Android

About the “easy to hack” EU Exit: ID Document Check app

The British Home Office’s app for EU citizens applying to live and work in the UK post-Brexit “could allow hackers to steal phone numbers, addresses and passport details.”

But is this something worth losing any sleep over?


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About that “Any fingerprint can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S10” report

Plenty of headlines are warning about anyone’s fingerprint being able to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10, but I’m not sure it’s quite as simple as that…


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Earn $2.5 million if you find a remote zero-day exploit for Android

A vulnerability broker is offering up to $2.5 million for zero-day remote exploits which would allow attackers to infect a remote Android smartphone with malware, with no user interaction required. But who will they then sell exploits to?


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Google’s bug bounty bid to make big Android apps more secure

Google’s bug bounty has been expanded to not only covers the firm’s own products, but additionally all apps in the official Google Play store which have had 100 million or more installs.

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


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500,000 Monzo banking customers told to change their PINs

Mobile-only bank Monzo has apologised for a gaffe which left the PINs of a subset of its customers exposed to its internal engineers.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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La Liga fined €250,000 after Android app spied on football fans

The Spanish football league La Liga has been hit with a fine after its official Android app was found sneakily listening to people’s surroundings when soccer matches were being played.

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


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Urgent! Update WhatsApp NOW to add new sticker support

Yes, you should update WhatsApp.

But not for the reasons they’re telling you.


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Ever app users uploaded billions of photos, unaware they were being used to build a facial recognition system

Users have shared the private photos stored in their email and social networks with Ever – not realising that they were being used to feed a facial recognition system.


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Smashing Security #125: Pick of the thief!

WannaCry’s “accidental hero” pleads guilty to malware charges, Samsung and Nokia have fingerprint fumbles, the NCSC publishes a list of 100,000 dreadful passwords, and Apple finds itself at the centre of an identity mix-up.

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 John Hawes.


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The Samsung Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is hacked

As hacker claims the entire process can be completed in just three minutes, you would be wise to remember that fingerprints are not the same as passwords.


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The scourge of stalkerware

Stalkerware. Software that allows someone else to spy upon every SMS text message you send or receive, who you’re speaking to on your smartphone phone, the pictures in your photo library, every social media post you make, your current location, and where you go and when.

The EFF’s Eva Galperin calls on the security industry to take stalkerware more seriously.


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Google Play is flooded with hundreds of unsafe Android anti-virus products

A new study has closely examined whether 250 security products for Android smartphones are capable of protecting users at all.

The results are in… and disturbing.

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


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Smashing Security #118: The ‘s’ in IoT stands for security

Twerking robot assistants, an app from Saudi Arabia that lets men track women, and a gnarly skiing security snarl-up!

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 technology journalist Geoff White.


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Your $350 Nike self-lacing sneakers aren’t as smart as you hoped

Owners of Nike’s “smart” sneakers are up in arms that their $350 footwear had been bricked by a faulty Android app update.

Sometimes simple is better than “smart”.


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Smashing Security #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

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 Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


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