iTunes Store Hacked by Rogue Developer

July 5, 2010

A developing story on Engadget reports that, just this weekend, the top 50 books by revenue category on the iTunes App Store had been dominated by 42 titles from a single developer. Additionally, these titles appeared to have virtually no user reviews, and featured possibly stolen content.

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Buyer Beware: Android Security Study Cautions Users

June 28, 2010

A recent study has found that nearly 20% of the apps in the Android marketplace grant third-party applications access to private and/or sensitive data, according to CNET News.

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Anti-Virus Software To Become Required for Internet Access?

June 24, 2010

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald details a new proposal put forward by the Australian parliament in an effort to fight cyber-crime and malicious computer viruses. The ambitious plan would require that consumers' PCs meet a set of security standards -- the presence of proper anti-virus and firewall software -- before their internet connections could be activated. In addition, ISPs would be mandated to notify users if their computers have become infected with a virus, and could ultimately disconnect them from the internet until the virus is removed.

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Android Platform Sees First Military Application

June 22, 2010

We previously posted about the growth of Google's Android platform beyond the realm of smartphones into a range of consumer electronic devices. And now, as recently reported on, a major military defense contractor has brought Android in to the battlefield in what could be the first military application of Google's open source platform.

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Juniper Exec: 4G Devices Bringing Malware with Speed

June 21, 2010

A recent Network World article describes the new security vulnerabilities posed by the latest smartphone technologies -- specifically the new, high-speed 4G mobile networks. Because today's smartphones have processors, storage capacities and network connection speeds that nearly rival those of PCs, they are becoming increasingly subject to the same malware and security threats that have long afflicted the PC market.

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