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Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks
Mobile Security, Security News

Backdoors found in Huawei-supplied Vodafone equipment

Huawei Technologies is facing yet another controversy, this time after security documents from Europe’s Vodafone noted that the Chinese firm supplied the carrier with hardware laden with security issues. Vodafone said it found backdoors in the software contained in Huawei home routers and optical service nodes. Such backdoors could allow Huawei to gain access to…
Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
APTs/cyberespionage, Mobile Security, Mobile/End Point Security, Security News

Huawei meeting with bug bounty hackers

Huawei, the subject of a U.S. government ban amid allegations that China might force the company to spy on others, will reveal a bug bounty program for its mobile devices and new HarmonyOS operating system, to top phone hackers in Munich during a secret meetup Nov. 16. The tech company is likely trying to convince…
Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Security News

Justice Dept. expands Huawei indictment, charging 5G espionage

The U.S. government expanded its year-old lawsuit against Chinese tech firm Huawei, alleging the company conducted cyber espionage on six American competitors in an attempt to steal trade secrets to gain an unfair advantage. Filed in the federal court’s Southern District in Brooklyn, the indictment charges that Huawei’s activities violated racketeering laws by illegally gaining…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Security News

Huawei ban driven by security, trade considerations

The recent U.K. ban on the use of Huawei technology in its 5G wireless network is likely as much about salvaging the deteriorating U.S.-U.K. Sino relationship and restoring trade normalcy as it is about security. “There are clearly legitimate security concerns around Huawei, particularly given that as a result of the trade ban, equipment will…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Mobile Security, Security News

U.K. will allow Huawei limited role in 5G network

Breaking with the U.S. stance on Huawei, the U.K. will let the company participate in building its 5G network but said it would put a secure framework in place to protect the network from high-risk vendors.  ”We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must not be at the expense of our national…
Android Hack mobile security
Mobile Security, Security News

Millions of Android phones vulnerable to phishing attacks

More than half of the Android mobile phones in use are susceptible to an advanced text-based phishing attack that only requires a cybercriminal make a $10 investment. Check Point researchers found malicious actors using a remote agent to trick phone owners into accepting new phone settings that hand over various levels of control to the…
mobile security
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Kernel privilege escalation bug actively exploited in Android devices

Researchers have discovered a zero-day kernel privilege escalation bug that can result in the full compromise of certain Android devices and is apparently being exploited in the wild. Devices known to be affected by the high-level, use-after-free vulnerability include the Pixel 1, 1X:, 2 and 2 XL; the Huawei P20; the Xiaomi Redmi 5A; the…
Security in 2015: Biometrics
Mobile Security, Research, Security News

Researchers fool devices’ biometric scanners with replicated fingerprints

Researchers at Cisco Talos said they were able to fool biometrics-based user authentication technology on eight mobile devices by using 3D-printed molds to create replicates of users’ fingerprints. The process Talos researchers developed to fabricate a user’s biometric signature required a painstaking effort, and in real life would require either direct or indirect access to…
Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…
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