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Workplace security awareness programs lacking in efficacy, says study

Workplace security awareness programs lacking in efficacy, says study

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Just because a company offers a cybersecurity training program to its employees doesn't mean it's necessarily doing enough to change workers' dangerous online behaviors, according to a report from Experian and Ponemon Institute.

Russian bank app changes password when users attempt removal

Russian bank app changes password when users attempt removal

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Researchers discovered a Russian fake banking application that can evade detection by changing a device's password if the victim tries to remove the app.

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

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Cryptology executive Jon Callas returned to Apple, following the FBI/Apple showdown this year.

75% of European SMEs staff confident in their company mobile security

75% of European SMEs staff confident in their company mobile security

Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of European employees have no concerns about security issues when using a mobile phone owned by their company. Highlighting a significant level of confidence in workplace mobile security strategies, the figure stands at 75 percent for employees at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Google launches safe browsing API v4

Google launches safe browsing API v4

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Google released v4 of its safe browsing API, a tool for software developers that helps client applications check URLs against Google's list of suspected malicious pages.

Cash stolen from 1,400 ATMs in Japan in coordinated attack

Cash stolen from 1,400 ATMs in Japan in coordinated attack

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As many as 100 people are believed to have taken part in a heist of nearly $13 million (USD) from 1,400 cash machines in Japan.

60 percent of enterprise Android phones prone to QSEE vulnerability

60 percent of enterprise Android phones prone to QSEE vulnerability

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Duo Labs researchers found that 60 percent of enterprise Android phones are affected by a critical QSEE vulnerability.

Android Pay launches in UK; 28% of consumers worried about digital payment security

Android Pay launches in UK; 28% of consumers worried about digital payment security

Security and payment experts warn that the Google-backed Android Pay UK launch on 18 May is promising, however could be held back by concerns over malware.

Trojan in app on Google Play shuttered

Trojan in app on Google Play shuttered

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A variant of the malware family Acecard was detected in the Google Play store by researchers at Lookout.

Super-Bright LED Flashlight app sheds light on malvertisements

Super-Bright LED Flashlight app sheds light on malvertisements

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The Super-Bright LED Flashlight app, which has been downloaded millions of times, is by itself safe, but some of the ads served with the app deliver malvertising and scams, according to Trend Micro.

SS7 vulnerability defeats WhatsApp encryption, researchers claim

SS7 vulnerability defeats WhatsApp encryption, researchers claim

Flaw in the international communications standard SS7 could allow hackers to mimic users and intercept messages on mobile networks.

Report: Apple quickens app approval, patch processes

Report: Apple quickens app approval, patch processes

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In a move intended to patch software bugs quicker and satisfy its developer base, Apple has made a deliberate effort to reduce the time it takes to review submissions to its App Store, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Google pulls malicious 'Viking' apps from Play store

Google pulls malicious 'Viking' apps from Play store

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Security researchers discovered popular Android applications that execute remote code on devices and use the infected devices to create botnets that engage in ad fraud, DDoS attacks, and spam messages.

FCC, FTC order mobile phone vendors and carriers to reveal security update procedures

FCC, FTC order mobile phone vendors and carriers to reveal security update procedures

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The FCC and FTC have ordered the major mobile phone vendors and carriers to divulge the processes behind how each develops and deploys security updates.

Yontoo adware shifts focus to Chrome browser

Yontoo adware shifts focus to Chrome browser

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A potentially unwanted program called Yontoo has shifted its focus from Firefox and is seeking to infect Chrome users.

Android/Clicker.G malware found in Google Play apps

Android/Clicker.G malware found in Google Play apps

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Researchers found a series of malicious apps containing Android/Clicker.G on the Google Play store. The campaign targets mobile devices in Russia, but they affect apps that are available globally.

Lingering Android flaw exposes SMS

Lingering Android flaw exposes SMS

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Android devices are vulnerable to attack owing to a newly discovered bug.

Google moves Blogger pages to HTTPS versions

Google moves Blogger pages to HTTPS versions

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In a move to strengthen the security of its Blogger platform, Google launched HTTPS versions of all blogs hosted on the company's blogspot.com domain.

Google patches 40 Android security flaws

Google patches 40 Android security flaws

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Google released patches for 40 security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices. Vulnerabilities include remote code execution, elevated privilege, and remote denial of service (DoS) flaws.

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Gannett for sharing mobile app user data

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Gannett for sharing mobile app user data

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The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court's dismissal of a class-action lawsuit accusing publishing company Gannett of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by sharing mobile app data with a third-party firm.

WhatsApp shut down in Brazil affecting 100M

WhatsApp shut down in Brazil affecting 100M

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A judge in Brazil ordered mobile phone operators to shutter the WhatsApp chat service for three days.

 Market forces: Supply and demand

Market forces: Supply and demand

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The market, not government regulation, will push IoT security to a higher standard, says John Ellis of Ellis & Associates.

Researcher weighs in with heavy-duty IoT vulnerability in Fitbit scales

Researcher weighs in with heavy-duty IoT vulnerability in Fitbit scales

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Fitbit has acknowledged on its website that an April 2016 update to its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, an Internet-connected bathroom scale, patched a critical security vulnerability that was discovered through Google's Project Zero initiative.

Judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

Judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

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The FBI recently pressed for a 29-year-old Los Angeles woman to provide her fingerprint to open her phone after she was sentenced in an identity theft case.

Why Internet of Things matters

Why Internet of Things matters

Attack vectors multiply as more devices connect to enterprise environments, says IANS's Chris Poulin.

Mobile devices still vulnerable to attack, report

Mobile devices still vulnerable to attack, report

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Mobile attacks can workaround two-factor authentication on Android phones and inject malware onto iOS phones.

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

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Minutes before the NFL Draft commenced on Thursday night, an apparent hacker accessed the Twitter account of top prospect Laremy Tunsil and posted an old video of the Ole Miss player smoking from a bong, damaging his value.

Marcher banking malware hitting Australia

Marcher banking malware hitting Australia

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Marcher Madness continues with a new, stealthier iteration of the Marcher banking malware targeting Android users in Australia.

EFF revises IM scorecard ratings after pen testers spot vulnerabilities

EFF revises IM scorecard ratings after pen testers spot vulnerabilities

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The EFF is revising its IM scorecard after a pair of researchers spotted vulnerabilities in platforms previously rated safe.

Survey: Wearable devices most likely to pose IoT security threat

Survey: Wearable devices most likely to pose IoT security threat

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Wearables are the Internet of Things (IoT) devices most likely to emerge as a security threat or cause a breach, according to a new survey by Spiceworks and Cox Business.

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