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Exploited Android flaw ‘StrandHogg’ enables phishing overlays, malicious permissions

Attackers have been actively exploiting an Android vulnerability that allows malicious apps to display dangerous permission requests and phishing overlays under the guise of a legitimate app. Dubbed StrandHogg (an old Norse Viking term), the flaw resides in Android’s taskAffinity control setting, and can be successfully abused without having to first gain root access, according…
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…
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…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

49 Google Play app titles found to deliver pesky ads

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK,…
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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…
Application Security, Legal, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Facebook sues surveillance tool provider and hosts of hacking websites

Facebook this week filed a lawsuit against a reputed spyware provider that allegedly exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability to enable smartphone hacking, and also pursued legal action against the domain hosts of multiple websites that allegedly offer tools for hacking the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook and its encrypted messaging subsidiary WhatApp filed a complaint against…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Cyber espionage actor PKPLUG keeps plugging away at targeting SE Asia

Drawing on three years of investigatory work, researchers have assembled a detailed playbook on PKPLUG, a suspected Chinese threat actor targeting Asians with an assortment of malware used for cyber espionage purposes. The authors of this playbook – members of Palo Alto Networks threat research group Unit 42 – were able to connect PKPLUG to…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Criminals’ security lapses enable discovery of Geost mobile banking trojan

Thanks in no small part to the perpetrators’ own sloppy operational security, researchers have uncovered a large Android banking trojan scheme that may have impacted hundreds of millions of Russians. Dubbed Geost, the malware is distributed via a malicious cybercriminal botnet operation consisting of 13 command-and-control servers and more than 140 malicious domains, according to…
Application Security, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Android apps with scores of downloads serve up annoying ads, unwanted subscriptions

Hundreds of millions of Android devices have potentially been compromised by malicious adware and ad fraud apps that on the surface appear to offer harmless services such as selfie filters, weather forecasts or VPN security, according to a trio of recently released research reports. Late last week, researchers at mobile security company Wandera reported finding…
Security News

Holy cybercrime, Batman! Joker malware commits ad fraud, data theft

Two dozen apps that collectively generated over 472,000 downloads from the Google Play store were found to be infected with a new Android malware called Joker, which delivers a payload that perpetrates both ad fraud and data theft, a research firm has reported. Joker’s second-stage malware is a .dex (Dalvik Executable) file capable of stealing…
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