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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…
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…
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 —…
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…
WhatsApp conversations can be stolen on Android devices
Malware, Messaging Security, Security News

WolfRAT malware targets WhatsApp, Messenger

A new malware called “WolfRAT is targeting messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Line on Thai Android devices. WolfRAT, according to the Cisco Talos intelligence team, is based on a leak of the previously leaked DenDroid malware family. Talos said in a blog post it highly believes that this modified version of the malware…
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…
RiskSec 2020, Security News

No more excuses: how to build a diverse workforce now

For such a vibrant, innovative industry, cybersecurity isn’t as diverse and inclusive within the executive ranks as it should be. And some leaders say that reality is to the detriment of the community. Industry luminaries Camille Stewart from Google, Microsoft’s Edna Conway and former NASA technology chief Jerry Davis will draw on their substantial private…
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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…
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