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Linux Flaw Puts 1.4 Billion Android Devices at Risk

Posted on August 22nd, 2016.

A Linux flaw that allows an attacker to hijack a target’s internet traffic via a TCP connection exploit also impacts about 4 in 5 Android devices – nearly 1.4 billion Android devices – security researchers have discovered. A previously discovered Linux flaw that allowed attackers to spy on secure communications without the use of...

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Communication

Truecaller Patches Bug That Has 100 Million Android Users at Risk

Posted on March 30th, 2016.

The world’s largest caller ID app had a significant privacy flaw, one which put the personal information of over a hundred million users at risk. A day after its discovery, the app developer has predictably patched the vulnerability with a new version of the application. The new first broke when security researchers at Cheetah Mobile...

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Business

Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail Releases iOS And Android Apps

Posted on March 21st, 2016.

ProtonMail, an encrypted email service developed by CERN scientists in Geneva and researchers at MIT, has released its iOS and Android mobile apps to the public following a beta test period. Users can sign up for apps on the ProtonMail website. Scientists who met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in...

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Video: Stagefright Returns; 500 Million Android Devices at Risk

Posted on March 17th, 2016.

A new variant of the dreaded Android-based Stagefright bug has been successfully exploited by security researchers who showed a proof-of-concept of phone getting hacked remotely. The newly discovered Stagefright bug affects users running Android Lollipop, versions 5.0 and 5.1. Israeli software security research company NorthBit has, in a...

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Most of America’s 100M+ Active iPhones Are on iPhone 6 or Later

Posted on November 20th, 2015.

The first statistic that might surprise the reader is that roughly one in three Americans is apparently using an iPhone. Using raw numbers and discounting for multiple phone ownerships, anyway. Data recently compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows there are currently 101 million iPhones in use in the United States. The...

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Business

Wall Street Journal Speculates that Android and Chrome OS Could Become One

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

A new report by the Wall Street Journal has tech journalists on a speculation bender regarding the possibility of Google merging its Android and Chrome OS platforms into one. According to the WSJ, it could be as early as next year. The move would put Android developers on their toes, requiring a great deal of extra work to catch up with...

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Eavesdropping

Google Stores Your Voice Searches

Posted on October 27th, 2015.

Google users probably are aware that Google keeps a record of all searches made by a given logged-in user. Likely enough, they also keep track of the data by other means, such as IP address, though this is not advertised. Google does its best to make the tracking into a feature. Occasionally one might actually forget what they’d...

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Opinion

Facebook Admits to Draining Phone Batteries

Posted on October 23rd, 2015.

Ordinarily, bug fixes are welcomed, but now and then, someone needs blame. In Facebook’s mobile app version, this is the case. The company has a market capitalization of nearly 300 billion dollars. It would seem that they could get their act together in regards to mobile applications. Ostensibly, that’s what they’ve...

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Hackers Figure Out How to Remotely Talk to Siri

Posted on October 15th, 2015.

An exploit like this was bound to happen. Voice recognition technology may have been an idea since Star Trek or before, but it’s only really come to the consumer front in the past few years with the rise of Android and iOS, both of which have voice-activated virtual assistants. Now hackers have, brilliantly, figured out how to...

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Kemoge: A Vicious New Malware That Could Take over Your Android Device

Posted on October 7th, 2015.

  A new malicious adware dubbed “Kemoge” has been discovered to operate in the wild by security researchers. The malware is spotted spreading worldwide quickly, and it allows the complete compromise and takeover of the targeted Android device. Security researchers at FireEye have uncovered a new Android malware that is aggressively...

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Stagefright Strikes Again – A Billion Android Devices Are Vulnerable

Posted on October 1st, 2015.

Researchers have discovered new vulnerabilities inherent in Android and dubbed it Stagefright 2.0, leaving more than a billion Android devices vulnerable to remote code execution by merely previewing music or videos. Security researchers at Zimperium zLabs have discovered a new variant of the infamous Stagefright vulnerability and have...

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New Exploit Bypasses Android Lock Screens

Posted on September 16th, 2015.

A new exploit can easily bypass the lock screen of Android phones, claims a new report. The bypass can be done on Android phones using versions between 5.0 and 5.1.1, even if encryption is enabled on the particular device.  The University of Texas, Austin, in a report, has revealed the shocking news that the lock screen of Android phones...

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Cybersecurity

New Android Malware ‘MKero’ Packs a Heavy Financial Punch

Posted on September 9th, 2015.

Security researchers at Bitdefender have revealed a new CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware – Mkero, that is embedded in Google Play store as applications by malicious developers. The malware is designed to get thousands of users to subscribe to premium-rate SMS services, which adds up to a big pot of money. Security researchers estimate...

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How to Avoid the Stagefright Vulnerability in Android

Posted on September 7th, 2015.

Android phones occupy the biggest share of cell phones in the market. At around 80%, Android devices are the most widely used phones worldwide. However, Android is susceptible to an appalling vulnerability that could cause serious damage to a user’s data as well as his device. There is a minor but albeit dangerous glitch in the Android...

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Android has been Hit Again Stagefright-style Flaw: 950 Million Devices at Risk

Posted on August 19th, 2015.

It is another day and another bad news for Andriod. This time, a security firm, Trend Micro, has discovered a serious flaw in the OS that affects versions dating back to 2010. It was only recently that another security firm, Zimperium, discovered a security threat dubbed Stagefright that could affect 950 million handsets. The whole...

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Stagefright Bug Won’t Quit, 950 Million Android Devices Still Vulnerable

Posted on August 16th, 2015.

Stagefright, an infamous critical vulnerability affecting nearly all Android phones and tablets is sticking around despite Google’s effort of releasing multiple patches, according to independent researchers at a cybersecurity firm. It’s like an annoying itch that just won’t go away. Researchers at Exodus Intelligence have identified...

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Hackers Find a Way to Remotely Switch a ‘Smart’ Sniper Rifle’s Target

Posted on July 30th, 2015.

After uncovering vulnerabilities in a sniper rifle, two hackers have developed an exploit which can take control of the ‘smart’ sniper rifle and change the intended target by hacking it remotely. Security researchers have discovered a way to remotely hack into a self-aiming ‘smart’ rifle by exploiting its vulnerabilities in its...

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Major Weakness in 500 Million Android Devices

Posted on July 29th, 2015.

Trend Micro has discovered a serious weakness in what amounts to 500 million Android devices, or roughly half of all Androids in use. The vulnerability affects devices from Android 4.3 until 5.1.1. It can be initiated by an app or it can be executed remotely on a website. Researchers say the problem is with Android’s mediaserver...

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Serious Android Exploit “Stagefright” Threatens 95% of all Android Phones

Posted on July 27th, 2015.

An exploit has been discovered that threatens over 95% of Android phones in existence. Unpatched phones can be attacked simply by sending a multimedia message. The attacks happen silently so that the user has no chance to save their data or know that their phone has been infected. It’s called Stagefright because it exploits...

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Lifestyle

Watches Will Talk to Each Other in Android Wear Update

Posted on July 14th, 2015.

Among other improvements in the upcoming Android Wear release, watches will be able to communicate with each other. Watches will go futuristic, James Bond-style, with one-tap voice commands. The user can tap the device, say a command, and get what they want from the device. Most Android watches can communicate with a phone via Bluetooth,...