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Google takes steps to better protect Play Store customers

Following the lead set by Apple, Google has promised to better protect the privacy of people who use Android-powered devices. This means that they are committed to removing apps from the Play Store that violate user privacy or that use sneaky tactics to harvest and resell personal data. And now Google is taking these promises seriously. Around 15 popular app
Publish At:2022-05-09 08:38 | Read:1523 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile News Mobile Security Security App Store apps security

“Ethnicity recognition” tool listed on surveillance camera app store built by fridge-maker’s video analytics startup

The bizarre promotional video promises “Face analysis based on best of breed Artificial Intelligence algorithms for Business Intelligence and Digital Signage applications.” What follows is footage of a woman pushing her hair behind her ears, a man grimacing and baring his teeth, and an actor in a pinstripe suit being slapped in the face against a green scree
Publish At:2022-02-24 21:03 | Read:983 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy App Store Azena Bosch ethnicity recognition facial r

How to Keep Kids from Making Purchases on Your iPhone or iPad

A story grabbed my attention recently: a father in Sydney, Australia, gave his phone to his four-year-old, to keep him occupied, and was surprised to later find that the child had ordered $1,139 of gelato and cakes which was sent to the father’s workplace. The child didn’t do this intentionally; he was just tapping things, as children do on por
Publish At:2021-12-20 08:27 | Read:3673 | Comments:0 | Tags:How To App Store iTunes Store

Beware fake online trading apps, on iOS as well as Android

byPaul DucklinRemember how ransomware started?It was all about volume.The CryptoLocker gang, for example, raked in millions of dollars, perhaps even hundreds of millions, by scrambling your files and then extorting you for $300 to unscramble them again.These days, however, the big-money ransomware gangs take a very different approach.They typically go after
Publish At:2021-05-25 12:52 | Read:1706 | Comments:0 | Tags:Android Apple Google iOS Malware SophosLabs App Store crypto

The Pros and Cons of Apple’s iOS App Store

If you use apps on your iPhone or iPad, other than those included in iOS, you get them from Apple’s App Store. Since Apple’s App Store is the only way to install apps on iOS devices (unlike with macOS where you can obtain apps from the Mac App Store or from developers) you have to use Apple to provide these apps. The App Store has lots of advanta
Publish At:2020-06-19 13:37 | Read:2904 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple App Store IOS

Fleeceware on your iPhone? Don’t get caught out while penned up at home

byPaul DucklinTrying to keep your kids entertained?Looking for something to take the “long” out of the forthcoming long weekend? (Ever thought you’d be worried about a weekend being “long”?)Ready to try some new apps, just to see what they’ve got to offer?If you are, please read the latest report from SophosLabs first, ent
Publish At:2020-04-09 15:07 | Read:2861 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple iOS App Store fleeceware iPhone

Your Kids Are Being Targeted By Malware

The Google Play store has hit the headlines again after 50 Android apps were removed last week because they were compromised by the Tekya auto-clicker-malware. Concerningly, these apps had over one million downloads between them. Worse still, more than half of the affected apps were aimed at kids. What is Tekya? Tekya is a special type of malware called an “
Publish At:2020-04-07 10:44 | Read:2509 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile News Mobile Security App Store apps

Introducing iVerify, the security toolkit for iPhone users

“If privacy matters, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” So says Apple in their recent ads about Privacy on the iPhone and controlling the data you share—but many of the security features they highlight are opt-in, and users often don’t know when or how to activate them. But hey… we got your back! Today, Trail of Bits launched i
Publish At:2019-11-14 15:25 | Read:4364 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple Education Exploits Guides iVerify Press Release Privac

Checkm8 jailbreak and AltStore put cracks in Apple’s walled garden

byDanny BradburyJailbreaking iPhones has become a lot harder with each new version of the hardware, but this weekend saw two new announcements that enable people to install apps on their phones. One of them is a traditional jailbreak, while the other is an alternative app store that uses a loophole in Apple’s code-signing process.Jailbreaking is a form
Publish At:2019-09-30 12:45 | Read:4709 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple iOS Mobile App Store iPhone jailbreak jailbreaking

Gambling Apps Sneak into Top 100: How Hundreds of Fake Apps Spread on iOS App Store and Google Play

By Todd Han and Junzhi Lu (Mobile Threats Analysts) Google Play and iOS App store are no strangers to fake apps trying to trick users into downloading ad- or malware-ridden versions. We have previously reported on fake Android voice apps on Google Play, which were observed to be impostor apps for voice messenger platforms. Recently, we also uncovered counter
Publish At:2019-09-26 08:20 | Read:5059 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile App Store fake apps gambling google play IOS

Password-pilfering app exposes weakness in iOS and Android vetting process

Another mentionable fact is that the InstaAgent developer used the subdomain instagram.zunamedia.com to sent the data that was EXACTLY the same data that has been sent to the official Instagram servers to his server. I think that he wanted to “hide” his malicious HTTP packet because at the first glance it looked like an “official” HTTP packet to the Instagra
Publish At:2015-11-12 18:35 | Read:5889 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gear & Gadgets Infinite Loop Law & Disorder Risk Assessment

Researchers find 256 iOS apps that collect users’ personal info

Researchers said they've found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple's App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users.The apps, which at most recent count totaled 256, are significant because they expose a lapse in Apple's
Publish At:2015-10-19 18:25 | Read:9058 | Comments:0 | Tags:Infinite Loop Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab

iOS and Malware

iOS and Malware Posted by David Harley on October 15, 2015.Almost exactly a year ago I wrote an article for this site in which I said:…while iOS isn’t impregnable, most iOS-targeting malware relies on the device being jailbroken. In general, Apple’s ‘iron hand’ approach to app-sandboxi
Publish At:2015-10-15 19:50 | Read:5904 | Comments:0 | Tags:David Harley App Store iPad Malware sandboxing IOS

Apple removes several apps that could spy on encrypted traffic

Apple has purged its iOS App Store of several titles that it said had the ability to compromise encrypted connections between end users and the servers they connect to. The company advised users to uninstall the apps from their iPhones and iPads to prevent potentially harmful monitoring, but it has yet to name any of the offending titles."Apple has removed a
Publish At:2015-10-09 17:15 | Read:5390 | Comments:0 | Tags:Infinite Loop Risk Assessment Technology Lab App Store apple

Bypassing Apple’s Gatekeeper

Ever since Apple first introduced Gatekeeper, malware creators have been trying to find a way around it. Many different pieces of malware have done so, but at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Prague, Patrick Wardle, a security researcher at Synack, presented his findings on some new and interesting ways to skirt Apple’s security. First, let’s tak
Publish At:2015-10-07 07:40 | Read:5549 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mac App Store Apple mac malware vulnerability


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