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Adiantum boosts encryption for low-end Android devices

Google has developed a new storage encryption solution that will boost encryption capabilities for low-end Android devices that don’t have the hardware to support AES. Researchers said the new solution, called Adiantum, allows the use of the ChaCha stream cipher “in a length-preserving mode, by adapting ideas from AES-based proposals for length-preserving encryption such as HCTR and HCH,”…
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Report: Apple demands companies obtain consent before recording users’ app sessions

Apple has reportedly issued an ultimatum to companies that rely on “session replay” tools to track the way users interact with their iPhone apps: disclose the practice and seek explicit consent for it, or be removed from the app store. Apple’s mandate comes after a TechCrunch report last Wednesday revealed that Air Canada, Hollister, Expedia,…
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Flaws make it possible for Androids to be hacked by viewing images

Simply viewing an image from any source – the Internet, text and the like – could hack an Android smartphone thanks to a trio of vulnerabilities fixed by Google in its February security updates. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could allow a remote attacker using a…
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Cybercriminals secretly bundle anti-censorship app with spyware framework

A legitimate application that’s supposed to help users access censored or blocked websites was secretly bundled with Android spyware and made available for download on third-party marketplaces last year. The app, known as Psiphon and packaged as com.psiphon3, has been safely downloaded from the official Google Play Store over 50 million times. But users who attained…
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Germany bans Facebook from combining user data without permission

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday banned Facebook from combining user data from its various platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram without explicit user permission. The decision, which comes as the result of a nearly three-year antitrust investigation into Facebook’s data gathering practices, also bans the social media company from gleaning user data…
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Phishing campaign targeted subscribers to Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s mailing list

Subscribers to a Tibetan Government-in-Exile mailing list were targeted in a recent email-based phishing campaign designed to infect them with a remote access trojan. Dubbed ExileRAT, the trojan is capable of gathering system information, retrieving and pushing files, and executing and ending various processes, according to a blog post from Cisco Systems’ Talos division, whose…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Beauty camera apps malware not so pretty

Some beauty camera app users may end up seeing a bit more than they were hoping for as some of these are pushing unwanted ads and even pornographic material while others may steal your photos. Trend Micro researchers found several of these apps, identified as AndroidOS_BadCamera.HRX, available. The number of downloads from Google Play range…
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French privacy regulator fines Google $57M for GDPR violation

French regulators hit Google with a $57 million fine for violating GDPR rules that took effect last May by being less than upfront about how user data is collected and used. French data privacy agency CNIL levied the fine, the first against a U.S. company since GDPR took effect last spring, noting that Google “Essential…
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Android ES File Explorer open port vulnerability divulged

A French cybersecurity researcher is reporting that Android ES File Explorer app can allow others on your local network to remotely access a file on your phone. The app, which has more than 100 million Android installs and is designed to allow for the management of all varieties of file types, has a major open…
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Hyatt Hotels implements bug bounty program

Hyatt Hotels has partnered with HackerOne to launch a bug bounty program to help stave off cyberattacks similar to what the hotel chain suffered in 2017 and the much larger Marriott breach that exposed millions of customers data. The open program will ask ethical hackers to look at Hyatt’s online presence at Hyatt.com, m.hyatt.com, world.hyatt.com,…
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