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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...

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...

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