One can argue that for any adult right now, the smartphone is highly likely the most personal piece of technology he or she owns. Indeed, there are a lot of reasons supporting this idea -- after all, we carry our smartphones just about everywhere we go, and our handsets basically carry all sorts of very personal information, including passwords, bank and credit card information, contact information of family, friends, and colleagues, and loads of potentially sensitive pictures. It is no surprise then that hackers now are looking to hack our mobile devices more than our personal computers.
Earlier this week, Motherboard had reported that it had spotted what appears to be iOS source code posted on GitHub. Some have expressed their concerns that this source code could be used by hackers in order to search for flaws in Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple has since responded, stating that the code does seem to be the real thing, albeit based on a version of iOS 9 that was released more than three years ago.
A research team from Netlab360, a company that specializes in developing cybersecurity solutions, has found that hackers are transforming thousands of Android powered mobile devices and smart TVs into miners for the Monero cryptocurrency. As reported by ZDNet, these hackers have successfully breached 7,000 handsets in China alone.
According to a research team from Kaspersky Lab, a Russia based company that specializes in developing and selling cybersecurity solutions, 2017 saw at least 1.2 million users who own mobile devices powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system encounter malware that were disguised as pornographic content. The firm estimates that 4.9 million people had suffered from malware attacks last year, which meant that around a quarter of that volume got malware disguised as porn.
Earlier this week, OnePlus had chosen to shut down all credit card payments on its official website, after several customers have reported noticing unusual or unexplained activity on their credit card account after making a purchase from the Chinese phone maker’s online store. At that time, the company said the decision was a precautionary measure while they were trying to look into the issue.
Apple has said this week that Meltdown and Spectre, the two newly discovered processor security vulnerabilities, can impact almost all of its devices, including iPhones, iPad tablets, and even Mac computers. But the tech giant is also taking the opportunity to point out that risk can be reduced significantly if Apple users make sure to download the newest software updates, which come with fixes for one of the flaws.
A research team from Black Hat recently revealed during its security conference held just this week in the city of Las Vegas in the state of Nevada that a certain number of mobile devices are collecting potentially sensitive information (without the permission of the device’s owners) to servers based in China.
We all know the story -- the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had requested Apple last year to help them unlock an iPhone 5c unit owned by one of the perpetrators involved in the San Bernardino attacks. The phone maker had famously said no thanks, so the feds had no choice but to acquire the services of an Israel based mobile security firm called Cellebrite in order to help them crack the said iPhone.
It was back in July earlier this year when Verizon Wireless officially made a move to acquire Internet giant Yahoo for a sum of $4.83 billion. But now that Yahoo has suffered yet another massive hack on its user accounts, the biggest mobile operator in the United States is reportedly asking for a lower acquisition price, and even considering to completely back out of the deal, according to a report published by Bloomberg.
According to a research team from Check Point, an Israeli security company, they have discovered four new security flaws found in Android powered smartphones and tablet devices that sport a certain Qualcomm processor. And those flaws could let hackers gain full control of that Android handset.
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