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Android devices contaminated at source

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A malware Trojan called Triada has infected more than forty Android models, according to Russian cybersecurity outfit Doctor Web. Furthermore, it appears that the highly sophisticated bug is installed into the Android firmware during the manufacturing process – so each device is already spiked before the user even purchases it…. Read more »

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Asian hackers hit on romantics

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An ironically-named hacker group called Confucius is preying on seekers after romance by targeting singles sites. The South Asian bandits are using fake backdoor chat apps that function on both Android and Windows OS to implant malware that allows them to harvest victims’ data. So far, Confucius has targeted mainly… Read more »

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Google Play hit by bogus security apps

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Google Play has come under attack from a cluster of authentic-looking Android apps masquerading as security tools. The thirty-six apps – which use names such as Guardian Antivirus, Smart Security, Deep Cleaner, Security Keeper and Advanced Boost – actually perform tasks that include scanning, junk cleaning, battery saving, app-locking and… Read more »

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Google releases several critical fixes

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Amongst the fifty fixes recently issued by Google for its Pixel and Nexus devices, one rated ‘critical’ rectifies an encryption bug in Qualcomm closed-source components. Of the five other patches rated ‘high’, four deal with glitches that potentially allowed denial of service attacks and the fifth resolves an elevation of… Read more »

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September Patch Tuesday contains crucial fixes

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In what’s become a regular fixture on the cybersecurity calendar, major tech giants recently issued a welter of updates as part of September’s Patch Tuesday. Adobe has repaired a couple of flaws in its Flash Player, released an update for its RoboHelp help authoring tool and mended four glitches in… Read more »

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Keep tabs on your phone

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The great smartphone dilemma is whether to opt for safe and boring or insecure and interesting. Anyone in possession of an all-singing, all-dancing mobile should make sure they are fully aware of its vulnerabilities and take preventative measures. Most people keep a treasure trove of valuable data on their phone,… Read more »

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Android vulnerable to malicious Wi-Fi attacks

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A researcher has found that Android phones in particular are vulnerable to drive-by wifi infections. Due to glitches in a widely used wifi chip, hackers are able to seize control of mobile devices without needing any user interaction. The flaw appears to reside in the wifi chipset made by Broadcom,… Read more »

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Android forum hacked

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Android is playing down the severity of the recent attack on its popular Android Forums servers. While acknowledging the hack, the mobile operating system is quick to point out that the breach only affected a small percentage of its users and that a limited amount of data was accessed. Nevertheless,… Read more »

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Mixed results on Google security

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Are you a glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of person? How would you rate the following story then? The fact that 50% of Google’s Android devices have now received much-needed security updates is good news. However, the fact that the other 50% remains unpatched is hardly reassuring. Google is… Read more »

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Google Play users blackmailed into giving good reviews

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Online games players are being bombarded with pop-up ads by an aggressive Trojan Android app. They are then conned into thinking that the ads will disappear if they give the app a bogus five-star review. As well as contravening Google Play Developer Policy on placing phoney reviews, it also has… Read more »

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