Micro blogging site Twitter has acquired Whispersystems, a maker of mobile security software, according to a statement posted on the WhisperSystems Web site.
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SMS Trojans that ride along on supposedly benign mobile apps and then send out messages to high-priced numbers have been a problem in some Asian and Eastern European countries for several years now, most notably in Russia and China. But now the attackers have realized that there’s a whole big world of users out there to target and have begun going after people in other countries with new strains of SMS malware.
When CrowdOptic, a Silicon Valley, venture funded startup, developed a cool application that could stream real-time, context-aware information streams to mobile devices, the applications seemed straight-forward (and lucrative) enough: a blend of advertising and broadcasting that sports franchises and concert promoters might use to create an enhanced and “immersive experience” for fans attending live events. Along the way, however, the company discovered another, even more powerful use for their technology: crowd control.
As Android market share has shot up in recent months, so has the volume of malware designed for the mobile platform. There’s been a whopping 472 percent increase in Android malware samples in the last three months alone, according to research from Juniper Networks.
Google, which has faced a pile of criticism over its privacy policies and practices, especially as they relate to wireless and mobile devices, says it is changing the way that it maps people’s wireless access points in its efforts to provide accurate location information. The company said it is now encouraging users to add a “_nomap” extension to the SSID of their access points if they don’t want Google to map them.
Apple shipped an update to their IOS mobile platform on Thursday that included patches for a number of security vulnerabilities, including a resolution for a vulnerability that led to the expulsion of renowned security researcher, Charlie Miller, from Apple’s developer program.
Adobe has released patches for a string of critical vulnerabilities in Flash on all of the major supported platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and Android. The company is recommending that customers update their machines immediately.
The odd thing about the way that Apple handles its security business is that there’s no real way to tell how Apple handles its security business. The company’s motives and reasoning are unknowable, thanks to its near-total silence on security matters and that attitude is beginning to border on the absurd.
Security researcher Charlie Miller of Accuvant discovered a vulnerability in the Apple iOS software that enables him to use an app he placed in the iTunes App Store to download unsigned code from a remote Web server and run it on any iOS device. In this video, he demonstrates the app and the way that the bug works. Apple has now pulled the app from the store.
Just a few hours after it became public the security researcher Charlie Miller had inserted a proof-of-concept app into the Apple App Store to demonstrate a serious vulnerability in iOS, Apple informed Miller that it was removing him from its developer program.