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New Android Adware on Google Play More Aggressive than Ever

Bitdefender has found 10 Google Play apps that have been packed full of aggressive adware  to either subscribe users to premium-rated numbers using scareware messages or install additional apps that pack in even more ads. The apps (including the “What is my ip?” app still available on Google Play) were designed to use a different name when installed to give users a hard time identifying and uninstalling the...

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Here’s your chance to win a brand new 13” MacBook Air by just posting a selfie with your current Mac, followed by the hashtag #hugamac. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to immortalize the love for your Mac, as long as you upload the selfie by February 28th, 18:00 PM (GTM+2), at the latest. Guys and gals, feel free to go all artistic with these selfies, as long as we can make sure that it’s...

Huge privacy flaw uncovered in mobile phone networks

In the last year or so there's been a lot of bad news about how intelligence agencies and hackers can exploit weaknesses in internet communications to snoop upon our conversations and private messages. Indeed, such has been the avalanche of revelations that it's not uncommon at all to hear security researchers advise you to turn off your phone's WiFi, and communicate via regular calls vand SMS messages inst...

Wearable Plain-Text Communication Exposed Through Brute-Force, Bitdefender Finds

The 6-digit pin code used to obfuscate Bluetooth communication between smartwatches and Android devices can be brute-forced into exposing messages in plain-text, according to Bitdefender’s Research Team. Everything from SMS messages to Facebook or Google Hangouts chats are constantly being forwarded to your smartwatch. So all this communication should be safe, right? It turns out that, with a little ingenui...

Apple Pay or Google Wallet – What’s the Safest Way to Pay?

Apple Pay, Apple’s upcoming digital payment platform, is not on the market yet. But rumor has it that it will deliver the most secure environment ever used for in-store transactions. With massive data breaches hitting retailers and eroding trust in credit card payments, we thought we’d take a closer look at the embedded security features this alternative payment system will allegedly bring to the table. Is...

From Pencils to Tablets: The Changing Security Risks of 21st Century Schooling

Each fall, back-to-school preparation for students around the world is focusing less and less on pens and notepads and more on tablets, smartphones and other cool gadgets. To support a dynamic 21st century learning environment, schools have started to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) trend by introducing special IT policies and software. But until this becomes the...

Instead of Football Matches, Apps Play Unauthorized Code

The highly anticipated World Cup 2014 may turn hazardous for smartphone-wielding fans, according to Bitdefender findings. FIFA World Cup 2014 Live Match, a free app from Google Play, could download and run unverified code, despite stating it allows fans watch live football matches by providing a series of hyperlinks. Allowing an app to download and run code at will is like signing a check in blank and the h...

National Geographic Fans Targeted with Mobile Scareware

Mobile users of the National Geographic website are targeted with scareware saying they have been infected with malware, according to the Bitdefender Labs. They are then abusively redirected to a Google Play app that would clean their Android device. The ad poses as a message from the news.nationalgeographic.com page. “Your Android has been infected with a virus,” the deceptive alert reads. “Tap OK to remov...

Apps on Google Play Send User Info to Remote Servers in Plain Text

New suspicious apps, including a third party market and a chat platform, collect data from smart devices and send it to remote servers in plain text. One of these apps has already been downloaded by between 10 million and 50 million users from the official Play Store. Mobogenie, an application that manages phone apps, pictures and videos, sends a list of all applications installed on the device to remote se...

US Justice Department Hunts Pirated Versions of Android Apps

The US Department of Justice intends to criminally prosecute Android app store operators who host and help distribute pirated versions of mobile applications, the Wall Street Journal reports. Four people from Florida and Oregon have already been charged with copyright crimes. The move represents a new legal approach to combating app piracy that the Justice Department hopes will be more effective than the tr...

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