Freak: Android and Mac Security

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

By on March 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

More and more security threats are discovered on a regular basis, and now it’s turn for a “Freak” vulnerability — that’s actually its name — for Android and Mac to come out of hiding. According to Re/code, both Google and Apple are aware of the situation, and have developed fixes to patch the Freak. More →

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Android Malware

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

By on March 3, 2015 at 10:41 AM.

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

The dangers of mobile malware are very real, and we’re now reminded yet again how quickly these malicious programs can spread thanks to a new outbreak. Dubbed “Gazon,” this new malware has been called “one of the single largest messaging-initiated mobile malware outbreaks” by the experts who discovered it.

Luckily, Gazon is fairly easy to avoid if you know what you’re looking for, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to protect yourself right here in this post. More →

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Apple Pay Identity Fraud

Banks are ‘scrambling’ to stamp out Apple Pay-related fraud

By on March 2, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

Banks are ‘scrambling’ to stamp out Apple Pay-related fraud

It apparently hasn’t taken very long for scammers to figure out ways to commit fraud with Apple Pay. The Guardian’s Charles Arthur writes that some banks are “scrambling” to fix Apple Pay-related problems on their end that have allowed criminals to use the platform to buy goods with stolen identities and credit card information. More →

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Gemalto SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

By on February 26, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

A new Snowden leak a few days ago revealed that the NSA and GCHQ conducted a complex hack operation that focused on obtaining the secure encryption keys that protect mobile communications in devices with SIM cards. A subsequent report revealed that the goal of spy agencies might have been a lot bigger, as they may have been hunting for other security keys that would let them deploy spyware on any mobile device with a SIM card inside, and users would have no idea that anything had happened. More →

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Gemalto SIM Card Hack Details

Gemalto confirms hack, but denies massive SIM keys theft

By on February 25, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

Gemalto confirms hack, but denies massive SIM keys theft

Following reports that claimed the NSA and GCHQ may have targeted Gemalto, one of the main phone SIM cards makers, the company revealed that such attacks indeed took place in 2010 and 2011, though the hackers were not able to steal SIM keys, as had been reported by the media. More →

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Lenovo Superfish Adware Scandal

Interview with Lenovo’s CTO will scare anyone still thinking of buying a Lenovo product

By on February 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM.

Interview with Lenovo’s CTO will scare anyone still thinking of buying a Lenovo product

I’ve long wondered which would be worse for Lenovo — if the company decided to install the Superfish adware onto its machines despite knowing its potential to be a major security vulnerability, or if it really had no clue about the risks involved with this kind of software. A New York Times interview with Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius has now left me hoping that Lenovo has just been lying about its foreknowledge of Superfish’s capabilities because the alternative is just too scary. More →

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Hack Proof Smartphone

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

By on February 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM.

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

About 18 months ago, reports indicating that the NSA spied on the private communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff began to surface. Now comes word via Bloomberg that Brazil is working hard to develop a phone that it hopes will effectively be impossible to breach. More →

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Siri Cortana Recording Conversations

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

By on February 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

We’ve written extensively about security concerns in recent weeks, but this might be the most shocking development yet. Reddit user FallenMyst posted on Tuesday that he had recently started a new job with a company called Walk N’Talk Technologies.

At his job, he is asked to listen back to seemingly random bits of audio and provides feedback on how they match with the text that the device outputs when translating the audio ‚ and you won’t believe where the audio comes from. More →

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NSA Gemalto SIM Hack Spyware

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

By on February 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

A few days ago, a report revealed that spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, managed to bypass the security of SIM card manufacturer Gemalto and gain access to valuable encryption keys that protect cellphone signals. Even though Gemalto denied the reports, but The Verge points out that the hack might be more serious than initially believed, as it could give agencies the ability of infecting any phone using these specific SIM cards with additional spyware programs. More →

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Lenovo Adware Affected Applications

Lenovo’s adware disaster is even worse than we thought

By on February 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

Lenovo’s adware disaster is even worse than we thought

News broke late last week that Lenovo had been shipping laptops with man-in-the-middle adware preinstalled which could hijack HTTPS traffic and insert its own ads onto websites that users were visiting.

This major security threat was initially found lurking in just two pieces of software on Lenovo’s computers, but the number rose dramatically over the weekend as Ars Technica reports security researchers discovered more applications riddled with adware. As of Sunday, at least 14 applications have been found to use the technology which puts users at risk. More →

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How To Remove Lenovo Adware Microsoft

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

By on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

Lenovo has been justifiably catching a lot of grief this week for preloading dangerous adware called Superfish onto its computers that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject ads onto encrypted websites. While there are plenty of ways to remove this obnoxious adware yourself, Neowin reports that Microsoft may have just done the job for you. More →

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Lenovo PC Adware Scandal Response

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

By on February 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

After news broke this week that Lenovo was putting dangerous adware on its computers, the company responded by removing the offending software from new machines and disabling it on the computers it had already shipped with. The company also insisted that the adware posed no security risks to any of its customers, a statement that was met with incredulity by security experts. However, the company has now admitted that installing Superfish onto its computers opened up big security holes that it’s now scrambling to fix.

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