04 Oct 2019

New Android Cyberwarfare Attack Exposed—And It’s Hiding A Devious Twist

Earlier this week, the New York Times covered what it referred to as an “attack on Egyptian journalists, academics, lawyers, opposition politicians and human rights activists.” The report was based on recent research by Check Point, which in turn followed a report by Amnesty from March of this year. Check

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04 Oct 2019

Update now: WhatsApp bug allows malicious GIF to steal user data

A security researcher using the moniker “Awakened” has uncovered a security flaw in WhatsApp that could make it possible for hackers to steal data from devices running the popular messaging app merely by targeting users with nefarious GIFs. After a malicious image is sent to the victim’s phone, it will

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02 Oct 2019

New Google Android Warning As Malicious Apps Hit 300 Million Play Store Users

Despite Google’s efforts to keep the Play Store safe, cybercriminals keep sneaking malicious software onto the official Android app store. In September, security researchers found 172 malicious Android apps on the Play Store with a combined total of more than 335 million installations, a new report by ESET researcher Lukas

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30 Sep 2019

New SIM card attack disclosed, similar to Simjacker

Security researchers from Ginno Security Labs have uncovered a new SMS-based attack that can be abused by cyber espionage actors to track users’ devices. The WIBattack takes advantage of vulnerabilities in the Wireless Internet Browser (WIB) app that runs on SIM cards. Earlier this month, research by AdaptiveMobile Security described

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30 Sep 2019

‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of iPhones Vulnerable To New ‘Unfixable’ Hack

A researcher using the moniker ‘axi0mX’ has found a critical ‘jailbreak’ vulnerability affecting hundreds of millions of iOS devices, including iPhones, iPads and iPods. The flaw could be exploited in order to revoke Apple’s control over affected devices and run customer firmware on them. Axi0mX described the vulnerability as “a

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23 Sep 2019

VPN apps with 500M+ installs caught serving disruptive ads to Android users

Google Play has once again made the news because a security researcher discovered malicious apps on the official Android app store. Four VPN and antivirus apps by developers from Hong Kong and China were found serving ads in a malicious ways, such as running ads in the background or displaying

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12 Sep 2019

Simjacker vulnerability actively exploited to track, spy on mobile phone owners

Threat actors are actively exploiting a security weakness in SIM cards in order to covertly collect the location information of thousands of users, new research by AdaptiveMobile Security shows. The firm warns that the Simjacker attack, which involves sending malicious SMS messages to vulnerable devices, may put over 1 billion

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06 Sep 2019

Joker Spyware Found in 24 Google Play Apps

Threat actors distributed a spyware strain dubbed “the Joker” via 24 apps on the Google Play Store, a security researcher has discovered. The malicious applications had been downloaded by 472,000 users in total before Google removed them from the official Android app store. The Joker was capable of stealing SMS

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05 Sep 2019

Android Zero-Day Bug Opens Door to Privilege Escalation Attack, Researchers Warn

Security researchers with the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) are warning that Google has failed to include a high-severity privilege escalation vulnerability in the collection of security patches it released for the Android platform this week. The bug affects the v4l2 (Video4Linux 2) driver used in Android devices. ZDI disclosed the

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05 Sep 2019

Android’s September 2019 Patches Fix Nearly 50 Vulnerabilities

As part of its monthly roll out of patches for the Android platform, Google this week released fixes for 50 security flaws, including two critical flaws that could enable attackers to remotely execute malicious code on vulnerable devices. One of the critical vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2019-2176, affects Android 8.0, 8.1

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