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85 adware apps pose as game, TV, and remote control simulator apps in Google Play

Across the globe, adware disguised as 85 game, TV, and remote control simulator apps in the Google Play store have been downloaded nine million times. Trend Micro researchers spotted the adware which has the ability to display full-screen sized ads, hide itself, monitor a device’s screen unlocking functionality and run in the device’s background, according…

WhatsApp malicious video hoax reportedly makes comeback

An old hoax targeting WhatsApp users has reportedly reemerged, attempting to scare users by falsely warning them not to download a supposed video that contains dangerous malware. The fake notification, which pops up up on WhatsApp’s instant message feature, advises users to be on the lookout for a malicious video titled “Martinelli”. However, no such…

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Connected light bulbs give off more than just light

Turning on a “smart” light bulb may be the latest way people inadvertently flood the internet with their personal information. A new Symantec report has revealed that some of these connected, Wi-Fi-enabled IoT devices are unsecure and can enable a hacker to quickly come away with passwords, email addresses and other important information. While looking at some…

Google updates Chrome for desktop, Android

Google yesterday issued a stable channel update for the desktop version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux, addressing a high-level vulnerability in the process. The bug, CVE-2018-17481, is a use after free flaw in PDFium that was originally repaired in an earlier Chrome release. However, yesterday’s update to version 71.0.3578.98 introduces additional…

Syrian Electronic Army claims it obtained U.S. Central Command docs via hack

Researchers: Syrian Electronic Army targeting secure messaging app users with spyware

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has reportedly been investing heavily in a scheme to infect Android device users with a spyware tool hidden inside fake app updates. Known for its ardent support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the threat group is targeting in particular  users of secure messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The SEA is…

Apple releases security updates for iOS, iTunes, more

Apple has released security updates for several of its products to address vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of an infected system. The vulnerabilities affect  iCloud for Windows, Safari, iTunes, various macOS versions, tvOS and iOS, among other products, according to a Dec. 5 US-CERT advisory. “NCCIC encourages users and administrators to…

Tackling the security complexity in 5G IoT devices

By Yogendra Shah, Senior Principal Engineer, InterDigital IoT is one of three major use cases driving the development of 5G and it brings untold complexity and inherent risk that threatens to undermine the opportunity even before it gets started. 5G networks are expected to connect tens of billions of IoT devices, and, as opposed to…

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) became the first group to bypass Apple's Touch ID.

Fake fitness apps steal money using Apple’s Touch ID feature

Apple has removed a pair of fake fitness apps from its App Store after they tricked users into making expensive purchases via the Touch ID biometrics feature. Named the “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app,” the two malicious programs cleverly instruct victims to scan their fingerprints in order to view their personalized calorie tracker and…

Drake’s Fortnite account hacked, Travis Scott may also be affected

After taking home a Soul Train Award Toronto rapper Drake may be looking to change his Fortnite account password after someone hijacked his account to spew racial slurs during a charity livestream event. Livestreamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was streaming for The Ellen Fund, a wildlife conservation fund created by Ellen host Ellen DeGeneres, when he received an invite…

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