The Increasing Use of Mobile Spyware Apps

Never in human history has there been a platform for tracking, eavesdropping, reconnaissance, and surveillance like the smartphone.  With the right malware or phone store app, a marketing company, suspicious spouse, parent, nation-state cyber-spy, or your own government or law enforcement agency can easily spy on anyone carrying a smartphone.  Mobile devices often provide a bridge between a target’s personal life and professional ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Detecting Credit Card Skimmers

Modern credit card skimmers hidden in self-service gas pumps communicate via Bluetooth. There’s now an app that can detect them:

The team from the University of California San Diego, who worked with other computer scientists from the University of Illinois, developed an app called Bluetana which ...

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Android OS Set Top Boxes Target of Botnet

A new botnet known as “Ares” is targeting misconfigured set top boxes that run the light-weight Android OS.  Two older botnets, Fbot and Trinity, are also targeting this misconfiguration.  A module, the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), is the specific vulnerability, and it should not be available at all.  The debug bridge is used by software developers during code writing to check for flaws, ...

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Hack Turns iPhones and Android phones into Ultimate Surveillance Tool

If you visited certain websites with your iPhone (or Android or Windows device**) over the last two years, it is possible that your iPhone downloaded and installed malware that allowed attackers to intercept and record everything you did and everywhere you went with your iPhone.  This includes real-time location information, all your emails and messaging (including encrypted versions such ...

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Guest Post – Have an Android Smartphone? Beware of Agent Smith

Another guest post by Tony Chiappetta of CHIPS

Agent Smith is frightening Google Android users around the world. This malware has replaced legitimate apps with malicious versions on 25 million Android devices. Here is what you need to know.

Around 25 million Google Android devices have been infected with a new variant of mobile malware. Once ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


September is National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared, Not Scared

Original release date: August 28, 2019

National Preparedness Month (NPM) promotes family and community disaster and emergency planning. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Although most people understand that being prepared is essential to getting through an emergency such as a natural disaster, there is less awareness about the ...

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Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 2

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the last article and this article will ...

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