Tag Archives: Mobile Security

Android Malware: Breaking New Ground and Old Taboos

Source: F-Secure “Last Thursday’s post links to “Stels” analysis by Dell SecureWorks. (Read it!) Stels is a versatile Android trojan which has recently started spreading via the Cutwail spam botnet. Android malware being distributed by a mass-market crimeware gang — could be a game changer. So, how did Stels spread before Cutwail? Here’s a few slightly older Stels… Read More »

Android botnet sends SMS spam through Android phones

Source: Computerworld by Jeremy Kirk In this article “In a new twist, spammers have built a botnet that sends SMS spam through infected Android phones, shifting the potentially pricey cost of sending spam to victims. The trend, spotted by security vendor Cloudmark, poses a new challenge for operators. Victims whose phones are sending the SMS spam often do… Read More »

First Mac OS X fake installer pops up, racks up your mobe bill

Source: The Register by John Leyden In this article “Crooks have developed a new Mac OS X-specific Trojan that mimics the behaviour of a legitimate software installer. Trojan-SMSSend-3666, which poses as an application for listening to music on a popular Russian social networking site, attempts to hoodwink marks into handing their mobile number to activate the radio app.… Read More »

Samsung TouchWiz Devices Vulnerable to Mischief

Source: F-Secure.com In this article “Saw this tweet yesterday on Twitter: The account is a parody… but the “tel:*2767*3855%23” is quite serious. It’s a reference to a “vulnerability” which exists on some versions of Samsung Android phones, those running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. (So, not Nexus.) And by vulnerability, we mean that some “genius” developed a feature to factory… Read More »

Scientists develop tool for improving app security

Source: Help Net Security In this article “A team led by Harvard computer scientists, including two undergraduate students, has developed a new tool that could lead to increased security and enhanced performance for commonly used web and mobile applications. Called RockSalt, the clever bit of code can verify that native computer programming languages comply with a particular security… Read More »