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Privacy of fitness tracking apps in the spotlight after soldiers’ exercise routes shared online

People exercising on far-flung military bases are being exposed by their fitness tracker.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Smashing Security #062: Tinder spying, Amazon shoplifting, and petrol pump malware

Your Tinder swipes can be spied upon, Amazon is opening high street stores that don’t require any staff, and Russian fuel pumps are being infected with malware in an elaborate scheme to make large amounts of money.

With Carole on a top secret special assignment, it’s left to security veteran Graham Cluley to discuss all this and much much more on the “Smashing Security” podcast with special guests David McClelland and Vanja Švajcer.


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Sonic the Hedgehog accused of leaking Android users’ data

Researchers claim some Sega Android games are leaking users’ geolocation and device data.


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Smashing Security #061: Fallout over Hawaii missile false alarm

User interfaces and poor procedures lead to pandemonium in Hawaii, hackers are attempting to trick victims into opening cryptocurrency-related email attachments, and yet more pox-ridden apps are found in Android’s Google Play store.

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


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Bogus security apps in the Google Play store stole users’ info and tracked their location

Android users would be wise to remember that just because an app appears in the official Google Play store doesn’t mean that it should be considered entirely trustworthy.

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


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Oops! This Android keyboard app accidentally leaked 31 million users’ personal details

31 million users of an Android keyboard app have had their email addresses, phone numbers, and precise location exposed through the sheer carelessness of the app’s developer.

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


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Android spyware found secretly recording WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype chats

Google Play’s security team has uncovered a family of Android malware capable of stealing sensitive data from social media apps and spying on WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype communications.

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


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Think you deleted that embarrassing WhatsApp message you sent? Think again

if there’s one thing we should all have learnt from our years on the internet it’s this – once you say something somewhere, it’s very hard to take it back and pretend it never happened.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

Fake WhatsApp app tricked over a million users

Google Play has suffered another failure, as over one million users have been duped into downloading a fake version of WhatsApp made available in the official Android app store.

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


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Risky online dating apps putting your privacy in danger

If you weren’t nervous enough about the prospect of meeting a complete stranger after connecting on an online dating app, there’s something else to worry about.

Just how carefully is your app keeping your personal information and location out of other people’s sight?


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bitdefender.com

FBI failed to break into nearly 7000 mobiles due to encryption

Unless law enforcement agencies can find a way to bypass the device’s security by exploiting a software flaw, the best they can hope for is to guess a mobile phone’s passcode or to find a suspect willing to cough up.

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


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Found a flaw in a popular Android app? Google might give you $1000

Google has announced a new bug bounty program that aims to uncover security holes in high-profile Android apps.

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


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Android keyboard app misled 200 million users about how it was collecting data

A popular keyboard app for Android offered conflicting statements about its data collection policies to its more than 200 million users.

David Bisson reports.


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Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

What’s safer? Using a numeric PIN code to unlock your Android smartphone or relying on a finger squiggle? The answer might surprise you.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Red Alert 2.0: New Android banking trojan can block and log incoming calls from banks

New families of trojans continue to prosper on the Android platform as malicious hackers increasingly target mobile users in their attempt to steal login credentials and personal information.

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


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‘Secure’ BlackBerry Priv smartphone isn’t getting any Android updates

BlackBerry’s so-called ‘secure’ Android smartphone is never going to receive operating system updates.


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