Quite inevitably, passwords will be a thing of the past, replaced by biometric methods for identity verification. It is actually starting right now with most high profile smartphone releases featuring a fingerprint reader of some kind.
Android mobile users might be glad to know that the crew behind Google’s mobile security has taken the opportunity to roll out an Android update that should fix a couple of security flaws that could potentially put Android handsets at risk if cybercriminals had taken advantage of them.
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.
Just this week, Google took the opportunity to reveal a new feature on its Android mobile operating system that sends notifications to mobile users of new devices and security related occurrences on their account by way of onscreen alerts. Basically, this is how it all works -- when a new handset is added to the user’s account, native Android alerts, i.e.
There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes.
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.
As reported by Reuters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it now taking a closer look at wireless carriers’ use of a rather old telecommunications tech which has been proven to be riddled with security flaws, especially after a report by CBS’ 60 Minutes indicated that this tech can be remotely utilized by third parties to sneakily eavesdrop on mobile users.
According to the transparency report that Apple has released just this week, the iPhone maker was asked by United States law enforcement agencies for information in at least 4,000 occasions, covering more than 16,100 mobile devices, during the last six months of 2015. The company in turn complied with 80 percent of all these requests.
Google has published its yearly Android security report for this year. The tech giant first released its annual report last year, and is continuing it in 2016 for the second time ever. The results of the security report are pretty revealing, especially with regards to the co-relation between the level of security you have and where you acquire your mobile apps.
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.
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