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How to disable a car’s brakes just by sending an SMS

Once again, security researchers have shown how easy it is to hack into the functions of a car and potentially make them unsafe.

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

How to hack into an email account, just by knowing your victim’s mobile number

Symantec has issued a warning about a successful scam being perpetrated against users of webmail services such as Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.

Twitter’s spat with Vodafone leaves 2FA users locked out

What happens when – without warning – your mobile phone company stops sending you the SMS authentication messages, leaving you locked out of your social media accounts?

Yahoo’s simple – but not necessarily secure – new way to log in

There’s a problem with only requiring you to have your mobile phone to log into your Yahoo account, and it’s this…

What if someone else has your phone?

iOS 8.2 stops attackers being able to restart your iPhone with a malicious Flash SMS

Have you upgraded your iPhone to the newly-released iOS 8.2 yet?

There’s at least one good reason why you might want to – to stop malicious attackers sending your iPhone a Flash SMS, capable of restarting your device.

Two-factor authentication – a handy list of who offers it (and who doesn’t)

A new website encourages more services to integrate two-factor authentication, and raises awareness of the additional security users can enable to better protect their accounts.

Beware! Flappy Bird fake apps are stealing money for cybercriminals

Fake versions of Flappy Bird have managed to trick Android users into installing them, hitting them in the wallet.

Don’t let Flappy Bird’s addictive qualities override your judgement.

Android users warned about fake Minecraft app

A bogus version of the “Minecraft – Pocket Edition” for Android has been discovered that generates income for online criminals by sending SMS messages to premium rate services.

Online quiz tackles mobile-related malvertising

An online quiz to help consumers spot digital malvertising that can result in unexpected mobile charges has been launched by UK regulator, PhonepayPlus.

Facebook account hacking service could lead you into danger

A website which offers an easy way to hack into Facebook accounts could actually lead users into danger, a security researcher has warned.

How to hack any Facebook account in under a minute, by sending just one SMS

A UK-based security researcher has earned himself $20,000 after uncovering a way to hack into any account on Facebook, just by sending a mobile phone text message.

Here’s how it worked.

Why Twitter’s two-factor authentication isn’t going to stop media organisations from being hacked

Twitter’s new two factor authentication system will be welcomed by some users, but ignored by others who will find it a nuisance.

Notably, it’s unlikely to be much use at all to media companies who have suffered at the hands of hackers, as Graham Clul…

Android Jellybean to scan apps for malware, and warn of expensive SMS scams

Last month, Naked Security uncovered evidence that Google was planning to starting scanning Android apps for malware on users’ smartphones.

Google has now shared more information about the technology it plans to introduce to fight malware on mobile devices.

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.

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

A Moscow-based firm has been ordered to refund victims who lost money as a result of Android malware.

Nude wallpaper apps infect thousands of Android devices with malware

Thousands of Android devices are thought to have been infected by a strain of Chinese malware which sends costly SMS messages to earn cash for its creators.