Greetings, Android! 12 tips to toughen up your new device for the real world

ESET’s Threat Trends Predictions report for 2014 found new Android malware increased 63% from 2012 to 2013 – so If you’re a user ‘switching sides’ from an Apple iDevice, you might be alarmed. But a few sensible steps are all it takes to stay safe on Google’s OS…

Holiday shoppers turning to mobile to bag bargains – but ignoring security risk, survey finds

This holiday season, shoppers are turning to mobile as a new way to hunt bargains, with purchases via mobile platforms nearly doubling year-on-year – but nearly one third of shoppers polled admitted to serious security errors, such as storing card details in smartphones.

Companies have “heads in sand” about security threat as employees sneak mobile devices to work, report warns

Employers are failing to face up to the threats posed by employees who use their own mobile devices at work – 40% of companies do not consider the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend even to be on their agenda, according to a survey of IT workers.

ESET’s Threat Trends Predictions 2014: The next battle for internet privacy, a new assault on Androids, and a new wave of hi-tech malware

The 2014 threat trends report from ESET’s global network of cybersecurity experts centers on three key trends, the first and foremost being digital privacy, the others being threats to mobile devices, and new, hi-tech malware targeting PCs and other devices in the home.

All of Android’s top 100 apps have been hacked – and banking apps are now a prime target, report finds

All of the top 100 apps on Google’s Play store have been hacked, and hackers now specifically target financial apps, such as those used by banks – with 53% of Android banking apps having been cracked, according to a report by Arxan.

Has-bean? Old Androids still on Jelly Bean can be “lock-picked” by malware

A vulnerability in Android could allow attackers to “unlock” phones without cracking PIN codes – using malware to deactivate Google’s locks on handsets and tablets. The vulnerability can “turn off” all locks a user puts in place.

Tendencias 2014: la evolución del cibercrimen

Continuando con el resumen de tendencias en materia de seguridad informática para el año 2014, en el cual ya hablamos de la privacidad en Internet, ahora es tiempo de enfocarnos en el cibercrimen. Los códigos maliciosos y vulnerabilidades en diversas plataformas son algunos de los temas a tratar. ¿Hacia dónde va el cibercrimen en el

Death message: Google Nexus phones can be remote-crashed by SMS, researcher warns

At least two recent models of Google’s flagship Nexus Android handsets can be crashed remotely – simply by sending them a flurry of SMS text messages, a Dutch researcher has warned.

Resumen de amenazas de noviembre de 2013

Tenemos el agrado de compartir con ustedes el reporte mensual de amenazas y tendencias correspondientes a noviembre, mes que se caracterizó entre otras cosas, por el descubrimiento de un servicio ilícito que ofrecen algunos cibercriminales para descifrar archivos secuestrados por CryptoLocker. Este troyano ransomware es uno de los más prolíficos, por lo tanto, resulta comprensible

Androids destroyed: Hacking contest pays out $50,000 “bug bounties” for successful attacks on Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4

“Pinkie Pie”, an under-21 hacker won $50,000 at the Pwn2Own contest, as he used drive-by attacks to take over a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Nexus 4, both of which run Android.

New IBM system adds “robust” security to smartphone banking and shopping

Cybercriminals are already targeting mobile banking apps as a “way in” to customer accounts – as witnessed in ESET’s discovery of a new, advanced Trojan, Hesperbot. But a new IBM system may help secure smartphones – by using near-field communications chips (NFC) for an additional layer of security. It’s the first system to allow “two-factor”

Android users to get Apple-baiting fingerprint protection “by next year”

Apple’s fingerprint sensor has drawn a huge amount of attention (and hack attempts) ever since it launched on iPhone 5S – but it seems Android users will get their own fingerprint protection shortly.

Skorpion smartphone charger lights up if your phone contains malware

Plugging your smartphone in to charge up could soon offer an alert that you’ve contracted malware – with a new charger that lights up when it detects malicious software. For businesses, it could be a “last line of defense” against employees bringing infected devices to work.

Últimas investigaciones en amenazas y protecciones en dispositivos móviles

Seguimos compartiendo con ustedes sobre lo que sucede en Berlin, en el marco de la Virus Bulletin 2013, para mantenerlos informados acerca de las últimas tendencias e investigaciones dentro del mundo de los antivirus y la lucha contra los códigos maliciosos. Sí, vamos a hablar de mobile. Durante el día de hoy, uno de las

Resumen de amenazas de septiembre de 2013

Tenemos el agrado de compartir con ustedes el reporte mensual de amenazas y tendencias correspondientes a septiembre, mes que se caracterizó entre otras cosas, por algunos acontecimientos relacionados a las plataformas móviles y la seguridad de la información. El primer suceso tiene que ver con el lanzamiento del sistema operativo para móviles iOS 7.0 (y

ASA: Nueva aplicación para controlar el acceso a los recursos en Android

En el día ayer asistimos a la charla “Modification to the android operating system’s resource control” dictada por Ayelén Chávez y Joaquín Rinaudo, como tesis para su carrera de ciencias de la computación. ¿En qué consiste su proyecto? Tal como es conocido, las aplicaciones en Android requieren ciertos permisos para poder ejecutarse. Dichos permisos están

Grand Theft Android: Gamers warned to avoid fake “iFruit” GTA app

Android gamers have been warned to be wary of Grand Theft Auto V’s official “partner” app – Grand Theft Auto iFruit – after a slew of fake, malicious apps appeared online in advance of the real version. The app, available now on iPhone, allows gamers to customise cars, and interact with a virtual pet –

“More trouble” brewing as mobile threats multiply “exponentially”, ex-ISACA chief warns

Mobile threats are becoming more complex, and more difficult to deal with as more and more devices become connected, a former vice-president of security trade body ISACA has warned.

Hesperbot: un nuevo troyano bancario avanzado

La siguiente publicación es una traducción y adaptación del post “Hesperbot – A new, Advanced Banking Trojan in the wild” escrito por Robert Lipovsky y publicado en We Live Security. Recientemente, se descubrió un troyano bancario que afecta a usuarios que utilizan los servicios de banca en línea. Este troyano afectó a usuarios de Turquía,

Millions of Android users open to attacks due to old versions of OS, FBI warns

Android has become a “primary” target for malware, and nearly half its users are open to attacks due to running old versions of the OS, according to an internal bulletin reportedly from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

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