16 Jul 2019

Hackers Can Manipulate Media Files Transferred via WhatsApp, Telegram

Symantec researchers have discovered that the highly popular messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram are both vulnerable to what the researchers can “Media File Jacking,” which involves the manipulation of media files sent to users via these apps. The attack is possible due to the way WhatsApp and Telegram store media

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11 Jul 2019

Agent Smith Malware Infects 25M Android Phones to Push Rogue Ads

Check Point researchers are sounding the alarm over a new strain of Android malware that has already compromised 25 million devices. The malware, referred to as Agent Smith, is capable of replacing legitimate applications with malicious copies that display rogue advertisements. The malware is delivered via seemingly benign apps on

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11 Jul 2019

Latest FinSpy Modules Lift Data from Secure Messaging Apps

Researchers with Kaspersky have uncovered new versions of the notorious FinSpy malware in the wild. The malware, which has been found on both iOS and Android devices, is designed to steal information such as contact lists, text messages, emails, GPS location data and much more. In fact, FinSpy can “monitor

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10 Jul 2019

1,300 Popular Android Apps Access Data Without Proper Permissions

Merely avoiding apps that ask for permissions to gather geolocation data and other personal data is not an effective strategy for privacy-conscious Android users because apps often collect data without consent, new research by the International Computer Science Institute shows. The researchers found over 1,300 privacy-violating Android apps available on

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05 Jul 2019

Fake ‘Updates for Samsung’ Android App Tricked 10 Million Users

A fake app claiming to automate the process of installing firmware updates for Samsung devices, has been downloaded over 10 million times. While Updates for Samsung is available for download on Google Play, the official Android store, a recent analysis depicts it as a fraudulent product designed to make money

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05 Jul 2019

This Android Malware ‘Records’ Your Screen To ‘Steal’ Banking Details

New Fortinet research details the evolution of BianLian from a simple malware dropper to a powerful Android banking Trojan capable of hijacking banking apps on an infected device by reading text messages, making calls, and recording the screen. The developers of the malware have hidden the malicious code in a

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01 Jul 2019

This Scary Game Stole Passwords From Thousands of Android Users

Security researchers with Wandera recently discovered that a seemingly legitimate Android mobile game available on Google Play actually targeted users with adware, and phishing attacks aimed at stealing Google account credentials. The game, called Scary Granny, was downloaded by 50,000 users before Google was informed about is malicious nature by

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24 Jun 2019

Cyber-Risks Hiding Inside Mobile App Stores

A new RiskIQ shows that the number of blacklisted mobile apps increased by 15% between Q4 of 2018 and Q1 of this year. However, Google is increasingly successful at barring malicious Android apps from its official app store, resulting in a 64% decrease of blacklisted apps hosted on Google Play

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05 Jun 2019

Adware Hidden in Android Apps Downloaded More Than 440 Million Times

Security researchers at Lookout recently discovered hidden adware in 238 android apps that were available in the official Google Play store. The apps accounted for more than 440 million total installations. The adware was hidden in an obfuscated plugin called BeiTaAd. The plugin made it possible for the apps to

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23 May 2019

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

Cambridge University researchers have discovered a new kind of “fingerprinting attack” that could enable websites to keep track of individual users as they visit other websites using the same browser. Fingerprinting is a nightmare for people who care about their privacy. It can be used to target people with customized

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