Researchers Tobias Engel and Karsten Nohl demonstrated serious vulnerabilities in the SS7 protocol for cellular service, putting the privacy of phone calls and users’ location data at risk for intercept.
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Dennis Fisher talks with Ryan Olson of Palo Alto Networks about their discovery and analysis of the CoolReaper backdoor on some Coolpad Android devices sold in China.
Chinese smartphones from Coolpad contain a backdoor, dubbed CoolReaper by Palo Alto researchers, is being used to install apps without user consent.
A working, pirated version of the Assassin’s Creed application for Android is bundled with malware, targeting users trying to download a free version of that game.
Yik Yak, an application that allows users to share purportedly anonymous status updates with others near them, has fixed a critical privacy vulnerability in the iOS version of its app.
Civil rights activists and hacker Claudio Guarnieri along with partners such as the EFF and Amnesty International released Detekt, open source security software targeting activists and oppressed people that scans Windows machines for dangerous spyware.
A bug was recently fixed in Android Lollipop that could allow an attacker to bypass ASLR and run arbitrary code on a target device under certain circumstances.
WhatsApp, a massively popular messaging app, recently added end-to-end encryption for some mobile clients, a move that brings a high level of security to millions of users. The change is the result of a partnership with Open Whisper Systems, the secure text and mobile OS company started by security researcher Moxie Marlinspike. Twitter acquired Open[…]
Apple has patched 10 vulnerabilities in iOS, including a pair of bugs that allowed arbitrary code execution and one that enables an attacker to run random binaries on a target device.
Karsten Nohl has updated his BadUSB research, looking at the top eight USB controller chips and determining that about half are susceptible to being maliciously reprogrammed.