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Spyware backdoor prompts Google to pull 500 apps with >100m downloads

August 22nd, 2017

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At least 500 apps collectively downloaded more than 100 million times from Google's official Play Market contained a secret backdoor that allowed developers to install a range of spyware at any time, researchers said Monday.

The apps contained a software development kit called Igexin, which makes it easier for apps to connect to ad networks and deliver ads that are targeted to the specific interests of end users. Once an app using a malicious version of Igexin was installed on a phone, the developer kit could update the app to include spyware at any time, with no warning. The most serious spyware installed on phones were packages that stole call histories, including the time a call was made, the number that placed the call, and whether the call went through. Other stolen data included GPS locations, lists of nearby Wi-Fi networks, and lists of installed apps.

In a blog post published Monday, researchers from mobile security company Lookout wrote:

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Spyware backdoor prompts Google to pull 500 apps with >100m downloads

August 22nd, 2017

Enlarge (credit: portal gda)

At least 500 apps collectively downloaded more than 100 million times from Google's official Play Market contained a secret backdoor that allowed developers to install a range of spyware at any time, researchers said Monday.

The apps contained a software development kit called Igexin, which makes it easier for apps to connect to ad networks and deliver ads that are targeted to the specific interests of end users. Once an app using a malicious version of Igexin was installed on a phone, the developer kit could update the app to include spyware at any time, with no warning. The most serious spyware installed on phones were packages that stole call histories, including the time a call was made, the number that placed the call, and whether the call went through. Other stolen data included GPS locations, lists of nearby Wi-Fi networks, and lists of installed apps.

In a blog post published Monday, researchers from mobile security company Lookout wrote:

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Android 8.0 Oreo Released – 11 New Features That Make Android Even Better

August 22nd, 2017
While the moon was eclipsing the sun, Google announced the launch of its new mobile operating system called Android 8.0 Oreo in an Eclipse-themed launch event in New York City. Yes, the next version of sugary snack-themed Android and the successor to Android Nougat will now be known as Android Oreo, the company revealed on Monday. Google has maintained the tradition of naming its Android

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Beware – Smartphones Can Be Hacked With Malicious Replacement Parts

August 21st, 2017

By Waqas

IT security researchers at Israel based the Ben-Gurion University of

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How to Remove Ads from Android Apps

August 20th, 2017

By Owais Sultan

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How to Remove Ads from Android Apps

August 20th, 2017

By Owais Sultan

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Uber users beware; Faketoken Android malware hits ride-sharing apps

August 18th, 2017

By Waqas

The new version of Faketoken Malware Targets Uber-Like Apps to

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Google explains why it banned the app for Gab, a right-wing Twitter rival

August 18th, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill)

When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a Twitter competitor. Gab was founded by Donald Trump supporter Andrew Torba, who says it's devoted to unfettered free expression online. This week, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, became an active Gab user after a succession of Internet companies refused service to his website, forcing it offline. The site also hosts controversial right-wing trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew "weev" Auernheimer.

On Thursday, Gab said that Google had banned its Android app from the Google Play Store for violating Google's ban on hate speech.

Google explained the removal in an e-mail to Ars. "In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people," the statement read. "This is a long-standing rule and clearly stated in our developer policies. Developers always have the opportunity to appeal a suspension and may have their apps reinstated if they've addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies."

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The Spectrum of Mobile Risk: Protecting Your Corporate Data

August 17th, 2017

In-brief: organizations need to better understand mobile risks if they want to protect critical data, writes Aaron Cockerill of the firm Lookout.  Mobile devices have become an integral part of enterprises’ critical infrastructure, allowing for increased productivity and flexibility. As mobility increases, so does the amount of sensitive...

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5 Best Game Hacking Apps for Android

August 17th, 2017

By Uzair Amir

Note: This article discusses apps that belong to third-party sites

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