Mobile security has become a major concern both for consumers and for enterprises worried about the integrity of their sensitive data. Part of that worry centers on the security of the apps on mobile devices, something that’s largely unknowable in a lot of cases right now. Duo Security today is releasing a new app called X-Ray that scans Android devices for known vulnerabilities and alerts users to which ones remain unpatched.
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Microsoft researchers are warning about a new Trojan horse program for Android mobile devices that sends out premium SMS messages once installed.
DEFCON is inviting the kids back again this year for the second edition of DEFCON Kids, and this time, there’s zero-days involved.
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have been on opposite ends of the security continuum for the last few years, with iOS remaining resistant to malware and Android becoming a frequent target for attackers and malware authors. Google has been taking steps to change that in recent releases, and the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, includes several new exploit mitigations and a more extensive implementation of ASLR to help defeat many kinds of exploits.
It’s not every day that you get a security story that involves Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, but that’s what has happened with the claims from a Microsoft official that there was an Android-based botnet in existence sending spam from compromised devices. Now it seems that the spam emanating from Android phones may be the result of a bug the Yahoo Mail app that enables attackers to sniff traffic and compromise users’ accounts.
Instagram has patched a flaw in its photo sharing application that could have allowed anyone to add themselves as friends to accounts and view information and photos that were set to private.
An online forum for Android fans and developers was compromised and user account details stolen, according to a notice posted online on Tuesday.
Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled travel management application, furthering speculation that the company is readying mobile payment technology for future versions of its iPhone product.
Symantec is warning of new malware masquerading as two apps on Google Play that claimed up to 100,000 victims before the Trojan was removed.Both “Super Mario Bros.” and “GTA 3 Moscow City” racked up 50,000 to 100,000 downloads after being posted June 24 on Google Play.
A new family of malware has infected some 100,000 Android devices via malicious application downloads on nine separate third-party markets in China, according to researchers at the mobile security provider TrustGo.