A report recently published by TechCrunch says that mobile phone companies are still giving users’ phone numbers and location information to third parties. The article then reported about Philip Neustrom, the co-founder of Shotwell Labs, who came across a couple of websites that that sent back various user data when accessed from a mobile data connection.
Less than a week ago, it was reported that OnePlus was gathering tons of data from mobile devices powered by its OxygenOS, apparently without the consent of the owners of those devices. A software engineer named Chris Moore had discovered the phone maker’s data collection activities, and thereafter, various users have been demanding an explanation from OnePlus.
According to a report recently published by ZDNet just this week, it appears that researchers have discovered a bug within the WPA2 security protocol utilized in just about every Wi-Fi enabled gadget today, including computers, routers, and even mobile devices. The flaw now goes by the nickname KRACK (which is short for Key Reinstallation Attack) and was reportedly uncovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic.
According to a report recently published by Motherboard, it appears that there is a flaw in T-Mobile’s website that allowed unauthorized access to personal information of millions of the major US wireless carrier’s subscribers. The personal info reportedly included account numbers and email addresses. Thankfully, the flaw was already fixed last Friday.
As recently told by Amazon to CNET this week, the e-commerce giant has decided to suspend the sales of mobile devices made by Blu on its official website. The reason for the removal reportedly has something to do with a potential security issue. This decision from Amazon came after Kryptowire, a security firm, showed last week how Blu devices possess software that had the ability to gather potentially sensitive or private information, and transmit them to servers located in China, without the knowledge and permission of the owners of the handsets.
Facial recognition and fingerprint scanning systems are excellent tools for making sure mobile devices are safe from intruders. But as good as they are, they are still bound to some limitations. Moreover, mobile users often struggle a bit when trying to switch effectively and easily between the two technologies. As for intruders, the most persistent of them can conquer facial recognition and fingerprint reading systems by letting users unlock their devices (either unwittingly or under duress) or sometimes coming up with false (but convincing) identities.
This week, Synaptics, one of Samsung’s manufacturing partners, has officially introduced a new fingerprint sensor for smartphone devices. The Natural ID FS9100 sensor is an optical type of scanner that can be fitted under a handset’s glass display screen. Most of today’s fingerprint sensors are of the capacitive type, which meant that they require a dedicated space of their own on the phone’s screen real estate, e.g. the circular home button found on Apple’s iPhone devices.
According to a report released by security firm Kryptowire, certain commercial firmware preloaded on a number of Android powered mobile devices released in the United States smartphone market are actually transmitting personal information to a third party in China. The personal information being sent consisted of mobile users’ contacts lists, phone call logs, text messages, data on app usage, and even location information. Perhaps one of the most pressing questions right now is which devices exactly have this firmware preinstalled?
After its Galaxy Note 7recall disaster, Samsung saw its profits dive 30 percent during the third quarter of 2016. Needless to say, the biggest smartphone vendor in the world is now looking to bounce back, and its latest acquisition should help move things along, at least in the long run.
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