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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 can now be rooted

October 10th, 2017

Despite launching in the US less than a month ago, the Snapdragon-equipped version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has already been rooted, according to a post on XDA-Developers over the weekend. As the author notes, Samsung’s phones are some of the riskiest Android devices to root because tripping the Knox security suite by modifying your …

Pokemon Go Cheats

The latest Pokemon Go update takes a huge step to combat cheating

September 12th, 2016

You might hate the new Pokemon Go update if you like to play the game with certain, shall we say, advantages. If you’re not cheating in any way at Pokemon Go, then Niantic’s latest update — version 1.7.0 for iPhone and 0.3.7 for Android — will not give you any headaches. But if you’re using …

Android Rooting Security Bug Nexus

Critical Android bug can permanently compromise Nexus and other devices

March 23rd, 2016

Another day, another big Android vulnerability revealed. A report from security firm Lookout informs us of a new threat that can permanently “compromise” a device, including Google’s Nexus handsets and tablets that usually run the latest version of Android. However, while the new threat can compromise many Android handsets, it’s likely it’s not actively used in …

EFF iPhone Jailbreak and Android Root

EFF: ‘Jailbreaking is not a crime’ and we will fight to ‘keep it that way’

November 7th, 2014

Many smartphone and tablet users, whether on the iPhone or Android, prefer to jailbreak or root their devices in order to better customize them. But not all device makers agree with these practices, and jailbreaking and rooting have been frowned upon. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a blog post on Thursday that it wants to keep these …

Root Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Android L has already been rooted

June 27th, 2014

The Android L Developer Preview that was launched on Thursday was rooted in just a few short hours, xda-developers reports, with well known developer savoca having managed to root the new software on both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013).

Geohot's Toweroot Root for Verizon, AT&T Galaxy S5

iPhone and PS3 jailbreak extraordinaire releases new Android root app

June 16th, 2014

iPhone and PlayStation 3 owners who looked for ways to jailbreak either device in the past probably know who Geohot is, and should be happy to hear he is still hacking devices. Geohot on Sunday released his own root tool on xda-developers that works on many Android handsets, including the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 versions, which …

New Android malware can remotely root phones

April 5th, 2012

Lookout Mobile Security on Tuesday published a report stating that a known malicious Android program has been updated with the ability to harm a device without depending on a user’s interaction. The new version of the “Legacy Native” (LeNa) app utilizes an exploit called GingerBreak to gain root permission on Android phones. The new variant of LeNa …

Google promises Wallet is now safe, disables prepaid cards

February 13th, 2012

Two recently uncovered security exploits concerning Google Wallet have left users questioning just how safe the product really is. A security firm exposed a vulnerability last week that allowed hackers to bypass PIN protection, but it was only present on rooted devices. A second exploit, however, did not require a handset to be rooted, leaving all …

Google Wallet hacked again; new exploit doesn’t need root access [video]

February 10th, 2012

A new exploit has been discovered that allows unauthorized access to a user’s Google Wallet account with a simple hack that can be performed by anyone in a matter of minutes. A security firm recently exposed a Google Wallet vulnerability that allowed hackers to bypass PIN protection, but the vulnerability is only present on rooted …