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Android users installed 2 BILLION data-stealing, backdooring apps

Users have downloaded more than two billion data-stealing Android apps, while large swathes of enterprises are reportedly housing malicious iOS apps, according to security firm Proofpoint. The firm found some 12,000 malicious apps across 'authorised' Android app stores, with code to steal data, create backdoors, and wreak …
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2016
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College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

A group of four current and former University of California, Berkeley students are suing Google, claiming its Apps for Education service illegally spied on them. In a suit [PDF] filed in the US Northern California district court, the group says Google used its education bundles to intercept student emails without their …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Feb 2016
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App for homeless says walking on water is the way to reach services

An app for homeless people hailed by Australian prime minster Malcolm Turnbull as an example of technology done right asks users to walk across several hundred kilometres of water to find services. Turnbull launched the "AskIzzy" app last week and in his remarks at the event said it "... is doing exactly what successful …
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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

Microsoft has invested huge effort into building the Universal Windows Platform, but it is failing at the last hurdle - getting applications to users, according to frustrated Austrian developer Nikolaus Gebhardt. What is the problem? According to Gebhardt's blog: Since Windows 10 arrived, the sales of all of my apps, which …
Tim Anderson, 21 Jan 2016
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UK NHS-backed health apps 'riddled with security flaws'

As if striking junior doctors weren’t enough, the UK's NHS also has technology worries, according to a study by app security firm Arxan. All of the NHS-approved apps Arxan audited lacked binary protection against code tampering, and most also lacked adequate protection in the transport layer. Flaws also emerged in FDA-approved …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2016

Devs get malicious root app militia on Play Store, sell pumped up ratings

Google has punted from its Play Store 13 apps, including one installed a million times and capable of gaining persistent root, downloading additional apps, and leaving fake positive reviews. The Brain Test apps slipped past the Chocolate Factory's Google Verify Apps (formerly Bouncer) vetting system and were downloaded scores …
Darren Pauli, 8 Jan 2016

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Are you thick or what? No, really, how else can you explain why you invest vast sums of money on daft schemes that nobody wants? Long-time readers of this column may remember my little Tech City adventure a while back, in which I managed 2,000 sq ft of chic hipster office floorspace in the heart of London’s so-called "silicon …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Nov 2015
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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

Four researchers have found two thirds of the most popular Android apps indulge in seemingly-useless covert chatter with remote servers. Top developers including Gameloft, Unity3d, and grillgames are implicated to varying degrees. The chatter has no use to users. About half of the traffic is related to analytics, such as that …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

Google has expanded its search feelers into content stored inside apps. Previously, the search engine giant only indexed content that matched content on the broader internet, but increasingly information is contained only within apps themselves, meaning that it is not broadly accessible. The company has been experimenting …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015

Medical data, staff creds exposed as scores of apps bork the backend

Blackhat Europe And still we fail to learn: a quintet of researchers has found that the bad practice of writing keys into code persists among some of the world's most popular Android and iOS applications. The researchers say the hard-coded credentials can be easily extracted to gain access and manipulate millions of sensitive individual and …
Darren Pauli, 17 Nov 2015
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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

Amazon is unwittingly acting as the retail channel for thousands of Android devices preloaded with nightmare advertising malware and with operating systems rooted, users and security boffins allege. The blackbox tablets badged under various brands and flogged on the ecommerce site and elsewhere are A$100 (£50) Android units …
Darren Pauli, 13 Nov 2015
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Goodfella's attack smacks Slack chap for whack crack? It's a fact, Jack

Legendary actor Robert De Niro doesn't think much of tech's "brogrammer" culture, and he made as much known this week when he verbally eviscerated one smart-mouthed app developer. The confrontation (if you could call it that) took place at an awards show in New York hosted by the Wall Street Journal. According to the New York …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2015

Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club is claiming that Apple has rejected an app that would stream security talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event because researchers there have previously hacked iOS. The Congress is Europe's largest hacker confab, regularly attracts more than 10,000 delegates and has run for 31 years. The event …
Darren Pauli, 2 Nov 2015
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Google lifts app price ceiling to US$400

Google has lifted the maximum price developers can charge for their wares on its Play store. As the wonders of The Wayback Machine demonstrate, on September 24th, 2015 prices for apps or in-app purchases topped out at US$200, £150 and €199. As of today, those price ceilings are US$400, £300 and €350, as recorded here. Why has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015
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Shonky securo-nightmare NHS apps library finally binned

The NHS' security-flawed Apps Library has been shelved, following widespread criticism of the site. Last month Imperial College London revealed serious problems with a number of the 79 apps sitting on the NHS-branded store. These included software tools that provided diabetic users with inappropriate insulin doses, handed …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015

XCodeGhost iOS infection toll rises from 39 to a WHOPPING 4,000 apps

The number of XCodeGhost-infected iOS apps, initially pegged at 39, has ballooned to more than 4,000. The staggering increase was the handiwork of analysis by FireEye researchers who said that the apps were being hosted on the official Apple App Store. "Immediately after learning of XcodeGhost, FireEye Labs identified more …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2015
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IBM: Listen up, we're the sheriffs of this leaky external app town

IBM is finally waking up to the potential threat that employees’ Bring Your Own Cloud-based apps pose for corporate enterprises, prompting it to roll out a security service. The Cloud Security Enforcer includes ID management-as-a-service and scans the corporate network to discover external apps that workers are using, then …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015

Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

Add California's Employment Development Department (EDD) to the list of groups that think Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, as the ride-sharer suggests. The EDD has issued a ruling [PDF] that a former Uber driver met the criteria for an employee and was therefore able to collect unemployment benefits …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015

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