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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...

Google endangers 900 million Android smartphones, by refusing to patch WebView

Do you have an Android smartphone or tablet? Have you checked what version of the Android OS you are running? Because if you are running Android 4.3 (aka Jellybean) or earlier I'm afraid there's some bad news: you're not going to be receiving any security updates from Google for WebView, a core component of the Android operating system used to render webpages. In case you didn't know, WebView is the tool wi...

StealthGenie – the app that helps jealous partners and stalkers spy on you and your online conversations

There's a shady industry out there of businesses that sell spyware apps that market themselves to jealous partners, domestic abusers and stalkers, keen to spy upon others. Some market themselves as a way of easily keeping taps on your children, but there's no doubt that many are used to abuse individual's privacy and potentially put innocent people in danger. One example of such spyware is StealthGenie, sol...

Hundreds of Android Applications Risk Eavesdropping Due to Lapse in Validating X.509 SSL Certificates

Hundreds of Android applications are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks due to their failure to properly validate X.509 SSL certificates, according to the Carnegie Mellon University CERT. In March, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges with Fandango and Credit Karma companies, who failed to properly implement the SSL protocol and exposed sensitive information. "An attacker on the...

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