Google has issued a security update for its Chrome operating system on Android devices, resolving seven medium-risk vulnerabilities and paying out a total of $3,500 in rewards to two researchers.
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About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.
Symantec is warning Android users of a new malicious application posing as a famous Anime character that steals personal contact information stored on the device and sends it to a third party.
When David Schuetz woke up last Friday, little did he think he’d be a central figure in clearing the FBI’s good name, much less end up on the NBC Nightly News, but that’s exactly what happened.
Mobile malware continues to run rampant, thanks to a growing glut of toll fraud malware – apps that have been engineered to bill its victims through premium SMS services. The malware type eclipsed spyware this year as the largest application-based threat according to mobile security firm Lookout who found it made up 79 percent of the malware it detected over the past year.
Cellphone owners now account for 88 percent of the U.S. population, of which some 43 percent say they download applications on their phones. Among these ‘app users,’ 57 percent told the Pew Internet and American Life Project that they have either uninstalled existing applications or made the decision to not install an application altogether after determining the amount of personal information required as a permission to install.
Blackberry owners are being targeted by a new type of malware that’s beginning to spread via spear phishing emails, according to security firm Websense.
Scammers have already begun to take advantage of Adobe’s recent decision to remove its Flash Player from Android’s Google Play marketplace. Last week’s removal has prompted scammers to start promoting fake versions of the software to unsuspecting smartphone owners. While researching the scamware, security firm GFI Labs uncovered a separate fake version of the Flash Player that’s not only bogus but an SMS Trojan that comes bundled with adware.
There is no such thing as a trivial detail when it comes to the impending release of an Apple product and scammers are well aware of this. A recent attack is exploiting the public’s fascination with all things Apple and the ubiquitous interest in anything iPhone 5-related with an email phishing scam that includes a file that claims to contain pictures of the unreleased iPhone’s battery but actually contains a malicious Word document.
A nasty new piece of malware that has the ability to steal money from users’ via fraudulent SMS payments has shown up in a Chinese Android market and researchers say it’s infected more than 500,000 victims. The SMSZombie malware is being hidden inside apps on the app market and once it’s on a device it has the ability to prevent users from uninstalling it.