Mobile Security News, Articles and Updates

Fragmentation-nation: only 1.2% of Android devices use latest OS

With such low adoption rates of the latest security patches, security bods have said it is increasingly difficult to protect Android users who might not be tech-savvy enough out of harm's way.

Cellebrite celebrates: Israeli firm can now open iPhone 6 and 6 plus

The mobile forensics company Cellebrite is slowly catching up with its abilities to exfiltrate data from mainstream mobile phones, and has come under criticism for selling its technology to autocratic regimes.

Fingerprints to unlock iPhone? Judge says no.

A federal judge in Chicago issued an opinion last week that would deny the government's attempt to force Apple device owners from providing a fingerprint to unlock their device.

Kaspersky: Banking malware attacks up 30.6% in 2016; finance sector phishing also more prevalent

The number of cyberattacks targeting financial institutions and their customers soared to new heights in 2016, according to Kaspersky Lab, which observed nearly 1.09 million banking trojan attacks on users in 2016.

Privilege escalation flaw in Huawei Themes patched in software update

Huawei Technologies has released a new software update that patches a privilege escalation vulnerability in its Huawei Themes mobile app that could ultimately result in arbitrary code execution.

Android ransomware wants to listens to you, for unlock code

Symantec researchers spotted Android ransomware that will may listen to your bursts of anger and frustration once infected.

Emily Ratajkowski's iCloud hacked, nude photos allegedly leaked

Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski's iCloud account has again been hacked with as many as 200 sexually explicit images being removed.

Infected weather app's forecast: Malware

Android users who recently downloaded the Good Weather app received quite a bit more than just a weather forecast: primarily having their mobile banking app compromised.

Lieu joins Chaffetz in request that Oversight Committee investigate Trump security practices

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has asked the House Oversight Committee to investigate whether or not President Trump is jeopardizing national security by using an unsecured Android mobile device.

Trump, Abe public tete-a-tete on N. Korea prompts Chaffetz security probe

After reports emerged of Trump and Japan's Shinzo Abe discussing North Korea's missile test in a Mar-a-Lago dining room, House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz wants answers about security.

New Android downloader masquerading as Flash Player update

Users who install the malware might find their mobile devices held to ransom or bank accounts emptied.

'Internet of Evil Things' challenges security pros

The Mirai attacks marked a shift in perception of Internet of Things (IoT) device threats for 84 percent of the 868 IT professionals surveyed.

Permission denied?: Mobile application security

Mobile application security is becoming a tougher battle to wage for organizations, as these apps are demanding more access to users' data, reports Karen Epper Hoffman.

Privacy violators beware: Google cracks down on apps skirting its User Data policy

App developers: Beware the Ides of March. If you don't adhere to Google privacy policy by that date, your app likely will be removed from Google Play.

Return to sender: Smishing attack delivers fake Czech postal service texts

A newly discovered smishing campaign is faking texts from the Czech Republic's postal service, hoping to trick recipients into downloading a malicious app containing a trojan horse designed to steal credit card information.

Hummingbad overtaken as leading mobile malware in threat index

Triada, a modular backdoor for Android, the top of the "most wanted mobile malware".

Ad malware removed from Google Play

Three applications on Google Play combine three deception techniques to disguise their actions while running in the background, Symantec researchers reported.

Data on 76 iOS TLS-protected apps vulnerable to MITM attack

A researcher has reported finding 76 iOS programs that, despite using the TLS security protocol, are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that intercept and modify data in motion

20K Overwatch hackers banned in S. Korea

Overwatch players can rest easier knowing that they can get a fair shake in their online battles after a thousands of hackers have been banned from the game.

2.5 million XBOX 360 and PSP ISO forum accounts breached

An unidentified hacker reportedly breached the XBOX 360 and PlayStation Portable ISO forums compromising 2.5 million gamer accounts.

Apple removes Activation Lock, possibly used for hacking

Apple quietly removed the Activation Lock Status checker feature leaving some speculating it may have been used for hacking. .

Video: 300 billion passwords by 2020, report predicts

A new report predicts that the number of passwords used among humans and machines worldwide will grow to 300 billion by 2020 - all of which will require cyber protection.

"Charger" ransomware removed from Google Play

Researchers at Check Point detected and quarantined a zero-day mobile ransomware on the Android device of a customer.

SC Media Exclusive: Rootnik Android malware variant designed to frustrate researchers

A newly identified version of the Android malware "Rootnik" features anti-debugging and anti-hooking capabilities designed to hinder analysts' efforts to reverse engineer it.

Star Wars Twitter botnet could be sitting Death Star

While your Twitter account may not have the following of the force, the bots may be with you as researchers have spotted a large Star Wars themed botnet.

Spynote RAT posing as Netflix plus other popular apps

Zscaler researchers have spotted The SpyNote RAT with a full range of surveillance features posing as the Netflix app.

NY introduces legislation to limit warrantless stingray use

New York State legislators are following a trend of proposing legislation to protect citizens from warrantless stingray surveillance.

BankBot created with leaked banking trojan source code

One of the newer Android banking Trojans to be found in the wild is the result of leaked banking malware source code that was found and improved upon by cybercriminals.

Severe vulnerabilities spotted in LG G3, G4, and G5

MWR Labs researchers recently disclosed two high-security vulnerabilities in LG G3, G4, and G5 mobile devices.