Android Mobile App Memory Footprint Attacks

By Robert Vamosi | 4/11/12 6:37 AM

Researchers have announced a new side-channel attack on Android phones that allow them to infer what Web page the user is browsing.

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Trojanized Android Apps Hit Unregulated Asian Marketplace

By JDavis | 3/2/11 6:48 AM

Danger lurks in the Japanese Android mobile marketplace. The ever-sophisticated and growing Geinimi Trojan is targeting Android-based devices, and is concealed in repackaged versions of popular apps and games that are sold in legitimate and regulated markets. While it has recently been noted in Chinese and English language Android apps, this trend in Japan’s Android market is new and unsettling.

The authentic and trojanized versions of the Android app are identical. However, in the trojanized version, the Android Geinimi malware is running in the background, transmitting information to a remote location without the user’s knowledge. To help combat the Geinimi Trojan, Android users are urged to take preventative measures of their own.

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New Android Trojan Contains Mysterious Botnet Function

By JDavis | 1/3/11 8:37 AM

New malware targeted specifically to Android smartphones has recently been found in China. The Trojan, known as "Geinimi," is generally disguised as a game app and once installed can send personal information from the phone to a remote server. The malware could be putting sensitive user data at risk but interestingly, that's not all it does.

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Security Flaw Found in Popular New iPhone App

By JDavis | 11/21/10 8:45 AM

The new iPhone photo sharing app "Instagram" has been a quick success, garnering hundred of thousands of users in its first few weeks of availability. However, according to a recent article at TechCrunch, the app has a major security flaw that could be leaving this massive user base vulnerable.

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Zombie Virus Sending Texts, Stealing Millions

By JDavis | 11/11/10 11:23 AM

A piece of malware -- a "zombie" virus -- hidden in a fraudulent antivirus application is infecting mobile phones throughout China. As reported in InformationWeek, the virus -- which sends automatic text messages to premium rate phone numbers, unbeknownst to the host phone's owner -- is currently stealing upwards of $300,000 a day, and is moving forward at a rapid pace.

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Zombie Cookies Invade Your Smartphone

By JDavis | 10/14/10 7:11 AM

Cookies -- files stored by web browsers that allow for tracking and targeted advertising -- have become an inherent part of the internet today. Many people find them harmless and those that don't can typically erase cookies as they see fit. But today's web-connected smartphones are being targeted by a much more sophisticated -- some would say sneaky -- kind of cookie that, even when deleted, continues to track its targeted user. These new un-killable "zombie" cookies have many up in arms over concerns about the privacy of smartphone data. A lawsuit has been filed against Ringleader Digital Inc., the company who runs the sly mobile mobile tracking system as well as a number of sites that utilize Ringleader's technology.

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New Mobile Apps, Coming Soon to a Ford Near You

By JDavis | 10/11/10 10:11 AM

Ford Motor Company has announced the release of a software development kit (SDK) for their AppLink platform, which allows their in-car Sync system to communicate and interact with connected devices. The public availability of the SDK will encourage developers to submit apps to Ford who, according to a recent CNET blog post, are actively seeking apps and have even gone as far as to suggest to developers some of the high hopes they have for AppLink apps. As posted on CNET,

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Suspicious Android Activity

By JDavis | 9/29/10 3:07 PM

A recent study conducted by computer science researchers at Intel Labs, Duke University and Penn State looked at how apps from Google's Android Marketplace use private user data and the various ways in which the data is then reported.

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Citi Group Finds Flaw in Mobile App

By JDavis | 7/29/10 1:40 PM

An announcement on Monday from Citigroup Financial disclosed that Citi Mobile, the group’s iPhone-based online banking app, contained flaws that could lead to customers’ accounts being compromised. According to the statement, the original app was accidentally designed to store account information in a hidden file within the iPhone’s file structure.

Although Citigroup was quick to recommend an update to their software that would fix the vulnerability, the episode underscores a growing concern over security in mobile devices, especially as more users continue to use smartphones for access to their bank accounts and other sensitive information. Although the iPhone has been considered a safe environment for user information due to its strict control of licensed applications, the vulnerability in Citigroup’s app is a reminder that security flaws will occur within any system over time.

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Google and Blackberry Get Upgraded Security

By JDavis | 7/20/10 2:08 PM

As mobile devices continue to pull ahead of PCs in widespread connectivity, a new emphasis on security has been embraced by the development community. In line with this recent trend come two new major upgrades from prominent mobile players Google and Research In Motion.

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