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August 22, 2016

Linux Flaw Puts 1.4 Billion Android Devices at Risk

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 traditional “man-in-the-middle” attacks has also been discovered to impact nearly 80% of all activated Android devices in the world.

The Linux Flaw, originally discovered by researchers from the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of California lets attackers obtain unencrypted traffic and degrade encrypted traffic to snoop in on [...]

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March 30, 2016

Truecaller Patches Bug That Has 100 Million Android Users at Risk

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 discovered a privacy flaw in Truecaller, the world’s most popular caller ID application for smartphones.

The flaw relies in the way in which Truecaller uses a phone’s IMEI number as the indicator and identity of the user. The Cheetah Mobile report revealed that anyone who gained the IMEI of a device could fundamentally ascertain the [...]

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March 21, 2016

Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail Releases iOS And Android Apps

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 Geneva, Switzerland developed ProtonMail. The goal was to protect people from the mass surveillance by governments and corporations around the world.

Crowdfunding Proves Helpful

Thanks to the support from its crowdfunding campaigns, the company has been able to overcome its challenges and expects to expand significantly. In 2014, [...]

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March 17, 2016

Video: Stagefright Returns; 500 Million Android Devices at Risk

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 detailed research paper, revealed that it has exploited the dreaded Stagefright Android bug which has, in the past, put a billion user devices at risk.

The complete research paper can be found here. [PDF]

The exploit, titled ‘Metaphor’ is shown running in a proof-of-concept video. The target is Google’s Nexus 5, a flagship device [...]

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