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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...

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...

A Quarter of Smartphone Users Fail to Protect Privacy, Survey Shows

Despite the growing number of Android privacy threats, 25.8% of smartphone users don’t protect their smartphones with an anti-malware solution, a new IT Security Survey by independent test labs AV-Comparatives reveals. The survey also showed that antivirus users are more interested in a security product’s performance than its detection rate. Some 69.1% mainly want an antivirus solution that does not negativ...

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...

Banco do Brasil Error Lets Clients See Balances of Others

Up to 5 million clients of Banco do Brasil could spy on fellow customers for an hour after a breach that allowed them to see strangers’ personal details, according to ZDNet. The vulnerabilities discovered on Monday only affected clients of the bank’s mobile app designed for both iOS and Android devices. For about an hour, clients of Brazil’s biggest bank could peek at other customers’ private information su...

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