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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

A powerful and fast-spreading Android malware strain dubbed CopyCat has infected 14 million Android devices. CopyCat is primarily designed to generate and steal ad revenues. It does this by rooting compromised devices and establishing persistence. Injecting code into Zygote – a daemon responsible for launching apps in the …
John Leyden, 7 Jul 2017
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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

People choose predictable Android lock screen patterns just like they pick predictable passwords. Research by Marte Løge, a recent graduate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, confirmed that the problems people have in setting up secure passwords and PINs are replicated in the field of Android lockscreen …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Memory troubling you, Android? Surprise! Another data slurp vuln uncovered

Yet another Android vulnerability has been revealed by researchers presenting at the Usenix conference: the way apps use memory can be exploited to leak private information with a success rate “between 82 and 92 per cent of the time”. Announced by the University of California, Riverside here, the researchers' paper [PDF] gives …

Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers

Cybercrooks have further refined a strain of file-infecting ransomware that infects Android smartphones so that it targets English speakers and is more difficult to remove. The newest variant of Android/Simplocker displays the ransom note in English and asks for a higher ransom of $300. The latest version also encrypts a wider …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2014
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'Priyanka' yanks your WhatsApp contact chain on Android mobes

A worm spreading through the popular WhatsApp messenging platform across Android devices is likely to cause plenty of confusion, even though it doesn't cause much harm. Priyanka changes all contact groups names to Priyanka as well as contact names. The malware makes no use of exploits and vulnerabilities and only spreads …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2013
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Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam

UK regulator PhonepayPlus has fined a Russian firm £50,000 after it was found guilty of peddling a deceptive Android application that signed unwitting victims up to a premium-rate text service. Connect Ltd, trading as SMSBill, reportedly promised access to Android games. After the app was installed, a text message was also …
John Leyden, 4 Sep 2012
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Don't download that app: US presidential candidates will STALK you with it

Security researchers have uncovered privacy shortcomings in the mobile applications offered by both the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns. The campaign teams of the incumbent US President and his Republican challenger have each released apps for both iOS and Android, in good time for the election on November …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012
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Backdoor sniffed in ZTE's US Android smartphones

Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE has confirmed the presence of a backdoor in one of its Android smartphones. ZTE's Score M ships with an application featuring a hardcoded password that gives the user, or software running on the device, administrator-level access. Running the program with the password spawns a root shell prompt …
John Leyden, 21 May 2012
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Fake Instagram app slings SMS Trojan onto Android gear

Virus lynchpins are distributing an Android Trojan under the guise of popular photo-sharing app Instagram. The fake version of the Instagram Android app is being distributed via unapproved sources, rather than official sites such as the Google Play Android marketplace. The rogue app has been published on a Russian website …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2012
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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

Analysis Some Android anti-virus firms have begun releasing Carrier IQ detection apps, but only after the controversial software became a talking point on Capitol Hill ... and a month after a security researcher first discovered it. BitDefender released Carrier IQ Finder, an app that identifies the presence of the controversial mobile …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2011
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New iPhone and Android mobes secure enough for spooks

Feds and spooks will shortly be able to use iPads and Androids for government business, as new software aims to seal and protect leaky open Android and iPhone platforms. A security revamp for Android and iOS handsets would mean that a whole range of techie tools could get used for US Federal business; currently only BlackBerry …
Anna Leach, 16 Nov 2011

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