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.
According to Check Point, a manufacturer of cybersecurity software, a Chinese malware called HummingBad has infected at least 10 million Android powered mobile devices across the globe. The software firm has been monitoring the malware since it was first detected back in February of this year. Just recently, Check Point has published an analytical report of the potential damage that HummingBad can cause to devices. For several months, the number of HummingBad infections remained steady but increased significantly in the month of May.
In order to hack into the iPhone 5c unit it was investigating, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) paid less than a million dollars, according to a report published by Reuters just this week. Although still a considerable amount, the $1 million figure was markedly less than what various industry watchers have speculated.
More than a year ago, a certain flaw was discovered in the global mobile exchange system, and as reported by CBS’ 60 Minutes, it appears that this vulnerability is still being taken advantage of by hackers in order to gain unauthorized access to wireless data. The flaw specifically exists in Signaling System Seven (SS7), a full set of telephony signaling protocols that channels data between different mobile networks. In order to exploit this flaw, hackers need only get a certain phone number, and they could gain access to phone calls, text messages, and location information.
Well, sort of. As reported by CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still in the process of analyzing the data from the iPhone 5c unit owned by terrorist Syed Farook, one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino attacks last December that left more than a dozen people killed. As of the moment, the FBI has not found anything that is critically helpful in the investigation.
According to a report recently published by the Washington Post, there is a possibility that professional hackers may have provided an assist to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in cracking the iPhone 5c unit owned by a terrorist involved in the San Bernardino attack that happened in December of last year.
According to a report published by the New York Times just this week, it appears that Apple’s engineers are busy working on brand new security features for the tech giant’s iPhone device, protective measures that could make the smartphone essentially unhackable. To date, no details were divulged yet as to when these additional security measures will be made available to iOS mobile users.
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