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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…
FTC lodges new set of complaints against alleged cell phone spammers
Data Breach, Security News

Sprint customer data breached via Samsung website flaw

Threat actors gained unauthorized access to an undisclosed number of Sprint customer accounts via a compromised Samsung website.   “On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthorized access to your Sprint account using your account credentials via the Samsung.com ‘add a line’ website,” the wireless provider said in a letter to impacted customers posted on Scribd. “The…
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…
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Assault and battery: Malvertising campaign checks user devices’ charge as anti-detection technique

A mobile malvertising campaign recently found targeting three digital advertising platforms has been using malware that checks a phone’s battery level as part of an unusual new technique for avoiding detection. In just the last three weeks, the operation has fraudulently generated millions of page views, as the malware redirects certain victims to an unspecified malicious…
Federal appeals court says police must get warrants for wireless location data
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Report: Wireless geolocation data being resold to unauthorized parties

U.S. mobile carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have been sharing customers’ geolocation information with third-party partners, who go on to sell that data to additional companies until it winds up in the hands of unauthorized individuals. Citing anonymous sources, a new exposé from Motherboard focuses heavily on the credit reporting company MicroBilt, which is known to purchase carrier…
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…
Cybercrime, Security News

Android Apps claim to mine unminable cryptocurrency, just show ads

Android apps claiming to mine unminable cryptocurrencies have made their way into the Google Play store in an attempt to serve ads. Fortinet researchers discovered the malicious apps when they noticed apps claiming to mine currencies including Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA) and Tether(USDT) all of which aren’t obtained by cryptomining. Similar apps have been reported…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Mobile Security, Security News

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…
Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

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'
Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

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…
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