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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…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Apple claims to have removed parental control apps from App Store over privacy concerns

Apple Monday defended the recent removal of multiple parental control apps from the App Store, saying it did so over privacy concerns. “We recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store, and we did it for a simple reason: they put users’ privacy and security at risk,” according to a company statement. The tech…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Phishing, Security News

Spyware disguised as Spanish banking apps removed from Google Play

A spyware program fraudulently disguised as a Spanish-language banking app was found last month collecting users’ device data and messages, which were later leveraged in smishing schemes. Advertised as “Movil Secure,” the fake app pretends to be associated with multinational Spanish banking group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA). Published on Oct. 19, the app was discovered by Trend…
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…
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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…
Malware, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Glupteba malware leverages blockchain as a communications channel

Glupteba malware does something novel: It uses the bitcoin blockchain as a communications channel to receive updated configuration information. That’s important because malware always needs a way to go back to its home base, preferably without being detected, according to a paper released this week by Sophos Labs researchers. The new form of malware sprinkles…
Mobile Security, Security News

Xhelper ad dropper adds to its list of victims

There has been a surge in activity surrounding the Xhelper Android ad dropper, with more than 45,000 devices being infected since the malware made its first appearance six months ago. In the past month an average of 131 devices were infected each day, with about 2,400 devices persistently infected throughout the month. The malware mostly…
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Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…
Apps submitted to Google Play are now reviewed by 'experts'
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29 stealthy banking trojans removed from Google Play store

Nearly 30 banking trojans were removed from the Google Play Store but not before being downloaded by nearly 30,000 users. ESET researchers spotted 29 malicious apps masquerading as device boosters, cleaners, battery managers, horoscope-themed apps and after installed, could dynamically impersonate any app installed on the victim’s device and target the user with custom phishing…
Mobile Security, Security News

WhatsApp patches flaw allowing easy installation of Pegasus spyware

Facebook posted a security advisory for a buffer overflow vulnerability in its subsidiary WhatsApp that could allow an attacker to install Pegasus spyware on victims devices. The  Israeli NSO group developed spyware allows its users to turn on a phone’s camera and mic, scan emails and messages, and collect the user’s location data and can…
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