Device Security

Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy
Device Security, Hacking

Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy

With each new generation of smartphone, manufacturers are adding more and more sensors to enhance the user’s experience, but this also means that more and more apps are asking for blanket permission to use those sensors. This proliferation of sensors and permissions is creating serious privacy and security issues, as researchers at Newcastle […]

Mirai Botnet Hammers College With Two-Day Attack
Device Security

Mirai Botnet Hammers College With Two-Day Attack

A newly discovered variant of the Mirai malware recently was used in a massive, sustained DDoS attack against a college in the United States, an attack that lasted more than two days. The Mirai malware has been involved in several of the larger DDoS attacks ever seen, including one that […]

iOS 10.3 Fixes Dozens of Serious Flaws
Authentication, Device Security

iOS 10.3 Fixes Dozens of Serious Flaws

With the release of iOS 10.3 today, Apple has patched more than two dozen vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution in a new release of iOS. Many of the code-execution bugs are in the iOS kernel and several others are in the FontParser component of the operating system. […]

Android Trojan Spreads Through Fake Cell Towers
Authentication, Device Security

Android Trojan Spreads Through Fake Cell Towers

Attackers in China are using rogue cell base stations to spread versions of an Android banking Trojan that steals user credentials and has the ability to bypass two-factor authentication. The malware, known as the Swearing Trojan for some impolite language found in the Chinese code, has been in circulation for […]

Half of Android Devices Didn’t Get Security Patches in 2016
Device Security

Half of Android Devices Didn’t Get Security Patches in 2016

Google has made several changes to the Android security ecosystem recently, including providing monthly updates and working with manufacturers to get those patches in the hands of users more quickly. But despite those efforts, about 50 percent of Android devices didn’t install a single security update in 2016. One of […]