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CallerSpy spyware: Possibly the first phase of a targeted attack

A new cyberespionage tool called CallerSpy was revealed by Trend Micro, but exactly what the developer’s intentions are for the malware is still unknown. CallerSpy was first spotted in May on the typosquatted website https://gooogle[.]press/ where it was advertised as a chat app called Chatrious. Using the misspelled Google name in the URL appears to…
Mobile Security, Security News

Facebook, Twitter ban malicious SDK that removed member info

Twitter warned its users that a software development kit (SDK) developed by oneAudience could have allowed that company to obtain account information. Facebook also posted a notice concerning not only the oneAudience SDK, but also for fellow SDK maker Mobiburn. OneAudience confirmed the problem and then shut down the SDK along with its associated websites…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Patched WhatsApp vulnerability still impacting thousands of apps

A vulnerability in the WhatsApp for Android that was found, disclosed and patched can still affect thousands of additional apps that have not been patched. CVE-2019-11932 allows attackers to use a maliciously coded GIF files to remotely execute code was made public on Oct. 2, 2019 and then patched in WhatsApp version 2.19.244 takes advantage…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google camera app flaw endangered millions of devices

A vulnerability in the Google Camera Application left millions of Google and Samsung smartphones open to being potentially abused potentially letting a malicious actor to take photos, download images and video and listen in to phone calls. The flaw, CVE-2019-2234, is a permission bypass issue that enables real-time access to a phone through the camera…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Malicious keyboard app capable of making illegal purchases

A keyboard app that has been downloaded more than 40 million times has rung up millions of dollars in fraudulent charges by secretly making premium purchases on a targeted device. The mobile security firm Upstream reported the keyboard app a.type had resided in the Google Play app store until its removal in June 2019, but…
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…
Mobile Security, Security News

Google Play adware campaign taken down, developer identified

A year-long investigation by ESET of an adware campaign found 42 apps on Google Play that had been downloaded 8 million times, along with the Vietnamese malicious actor behind the scheme. The campaign has been active since July 2018, and while all the apps were reported to Google and removed, they can still be found…
Mobile Security, Security News

UC Browser potentially endangers 500 million users

The popular Android browser UC Browser was found to break several Google mobile app rules possibly placing up to 500 million of its users at risk. UC Browser, which is available from the Google Play store, was found by Zscaler ThreatLabZ team to be making some highly questionable moves once downloaded, many of which go…
Data Breach, Security News

The word is out: Zynga was breached

A well-known hacker is taking credit for a data breach at the mobile game maker Zynga, claiming he gained access to 218 million user records. On Sept. 12, Zynga reported that a cybersecurity incident had taken place and account login information for certain players of Draw Something and Words With Friends may have been accessed.…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Poison Carp cyberespionage group targeting Tibetan officials with mobile malware

A newly designated threat group dubbed Poison Carp has been found using Android exploits to plant spyware on devices operated by the leadership of various Tibetan leaders. The attacks were uncovered by The Citizen Lab, which found Poison Carp using a mix of eight Android browser exploits and one Android spyware kit, along with an…
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