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Piracy Groups Caught Selling Fake Android Apps

Leading members of three piracy groups that target Android, Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket, have been arrested for illegally distributing Android mobile apps, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “As a result of their criminal efforts to make money by ripping off the hard work and creativity of high-tech innovators, the defendants are charged with illegally distributing copyrighted apps,” said...

Android security boss says users don’t need anti-virus. He’s wrong wrong wrong

Adrian Ludwig is the lead engineer for Android security at Google. In this role, he is responsible for the security of the Android platform and Google's applications and services for Android. So you would expect him to know a thing or two about the risks that Android users are exposed to on the platform. Unfortunately, judging by a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of what Ludwig told journalists at a rec...

Koler Android malware demands $300 ransom from its victims

Ransomware has posed a serious threat to desktop computer users for some time. Notorious examples include CryptoLocker which encrypts victims' files to such an extent that your chances of recovering your data if you don't have a backup are zero, unless you are prepared to pay the criminals' Bitcoin ransom. Another commonly-seen example of ransomware is Reveton (also known as IcePol), which displays a bogus ...

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners can unlock LastPass with a keypress – but is that wise?

Popular password manager service LastPass has announced that it has introduced a new feature for Samsung Galaxy S5 users: Fingerprint scanning. Yes, a simple fingerprint can now unlock your LastPass vault if you have the right Android phone. Here's how LastPass announced the new support for biometric security: The updated version of LastPass’ Android app leverages the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor for a fa...

Android users offered $5 refund for useless anti-virus app

Earlier this month it was revealed that well over 10,000 Android users had bought an anti-virus app for $3.99 in the official Google Play store. The Virus Shield app, which claimed to "protect you and your personal information from harmful viruses, malware, and spyware", duly shot to the top of the charts, achieving an impressive 4.7 out of 5 rating from its users. There is only one problem. The app was use...

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...

Bogus Paid Antivirus App Tricks 10,000 Users

An illegitimate paid antivirus solution called Virus Shield was spotted retailing at $3.99 in the Android marketplace, the Android Police announced on their website. Some 10,000 people have downloaded Virus Shield in a week and 1,700 awarded the app with a 4.7 star rating. This translates in $40,000 in gains for the developer of the application, Deviant Solutions, a known scammer previously accused of tryin...

Tinder Invaded by Bots Spreading ‘Castle Clash’ Downloads

A series of bots have invaded dating app Tinder and are spreading “Castle Clash” downloads after luring users with tempting profiles and pictures. The Bitdefender Labs are currently investigating both the Android application and the bots that seem to have stolen pictures from an Arizona-based photography studio. Some are also being used for fake Facebook profiles. After users swipe the right button on Tinde...

Android OS Update Process Vulnerable to Exploitation

A new type of security vulnerability has been found in the Android system’s updating process, which can be exploited to steal sensitive data, alter security configurations and even block installation of critical system services, according to joint research by the University of Indiana and Microsoft. The so-called Pileup flaws hidden inside the Android Package Management Service (PMS) allow a malicious app t...

Samsung Backdoor Capable of Siphoning Data Remotely, Replicant Developers Say

Developers of the free Android library Replicant have discovered a backdoor in Samsung’s proprietary software capable of siphoning storage data remotely, according to The Free Software Foundation. The proprietary program manages the modem communication protocol. Today, smartphones have two distinctive processors; on one runs the operating system and on the other one, known as modem, runs a proprietary syste...

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