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Are your fleet’s vehicles leaking your data secrets?

Enterprise CISOs are used to worrying about corporate data leaks via typical mobile, remote locations, IoT and Shadow IT. But what about the vehicles used by so many people who have access to the systems and data you are paid to protect? Although those vehicles technically fall into many of those categories (mobile, remote and…
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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Global COVID-19 apps found suffering from flaws, malicious copycats

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, so does the use of risky mobile applications designed to help track the outbreak. Some of these apps already present troubling privacy implications due to their ability to track the movements of local citizens and collect information on them. But beyond that, they may also be saddled…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Analysis of popular apps finds rampant sharing of personal data

An analysis of 10 highly popular Android apps found what researchers are calling the “out of control” sharing of potentially sensitive information with third parties, in some cases in likely violation of Europe’s GDPR privacy regulations. The findings, which were published in a report issued by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), prompted a coalition of…
Mobile Security, Security News

UC Browser potentially endangers 500 million users

The popular Android browser UC Browser was found to break several Google mobile app rules possibly placing up to 500 million of its users at risk. UC Browser, which is available from the Google Play store, was found by Zscaler ThreatLabZ team to be making some highly questionable moves once downloaded, many of which go…
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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…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Research, Security News, Vulnerabilities, Wireless Security

Researchers devise method to track Bluetooth devices, despite built-in protections

Researchers from Boston University (BU) have discovered a way to circumvent anonymization protections on Bluetooth Low Energy devices, allowing potentially malicious actors to passively track the movements of these devices and their users. BLE devices rely on non-encrypted advertising messages to signal their availability to other devices to pair up. To prevent third-party actors from…
Encryption/Data Security, Security News

Cellebrite claims it can crack any iPhone or Android, Trump admins weigh encryption ban

Israeli data extraction firm Cellebrite announced the ability to break into any iPhone or Android device for law enforcement agencies near the same time Trump administration officials weighed the pros and cons of banning encryption law enforcement can’t break.   Senior Trump officials met Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation that would crack down on…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Report: Apple demands companies obtain consent before recording users’ app sessions

Apple has reportedly issued an ultimatum to companies that rely on “session replay” tools to track the way users interact with their iPhone apps: disclose the practice and seek explicit consent for it, or be removed from the app store. Apple’s mandate comes after a TechCrunch report last Wednesday revealed that Air Canada, Hollister, Expedia,…
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Germany bans Facebook from combining user data without permission

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday banned Facebook from combining user data from its various platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram without explicit user permission. The decision, which comes as the result of a nearly three-year antitrust investigation into Facebook’s data gathering practices, also bans the social media company from gleaning user data…
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