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New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the...
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Android update coming with regular malware scans

A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and "behaving in a safe manner". Currently the...
Samsung Knox

Samsung to include Lookout on future devices for increased enterprise security [update]

Another layer of security aimed at the enterprise could help BYOD efforts Update: Naturally, as soon as the rumors are swirling, Lookout has just announced on its official blog that it has struck a deal with Samsung to be included in its KNOX security system on future devices. This partnership...
Malware

Google removes 32 apps from Google Play over malware concerns

Apps contained a "fake" ad network, directed users to install malware disguised as free applications Yesterday, the folks over at Lookout divulged their latest find. 32 applications, mostly Russian language, were found to contain what Lookout calls "BadNews" -- a new piece of code that...
Avast

Popular mobile security app Avast! marking Gmail, Whatsapp, others as malware

Whoopsies. It appears that the popular "Avast! Mobile Security" -- it's got somewhere between 10 million and 50 million downloads from Google Play -- is marking Android's Gmail as malware. You might get a lot of spam and other unwanted e-mail, but that doesn't quite make gmail itself a malware app...
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Android malware scanners -- should you use one?

Recently we've seen AVG, an Android "security" app marking other applications as malware when they aren't. That's called a false positive, and it's a fairly common occurrence. When it happens to a popular app, it always causes confusion and gets everybody unnecessarily stressed out. This time it...
Android

Editorial: On fragmentation, malware, and clicks

Who's ready for the next round of the "Android is riddled with malware" game? Apparently the Washington Post is. John Gruber of Daring Fireball linked everyone to their story today that explains how Android's open model creates a fragmented system that is "like a really dry forest, and it’s just...
Unknown sources

The SpamSoldier SMS botnet: What you need to know

A little common sense is all that's needed to avoid the latest piece of scareware making the rounds Here's how to avoid the latest "ZOMG SCARY ANDROID BOTNET SCARY SCAM!!!" of the week. Don't click on obviously spammy text messages from people you don't know. Don't click on obviously...
Android Central

Samsung 'conducting an internal review' on Exynos kernel vulnerability

There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy...
Samsung Exynos exploit

The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit - what you need to know

A new kernel exploit has been found (credit to alephzain at XDA) that affects some Samsung Exynos chipsets -- which happen to power many of Samsung's more popular phones. Normally kernel exploits don't make the rounds as news, but this time the word "malware" got attached to it so it has a bit of...

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