The number of malicious programs that target Google’s Android mobile platform is growing at an alarming rate, according to data from anti-malware company F-Secure.
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Spammers have jumped on the latest social media craze: the photo sharing site Pinterest. And they’re being helped out by new, automated spam toolkits designed to exploit the fast growing new social network.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is demanding answers to questions about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) practice of gathering data from wireless providers in order to monitor individuals’ movements using mobile phone location data.
Researchers from the security firm AegisLab discovered more than 15 fake antivirus and free SMS applications on Google’s recently rebranded content market place, Google Play.
Some 63 percent of mobile device users are unsure about whether they trust the security of mobile technologies, according to Juniper Network’s Trusted Mobility Index [PDF].
Carrier IQ, a startup heavily bruised last fall by harsh criticism of its handset diagnostic software, today announced it’s hired a high-profile lawyer as its Chief Privacy Officer.
According to a news release, Magnolia Mansourkia Mobley, a CIPP and former Verizon executive, will be tasked with quickly broadening the company’s focus on consumer privacy. She also was named the company’s General Counsel.
Search giant Google is in negotiations with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the size of a fine it will pay. This, after the company was found in breach of privacy controls in Apple’s Safari browser earlier this year.
Just fewer than 10 percent of websites serve some sort of malicious purpose, with an additional nine percent of sites being characterized as “suspicious” by Zscaler in a new research report.
A South Korean security provider says it’s uncovered popular Android apps that want more information than is required, putting users at risk.AhnLab, Inc., headquartered in Seoul, analyzed 178 of the best-rated Android applications using its cloud-based app security analysis tool, ranking each app on a scale of 1 to 100 in degree of risk. Any app receiving 60 or above was classified as malicious across five different access categories: personal information, service information, location information, service charging and device information.
Anti malware company Symantec released its threat report for 2011 on Monday. Buried in the dry statistics about the number of Web based attacks and malicious programs detected during the year are some surprising facts. Among them: religious-themed Web sites are among the dirtiest on the Internet.