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Data Breach, Security News

22 million emails found in mystery open database

An otherwise unremarkable find of an open Elasticsearch database containing millions of records became a Sherlock Holmes mystery as researchers cannot figure out the database’s origins. Security researcher Troy Hunt, of Have I Been Pwned, was informed in February about an open database he has named db8151dd containing 90GB of data containing 22.8 million emails.…
Mobile Security, Security News

Zero-click vulnerability found in Samsung mobile phones

A zero-click vulnerability in Samsung mobile phones if exploited could allow a malicious actor to gain access to all the permissions and privileges associated with Samsung Messenger with no interaction by the user. The problem only exists within Samsung phones running Android version 4.4.4 or later. This version was first offered in late 2014 but…
Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data
Malware, Security News

Smart TVs spoofed to deliver billions of fake ad impressions

A cybergang created a botnet that used SmartTVs to generate fake eyeballs for a massive ad fraud campaign that saw billions of ad requests being generated per week. The campaign, nicknamed Icebucket, was uncovered by a team of researchers at White Ops. At its peak in January 1.9 billion fake ad requests were being generated…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

TikTok app inherently unsafe and a privacy risk

TikTok’s continued use of HTTP to move sensitive data across the internet is allowing the videos and other content being sent by the app’s users to be tracked and altered, according to two web developers. Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk noted in a blog that the CDN used by TikTok still uses unencrypted HTTP…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google patches Bluetooth vulnerability impacting most Android devices

Google has issued a critical security update for Android that affects the Bluetooth functionality on about two-thirds of all Android devices now in use. The vulnerability, CVE-2020-0022, affects devices running Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) and Pie (9.0) and can allow remote code execution without any user interaction. The flaw was found and reported to…
Mobile Security, Security News

Malicious apps now post their own positive reviews on Google Play

The assault on Google’s Play Store continues with 30 malicious apps being revealed that have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and having capabilities that have caused security firms suggesting end users take extraordinary steps to vet software prior to downloading. VPNpro and Trend Micro made public 24 and four apps, respectively, that are…
Mobile Security, Security News

Bitdefender, Sophos uncover more dangerous apps in Google Play

Two new batches of malicious apps have been found on the Google Play store with one group possibly having been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and the other having the ability to dodge Google vetting system. Sophos and Bitdefender have each reported the apps they discovered used well-worn tricks, including actually working, in order…
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