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Patched bug allows beaming of malicious apps to NFC-enabled Android devices

Google last month patched an Android bug that could allow attackers to transfer a malicious application to a nearby NFC-enabled device via the Android Beam feature, bypassing security mechanisms in the process. The vulnerability was discovered in early 2019 by the research team at Nightwatch Cybersecurity, which late last month published a company blog post…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Phishing, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Exploited Android flaw ‘StrandHogg’ enables phishing overlays, malicious permissions

Attackers have been actively exploiting an Android vulnerability that allows malicious apps to display dangerous permission requests and phishing overlays under the guise of a legitimate app. Dubbed StrandHogg (an old Norse Viking term), the flaw resides in Android’s taskAffinity control setting, and can be successfully abused without having to first gain root access, according…
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, 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…
IoT, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google reportedly suspends integrations with Xiaomi smart camera due to software bug

Google this month reportedly suspended its integrations with Xiaomi-manufactured Internet of Things devices, after one user’s Xiaomi smart camera began showing images from strangers’ homes while the content was being streamed to a Google Nest Hub. As of Jan. 6, Google has restored all of its Assistant devices’ integrations with Xiaomi products, except for the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Chinese-made drone app may be spying on Americans

An Android application that controls a drone manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) contains a self-update feature that bypasses the Google Play Store, thus creating the ability for the app to transmit sensitive personal information to DJI’s servers or possibly the Chinese government. The DJI GO 4 Android app has been designed for use…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Patched WhatsApp vulnerability still impacting thousands of apps

A vulnerability in the WhatsApp for Android that was found, disclosed and patched can still affect thousands of additional apps that have not been patched. CVE-2019-11932 allows attackers to use a maliciously coded GIF files to remotely execute code was made public on Oct. 2, 2019 and then patched in WhatsApp version 2.19.244 takes advantage…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

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 —…
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