Mobile Device Security

Google Mandates App Updates Come From Google Play

The Google Play store has been an Eden for hackers wanting to get malicious code onto Android devices. A number of things made the marketplace too tempting for attackers to resist, including the open source nature of the operating system, lax vetting of developers, and the ability to modify code in runtime by pushing app updates from outside the store.

An Idaho non-profit hospice has been fined $50,000 for losing a laptop containing unencrypted data on 441 patients.The laptop was stolen in February 2011 from a hospice worker’s car and never retrieved, according to news accounts. But Hospice of North Idaho officials say there is no evidence the personal information has been used to commit identity theft or fraud.

The last year has seen a lot of changes in the threat landscape, with the emergence of a number of new cyber espionage tools such as Gauss and Flame, as well as an increase in the volume of malware targeting mobile platforms such as Android. Recently, Alex Gostev, the chief malware expert at Kaspersky Lab, answered questions submitted by users on Facebook, discussing the evolution of antimalware solutions, the threats to mobile devices and how governments around the world are handling the cybercrime explosion.

Older versions of Broadcom firmware found in a number of mobile devices from major vendors including the Apple iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Droid Incredible are vulnerable to a denial of service attack.Researchers Andres Blanco and Matias Eissler of Core Security Technologies reported the vulnerability in August, and this week published details on proof-of-concept exploit code.

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