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"His family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney," a spokesman said.

Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on Saturday.

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The fiancé of the New York woman who went missing on a cross-country road trip has hired a lawyer, and his family won't let him speak to investigators, a police spokesman told Insider on Tuesday.

Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old "van life" YouTuber, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, set out from New York in a white converted camper van on July 2, her family has said.

The pair visited national parks across the US, including in Colorado and Utah. Petito's family reported her missing on Saturday.

Laundrie recently returned with the van to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, where he and Petito had been living, the police said.

Investigators with the North Port Police Department seized the van over the weekend, a spokesman, Josh Taylor, said.

"We showed up. We see the vehicle. We take the vehicle," Taylor told Insider. "We make an attempt to talk with Brian, and his family declined to make him available, and they gave us the information for his attorney."

Though the police don't know whether a crime has been committed, investigators still want to speak with Laundrie.

"Right now we don't have a crime. We have a concern of a crime," Taylor said.

Taylor said the van "could be a key piece of evidence" in the case.

"It's her van," Taylor said of Petito. "She's not here. He is. So I think it was important for us to take that vehicle and to preserve potential evidence."

Taylor said the van would "be processed accordingly, as far as fingerprinting and other types of forensic processes."

The department is working with the FBI on the matter, the spokesman said.

Taylor added that New York's Suffolk County Police Department was leading the investigation into Petito's disappearance. The police in Suffolk County told Insider they had no new information to share about the case as of Tuesday morning.

The attorney for Laundrie did not immediately return Insider's request for comment on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Petito's family has urged the public to help find the young woman.

"We don't eat. We don't sleep. We're just actively looking for her," Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, told reporters on Monday.

Schmidt said she last FaceTimed with Petito in late August.

Petito has a tattoo that says "let it be" on her right arm and a tattoo of a triangle with flowers on her left arm, the police said. She is 5-foot-5 with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Petito's whereabouts can contact the Suffolk County police at 800-220-8477.

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Go Update Your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch Right Now

Gizmodo 14 September, 2021 - 07:00pm

The technology giant said iOS 14.8 for iPhones and iPads, as well as new updates for Apple Watch and macOS, will fix at least one vulnerability that it said "may have been actively exploited."

Citizen Lab said it has now discovered new artifacts of the ForcedEntry vulnerability, details it first revealed in August as part of an investigation into the use of a zero-day vulnerability that was used to silently hack into iPhones belonging to at least one Bahraini activist.

Last month, Citizen Lab said the zero-day flaw — named as such since it gives companies zero days to roll out a fix — took advantage of a flaw in Apple’s iMessage, which was exploited to push the Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, to the activist’s phone.

Pegasus gives its government customers near-complete access to a target’s device, including their personal data, photos, messages and location.

The breach was significant because the flaws exploited the latest iPhone software at the time, both iOS 14.4 and later iOS 14.6, which Apple released in May. But also the exploit broke through new iPhone defenses that Apple had baked into iOS 14, dubbed BlastDoor, which were supposed to prevent silent attacks by filtering potentially malicious code. Citizen Lab calls this particular exploit ForcedEntry for its ability to skirt Apple's BlastDoor protections.

In its latest findings, Citizen Lab said it found evidence of the ForcedEntry exploit on the iPhone of a Saudi activist, running at the time the latest version of iOS. The researchers said the exploit takes advantage of a weakness in how Apple devices render images on the display.

Citizen Lab now says that the same ForcedEntry exploit works on all Apple devices running, until today, the latest software.

Citizen Lab said it reported its findings to Apple on September 7. Apple pushed out the updates for the vulnerability, known officially as CVE-2021-30860. Citizen Lab said it attributes the ForcedEntry exploit to NSO Group with high confidence, citing evidence it has seen that it has not previously published.

John Scott-Railton, a researcher at Citizen Lab, told TechCrunch that messaging apps, like iMessage, are increasingly a target of nation states hacking operations and this latest find underlines the challenges in securing them.

In a brief statement, Apple's head of security engineering and architecture Ivan Krstić confirmed the fix.

"After identifying the vulnerability used by this exploit for iMessage, Apple rapidly developed and deployed a fix in iOS 14.8 to protect our users. We’d like to commend Citizen Lab for successfully completing the very difficult work of obtaining a sample of this exploit so we could develop this fix quickly. Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals. While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data," said Krstić.

NSO Group declined to answer our specific questions.

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Fact Check: Did Larry Elder campaign link to "fraud" page saying Gavin Newsom already won?

CNET 14 September, 2021 - 07:10am

Elder's campaign website is said to link to another website that already suggests Governor Gavin Newsom has survived the recall.

Several social media users pointed this out.

The Twitter account for No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen highlighted a section of the second site in question in a post on Monday, September 13, and said: "California recall candidate Larry Elder has launched an "anti-voter fraud" website that accidentally already says that Gavin Newsom won the recall election. The election is tomorrow."

This included a screenshot with a purported section of the site that noted fraud had been detected "resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor."

That tweet has been liked more than 2,000 times at the time of writing. Pollster Frank Luntz also tweeted that this was the case and shared a screenshot. His tweet has been liked more than 1,900 times at the time of writing.

BREAKING: California recall candidate Larry Elder has launched an "anti-voter fraud" website that accidentally already says that Gavin Newsom won the recall election. The election is tomorrow.

On Elder's campaign website,, there is a button in a bar at the top of the home page which says "STOP FRAUD."

Clicking on this leads to the website—at the top of which it has in bold letters "Fight California Election Fraud!"

This details a petition "demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom."

Further down the page there is a paragraph that reads: "Statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in 3rd-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor. The primary analytical tool used was Benford's Law and can be readily reproduced."

Newsom would not technically be reinstated as governor, he would simply remain governor as he is now if he survives the recall. However, the paragraph clearly suggests Newsom has already managed to remain in his position following the recall.

The page was flagged in social media posts on September 13. The recall vote is to be held on September 14. At the time of writing, there is no result. People have been able to vote by mail, but there is still no result ahead of the in-person vote being conducted.

The website states it is paid for by "Larry Elder Ballot Measure Committee Recall Newsom Committee" and cites major funding from Elder for Governor 2021.

Talk radio host Elder is the frontrunner among Republican candidates bidding to replace Newsom. However, polling has tipped Newsom to survive the recall.

Newsweek has contacted Elder's campaign for comment.

A website linked to by Elder's campaign site did suggest that the results for the recall had been determined and Newsom was to remain governor of California.

The page was available online prior to the vote being held on September 14.

It said "statistical analyses" had "detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor."

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