Flappy Bird Clones Malware

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

By on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

As if the Flappy Bird phenomenon wasn’t infectious enough to begin with, the torrent of clones that followed the app’s release might be leading to an even bigger problem. USA Today shares the data from McAfee Labs’ latest Threat Report, which sampled over 300 of the Flappy Bird clones on the App Store and Google Play only to find that 238 or “almost 80% of them contained malware.” More →

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Microsoft Illegal Data Collection

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

By on June 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

Microsoft has been one of many technology companies standing up to the U.S. government in response to unwarranted, rampant data collection. CNET reports that Microsoft’s top lawyer, Brad Smith, spoke on Tuesday morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to reiterate his stance that the unchecked data collection should be put to an end. More →

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Google Glass Spying Software

New Google Glass surveillance trick really shows why we need alternatives to passwords

By on June 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

New Google Glass surveillance trick really shows why we need alternatives to passwords

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell have discovered a way to steal iPad passwords with help of camera-equipped devices, Wired reports, including Google Glass, the iPhone 5s, a Samsung smartwatch and a Logitech webcam. To make this work, though, you’ll also need to install software onto your device that takes into account the tablet’s geometric position and is able to track the shadows of finger taps on the screen. More →

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Yo App For iOS Android Hacked

The stupidest $1 million app ever has already been hacked

By on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

The stupidest $1 million app ever has already been hacked

Who would have thought that the stupidest $1 million app in world history would have shoddy security? Yo, the inexplicably dumb new messaging app that was created in just eight hours and has raised $1 million in funding, has already been hacked by college students at Georgia Tech. As TechCrunch reports, the students figured out how to get any Yo user’s phone number and then use it to spam out an infinite number of “Yo’s” to anyone in their contacts. Basically, the Georgia Tech kids have discovered how to take an app that’s already annoying and make it even more annoying. More →

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Google Play Android Apps Security Flaw

Surprise: It turns out there’s a potentially huge security flaw in Android’s app store

By on June 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

Surprise: It turns out there’s a potentially huge security flaw in Android’s app store

While many argue that Google’s Android malware isn’t a real problem, the fact still remains that apps with malicious capabilities are constantly being discovered. This problem is especially serious in third-party app stores, but it also exists in Google Play, where issues such as the recent app permission change might let developers silently add malicious features to their apps without the user knowing.

On top of that, a new research paper details an even more serious security flaw in Google Play that can be used to expose personal details of users, even if they aren’t using an app. More →

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Google Play Store Android Malware App

An incredibly sneaky piece of malware has finally been pulled from Google Play

By on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

An incredibly sneaky piece of malware has finally been pulled from Google Play

Even various legit Android apps have been found to have additional hidden powers, which is why it shouldn’t surprise us that one more piece of malware has apparently made it to the Google Play Store. FireEye, the security firm that discovered the malicious app, worked with Google to have the app removed from the store after finding that it was able to steal user data including SMS messages, certificates and even banking details. More →

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Android Malware Subway Train Game

An obvious scam Android app has been installed over 1 million times in under a month

By on June 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

An obvious scam Android app has been installed over 1 million times in under a month

People, you really ought to read an app’s permissions before you download it. Reddit’s Android community has flagged an obvious scam app called Subway Train Game in the Google Play store that has been installed more than 1 million times in less than a month.  More →

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Android Malware Scanner

New app kills the world’s scariest Android malware for free

By on June 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM.

New app kills the world’s scariest Android malware for free

Earlier this month, reports began trickling out about some of the scariest Android malware the world has ever seen. Dubbed Simplocker, the malicious software holds an Android smartphone or tablet hostage by encrypting all of the device’s photo, videos and documents. If the owner wishes to decrypt his or her data, a ransom is demanded. But now, thanks to Avast, there is a free way to fight Simplocker and regain control of your data without having to pay hackers a dime. More →

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Nest Protect Smoke Alarm Price

Nest Protect is back on sale, now cheaper than ever

By on June 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Nest Protect is back on sale, now cheaper than ever

Nest on Monday announced on its blog that it’s resuming Nest Protect sales, after having recalled more than 400,000 smoke alarm units in mid-May due to safety risks. Nest said that its smart smoke detector now sells for $99, or $30 cheaper than before. However, the Wave feature, which allows users to silence alerts from the Nest Protect by simply waving their arm – and which was found to be a security threat, as it could misinterpret certain gestures – will not be available to buyers. More →

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AT&T Customer Data Breach

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

By on June 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

AT&T late last week confirmed that three employees of one of the company’s vendors accessed personal data belonging to some of its customers for almost two weeks in April. The company did not say how many accounts were affected during the data breach, or why it took so long to confirm it. More →

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P.F. Chang Credit Card Breach

P.F. Chang’s reverts to old-school imprint system following big credit card breach

By on June 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

P.F. Chang’s reverts to old-school imprint system following big credit card breach

Following Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s Stores, all major retailers which have been targeted by hackers in the past months, restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro on Thursday confirmed that its payment system has also been breached, with credit and debit card data from some of its locations having been exposed. More →

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Smart Home Toilets Hacked

The ultimate nightmare: Researchers learn how to hack connected ‘smart home’ toilets

By on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

The ultimate nightmare: Researchers learn how to hack connected ‘smart home’ toilets

Imagine a world where a sleazy hacker can make your toilet overflow on a daily basis unless you pay him a daily fee. That’s the kind of nightmare scenario that researchers at Chicago security firm Trustwave are trying to prepare us for, as Bloomberg reports that they’ve figured out how to hack “a Bluetooth connection that controls toilets made by Japan’s Lixil Group,” which could “allow hackers to open or close the lid and even squirt a stream of water at the user’s behind.” More →

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