Mobile Applications

Calif. begins enforcing law requiring mobile privacy policies

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In the next few weeks, up to 100 companies will receive notification letters that they may be violating a nearly decade-old privacy law that also covers mobile applications.

PCI issues guidelines for payment security in mobile apps

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The PCI Security Standards Council, which provides payment security standards for merchants which accept credit cards, recently introduced new guidelines for mobile app developers and device manufacturers.

McAfee: Malware breaking records, again

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Security firm McAfee said it's amassed 1.5 million more malware samples in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter.

FTC offers guidance for mobile application development

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The best practices ask developers to weigh the privacy and security risks before rolling out apps to employees and customers.

BlackBerry, Android users targeted by new Zeus trojan

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Kaspersky Lab researchers say they have detected five new variants of a mobile trojan known as ZitMo, and four of them target BlackBerry devices, which typically have gone untouched by hackers. Users in Europe are being targeted.

Black Hat: Researchers find way to "bounce" malware into Google app store

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A team of security enthusiasts at Trustwave developed a trick that allowed them to create a malicious mobile application that avoided detection by Google's new Bouncer malware scanner.

Yahoo session hijacking likely culprit of Android spam

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A faulty Yahoo Mail application available on Android devices may be the cause of spam messages that have turned up and appear to be sent from mobile phones.

Google, researchers question if Android spam botnet is real

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The existence of an Android spam botnet is disputed, with some saying more proof is needed. No matter the truth, the incident underscores the dangers of installing mobile applications from unofficial sources.

Google, Apple app stores hit with spamming trojan

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The "Find and Call" app, which uploads a user's contact list to a remote server so its developers can spam friends and colleagues of the victim, is the first malware to enter the Apple App Store.

Apple changes app permissions in iOS 6

Users of Apple's new mobile operating system, set for final release in the fall, will now be able to grant or deny apps from accessing personal data.

Symantec buys Nukona, second mobile acquisition this month

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Security giant Symantec on Tuesday acquired Nukona, a privately held provider of mobile application management solutions, for an undisclosed amount.

Malicious Android application loots bank login data

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Criminals are lessening their reliance on the PC. The latest proof is a rogue Android application that seeks to steal Spanish banking credentials through a man-in-the-middle-style attack.

Apple pushes security update for iPhone, iPad

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Apple on Wednesday updated its iOS mobile operating system to rectify more than 80 vulnerabilities.

Google Wallets app flaw could lead to compromise

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Google has temporarily disabled the creation of prepaid payment cards while it investigates two security flaws in Google Wallet accounts on Android phones.

Android botnet may net millions yearly for its operators

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Researchers from Symantec and North Carolina State University may have stumbled upon one of the largest and most lucrative mobile botnets yet.

Attacks could steal HTC Wi-Fi codes with malicious app

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Some HTC mobile devices, running on the Android operating system, contain a software bug that could allow attackers to steal a user's Wi-Fi credentials and SSID.

Google using custom malware scanner for Android apps

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Google appears to be on a mission to dispel the public perception that its Android Market has become a prime vector for malicious activity.

Android app claims to be Madden 12 video game

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With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, Symantec researchers said Tuesday that have spotted a malicious application in unofficial Android markets claiming to offer a version of the popular video game Madden NFL 12.

Enterprise app stores can reduce mobile security threat

Enterprise app stores can reduce mobile security threat

With BYOD, there's a confluence of people bringing in potential dangers from the outside that in turn presents a new class of security concerns that businesses haven't had to consider before.

Spam with QR code targets mobile users

Spam with QR code targets mobile users

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Researchers have revealed a new type of spam campaign that appears to be a test run to find out how mobile users will respond to social engineering attempts on their smartphones and tablets.

Twitter makes available some code from Whisper Systems buy

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Twitter, which recently acquired year-old Android security start-up Whisper Systems, announced Tuesday that it is making some of the company's open-source code publicly available.

Malicious apps discovered in Android Market

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Rogue developers uploaded malicious versions of at least a dozen popular games to the Android Market.

"Significant" security threats found in Android devices

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Android phones from leading manufacturers -- including HTC, Motorola and Samsung -- contain pre-loaded applications that do not properly enforce the platform's permission-based security model.

Preparing for mobile security emergencies

Preparing for mobile security emergencies

Mobile malware authors have skipped the rudimentary phase and are immediately creating threats that mimic complex malicious code common in the traditional PC environment. But defense technologies are countering with sophistication of their own.

Twitter buys Whisper Systems for Android security

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Twitter has acquired a start-up that makes security and management solutions for Android devices.

Google program manager: No virus problem for mobile

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Google's open source programs manager launched a written tirade against mobile anti-virus companies, which he called "charlatans" and "scammers."

HTC working with carriers to push Android bug fix

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Users of HTC-made Android devices are receiving software security updates to correct a vulnerability that could be exploited by a third-party to steal personal information.

Apple releases OS X, iOS, Safari updates

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Apple on Wednesday issued much-anticipated updates for its Mac OS X and iOS mobile operating system, adding support for its new iCloud service, and fixing a bevy of security flaws.

Fake Android app mimics Netflix-for-mobile

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A malicious app, masquerading as the online streaming video service Netflix, aims to steal information from Android users, according to Symantec research.

FTC, file-sharing app developer settle charges

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The Federal Trade Commission has settled a case with the maker of a mobile peer-to-peer application over allegations that the program automatically shared files with the public by default. The agency's complaint against FrostWire LLC said this caused consumers who downloaded the app to "unwittingly disclose personal files, like pictures and videos, stored on their smartphones and tablet computers," according to an FTC news release on Tuesday. Under the deal, FrostWire is barred from using default settings that allow these files to be shared and is required to freely update users to a new version that corrects the problem.

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