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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…
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…
iPhone's are also susceptible to hacking.
Mobile Security, Security News

Federally funded Unimax smartphone pre-loaded with malware

The Unimax UMX U686CL is a Chinese-made smartphone distributed by the federally funded Assured Wireless by Virgin Mobile has been found to come pre-loaded with two malicious applications. Malwarebytes researchers found the malware every owner finds on their phone is Wireless Update and amazingly the device’s own Settings app, neither of which can be removed…
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Google app vulnerability being exploited in the wild: Trend Micro

The Sidewinder APT group has been actively abusing a Binder vulnerability in at least three apps found in the Google Play store. The three apps, all file manager and photography tools, were uploaded starting in March 2019, but have since been removed. The apps involved are Camero, FileCrypt and callCam. The vulnerability effects several Android…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

CallerSpy spyware: Possibly the first phase of a targeted attack

A new cyberespionage tool called CallerSpy was revealed by Trend Micro, but exactly what the developer’s intentions are for the malware is still unknown. CallerSpy was first spotted in May on the typosquatted website https://gooogle[.]press/ where it was advertised as a chat app called Chatrious. Using the misspelled Google name in the URL appears to…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google camera app flaw endangered millions of devices

A vulnerability in the Google Camera Application left millions of Google and Samsung smartphones open to being potentially abused potentially letting a malicious actor to take photos, download images and video and listen in to phone calls. The flaw, CVE-2019-2234, is a permission bypass issue that enables real-time access to a phone through the camera…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Poison Carp cyberespionage group targeting Tibetan officials with mobile malware

A newly designated threat group dubbed Poison Carp has been found using Android exploits to plant spyware on devices operated by the leadership of various Tibetan leaders. The attacks were uncovered by The Citizen Lab, which found Poison Carp using a mix of eight Android browser exploits and one Android spyware kit, along with an…
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Malware, Security News

BRATA malware targeting Brazilian Android devices

First there was Brangelina, TomKat and Bennifer and now Kaspersky has presented the world with BRATA, or Brazilian RAT Android. BRATA is not a power celebrity couple, but is a relatively new Android remote access tool family that, at least so far, has exclusively targeted Brazilians using Android 5.0 or higher, according to Kaspersky’s GReAT…
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