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Report accuses China of extensive mobile spyware use to track ethnic minority group

A new blog post and research report from the Lookout Threat Intelligence Team has exposed the lengths to which a reputed Chinese government-sponsored APT operation has allegedly gone to track the country’s Uyghur minority population, including the trojanization of mobile apps with surveillanceware. Lookout details four spyware families — SilkBean, DoubleAgent, CarbonSteal and GoldenEagle —…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Ransomware

Mobile ransomware disguised as upcoming Canadian Covid-19 contact tracing app

Capitalizing on a Canadian government announcement pertaining to the development of a nationwide, voluntary Covid-19 contact tracing app, malicious actors this month created a fake version of such an app that in reality infects Android users with mobile ransomware. According to a new blog post from ESET, the ransomware, dubbed CryCryptor, was found being distributed…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Malware found in popular barcode apps produces ads that instantly vanish

A pair of Android barcode reader apps that were downloaded more than 1 million times were found to contain ad fraud malware that tries to stay hidden by generating advertisements that instantly disappear from view. The malware, detected as AndroidOS_HiddenAd.HRXJA, can operate in the background even when infected devices aren’t actively being used, and it…
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

StrandHogg 2.0 bug enables Android app hijacking, poses patching challenge

A critical elevation-of-privilege vulnerability found in Android devices could potentially be exploited, without root access or user permission, to hijack virtually all mobile apps in order to spy on individuals or steal their login credentials. Google has developed a security patch for Android versions 8, 8.1 and 9 — alerting its partners of the update…
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…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

‘About Coronavirus’ app locks Android screens with repackaged malware

An existing version of the Android device screen-locking malware SLocker has apparently been copied and repackaged in the form of a mobile coronavirus app, in hopes of drawing in victims and encouraging downloads from third-party marketplace sites. Researchers at Bitdefender found the malicious app, which has been targeting users in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and…
Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News

Banking trojan attack exposes dangers of not securing MDM solutions

A global conglomerate had 75 percent of its mobile devices infected by a variant of the Cerberus Android banking trojan after an attack compromised the company’s mobile device management (MDM) server and used it to spread the malware. In a company blog post report, Check Point Software Technologies identifies MDM as a fairly novel malware…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

PhantomLance campaign slipped trojanized apps into marketplaces for years

A long-running malware campaign whose activity dates back to 2016 has been using a sophisticated playbook of tricks to sneak trojanized Android apps into the Google Play Store as well as third-party marketplaces. Researchers from Kaspersky have dubbed the campaign PhantomLance and, based on certain calling cards, have attributed it with medium confidence to the…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Mobile Security, Security News

20M Aptoide accounts exposed by leak on hacker forum

More than 20 million accounts registered with the software marketplace application Aptoide have been reportedly exposed after a unknown actor posted stolen user data on a hacking forum. Researchers with Under the Breach discovered the data dump and disclosed the incident via Twitter. ZDNet reported additional details the same day. Aptoide is a blockchain-based decentralized…
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…
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