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Researchers locate Android spying application

Researchers at security firm F-Secure said Tuesday that they have identified another malicious mobile application circulating in the Android Market. The program, called Tap Snake, is disguised as a game but actually is a spying application. According to F-Secure, once installed, the application runs in the background and reports the phone's location every 15 minutes to a remote server. Users are encouraged to install the application on the phone they want to spy on, then download a separate spying tool, known as GPS SPY for $4.99, on their own phone, which will track the victim device if a proper code and email address is entered. Researchers don't expect the applications to stay live for long. An SMS trojan recently was discovered in the Market. — DK
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First SMS trojan targeting Android phones detected

The first malicious program targeting smartphones running Google's Android operating system has been detected, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. The SMS trojan, masquerading as a media player application, already has infected a number of mobile devices, Kaspersky said. Once installed on a user's phone, the trojan delivers text messages to premium rate numbers without the user's consent, resulting in money being transferred from a user's account to the cybercriminals. Right now, the trojan only affects Russian users and is not spreading in the Android Marketplace, but researchers expect to see more malware soon targeting Android phones. — AM
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McAfee buys Trust Digital for smartphone security

McAfee announced Tuesday that it has acquired Trust Digital, maker of enterprise mobility management and security software for large enterprises. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, will allow McAfee to expand its endpoint portfolio to offer solutions to deploy, manage and secure smartphones running on platforms such as the iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS and Symbian operating systems. In addition, Trust Digital's offerings will be integrated with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator console to offer centralized management and reporting of mobile devices. — DK

The mobile security threat is overblown.

FOR Security software vendors like to bleat about how mobile phones will be the next big target for malware writers. Mobile operating systems are becoming a lot like PCs, they say. PCs have lots of malware. Therefore smartphones will have lots of malware. Security vendors are hoping this will become true so they can sell…
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The prosumer changes everything

The people in your organization will do whatever they have to do to be productive. And if that means that your current IT infrastructure is not conducive to helping them be productive, they will look for ways around your IT infrastructure safeguards. What does that mean? That means if their e-mail box is not large enough they will go online and find ones that are. That large file can be sent via e-mail -- they will find services and technologies to solve that issue. Can't get access to presentations and documents necessary to do that perfect sales presentation when you are remote -- they will start hosting the very same presentation and documents in a place that allows them to get to it. The iPhone and android phones are not supported by IT -- they will create proxies using home computers to push and pull e-mail from their smart devices.
On the go: Mobile security

On the go: Mobile security

An explosion in smartphones, laptops, USB sticks and other portable devices has brought new security challenges, reports Greg Masters.
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