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    The security of the Android platform is based on its sandbox and permission protection mechanism, which isolates each app and restricts how processes can communicate with each other. However, because it is designed to be open to include other open source projects like Linux and OpenSSL, it can inherit many features as well as vulnerabilities. This means that the protection of the sandbox cannot cover every aspect of the system, and threats to Android still remain. Open ports are one potential source of vulnerabilities, and ...

    Posted in Mobile, Vulnerabilities |



    Ever since the mobile boom, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, enough that they've become virtually indispensable in today's fast-paced world. Not only do they serve to connect us to our friends and loved ones wherever they may be, but they also allow us to do our daily tasks and chores all with a single tap of a screen. We've formed such an unbreakable relationship with our smartphones that cybercriminals have included them in their list of ...

    Posted in Mobile |



    Like Swiss Emmental cheese, the ways your online banking accounts are protected might be full of holes. Banks have been trying to prevent crooks from accessing your online accounts for ages. Passwords, PINs, coordinate cards, TANs, session tokens - all of these were created to help prevent banking fraud. We recently come across a criminal operation that aims to defeat one of these tools: session tokens. Here's how they pull it off. This criminal gang intents to target banks that use session ...

    Posted in Malware, Mobile |



    The topic of open Wi-Fi and public hotspots has been in the news again, for several reasons. Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched OpenWireless.org, a project to create router firmware that would provide open wireless access to anyone in range of the user's router. Notionally, in addition to providing Internet access to everyone who needs it, it would make everyone's Internet more private by removing the connection between one's identity and IP address, since anyone could be using the open Wi-Fi to gain access. This ...

    Posted in Mobile |



    Repackaged applications, which are a category of fake applications, play a crucial role in the proliferation of mobile malware. Like fake apps, repackaged apps use social engineering tactics, displaying similar user interface (UI), icon, package names and app labels as the legitimate/official version of the apps they spoofed. This is done to trick users into downloading fake apps and consequently, generating profit. Based on the research, nearly 80% of the top 50 free apps found in Google Play have bogus versions. ...

    Posted in Malware, Mobile |


     

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