Mobile Security News, Articles and Updates

Drastic changes required to protect mobile users against cyber-attacks

Organisational practices and end-user behaviour must both change fast, to deal with rising mobile-focused cyber- attacks, such as phishing, that are now more pervasive than malware.

Jailbreaking: the corporate price of employee 'phone freedom'

David Cohen explores the cause and impact of jailbreaking and provokes some best practice to help the C-Suite get on top of the pervasive and risky behaviour.

Mobile device hackers step up from simple attack methods to stealthy chain attacks

Cyber-criminals have moved to a new level when attacking mobile devices replacing their simplistic attack methods with sophisticated and stealthier models

Mobile malware poses as Android apps with up to 36.5M downloads

A pair of campaigns designed to spread ad fraud malware through supposedly innocuous Android applications generated between 8.5 million and 36.5 million downloads before Google removed the apps from its online store, Check Point Software Technologies has reported.

Putting app security centre stage in the fight against threat actors

With hackers attempting to poach valuable data and steal the limelight, Gad Elkin asks how can businesses ensure that the show goes on?

C-Suite poses greatest risk to enterprise security outside the office

Executives around the world are trying to improve cyber-security, however these same executives present the greatest risk to enterprise security.

New mobile banking malware obfuscates its malicious code parts

Banking malware targeting mobile users requires little tech know-how to develop and operate, so it stands as an insistent battle for security professionals.

Late 2016 marks start of WhatsApp encryption back-ups to iCloud Drive

Facebook added another layer of protection for users of its WhatsApp encrypted mobile messaging service in late 2016

Pickpockets and hackers, the latest cyber-crime marriage

A Trend Micro researcher may have stumbled across a new alliance in place between petty criminals and their more sophisticated cyber cousins that could prove mutually beneficial.

Invasive apps track you with ultrasonic sounds via your mobile microphone

An alarming number of applications are using a new privacy-busting technique called ultrasonic cross-device tracking.

The importance of application security in an increasingly connected world

Amit Ashbel looks at application security in this new age of smartphones and IoT devices and considers the difference between hybrid and native app development and the need to write code with security in mind.

Getting wise to the risk of mobile apps

Michael Marriott discusses how security leaders can address and mitigate the rising threat of fake mobile apps.

Secure log-ins on Android, iOS phones simplified by Microsoft Authenticator

A new Microsoft Authenticator app feature sends device owners a notification when they sign in, rather than a one-time code to enter. Users simply tap an "Approve" button to access their accounts.

1.7M Snapchat user details allegedly posted in India

After alleged comments from Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel appeared in Variety, hackers in India, as yet unidentified, took the disparaging remarks personally and in an apparent act of revenge claimed to have posted personal details of 1.7 million Snapchat users online.

Update to RingGo app leaves thousands of UK drivers' data exposed

An update to car parking payment app "RingGo" has led to the exposure of the personal details of thousands of UK drivers.

New Android OS blocks ransomware using system-type windows

Along with new features, Google's latest iteration of its mobile operating system for Android devices, Android O, blocks ransomware, at least malware using system-type windows

The mobile malware challenge: Will bots triumph over humans?

Moshe Elias argues that the problem with the IoT industry is that emphasis is made on functionality, which is natural, but none on security.

BYOD: the balance between achieving efficiency and avoiding GDPR fines

Paul Donovan explains why BYOD is the last thing that should be ignored in the wake of the EU GDPR and what's needed to deploy a BYOD policy while protecting your network.

Unsecure IoT devices attacked and destroyed by BrickerBot malware

The initial attacks began on 20 March when BrickBot 1.0 and 2.0 began pinging a Radware honeypot, Radware said in a security alert.

Poor security awareness leaves UK consumers vulnerable to cyber-crime

Poor security awareness and an uncontrollable demand for mobile apps are placing UK consumer identities and devices at risk.

How smart devices pose an incredible security risk to Brits

Waqas Khan discusses the increasing threat of cyber-criminal attacks for UK citizens on internet-connected devices.

Spyware: mobile agents compromise user privacy including out-of-work behaviour

Eduard Meelhuysen explores the ways in which traditional MDM solutions potentially put employee privacy at risk with an experiment to investigate the extent of intrusion possible.

iOS 10.3 update: scammers use 'scare' tactic to gain ransom payments

Apple has released an update to iOS 10.3 that changes how Mobile Safari handles JavaScript pop-ups.

Malicious apps make nearly a million Minecrafters feel like blockheads

ESET researchers found 87 fake Minecraft mod apps that either redirected users to scam websites or were actually an aggressive ad-displaying downloader.

Demi Lovato nudes leaked, scammer targets private citizens for sex shows

A spear-phishing scammer demanded a sex show from a private citizen after obtaining the victim's email credentials.

Back to basics: The importance of mobile workforce device security

Henry Seddon discusses how outdated software on devices exposes them to vulnerabilities resulting in a high risk of exposure to security threats and data breaches.

Concerns high in UK over app security: take action to stay safe online!

UK consumers are concerned over the security of personal data and are therefore being cautious when using applications.

Check Point finds vulnerabilities in Whatsapp and Telegram

Two of the world's most popular messaging services have been found to contain vulnerabilities which allow attackers to completely take over user accounts, and access victims' personal and group conversations and more.

Malware found pre-installed on some Android devices

More than three dozen Android devices have been found to contain 21 different types of malware, including Loki, that came pre-installed on the phone read-only memory (ROM).

African banks and telcos seek partners to fight cyber-threats

African banks and telcos are seeking partnership approaches to curb threats of mobile banking malware.