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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...

Mobile Valentine Apps Send Love, Take Sensitive Data

Using an Android app to express your love for someone this Valentine’s Day may just earn you a slap instead of eternal gratitude. And not just because you’ll look like a cheapo. The pink hearts and cuddly bears so ubiquitous to the season may be hiding invasive permissions that can violate your privacy, rack up your phone bill and even lead to identity theft, Bitdefender Clueful Team finds. Seasonal apps in...

Smartphone Apps Pose Rising Privacy Threat Even amid Public Outcry over NSA Spying

An alarming proportion of Android applications can find and open private photos on smartphones, track users’ locations, divulge e-mail addresses over the internet and leak address books and phone logs, according to an analysis of 836,021 Play Store Android applications by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The findings further raise privacy concerns in the light of revelations by former US intelligenc...

Bad Version of Vulna Active on Google Play – in GTA V PC Countdown

GTA V PC Countdown, a rather popular application on Google Play, incorporates a vulnerable version of ad-serving framework AppLovin, also known as Vulna. It’s extremely aggressive at collecting private information via applications that register hundreds of millions of installs. Vulna is also vulnerable to arbitrary code execution, as demonstrated by two Bitdefender researchers in a proof-of-concept exploit....

Advertising SDK Can Be Hijacked for Making Phone Calls, Geo-Locating

Most developers rely on an advertising SDK to monetize a free mobile application. But amid a boom in both advertising and Android app market development, some SDK implementations might pose a risk to application consumers connecting via unsafe networks. Such is the case with Widdit, an advertising framework that uses an interesting technique for implementing new features without requesting additional permis...

Christian Apps Upload Churchgoers’ Location to Third Parties, Bitdefender Warns

Your religious-themed app just might know when you skip a church service. And some of the data you transmit through the heavens might be going straight to the underworld. An increasing number of churchgoers are targeted by Christian-themed apps that monitor their location and could upload information to dubious third parties, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider has discovered several A...

1.2 Percent of Google Play Store is Thief-Ware, Study Shows

More than 1 percent of some 420,646 apps are stolen from other developers and re-engineered for illicit gains, according to a new Bitdefender survey on Google Play. The study shows that applications uploaded by 2,140 verified developers are over 90% identical (library code aside) to the work of other developers on the official Android Store. To be considered a copy, the two software pieces need to share mor...

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