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For today's Friday there is another Sir Apfelot newsreel, but before that there is a reference to important updates for Apple operating systems and Safari on the Mac. In the last few days, security gaps have been plugged, which you should not miss: Updates to macOS 12.5.1 and iOS / iPadOS 15.6.1 as well as Update to Safari 15.6.1 on macOS Catalina and Big Sur. But now we come to the Apple and tech news that I particularly noticed in calendar week 33 of 2022. Among other things, there are: Massive DDoS attack on Google Cloud, solar energy generation in space, uncertain cycleApps, MacBook Air Screen Cracks, A Look At Upcoming Apple Systems, And More.
A "layer 7 DDoS attack" with 46 million hits per second was reported by a blog entry of the operator blocked by the Google Cloud. The attack not only shows how strong attackers with global networks can already attack individual sites and services. Advertising for its own services, Google also emphasizes that the attack, which lasted more than an hour, was repelled. After a steep increase in requests, there were fewer and fewer, and finally no more. In addition to the protection mechanism, this may also be due to the cost of the attack, especially if it was commissioned from a DDoS service provider, as was the case in a Post from heise online means.
The sun always shines in space. And that is exactly what would give solar systems orbiting the earth an advantage over photovoltaics on earth. Accordingly, the European Space Agency ESA has plans for the so-called Space Based Solar Power (SBSP). For this purpose, numerous satellites are to be launched into space with reusable carrier rockets and connected to form a huge collector.
This could then generate solar power XNUMX hours a day, seven days a week and send it to receiving systems on earth by means of microwaves. Although all this would be expensive and risky, it would secure part of the basic supply of European electricity grids and save costs in the long term. A summary of the plans and their analysis by consulting firms can be found in one Post from heise online.
I also have one at heise online this week Articles found, in which an investigation of the company Mozilla (known from Firefox and Thunderbird) is processed. It is about cycle, health and sports apps with which, among other things, the period of the period can be recorded. In the USA, this is critical in that many of the apps pay little attention to data protection and can therefore show when a person is or was pregnant if the cycle is no longer entered and the corresponding data is released.
For some time, abortion has been illegal in some US states, even if it was performed in another state where it is legal. If the app, including location data, is requested in a corresponding procedure, this is particularly critical. Incidentally, 18 out of 25 apps were classified as unsafe. You can find an overview of the examined apps as well as the respective security concerns auf dieser seite. The "Privacy not included" filter on the page helps to directly display the apps with missing security.
Apple's community discussion forum is piling up, according to one Post from iFun, reports from users of MacBook Air with M1 chip about damaged displays. The damage, which includes cracks in the glass and display errors, is not insignificant. Some cracks go half the screen, behind only colorful stripes instead of macOS or apps. According to the iFun article, the forum discussion that started at the end of May already comprises 50 pages and shows numerous sample photos - here you come directly to the thread. It also lists the possible repair costs: between 400 and 600 US dollars. A class action lawsuit against Apple is already in the works.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is intended to ensure that Internet inquiries and the data exchanged between end devices and servers are redirected via various other servers, thereby encrypting the IP address, among other things. However, under iOS on the Apple iPhone this does not seem to be possible for all Internet connections, according to ArsTechnica (English) and heise online (German). Apple is to blame for this, as iOS actively bypasses certain connections to the VPN. This problem has been known for years and has been ignored by Apple, according to the sources.
ArsTechnica quotes (freely translated) the founder and CEO of Proton, among other statements: "The fact that this is still an issue is disappointing to say the least. We first confidentially notified Apple of this issue two years ago. Apple refused to fix the issue, so we disclosed the vulnerability to protect the public. The safety of millions of people is in Apple's hands, only they can fix this, but given the inaction of the past two years, we're not very optimistic that Apple will do the right thing."
It won't be long then iOS 16, macOS Ventura and other system upgrades for Apple devices rolled out. Some changes are already from current ones Beta versions known. This week there were a few updates here and there on the subject:
Do you have any other interesting news of the week in store? Then please leave a comment including a (reputable) source :)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.