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Fake Google Apps Leaked in Windows Phone Store

Some of the most popular Google mobile apps including Hangouts, Google Maps, Google+, Google Search and Google Voice have been seen recently in the Windows Phone Store retailing at the not-so-bargain price of $1.99, as announced by Windows on winbeta.org. The site says the applications are fake. In the Android and iOS mobile markets, these services are free of charge. Moreover, the developer’s name is missp...

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...

Google Dumped 1 Million Bad Ads a Day in 2013

The number of suspicious ads removed from Google rose to almost 1 million a day last year, an increase of almost 60 percent from 2012, USA Today reports. At the same time, more than three million applications were denied access to Google’s ad networks in 2013. Though the figures look dazzling, the company’s representatives said that part of the banned applications were from the same entities re-applying sev...

Google, Facebook Unite Against NSA Privacy Invasions

AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple and Yahoo have created an alliance requesting the US government reform surveillance practices for the sake of users’ privacy after revelations of wide-scale gathering of data on private citizens. The alliance, known as Reform Government Surveillance, also seeks accountability for intelligence agencies, transparency in government demands for user inf...

Google+ Face Exposed in Online Ads Makes Users Vulnerable to Cyber-Crooks

Did you ever dream of becoming a model or actor? No matter if you have the potential or not, Google will share your face in online ads if you don’t review your Google+ settings. The search giant warned about the privacy change a month ago, and the features will now be available worldwide. The change also exposes Google+ users to cyber-criminals and social engineers who will now be able to aggregate more pub...

Yahoo! Dumps T-shirt Bounties for Serious Cash

Yahoo! dumped T-shirt bounties for money rewards, after a team of Swiss security researchers publicly shamed the tech giant for offering clothing discounts instead of dollars. The branded T-shirt rewards will be replaced with bounties between $150 and $15,000 for vulnerabilities classified as "new, unique and/or high risk." In September, Yahoo’s reputation was seriously shaken by Swiss security company High...

Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Fight for Data Transparency

Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Facebook addressed similar petitions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday asking FISC for permission to reveal more about US government requests they receive. The four Internet service companies would like to share with the public “aggregate information” about the requests they receive from the FISC. Their motions argue that public release would in no way har...

Google Adds Malware Statistics to Transparency Report

Google strengthened its transparency report with malware statistics to raise security awareness and show how unsafe the Internet has become. Besides revealing national security requests from governments worldwide, the search giant’s report will also include figures on malware and phishing attacks. “Our security team built Safe Browsing to identify unsafe websites and notify users and webmasters so they can ...

Google to Clean Internet of Child Porn Images

Google is looking to eradicate images of child sexual abuse from the Web and go after the abusers and pedophiles who post the offending pictures. The company is working on a huge database of pornographic photos tagged with unique fingerprints to help law enforcement, private companies and charitable organizations isolate the photos more rapidly and identify their uploaders and online distributers. This coul...

Iranians Vulnerable to Phishing Attacks as Elections Approach

Tens of thousands of Iranians are vulnerable to phishing attacks as elections approach, according to Google. In the last three weeks, the company blocked several email-based phishing campaigns aimed at compromising the accounts of Iranian users. The attacks, which originate from within the country, represent a significant jump in the overall volume of phishing activity in the region. “The timing and targeti...

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