More details on One Planet York app vulnerability don’t paint council in a good light

New information has come to light which makes it more difficult to defend York city council’s actions and communications in response to being told about a vulnerability in its One Planet York app.

Did UK city council over-react to a vulnerability report in its recycling app or not?

Some in the computer security community feel that the council over-reacted by reporting the incident to the police.

I’m not so sure.

Smashing Security #084: No! My voice is not my password

Who’s been collecting the voice prints of millions of people saying “My voice is my password”? Why has it become tougher for law enforcement to scoop up cellphone data? And who’s been turning up your central heating?

All this and much 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 from AMTSO.

Toyota dealer sued for stealing intimate photo off couple’s smartphone

A couple has sued a Toyota dealership for stealing an intimate photo off a smartphone and uploading it to a website for swingers.

David Bisson reports.

2,000 personal photos, emails, and other info found on used smartphones

In a recent experiment, researchers found 2,000 personal photos, email messages, and other information stored on used phones they purchased from pawn shops.

David Bisson reports.

Talking about smartphone security on The Phones Show

I made a guest appearance on “The Phones Show”, a podcast all about the world of mobile.

Take a listen, and find out what mobile phone I use and why…

StealthGenie – the app that lets jealous partners spy on you and your online conversations

There’s a shady industry out there of businesses that sell spyware apps that market themselves to jealous partners, domestic abusers and stalkers, keen to spy upon others.

Learn more on the Hot for Security blog.

UK Police push for all smartphones to be password-protected

Do you use a password to protect your phone?

The London Metropolitan Police thinks it’s time to retire the entire question – by forcing the issue.

Learn more in this article on the Foursys blog.

Chinese Android smartphone comes with malware pre-installed

You may want to think twice before buying a cheap Star N9500 Android smartphone.

Not only does it reportedly have malware pre-installed, but it sounds like it’s not at all easy to clean it up.

Snapchat releases an app update, and finally says ‘We’re sorry’

SnapChat, the smartphone app loved by sexting teens sharing intimate snaps of their private parts, has finally apologised for its security screw-up.

Hackers claim to reveal millions of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers

A website called SnapchatDB has made available what they claim is a database of 4.6 million Snapchat users, revealing usernames and phone numbers.

How a rogue app can turn off all device locks on your Android smartphone

Researchers have found a serious security hole in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, that allows rogue applications to bypass security, and turn off security locks.

Be careful what apps you install on your smartphone!

Barack Obama isn’t allowed an iPhone, ‘for security reasons’

He’s only too aware, of course, about how the mobile phone conversations of world leaders can be spied upon.

Mobile phone theft on the rise – here’s how to protect your data for free

Research released today has revealed that the theft of mobile phones is on the rise.

This isn’t just about losing an expensive phone – there’s also the threat of losing your data and money.

Learn how to better protect your phone.

Suspected Android SMS malware author arrested in France

French police have arrested a 20-year-old man in Northern France, in connection with an attack that infected thousands of Android smartphones with money-making malware.

New Android Trojan horse could prove costly

Is it HongTouTou, Adrd or Geinimi? One thing is clear – new malware for Android smartphones is grabbing users’ attention.

Make sure that you are careful about the applications you install on your Android device.