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Android anti-malware feature boot verification will be strictly enforced in Nougat OS

Android anti-malware feature boot verification will be strictly enforced in Nougat OS

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A system integrity feature that prohibits Android mobile devices from booting when the presence of malware is suspected will now be strictly enforced in version 7.0.

Apple patches remote code execution flaws

Apple patches remote code execution flaws

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Apple patches critical vulnerabilities in iOS and OS X that could allow remote code execution.

Report: Number of unique malware families climbs 61% over first half of 2016

Report: Number of unique malware families climbs 61% over first half of 2016

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The number of unique malware families found actively attacking business networks grew 61 percent from January 2016 to June, with 2,420 distinct threats detected last month, according to Check Point Software Technologies' June Threat Index.

Nexus device security leads Android ecosystem

Nexus device security leads Android ecosystem

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Duo Labs researchers said Nexus devices ship with a "purer flavor of Android" and are consistently in the first wave of Androids to receive operating system updates.

Hidden voice commands in YouTube vids can hack mobile devices

Hidden voice commands in YouTube vids can hack mobile devices

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Hidden voice commands embedded in a YouTube video can trigger mobile devices to download malware and alter configuration settings.

Bimmer worried? Two unpatched bugs in BMW portal

Bimmer worried? Two unpatched bugs in BMW portal

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Vulnerability Lab researchers reportedly spotted two upatched bugs in BMW domains and its ConnectedDrive portal.

Paper: Wearables can reveal your passwords by measuring slight arm movements

Paper: Wearables can reveal your passwords by measuring slight arm movements

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Researchers have proven that sensors in wearable electronics can be exploited to measure minute movements in users' arms in an effort to decipher keystrokes and PIN codes that they enter into computers and ATMs.

Android's July security bulletin patches 20 critical flaws

Android's July security bulletin patches 20 critical flaws

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Google releases Android security bulletin, providing updates for 89 critical and high severity vulnerabilities affecting software and hardware components including Mediaserver, OpenSSL, BoringSSL, Bluetooth, Qualcomm, and numerous drivers.

Researchers: Chinese mobile ad company is behind HummingBad Android malware

Researchers: Chinese mobile ad company is behind HummingBad Android malware

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A criminal division of an otherwise legitimate Chinese tech company is behind a mobile malware distribution campaign that currently generates around $300,000 a month, according to a Check Point threat analysis.

Android 7.0 Nougat will block screen lock ransomware

Android 7.0 Nougat will block screen lock ransomware

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Google will include a new defensive measure in its upcoming Android 7.0, or Nougat, operating system that will block ransomware designed to lock the device's display.

Kernel vulnerability in Qualcomm processors weakens Android phone encryption

Kernel vulnerability in Qualcomm processors weakens Android phone encryption

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A security researcher looks to have discovered an Achilles heel in the way millions of Android phones execute encryption, leaving these mobile devices potentially vulnerable to advanced hacking techniques.

European smishing campaign steps up tactics, strengthens malware

European smishing campaign steps up tactics, strengthens malware

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The actors behind a series of ongoing SMS phishing scams targeting Europe-based Android users have intensified their campaigns and significantly upgraded the credentials-stealing malware that's been infecting their victims.

Mobile Ransomware attack on the rise, report

Mobile Ransomware attack on the rise, report

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The amount of mobile ransomware being pushed has more than doubled over the last two years as the mainly Russian cybergangs behind attacks have focused efforts on more lucrative targets in Germany, Canada and the U.K.

Autorooting malware LevelDropper detected, removed from Google Play Store

Autorooting malware LevelDropper detected, removed from Google Play Store

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Researchers at Lookout identified a malicious app in the Google Play Store that disguises malware able to root a user's device so as to install unwanted applications.

Wi-Fi warning! Study finds U.S. unaware of public Wi-fi risks

Wi-Fi warning! Study finds U.S. unaware of public Wi-fi risks

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A recent survey found the majority of U.S. consumers regularly engage in risky public Wi-Fi behavior and are unaware of the risks they are running.

MDM software compromises BYOD employee privacy: study

MDM software compromises BYOD employee privacy: study

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MDM software, widely used to manage and secure employee devices in BYOD programs, compromise user privacy, according to a recent study.

FTC fines ad network for geo-tracking of millions of consumers without consent

FTC fines ad network for geo-tracking of millions of consumers without consent

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the InMobi ad network $950,000 for tracking the location of hundreds of millions of consumers without consent.

Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices

Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices

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Godless, an emerging mobile malware threat capable of rooting Android phones, has started to adopt the traits of an exploit kit, in that it searches for multiple vulnerabilities through which it can automatically infect a victim.

Bug detected in popular chat client Pidgin

Bug detected in popular chat client Pidgin

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A flaw opens users to the possibility of information leakage, denial of service, directory traversal and buffer overflow.

Apple reveals potential iOS security flaws in unencrypted kernel release

Apple reveals potential iOS security flaws in unencrypted kernel release

Apple has released an unencrypted version of its latest operating system for iOS 10, giving security researchers an unprecedented opportunity to scour the kernel for security flaws.

Google adds streamlined two-factor authorization

Google adds streamlined two-factor authorization

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Google has made it easier for consumers to implement and make use of its two-factor authorization (2FA) system by adding a clickable prompt button that replaces the currently used texted six-digit code that is used to unlock an account.

Dial M for malware: 'Pawost' trojan hijacks Android phones to make unauthorized calls

Dial M for malware: 'Pawost' trojan hijacks Android phones to make unauthorized calls

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A recently discovered mobile malware program is giving Android devices a mind of their own, causing them to use Google Talk to secretly and repeatedly place outgoing calls to mysterious phone numbers approximately every two minutes.

Gartner's top-10 list of infosec techs addresses concerns over cloud, IoT

Gartner's top-10 list of infosec techs addresses concerns over cloud, IoT

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At the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit outside of Washington, D.C., this week, the firm revealed its top-10 list of information security technologies that are trending in 2016.

Risky code in Vpon SDKs leaves mobile apps prone to malicious takeovers

Risky code in Vpon SDKs leaves mobile apps prone to malicious takeovers

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Researchers at FireEye have found that certain iOS versions of the Vpon mobile ad software development kit (SKD) contain code that could allow bad actors to remotely take command of certain mobile apps.

IT pros are not sure how to properly secure their IoT devices

IT pros are not sure how to properly secure their IoT devices

While most IT professionals acknowledge the growing amount of IoT devices on their networks, they are unaware of how to properly secure them.

Vulnerability in Telegram messaging app can send data charges soaring

Vulnerability in Telegram messaging app can send data charges soaring

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Encrypted messaging app Telegram reportedly contains an unpatched vulnerability that bad actors can exploit to send massive text messages that drive up data charges or cause mobile phones to crash.

Triada trojan now redirecting Android users to fake, malicious URLs

Triada trojan now redirecting Android users to fake, malicious URLs

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The Android trojan "Triada," known for granting superuser privileges to other downloaded Trojans, is now embedding itself into at least four browsers in order to intercept URL requests and send users instead to malicious mobile websites, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Burned by ID thief, FTC's chief technologist urges mobile customers, carriers to bolster security

Burned by ID thief, FTC's chief technologist urges mobile customers, carriers to bolster security

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After an unknown perpetrator impersonated her in mobile phone store, the FTC's chief technologist, Lorrie Cranor, warned mobile customers of phone and SIM card scams, and urged carriers to employ additional security measures.

Google patches 36 critical-severity and high-severity flaws

Google patches 36 critical-severity and high-severity flaws

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Google released its June update, patching eight critical-severity vulnerabilities and 28 high-severity vulnerabilities that affect its Nexus devices and devices manufactured by partners of Google's Android Open Source Project.

Facebook Messenger flaw fixed promptly

Facebook Messenger flaw fixed promptly

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After Check Point notified Facebook of a flaw in its Facebook Online Chat & Messenger App earlier this month, the social media giant responded and quickly fixed the vulnerability.

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