Google, which has been a favorite target of privacy advocates for the last few years, has taken another step that’s unlikely to endear the company to that crowd or Android users. The company has begun removing ad-blocking apps from the Google Play Android app market, apparently for violating the terms of service.
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VIEW SLIDESHOW Scenes from CanSecWest 2013The CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver last week included technical presentations on bypassing ASLR and DEP and the intricacies of Android research, as well as a fascinating talk on the red team exercises Facebook’s security team runs. We put together some scenes from the show and Vancouver itself.
Two bills introduced in Texas this week could refine mobile privacy in the state and tweak how law enforcement can request sensitive information from cell phones going forward.
Dennis Fisher talks with Adrian Stone, the head of security response at BlackBerry, about the new security model in BlackBerry 10, the partition between private and work data and the challenges of dealing with app developers who might not know a whole lot about security or privacy.
No real surprise that F-Secure’s fourth quarter threat report further accentuated the all-but-definite-reality that there is a direct correlation between a platform’s market share and the volume of threats targeting it.
On the one year anniversary of Google Play comes news that a new botkit is making the rounds that leverages actual verified accounts from that marketplace to trick users into downloading phony banking applications.
A vulnerability exists in Samsung devices running Android version 4.1.2 that could give unauthenticated users the ability to circumvent the screen lock and view the home screen, run apps, and reach out to contacts without successfully completing Android’s pattern lock, PIN, password or Face Unlock mechanisms.
For some time, attackers had the ability to bypass Google’s two-step authentication system through access to users’ app-specific passwords, giving them full access to victims’ Google accounts, including Gmail. The vulnerability that enables this attack, discovered by researchers from DuoSecurity, has been patched by Google.
It’s getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple’s iPhone. Now it seems a glitch in the iOS kernel of Apple’s much maligned iOS 6.1 is responsible for yet another passcode bypass vulnerability, the second to surface this month. Attackers can apparently access users’ photos, contacts and more by following a series of steps on an iPhone running iOS 6.1.
HTC America’s settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday has the potential to revamp not only how hardware manufacturers handle the security and privacy of mobile devices, but how carriers do so, as well.