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BlackBerry acquires voice and data encryption firm Secusmart

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On Tuesday it was announced that the phonemaker would purchase the voice and data encryption firm.

Instagram iOS and Android apps vulnerable to session hijacking

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Two researchers wrote about the Instagram app for iOS and Android is vulnerable to session hijacking because both send unsecured information through HTTP.

HP tests 10 popular IoT devices, most raise privacy concerns

HP tests 10 popular IoT devices, most raise privacy concerns

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In a study, HP Fortify tested 10 popular Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including TVs, webcams and device control hubs.

Vulnerability impacting multiple versions of Android could enable device takeover

Vulnerability impacting multiple versions of Android could enable device takeover

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Researchers with Bluebox, who uncovered the vulnerability, dubbed it "Fake ID" because it enables the identity of trusted applications to be copied.

Text message spammer settles charges filed by FTC

Text message spammer settles charges filed by FTC

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Rishab Verma and his company agreed to settle charges filed by the FTC that Verma sent millions of spam text messages that deceitfully promised free merchandise.

Android/Simplocker adds tricks, including ransom message in English

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Android/Simplocker ransomware now encrypts archive files, asks to be installed as a Device Administrator, and delivers an English-language ransom message.

More charged for roles in three separate Android app piracy groups

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Indictments unsealed in the Northern District of Georgia on Monday charge members of three separate Android app piracy groups.

Apple denies storing information on Chinese customers

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Apple responded to a Chinese television broadcasters allegations that the company is storing users information through its location tracking services.

Gmail iOS app vulnerable to MitM attack, emails and credentials at risk

Gmail iOS app vulnerable to MitM attack, emails and credentials at risk

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Emails and user credentials can be stolen in a man-in-the-middle attack because the Gmail iOS app does not perform certificate pinning.

Nude pics, other data, recovered from 'wiped' Android phones purchased on eBay

Nude pics, other data, recovered from 'wiped' Android phones purchased on eBay

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After purchasing 20 "wiped" Android smartphones on eBay, AVAST researchers were able to restore photos and other personal information.

Sneaky Android RAT disables required anti-virus apps to steal banking info

Sneaky Android RAT disables required anti-virus apps to steal banking info

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The HijackRAT for Android mobile devices is capable of numerous attacks, such as pilfering banking information and disabling anti-virus apps.

Google patches buffer overflow flaw in Android KeyStore service

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The serious buffer overflow vulnerability affects Android 4.3, or devices running Jelly Bean.

Pangu iOS 7.1 jailbreaking tool opens up devices to compromise, researchers find

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A recently released jailbreaking tool for iOS 7.1 could be used by attackers to compromise iPhones and iPads, mobile researchers found.

Android worm 'Selfmite' pulls pay-per-install scam

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The discovery of "Selmite" comes two months after the appearance of "Samsapo," believed to be the first Android worm in the wild.

Supreme Court's landmark ruling bars warrantless search of cell phones

Supreme Court's landmark ruling bars warrantless search of cell phones

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Privacy advocates say the Wednesday ruling will have a positive impact on forthcoming cases involving data security.

Malicious app BankMirage makes quick appearance in Google Play

Malicious app BankMirage makes quick appearance in Google Play

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Researchers at Lookout found the malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate banking app for customers of an Israeli bank.

HackingTeam tool makes use of mobile malware targeting all major platforms

HackingTeam tool makes use of mobile malware targeting all major platforms

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HackingTeam is an Italian seller of hacking software marketed to police and governments.

Blind mobile hacker receives two-year jail sentence

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A blind man has been sentenced to two years in prison after a court found him guilty of hacking into the mobile accounts of prominent African politicians and business men and stealing airtime.

Android update addresses critical OpenSSL vulnerability

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Nexus users will have to update their devices yet again, after a new OS version pushed out by Google addresses a serious security bug.

Google Play store update means Android app permissions can be changed without consent

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Android users with automatic updates enabled no longer need to review or accept permissions included in a permissions group already accepted for that app.

Microsoft and Google to release smartphones with 'kill switch'

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Future smartphones released by tech giants Microsoft and Google will include a "kill switch" feature that would allow users to disable the devices if they're lost or stolen.

Talk stresses IoT concerns as today's problems

Talk stresses IoT concerns as today's problems

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At SC Congress Toronto, industry experts gave insight on security concerns introduced by the influx on internet-connected devices.

Google shuts down malicious 'Google Play Stoy' app

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Working with researchers from FireEye, Google rebuffed a nasty malware app that would let hackers take bank passwords and other data from Android devices.

Chinese Android phone has built-in spyware

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A security firm in Germany, G Data, analyzed the malware on the Star N9500 phone.

Android malware intercepts SMS, furthers fraud scheme

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The mobile malware, ANDROIDOS_RUSMS.A, has primarily struck users in Taiwan.

Towelroot app exploit that 'roots' Android devices could be repackaged by attackers

Towelroot app exploit that 'roots' Android devices could be repackaged by attackers

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An exploit being used by an application to 'root' Android devices could be repackaged by attackers to compromise cell phones.

Businesses behind "cramming" scheme surrender over $10M in assets

Businesses behind "cramming" scheme surrender over $10M in assets

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The defendants were allegedly behind unauthorized charges to consumers cell phone bills.

Android 'SMS Stealer' hides in World Cup-themed apps

Android 'SMS Stealer' hides in World Cup-themed apps

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Trend Micro detected over 375 spurious apps spreading mobile malware to soccer fans.

iOS 8 to randomize devices vulnerable to Wi-Fi tracking

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Over the weekend, a Swiss researcher took note of the coming feature.

Ransomware "Svpeng" strikes US, leaves Android devices unusable

Ransomware "Svpeng" strikes US, leaves Android devices unusable

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Earlier versions of Svpeng impacted mobile users in Russia, stealing card details from customers of major banks.

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