Mobile Security

Banking malware allows bad guys to lock, reset phone passwords

Banking malware allows bad guys to lock, reset phone passwords

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Cyber-criminals have updated a two-year old banking app scam that grabs control of a victim's smartphone, locks them out and then drains their bank account while the person struggles to regain control of their device.

Google to fund 10K Android developer scholarships

Google to fund 10K Android developer scholarships

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The scholarships offered by Google and Bertelsmann are part of an initiative to boost digital skills.

52% of millennials are worried about stolen identity via mobile activity

52% of millennials are worried about stolen identity via mobile activity

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More than half of UK millennials are concerned about having their identity stolen online, or through mobile/app-based activities, with women more concerned than men by a margin of 65 percent.

More than a third of Brits plan to give hackable gifts this Christmas

More than a third of Brits plan to give hackable gifts this Christmas

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Over a third of Brits are planning to gift an internet-connected device this Christmas. The two most popular gifts - smartphone/tablets and laptops - this year are also the two most easily and frequently hacked.

What bicycle thefts can teach us about mobile security

What bicycle thefts can teach us about mobile security

Avi Rosen explores how a common crime - and the mitigations against it - can be applied to the world of mobile security.

WhatsApp adds encrypted video calls as services race towards privacy offerings

WhatsApp adds encrypted video calls as services race towards privacy offerings

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WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said the messaging service will add encrypted video calling on Monday, according to a report.

Android phones dialing home, to China

Android phones dialing home, to China

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Firmware on some Android phones has been detected collecting user data and transmitting it to third-party servers in China, according to mobile security firm Kryptowire.

HTTPS traffic increasing, says Google report

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Google's latest Transparency Report includes a section that measures traffic on HTTPS web pages.

Native Android SMS app not the best for security, report

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A new analysis of SMS clients used on the Android OS determined that native text clients are less secure than third-party solutions.

Mobile hacking firm Cellebrite's firmware made available to public by reseller

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Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite could have some of their methods exposed after a reseller partner reportedly made the company's firmware and software publicly available to download.

Revamped GM Bot mobile banking malware spotted in wild

Revamped GM Bot mobile banking malware spotted in wild

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The GM Bot mobile banking malware has been revamped to deploy on Android 6 devices effectively bypassing the security put in place on the operating system.

Forensics firm says iOS 10 skips certain security authentications

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A Russian mobile forensics company says the iPhone's most recent operating system has weaker password protection for manual iTunes backups than earlier operating systems.

Linux rootkit, named for Pokémon's Umbreon, targets Linux

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Researchers at Trend Micro have detected a new rootkit family that is going after Linux systems.

New Zeus Sphinx banking trojan hitting Brazil

New Zeus Sphinx banking trojan hitting Brazil

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Capitalising on Olympics activity, a new version of Zeus Sphinx has been targeting banks in Brazil and Colombia.

'Video jacking' attack allows attacker to see what you see

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Aries Security researchers' "video-jacking" attack highlight yet another attack vector to consider when charging phone in unfamiliar locations.

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

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As the FBI investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee broadens, it is being reported that the private email accounts of Hillary Clinton and more than 100 Democratic officials also have been breached.

Oz banks seek Apple tech for mobile transactions, Apple says no

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A group of four banks in Australia want customers to be able to use the banks' own mobile apps when conducting financial transactions with Apple Pay.

BYOD policies essential to keep data secure in the public sector

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Several organisations within the public sector still need to give 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) initiatives proper consideration. Only then can security risks be avoided and the benefits of BYOD completely achieved.

UK testing social media logins for authentication

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To enhance the use of its web portal, gov.uk, the UK government is testing the use of its subscribers' social media logins as an authentication method.

Wearables can reveal your passwords by measuring slight arm movements

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Researchers have proven that sensors in wearable electronics can be exploited to measure minute movements in users' arms in an effort to decipher keystrokes and PIN codes that they enter into computers and ATMs.

Don't connect your charging cell to a computer or you may get hacked!

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Connecting your mobile device to a computer using a USB cable could make you vulnerable to hackers.

Russian bank app changes password when users attempt removal

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Researchers discovered a Russian fake banking application that can evade detection by changing a device's password if the victim tries to remove the app.

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

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Cryptology executive Jon Callas returned to Apple, following the FBI/Apple showdown this year.

75% of European SMEs staff confident in their company mobile security

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Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of European employees have no concerns about security issues when using a mobile phone owned by their company. Highlighting a significant level of confidence in workplace mobile security strategies, the figure stands at 75 percent for employees at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Cash stolen from 15K ATMs in Japan in coordinated attack

Cash stolen from 15K ATMs in Japan in coordinated attack

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As many as 100 people are believed to have taken part in a heist of nearly $13 million USD (£9 mil) from thousands of cash machines in Japan.

Mobile devices still vulnerable to attack - report

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Mobile attacks can workaround two-factor authentication on Android phones and inject malware onto iOS phones.

Marcher banking malware hitting Australia

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Marcher Madness continues with a new, stealthier iteration of the Marcher banking malware targeting Android users in Australia.

Common Android ransomware spreads to Japan

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Already a scourge in the West, Android.Lockdroid ransomware has expanded its base to target Japan.

Apple, FBI put Cellebrite in the spotlight

Apple, FBI put Cellebrite in the spotlight

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The tentative naming of the Israeli firm Cellebrite as the muscle behind the FBI's ability to crack into unlocked the iPhone used by San Bernardino, California shooter Syed Farook without help from Apple, has brought this little known company into the spotlight.

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