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iOS, Android Top 10 Travel Apps Allow Hackers to Manipulate Data, Create Malicious Versions, Study Shows

The most-used mobile travel apps can be modified and manipulated to perform in ways that the developers had not intended, exposing millions of users to several security risks including data theft, according to research by Bluebox. As market data from App Annie show, the top 10 travel&local apps in Google Play Top App Charts are Waze, Yelp, Google Earth, GasBuddy, Expedia Hotels, GPS Navigation Be-On-Roa...

How to bypass the Android lock screen with a very long password

Generally when it comes to passwords, longer is considered better. But try telling that to John Gordon from Texas University who claims to have uncovered a security vulnerability in Android 5.x (Lollipop) which could allow attackers to gain full access to locked devices, even when encryption is enabled. And it's a particularly long string entered into the password field that could allow a hacker to gain acc...

Sophisticated CAPTCHA-Bypassing Malware Found in Google Play, According to Bitdefender Researchers

A sophisticated CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware has been found harbored in Google Play apps seeking to covertly subscribe thousands of users to premium-rate services. Identified by Bitdefender as Android.Trojan.MKero.A, the malware was first spotted in late 2014, but was only distributed via third-party marketplaces or local popular social networks in Eastern Europe. One of the most affected countries was...

Android Gadgets to Get Monthly Patches After Security Flaws Boost

Google, LG, and Samsung Android devices will receive monthly security patches from manufacturers, amid increasing vulnerabilities that involve millions of smartphone users. Source: Pixabay From this week on, Nexus devices will receive OTA security updates each month, in addition to the usual platform updates, according to Google. The first security update targets the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexu...

Snapchat users: If you care about your privacy at all, read this

Being a middle-aged man with no friends who would be interested in seeing photographs of myself in the nude, I have not embraced the Snapchat phenomenon. But that's not to say that I haven't witnessed just how popular it is with smartphone-loving teens, exhibitionists and pranksters. And so I'm pleased to hear that the popular Android and iPhone app has belatedly added an optional additional layer of securi...

Bitcoin App Flaw Makes Users Share Same Wallet

The Bitcoin wallet Android application provided by blockchain.info apparently contains a flaw that creates the same wallet over and over again for different users. The issue stems in the way the random number generator provides bitcoin addresses (random publick keys and their corresponding private ones), which can  can have users unknowingly gaining control over a wallet that is already in use. “In rare cir...

New Wave of Android Ransomware Lurks Behind FBI Porn Warning, Bitdefender Warns

Thousands of Android users are at risk of having their mobile devices and private contents locked by a particularly ruthless ransomware demanding 500$ to restore access to their smartphone, according to anti-malware provider Bitdefender. A fresh strain of spam emails containing malicious .apk files has hit inboxes of Android users in the last few days. Bitdefender has detected over 15,000 spam emails, inclu...

Should your voice be enough to unlock your Android phone? Google seems to think so

According to media reports, some users of Android phones are beginning to see a new feature rolled-out to their devices. And it could mean that all you may need to do to unlock your Android phone in future is murmur the words "Ok Google." This isn't the first time Google has tried to give Android users methods to unlock their devices without having to go to all the "effort" of entering a PIN, swipeable patt...

Nazi-loving Android malware suspects arrested in Russia

Russian police have arrested five men in connection with an organised criminal attempt to steal money from online banking customers using an Android trojan horse. The men, who computer crime authorities in the country claim have confessed their involvement in the scheme, are alleged to have stolen up to 50 million rubles ($930,000) with their malware. Amongst those arrested is said to be the 25-year-old sus...

Bad news Android malware – Google Play apps and updates must now pass human review

In a major change in the way that it handles app submissions from developers, Google says it's going to do more to prevent malicious and dodgy Android apps from entering the official Google Play store. Up until now, Google has been criticised for being lackadaisical in its approach to what apps can be listed in the official Android marketplace, causing some observers to describe the Google Play store as an...

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