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FBI may keep secret the name of vendor that cracked terrorist’s iPhone

October 2, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A federal judge ruled Saturday that the FBI does not have to disclose the name of the vendor and how much it was paid by the government for a hacking tool that unlocked the iPhone of a terrorist behind the […]


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Is the New iPhone Designed for Cybersafety?

September 18, 2017

Via: Fortune

As eager customers meet the new iPhone, they’ll explore the latest installment in Apple’s decade-long drive to make sleeker and sexier phones. But to me as a scholar of cybersecurity, these revolutionary innovations have not come without compromises. Early iPhones […]


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Malicious apps with >1 million downloads slip past Google defenses twice

September 14, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Researchers recently found at least 50 apps in the official Google Play market that made charges for fee-based services without the knowledge or permission of users. The apps were downloaded as many as 4.2 million times. Google quickly removed the […]


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Android Oreo: Google adds in more Linux kernel security features

August 31, 2017

Via: ZDnet

Google has outlined four key kernel hardening features its engineers have backported from upstream Linux to Android kernels on devices that ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. They will benefit “all Android kernels supported in devices that first ship with this […]


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Google Kicks 500 Apps Off Online Store Over Spyware Concerns

August 23, 2017

Via: Fortune

A spyware scare has led Google to remove over 500 apps from its online app store. The decision comes after researchers from cybersecurity firm Lookout disclosed this week the discovery of more than 500 apps available through Google (GOOG, +1.94%) […]


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Verizon Leads Charge for Supreme Court to Boost Cell Phone Privacy

August 15, 2017

Via: Fortune

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications (VZ, -0.68%), have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cellphone data. […]


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Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

August 14, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google’s official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday. Soniac was one […]


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Ajit Pai accused of conflict for helping former client, a prison phone company

August 11, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A prisoners’ rights group has accused Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai of having a conflict of interest because he used to represent a prison phone company as a lawyer. Under Pai’s direction, the FCC dropped its court defense of […]


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DHS makes mobile security a priority

July 24, 2017

Via: FCW

Mobile security continues to be top priority for the Department of Homeland Security, and new initiatives are underway to address threats to federal mobile devices. In August, DHS will announce a new Science & Technology Directorate research program for mobile […]


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More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play

June 21, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

For the second time this month, Google has removed Android apps from its Google Play marketplace. Google did so after a security researcher found the apps contained code that laid the groundwork for attackers to take administrative “root” control of […]