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 Daily Beast certainly thinks so. According to a report published on the news website just this week, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has an initiative called Project Hemisphere that apparently does surveillance of the warrantless kind, and AT&T is earning millions out of taxpayers’ money in the process.
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.
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