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Apple Announces to Exchange Faulty Plug Adapters

The announcement comes after Apple was made aware of six unfortunate incidents caused due to faulty adapters from across the world

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple has announced a “Voluntary Recall and Exchange Programme” for wall plug adapters allowing users to exchange their possibly affected adapters with new ones.

For now, the programme covers wall plug adapters that were designed for use in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK.

The faulty adapters that are now wearing off were found to have been shipped along with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2010 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit, the company wrote in a post on Friday.

However, the programme does not apply to Apple USB power adapters.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, California. VOA

Keeping user safety in mind, the iPhone-maker is asking customers to refrain from using affected plug adapters.

“An affected three-prong plug adapter is white, with no letters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter,” the post noted.

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The announcement comes after Apple was made aware of six unfortunate incidents caused due to faulty adapters from across the world.

“In very rare cases, affected Apple three-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock,” the post added. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)