The evolution of mobile malware seems to be accelerating, especially as it applies to Android malware. The newest example of this rapid change is the appearance of GingerMaster, a variant of the DroidKungFu malware that now sports a root exploit for Android 2.3 and gives the attacker complete control of the infected device.
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By B.K. DeLongWith this morning’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google has made the move to bring in a solid hardware component for their Android mobility platform and fired another shot across the bow of Apple. But one big questions remains: What does this acquisition mean for those trying to better secure the Android platform for their users?
LinkedIn is responding to user complaints about its new social advertising model, which asked its 100 million users to ‘opt-out’ if they didn’t want advertisers to pair their message with content – including photographs – from users’ profiles.
Reports about the potential for biometric scanning to usher in a new age of super snooping have prompted a retort from the industry itself, as one CEO used an interview with InfoSecurity.com this week to throw cold water on research from Carnegie Mellon University and argue that people – not face scanners – are the source of privacy breaches.
Researchers at the annual Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas have demonstrated how cloud computing, facial recognition technology, Facebook, a freely available personal information can be used to match faces in a crowd to detailed online profiles.
LAS VEGAS–Researchers from IBM’s ISS X-Force plan to unveil a new system for running an open wireless network in a secure mode at the Black Hat conference here this week. The system mimics the way that Web sites browsers use digital certificates to establish a trusted connection with one another.
A controversial bill that would force ISPs to retain records for up to 12 months that would allow them to identify users by IP address has cleared a key hurdle and passed the House Judiciary Committee by a wide margin, setting it up for passage by the full House.
A major provider of Internet services and mobile access in South Korea has been hit by one of the larger data breaches in recent history, resulting in the compromise of personal information belonging to as many as 35 million users. The attack on SK Telecom’s Cyworld site reportedly came from an IP address in China and resulted in the loss of users’ names, email addresses and other data.
Call it the Real Name Rapture: the mass disappearance of untold numbers of Google+ users over the weekend for what many outlets reported were violations of Google’s community standards policy.
The practice of history sniffing, which has been seen as out-of-bounds and a serious privacy violation for the better part of a decade now, is still ongoing by some ad networks, researchers have found. A study completed recently by researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society found that at least one ad network apparently is still using the technique to gather information about what links users have clicked on and which sites they’ve visited.