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The Shield: the open source Israeli Government app which warns of Coronavirus exposure

The Israeli health ministry released a smartphone app which takes location data from users’ phones in an attempt to determine if they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Should you be worried about your privacy? Perhaps not.

The Dance of the Pope virus hoax

Friends don’t share virus hoaxes with their friends. They spend five minutes checking their facts before sharing poppycock on social media.

Smashing Security #170: PornHub, Coronavirus apps, and remote working

It’s a self-isolated Coronavirus special as we discuss with our quarantined special guest how COVID-19 is making itself felt in the world of cybersecurity, and we offer tips on how to better protect yourself if you’re unexpectedly working from home.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Malicious Life’s Ran Levi from his attic.

Malicious Coronavirus victim tracking app demands ransom payment from Android users

A malicious Android app that pretends to warn users about those nearby infected with the COVID-19 Coronavirus actually locks devices, and demands a $100 payment in Bitcoin.

Android anti-virus products put to the test – which are the best at stopping new malicious apps?

If there’s one clear message you can take away from the latest real-world test of Android security products, it’s that relying upon Google to protect your smartphone isn’t really good enough.

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Over one billion Android devices at risk as they no longer receive security updates

More than one billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked or infected by malware, because they are no longer supported by security updates and built-in protection.

That’s the conclusion of an investigation which found that at-risk smartphones are still being sold, despite the range of malware and other threats to which they are vulnerable.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

ToTok chat app tells users to ignore Google’s spyware warning

Google is warning users that ToTok is unsafe. ToTok says that users shouldn’t trust Google’s warning…

Samsung freaks out smartphone owners with mysterious ‘1’ notification

Samsung has apologised after it accidentally sent a bizarre notification to smartphone owners’ devices.

Teenage girls tempt Israeli soldiers to install spyware for Hamas

It’s not the first time Israeli soldiers have been targeted with Hamas honeytraps to infect their smartphones with spyware.

Apple fined €25 million for deliberately slowing down old iPhones

Apple has been hit with a 25 million Euro fine (US $27.5 million) after it added battery management features to iOS that slowed down the performance of older iPhones.

Android users at risk from Bluetooth hijack attack, and are warned of “short distance worm” threat

Hackers could exploit a flaw on unpatched Android 8.0 and 9.0 phones to run malicious code such as a worm, with no user interaction required.

Smashing Security #164: A bitter pill to swallow

A gallery is tricked into giving millions to a fraudster, software tells doctors to push opioids onto patients, and an artist finds a novel way to trick Google Maps into thinking there’s a traffic jam.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

97% of airports showing signs of weak cybersecurity

New research has shone on a light on what appears to be a shocking lack of security at the world’s airports.

Boffins at ImmuniWeb took a look at 100 of the world’s largest airports, and only found three that passed with flying colours for their web and app security.

Win $1.5 million hacking an Android phone

If you can crack the security of the Titan M chip found on the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 smartphones, you could be in for a big reward…

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Teenager charged over $50 million SIM-swap cryptocurrency theft

Samy Bensaci, an 18-year-old living in Montreal, Canada, has been charged in connection with the theft of over $50 million worth of cryptocurrency in a SIM-swapping scam.

Find out what a SIM swap scam is, and read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Millions of Android phones may be vulnerable to camera spying vulnerability

Security researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in Android smartphones that could allow an attacker to secretly take photos and record videos without any permissions being granted.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.