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Apple security flaw puts customers at risk

An error in Apple’s Secure Sockets Layer put every MacBook or iPhone owner at risk for identity theft.

The security flaw gave attackers a way to hack into the connection between servers and Apple devices. The affected devices include iPhones, Mac OS via cell phone, WiFi, and wired connections.

Everything from emails, to personal Facebook accounts, to the credits cards used on Amazon.com accounts were exposed to spies and hackers.

In the midst of arguably one of the worst security problems ever, all Apple users should use Chrome or Firefox, which are not affected on OS X, and remain aware about what personal information he or she sends over the Internet.

“Reuters” quoted John Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green in commenting on the flaw, saying, “It’s as bad as you could imagine, that’s all I can say.”

Although Apple released iOS 7.0.6, a fix for iPhones, no update for MacBook is out yet.

“Gizmodo” reports that the bug has been going on since September 2012, which means that the SSL of all iPhones and MacBooks, which aids communication between browsers and website servers, has been vulnerable since then.

In other words, update your iPhones as soon as possible.

The debacle followed on the heels of an earlier story regarding Apple that broke in the last week.

According to “Reuters,” Apple was hit with leaked intelligence information that stated authorities were fully able to break into iPhones because of other bugs.

Speculation as to the bug’s nefariousness is running rampant, and reports vary from a simple mistake to potential NSA connections.

While Apple claims that they did not include the error to help the National Security Agency, the recent announcement of the security flaw establishes a company pattern of betraying customer trust.

Apple was wholly irresponsible to ship their products with as severe an error as this.

Even if it was simply a mistake, the situation is an embarrassment for a company that prides itself on pioneering technological advancements.

Society’s growing dependence on the Internet, coupled with the lack of means to hold technological companies accountable besides market forces, spells trouble for the privacy of consumers.

But what can be done to punish companies that make drastic mistakes like Apple?

The primary solution might be for the government to create regulations including fines and prison time for corporations that fail to comply with the rules by putting customers at risk, but the debate is ongoing.

Helen Lee / Photo editor

Helen Lee can be reached at linfieldreviewphotos@gmail.com

2010 Security and Fire Safety Report released

Linfield College’s 2010 Security and Fire Safety Report was released.   Among other things, the report showed an increase in liquor law violations and both forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses on campus.

The report included the statistics from 2008 to 2010 and links to institutional policies concerning campus security.

The crime statistic concerns the reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in off-campus buildings

It also covered property owned or controlled by the college or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses.

In the McMinnville Campus, there was no report on criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, arrests or referrals for disciplining on weapons violations last year.

For burglary, the report cases were reduced to zero last year from 2008’s 15 cases on and off-campuses.

However, there is a slight increase in the cases of arrests for liquor law violation.

As for drug violation, larson and motor vehicle theft categories, reported cases re-appeared last year after having no record in 2009.

It also showed an increase in both forcible ad non-forcible sexual offenses on campus, with six out of 11 incidences happening in residence halls, though there is a drop in non-campus property.

The cases of referrals for discipline for liquor law violations and drug violations also surged on campus, especially in residence halls.

For the Portland Campus, the number of reported cases in all categories is significantly smaller, with one forcible sex offense and motor vehicle theft in public property as well as two on-campus burglaries.

For the adult degree program, there was no report on crime at all.

The report also covered the methods of reporting incidents and emergencies, misconduct and missing persons.

It outlined the college’s system of notifying and being notified of emergencies.

It also contained a brochure on how to respond to emergencies.

The report was prepared by the college’s College Public Safety (CPS).

Along with CPS’s work, other organizations collaborated to create the report.

This included local law enforcement agencies, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

For more information or the full version of the report, go to www.linfield.edu/college-public-safety/annual-report.html or by contacting CPS at (503)-883-7233.

Cassie Wong/
Staff writer
Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Campus Public Safety improves service with use of new golf cart

A few notable changes have been made to Campus Public Safety this year. They have had some improvements in their equipment, including a new golf cart.

Robert Cepeda, director/chief of CPS said that he hopes the cart will help CPS to improve their service to students on campus.

“Using a golf cart allows staff to traverse the inner campus easier, provide door-to-door courtesy rides and patrol the campus in a more proactive manner without the restrictions associated with a street vehicle,” he said.

Cepeda said that CPS had money set aside last year for the cart, but wasn’t able to find one that met their requirements. This year, they were able to find the funds for the cart.

“The department was able to purchase a golf cart from a reputable second party that had no further use for it at substantial savings,” Cepeda said.

With the help of the new equipment, CPS plans to continue their professional training focused on emergency management and preparedness this year.

Andra Kovacs/News editor

Andra Kovacs can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.