Browsing Category: Mobile Security

Stanford Researchers Find Connecting Metadata With User Names is Simple

One of the key tenets of the argument that the National Security Agency and some lawmakers have constructed to justify the agency’s collection of phone metadata is that the information it’s collecting, such as phone numbers and length of call, can’t be tied to the callers’ names. However, some quick investigation by some researchers at Stanford University who have been collecting information voluntarily from Android users found that they could correlate numbers to names with very little effort.

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EFF Argues For Search Warrant Requirement to Get Cell Location Data

A case that seemingly has little connection to the surveillance debate has attracted the attention of privacy and civil rights advocates and could become a key factor in the way that law enforcement agencies have to handle cell phone location data.

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Proof-of-Concept App Released for Android Jelly Bean Security Bypass Bug

The researchers who discovered a serious vulnerability in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that enables a malicious app to disable the security locks on a vulnerable device have published a proof-of-concept app that exploits the bug, as well as source code for the app.

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‘Let’s Do Security That Matters’

A small group of influential security researchers and executives are putting together a grass-roots movement to encourage more research on the emerging breed of connected and potentially vulnerable devices such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and others and help educate users about the security and privacy issues they raise.

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