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NSA contributes to Android, but there is no secret backdoor

All Android code is available for public review, and plenty of people are reviewing it It came to light today (though it was never a secret) that the NSA (the National Security Agency), a U.S. intelligence service that's been in the news as of late for things nobody likes, is contributing code...
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CyanogenMod 10.1.1 released, patches several known security exploits

Heads up everyone using CyanogenMod on their Android device -- there's a security release coming your way. The 10.1.1 release patches several high-profile security issues (including the Master Key exploit) and it is highly recommended that all users install the update when available for their...
Bugdroids

Google confirms fix for 'master key' vulnerability released to OEMs

No evidence that exploit has actually been used, Google spokeswoman tells ZDNet Last week it emerged that a security vulnerability affecting all current versions of Android could allow applications to be maliciously altered without affecting their cryptographic signatures. You might've heard it...
My Xperia

Sony 'My Xperia' service rolling out worldwide

Sony mobile security service going global 'over the next few weeks' Following a limited beta rollout in Nordic countries earlier in the year, Sony's "My Xperia" security service for smartphones has begun rolling out globally. After listening to user feedback, Sony has finalized the service, and...
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Making sense of the latest Android 'Master Key' security scare

No spin, no bullshit, just clear simple talk about what's going on this time Some real talk about this exploit that the Bluebox security team discovered is needed. The first thing to know is that you’re probably affected. It’s an exploit that works on every device that’s not been patched since...
U.S. Cellular

US Cellular and NQ Mobile strike deal to provide security apps to customers

Two branded security apps to help keep customer's smart phone data safe In an effort to offer better comprehensive security to its customers, U.S. Cellular announced today that it will partner with NQ Mobile to provide security apps to its 5.2 million customers. The partnership expands on a...
Google Play password

Password protect your Google Play app to prevent unwanted purchases

Money doesn't grow on trees. Take a few steps to password protect your Google Play purchases. When it comes to things that cost real money, people tend to become a little more cautious. Nobody wants their child or kid brother accidentally buying a bunch of apps or in-app purchases from Google...
McAfee

McAfee introduces 'Security Innovations' app to reduce device loss and theft

Building on its history of making security applications that cover a broad range of use cases and features, McAfee released a new app called "McAfee Security Innovations" that aims specifically to help users not lose or have their device stolen. The app does so by working with the fact that users...
Larry Page

Google on the NSA 'PRISM' to-do: 'What the ...?'

Larry Page, chief legal officer Drummond pen post in response to recent reports of government snooping Google's chief executive this afternoon weighed in on the reports from The Guardian and The Washington Post that have created a bit of a firestorm over personal liberty versus anti-terrorism...
Samsung Galaxy S4

LoJack launches phone recovery service, Galaxy S4 first supported device

Embedded system increases the chances that devices will be recovered after theft Absolute Software, the makers of the LoJack theft recovery service, announced today that through a partnership with Samsung it will be offering its services to all Galaxy S4 handsets. The service, which was...

Huawei CEO speaks to press for the first time, denies espionage claims

Ren Zhengfei spoke to reporters for the first time since founding Huawei in 1988 Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei denied allegations that its products represent a threat to U.S. national security. Speaking directly with the press for the first time today, Ren also denied any illicit ties to the Chinese...
Samsung Knox

Samsung Galaxy S4, other Knox devices approved for U.S. Dept. of Defense networks

Samsung smart devices get the Pentagon's stamp of approval Update: Samsung's just passed along an official press release, which states that the DoD approval applies to both smartphones and tablets running Knox. You'll find the full presser after the break. Original story: The Samsung Galaxy S4...
AT&T Digital Life

AT&T launches 'Digital Life' security and home automation service in 15 markets

Enhanced security and control over your home from anywhere AT&T is stepping beyond serving internet, television and phone service today by launching its new home security and automation platform, which it calls "AT&T Digital Life". The service, which is available starting today in 15 U.S...
Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z has its own lockscreen bypass bug

Sony's Xperia Z is joining the ranks of the iPhone and Galaxy S3 today with some tinkering that has exposed a security flaw in the lockscreen of the device. According to Scott Reed, who found the flaw on his personal Xperia Z, the lockscreen bypass only takes a few easy steps and allows full...
Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD

Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD Android 4.1.2 update is live

Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners have started receiving an update for their devices. This latest OTA will bump both versions of the RAZR HD to Android 4.1.2, and comes with security patches from Google and a fix for data roaming. Multiple software improvements have also been made. Detection of USB...
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...
Galaxy Note 2 lock screen

Samsung aware of lock screen security issues, working on a fix

The past few weeks have seen some prominent lock screen security issues come to light on certain Android 4.1-based Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Note 2. Most recently, blogger Terence Eden was able to completely bypass the Note 2's lock screen security by cleverly utilizing a vulnerability...
Galaxy Note 2 lock screen

Samsung lock screen bypassed entirely with clever, meticulous trickery

Another Samsung lock screen security issue has come to light today, potentially allowing someone with physical access to a Jelly Bean-based Samsung phone to bypass a pattern or PIN lock. Brought to light by blogger Terrence Eden -- who you may remember from his earlier Note 2 exploits -- this one'...
Galaxy Note 2 lock screen

Minor Galaxy Note 2 security loophole could lead to momentary lock screen bypass

As Samsung security vulnerabilities go, this one's relatively minor. Nevertheless, if you're using lock screen security on the Galaxy Note 2, this latest loophole is something you should be aware of. Blogger Terence Eden has discovered a way to briefly bypass lock screen security on Samsung's 5.5-...
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HTC settles with FTC over insecure implementation of Carrier IQ, HTC Logger

HTC America has settled with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) over concerns that the company put millions of customer's personal information at risk with insecure implementations of software on its devices. The FTC found that HTC did not take a reasonable amount of care in implementing best...

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