New Android malware that spreads via text can steal victims’ credit card details from other apps

Rob Price, BusinessInsider, 8/18/17 It’s wise not to enter your credit card details into shady-looking apps and websites if you don’t want your details stolen. But sometimes, not even the apps you know and trust are safe. A piece of malware detailed in a blog post from security firm Kaspersky is able to quietly steal victims’ […]

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Posted on August 18, 2017 at 8:47 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Android malware spreads like wildfire: 350 new malicious apps every hour

The Next Web, 5/4/17 Better watch out what apps you opt to install on your Android device: It turns out malware-infested software for Google’s mobile operating system is multiplying at an alarming rate. Security researchers from antivirus software firm G Data have discovered that more than 750,000 new malicious apps have sprung out during the first […]

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Posted on May 4, 2017 at 9:54 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Android devices coming with preinstalled malware

Darlene Storm, ComputerWorld, 3/14/17 Android devices were infected with malware at some point after leaving the manufacturers, but before landing in the hands of companies’ employees. The phone, given to you by your company, could be targeted at some point and end up with a malware infection, but you wouldn’t expect the malware to be […]

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Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:04 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading

Michael Kan, CSO, 10/5/16 DressCode has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps An Android malware is spreading across app stores, including Google Play, and has the capability of stealing sensitive files from corporate networks. DressCode, a family of Android malware, has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps, security firm Trend […]

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Posted on October 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

John Leyden, The Register, 2/1/16 Crooks want you to pay up on pain of severe embarrassment – and more Miscreants have put together an especially pernicious strain of Android ransomware that threatens to bare your browsing history. The so-called Lockdroid ransomware brandishes overlaid popups in order to trick marks into allowing the malicious code to […]

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Posted on February 1, 2016 at 8:29 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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New Android ransomware uses clickjacking to gain admin privileges

Lucian Constantin, ComputerWorld, 1/28/16 The app overlays system dialogs on top of the device administrator confirmation window and hijacks users’ clicks File-encrypting ransomware applications that target Android devices are becoming increasingly sophisticated. One new such program is using clickjacking techniques to trick users into granting it administrator privileges. Clickjacking is a method that involves manipulating […]

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Posted on January 28, 2016 at 9:02 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google denies Linux flaw is a serious Android security issue

Steve Dent, Engadget, 1/22/16 The search giant released a patch anyway, though. Red Hat and security company Perception Point recently revealed a Linux flaw they say could affect servers, PCs and up to 66 percent of Android phones on the market. The vulnerability directly affects the OS’s kernel, and could give attackers a way to […]

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Posted on January 22, 2016 at 8:17 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones

Dan Goodin, ArsTechnica, 1/22/16 Vulnerability allows restricted users and apps to gain unfettered root access. For almost three years, millions of servers and smaller devices running Linux have been vulnerable to attacks that allow an unprivileged app or user to gain nearly unfettered root access. Major Linux distributors are expected to fix the privilege escalation […]

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Posted on January 22, 2016 at 8:14 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ransomware, mobile payments will be 2016’s most severe security threats

Jonathan Keane, Yahoo!News, 12/18/15 This has been a banner year for cybercrime, from Ashley Madison to the Office of Personnel Management to the recent VTech hack, and 2016 doesn’t look like things are going to get easier. According to several cybersecurity experts and companies, threats and vulnerabilities will continue to evolve in 2016. Ransomware really came […]

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Posted on December 18, 2015 at 8:45 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Trojan adware on Android can give itself root access

Ben Funk, The Tech Report, 11/9/15 Android has taken quite a beating lately on the security front. In part, that’s due to a perfect storm consisting of a large user base, slow software and security updates, and the ability to sideload untrusted apps that could potentially steal data or crash the phone. Against that backdrop, […]

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Posted on November 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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