mobile security

DNSFilter, a Washington, D.C.-based provider of DNS-based web content filtering and threat protection, has announced it’s acquiring Guardian, a privacy-protecting firewall for iOS. Financial terms of the deal were not…

DNSFilter acquires iOS firewall app Guardian to expand its web-based threat detection tech

It’s no secret that digital supply chains are increasingly under attack as hackers look to use this vector to get access to company networks and confidential information. But that also…

Cyberpion raises $27M Series A for its external attack surface management platform

Liberty Strategic Capital, the private equity firm launched last year by former treasury secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, announced today that it is acquiring a majority stake in mobile security startup…

Liberty Strategic Capital nabs majority stake in mobile security startup Zimperium for $525M

Security researchers have uncovered a new spyware campaign that’s targeting South Korean residents with Android devices in order to steal confidential data. Unlike other spyware campaigns that typically take advantage…

This new Android spyware masquerades as legitimate apps

The FBI has warned that the Chinese government is using both in-person and digital techniques to intimidate, silence and harass U.S.-based Uyghur Muslims.  The Chinese government has long been accused…

FBI says Chinese authorities are hacking US-based Uyghurs

According to BuzzFeed News, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ted Lieu will introduce legislation later today that seeks to restrict police use of international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) catchers. More…

US lawmakers want to restrict police use of ‘Stingray’ cell tower simulators

A mobile security startup has found seven security flaws in Samsung’s pre-installed mobile apps, which it says if abused could have allowed attackers broad access to a victim’s personal data.…

Security flaws found in Samsung’s stock mobile apps

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A new Android spyware masquerades as a ‘system update’

Security researchers say a powerful new Android malware masquerading as a critical system update can take complete control of a victim’s device and steal their data. The malware was found bundled in an app called “System Update” that had to be installed outside of Google Play, the app store for Android devices. Once installed by…

7:00 am PDT • March 26, 2021
A new Android spyware masquerades as a ‘system update’

Go SMS Pro, one of the most popular messaging apps for Android, is exposing photos, videos and other files sent privately by its users. Worse, the app maker has done…

Messaging app Go SMS Pro exposed millions of users’ private photos and files

TikTok has fixed four security bugs in its Android app that could have led to the hijacking of user accounts. The vulnerabilities, discovered by app security startup Oversecured, could have…

TikTok fixes Android bugs that could have led to account hijacks

Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone…

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

Security researchers have found a major vulnerability in almost every version of Android, which lets malware imitate legitimate apps to steal app passwords and other sensitive data. The vulnerability, dubbed…

A new Android bug, StrandHogg 2.0, lets malware pose as real apps and steal user data

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records…

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

5G is faster and more secure than 4G. But new research shows it also has vulnerabilities that could put phone users at risk. Security researchers at Purdue University and the…

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

As Slack makes its way deeper into the enterprise, it needs to layer on more sophisticated security measures like the encryption key management feature it released last year. Today, the…

Slack makes some key security enhancements

You might figure the biggest U.S. banks would have some of the most secure mobile apps. Spoiler alert: not so much. New findings from security firm Zimperium, shared exclusively with…

Most US mobile banking apps have security and privacy flaws, researchers say

Google today disclosed a security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Key that could allow an attacker in close physical proximity to circumvent the security the key is supposed to…

Google discloses security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, offers free replacement

A group of academics have found three new security flaws in 4G and 5G, which they say can be used to intercept phone calls and track the locations of cell…

New flaws in 4G, 5G allow attackers to intercept calls and track phone locations

More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store. Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of…

Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

A senator has confirmed that the use of cell site simulators for conducting real-time surveillance on cell phones may interfere with 911 calls. In a letter to the attorney general,…

Stingray cell phone surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, senator says

Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. But unlike most of us, the data on their phones could…

A simple solution to end the encryption debate

If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may be familiar with Drivemode: It’s one of the most popular apps for use in cars on Google Play,…

Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech

If I gave you my phone right you’d be able to figure out a lot of stuff about me. If I didn’t unlock it you’d see some of the news…

This must be the year of mobile security

Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive user data to a third party company based in…

Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

Forgot to back up your phone again? The way we use smartphones has changed a lot, and many of us never even plug our smartphones into computers anymore. Meem’s new…

Meem backs up your phone every time you charge it

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission announced today that they are teaming up for an inquiry into how security updates to smartphones and other mobile devices are…

FTC, FCC launch inquiry into how companies distribute security fixes to mobile devices

It’s being predicted that by the end of this year, mobile payment transactions in the U.S. will grow 210 percent. Despite this impressive gain, it turns out that not everyone…

The broken world of mobile payments and how to fix it

Apperian, the Boston-based company that offers mobile app management (MAM) as a service, announced today that it was exposing the different pieces of its platform as a set of open…

Apperian Opens APIs To Give Developers Piecemeal Access To Mobile App Management Platform

Bluebox Security, the security software developer providing protection for mobile business applications, is extending its product offering to include consumer-facing apps as well. Now the company’s customers who are developing mobile applications…

Bluebox Now Offers Security Software For Consumer Facing Business Apps

BlackBerry pulled a surprise move this morning when it announced that it’s purchasing mobile device management vendor Good Technology for $425 million in cash. It signals that BlackBerry, which has lost…

BlackBerry Goes Shopping Again, Buys Good Technology