Mobile

Google’s ad ban won’t stop stalkerware apps from promoting themselves

Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services.

But a loophole means that the companies behind creepy stalkerware apps will still be able to advertise themselves.

Smashing Security podcast #186: This one’s for all the Karens!

A high-rolling Hushpuppi gets extradited to the United States, Carole details her problems with clipboards and Disposophobia, and our guest becomes the subject of fake news during the Senegalese election.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by investigative journalist Michelle Madsen.

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Voice recordings from domestic violence alerting app exposed on the internet

A smartphone app, disguised as a regular app delivering the top world, sports, and entertainment news, containing a secret feature that allows victims of domestic abuse to send a covert distress call for help at the touch of a button.

What could possibly go wrong?

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

Smashing Security podcast #183: MAMILs, gameshows, and a surprise from eBay

A TV gameshow with cash prizes if you’re obeying Coronavirus lockdown rules, ex-Ebay staff charged in crazy cyberstalking case, and when the wrong cyclist was accused by the internet bearing pitchforks.

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

NHS Test & Trace sends text to wrong person, telling them they tested negative for Coronavirus

A former MP warns that she received a message intended for someone else, with the results of their Coronavirus test.

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Babylon Health app leaked patients’ video consultations

Babylon Health, makers of a smartphone app that allows Brits to have consultations with NHS doctors, has admitted that a “software error” resulted in some users being able to access other patients’ private video chats with GPs.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Apparently Coronavirus-tracing scammers won’t sound professional… (Yeah, right!)

Some members of the UK public will soon start receiving text messages and emails claiming to come from the NHS Test and Trace Service, as part of the country’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

The problem is that many of them won’t know if the communication is genuine, or from a scammer.

And the UK Government’s advice isn’t helping.

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Pablo Escobar’s brother says FaceTime flaw revealed his address, sues Apple for a publicity stunt (and $2.6 billion)

As YouTubers warn the public not to buy smartphones from Escobar Inc, the notorious drug lord’s brother orchestrates a publicity stunt.

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

Smashing Security podcast #180: Taking care of Clare

On this special splinter episode of the podcast, we’re joined by actor and comedian Clare Blackwood in the hope of convincing her that cybersecurity is no laughing matter.

Hear what happens in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Smashing Security podcast #179: Deepfake Jay-Z, and beer apps spilling your data

Apps that belch out sensitive military information, what could the world learn from South Korea’s digital response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and who has been deepfaking Bill Clinton, Jay-Z, and Donald Trump… and why?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest episode by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Brian Klaas of the “Power Corrupts” podcast.

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Edison Mail bug exposed iPhone users’ email accounts to complete strangers

The makers of a popular iOS email app have warned their users that their accounts may have been compromised after a buggy software update made it possible to see strangers’ emails.

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

TalkTalk’s ex-CEO Dido Harding heads up the UK’s Coronavirus tracing app…

Imagine you’re the UK Government in the middle of the biggest crisis the country has faced since World War II.

How are you going to instill some confidence that citizens should install a new Coronavirus tracing app?

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For six years Samsung smartphone users have been at risk from critical security bug. Patch now

Samsung has released a security update for its popular Android smartphones which includes a critical fix for a vulnerability that affects all devices sold by the manufacturer since 2014.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Newly-discovered Android malware steals banking passwords and 2FA codes

Security researchers are warning of a new mobile banking trojan that steals details from over 200 financial apps and intercepts SMS messages to bypass two-factor authentication mechanisms.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Text ‘bomb’ crashes iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches – what you need to know

An innocent-looking message, containing characters in the Sindhi language, can cause your iPhone to crash without warning.

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

Google declares war on Android fleeceware scamming users through sneaky subscriptions

The Google Play Store has announced new policies that aim to kick out “free trial” Android apps that you use underhand techniques to trick unsuspecting users into signing-up for expensive subscriptions.