subway on the way home.