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49 Disguised Adware Apps With Optimized Evasion Features Found on Google Play

By Jessie Huang We recently found 49 new adware apps on Google Play, disguised as games and stylized cameras. These apps are typical adware, hiding themselves within mobile devices to show ads and deploying anti-uninstall and evasion functions. These apps are no longer live but before they were taken down by Google, the total number of downloads was more tha
Publish At:2019-11-12 02:35 | Read:73 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile apps google play mobile adware

Zimperium Analyzes TikTok’s Security and Privacy Risks

Several news outlets over the last few days are talking about how TikTok, the viral short video app where millions of teens post comedy skits set to music, is under fire from U.S. lawmakers.   CNN reports US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle warn that the app could pose a national security risk, and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to
Publish At:2019-11-12 00:25 | Read:73 | Comments:0 | Tags:App Security Mobile Threat Defense Android apps iOS mobile M

A week in security (November 4 – November 10)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we announced the launch of Malwarebytes 4.0, tackled data privacy legislation, and explored some of the ways robocalls come gunning for your data and your money. We also laid out the steps involved in popular vendor email compromise attacks. Other cybersecurity news Bug bounty bonanza: Rockstar Games open up their bounty prog
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:14 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security awis cyber facebook fake news hacking Mob

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Holiday Shopping: Secure Your Online Purchases

As we gear up to feast with family and friends this Thanksgiving, we also get our wallets ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have practically become holidays themselves, as each year they immediately shift our attention from turkey and pumpkin pie to holiday shopping. Let’s take a look at these two holidays, and how their
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:41 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer malware mobile security mobile cybersecurity

Fake Photo Beautification Apps on Google Play can Read SMS Verification Code to Trigger Wireless Application Protocol (W

By Song Wang (Mobile Threat Analyst) At the start of the year, Google updated its permission requests in Android applications, and in particular, restricted access to SMS and CALL Log permissions. Google also added requirements for non-default applications (or those that don’t provide critical core features), allowing them to prompt and ask users for permiss
Publish At:2019-10-18 14:35 | Read:429 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Social android Carrier Billing google play WAP Billin

Researcher released PoC exploit code for CVE-2019-2215 Android zero-day flaw

A researcher has published a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code for the CVE-2019-2215 zero-day flaw in Android recently addressed by Google Earlier October, Google Project Zero researchers Maddie Stone publicly disclosed a zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-2215, in Android. According to the expert, the bug was allegedly being used or sold by
Publish At:2019-10-18 10:45 | Read:142 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Mobile CVE-2019-2215 hacking nres info

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:393 | 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:401 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile App Store fake apps gambling google play IOS

A week in security (September 9 – 15)

Last week  on the Labs blog, we looked at free VPN offerings, how malware can hinder vital emergency services, and explored how the Heartbleed vulnerability is still causing problems. We also talked about a large FTC settlement involving Google, and how to keep an eye out for leaky AWS buckets. Other cybersecurity news The Cobalt Dickens group has returned
Publish At:2019-09-20 11:20 | Read:628 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security infosec malware Mobile

Cybercrime’s Most Wanted: Four Mobile Threats that Might Surprise You

It’s hard to imagine a world without cellphones. Whether it be a smartphone or a flip phone, these devices have truly shaped the late 20th century and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. But while users have become accustomed to having almost everything they could ever want at fingertips length, cybercriminals were busy setting up shop. To tri
Publish At:2019-09-19 23:20 | Read:390 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer Mobile and IoT Security cellphones fake apps fake n

When PSD2 Opens More Doors: The Risks of Open Banking

By Feike Hacquebord, Robert McArdle, Fernando Mercês, and David Sancho As more industries adapt to cater to the increasingly mobile market, the financial industry is the latest to experience a shake-up. The Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) – also known as Open Banking – is a new set of rules for the European Union (EU) that’s expected to affect
Publish At:2019-09-19 14:50 | Read:334 | Comments:0 | Tags:Bad Sites Internet of Things Malware Mobile Ransomware Vulne

Fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store downloaded by over a million Android users

A fake WhatsApp version deployed on the Play Store was downloaded by over a million users, a failure for the automated checks implemented by Google. Once again crooks exploited the official Google’s Play Store as a repository for malicious apps. This time a fake WhatsApp version was used to infect over a million users that downloaded it. The fake Whats
Publish At:2017-11-05 16:20 | Read:4546 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware Mobile

App Stores that Formerly Coddled ZNIU Found Distributing a New iXintpwn/YJSNPI Variant

by Lilang Wu, Ju Zhu, and Moony Li We covered iXintpwn/YJSNPI in a previous blog post and looked into how it renders an iOS device unresponsive by overflowing it with icons. This threat comes in the form of an unsigned profile that crashes the standard application that manages the iOS home screen when installed. The malicious profile also exploits certain fe
Publish At:2017-11-02 20:40 | Read:5099 | Comments:0 | Tags:Bad Sites Malware Mobile android app stores iOS

White hat hackers earn over $500,000 for mobile exploits at Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 competition

Let’s see what has happened at Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 competition organized by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) at the PacSec conference in Tokyo. Here we are discussing once again of the Mobile Pwn2Own competition organized by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) at the PacSec conference in Tokyo. White hat hackers earned more than half a milli
Publish At:2017-11-02 14:15 | Read:4071 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Mobile mobile Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 comp

Coin Miner Mobile Malware Returns, Hits Google Play

By Jason Gu, Veo Zhang, Seven Shen The efficacy of mobile devices to actually produce cryptocurrency in any meaningful amount is still doubtful. However, the effects on users of affected devices are clear: increased device wear and tear, reduced battery life, comparably slower performance. Recently, we found that apps with malicious cryptocurrency mining cap
Publish At:2017-10-30 18:55 | Read:3984 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware Mobile Android malware Coin mining CPUMINER JSMINER

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