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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.

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.

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…

Smashing Security podcast #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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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.

Ingenious! The Android malware which only triggers if you’re moving

Android malware in the Google Play Store could tell whether it was likely to be running on a genuine victim’s device or being analysed by a security team.

Smashing Security podcast #090: Fortnite for Android, and the FCC’s DDoS BS

Fortnite players are told they’ll have to disable a security setting on Android, the FCC finally admits that it wasn’t hit by a DDoS attack, and Verizon’s VPN smallprint raises privacy concerns.

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

You’ll have to disable a recommended Android security setting to install Fortnite

Encouraging Android users to download apps from non-official sources is not a good idea from the security point of view, but Epic Games wants to maximise its profits.

Android apps infected with umm… *Windows* malware

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks recently discovered 145 apps in the official Google Play Android store that were “infected by malicious Microsoft Windows executable files.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Android apps carrying malicious Windows executables.

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60,000 Android devices hit by battery-saving app attack

Computer security experts have discovered an unusual attack targeting users of Android devices.

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

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Google smashed over 700,000 bad Android apps last year

Google says that it is getting better than ever at protecting Android users against bad apps and malicious developers.

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

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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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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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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.

Ztorg malware hid in Google Play to send premium-rate SMS texts, delete incoming SMS messages

The Ztorg malware hid in apps on Google’s Play Store to send premium-rate SMS texts and delete incoming SMS messages on Android devices.

David Bisson reports.

Judy malware campaign victimized as many as 36.5 million Android users

A malware campaign on Google Play has victimized as many as 36.5 million Android users with adware known as “Judy.”

David Bisson reports.