Massive Data Leak Affects More Than 100M Android Users

If you own an Android smart device, be advised there has been a data leak. Security researchers at Check Point have recently discovered a massive data leak that left an assortment of personal data for more than 100 million Android users exposed. The data was found in unprotected databases used by a total of 23 different popular apps, some of …

Google Improves Android Feature To Change Compromised Passwords

Several months back, Google introduced a new feature to its Chrome browser that searched a user’s stored passwords, comparing them against a list of known compromised passwords. The best part is they are alerting the user if any of the passwords they have saved have been compromised. It’s an excellent feature and definitely helps to make users safer. Unfortunately, too …

Numerous Malicious Financial Apps Discovered Targeting Android Devices

Recently, Google did some house cleaning. They removed ten different apps from the Play Store, all of which contained droppers for financial Trojans, this according to a recent blog post by Check Point Research. Apparently, all ten of the poisoned apps were submitted by the same threat actor, who took pains to get them past Google’s extensive verification process. They …

Many Mobile Devices Contain A Chip With A Security Risk

A new, high severity vulnerability has been found in Qualcomm’s MSM (Mobile Station Modem) chips, including the company’s latest 5G-capable versions. The security issue could allow hackers to access a user’s call history, text messages, and even listen in on their conversations. Unfortunately, given the ubiquity of these chips in today’s smartphones, this flaw impacts some 40 percent of the …

Cross Platform Messaging Service Plan Canceled by Mobile Carriers

About eighteen months ago, a number of big mobile carriers got together to create the “Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative.” Their goal was to roll out a Rich Communication Services (RCS) platform designed to allow for text messaging across a variety of platforms, creating a seamless user experience. It’s something that sounds simple enough, and it’s a great idea on paper. Unfortunately, …

Be Careful Downloading Clubhouse App On Android

Clubhouse has taken the internet by storm. Or rather, it has taken the iOS ecosystem by storm, since the company has yet to release an Android version of their increasingly popular app. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, Clubhouse is an audio chat app that is invitation only. If you get an invite, you can listen …

People Using Mobile Data Instead Of Internet Service Providers

The ongoing pandemic has impacted daily life in the United States in a number of ways, some predictable and others surprising. On the predictable side, when tens of thousands of employees were asked to work from home, broadband internet connectivity saw a huge surge in use and nearly 80 percent of broadband users upgraded their service to get better speeds. …

Mobile App Vulnerabilities Found To Leave Data Unsecured

Most apps these days make use of cloud storage in order to minimize their footprint on your device. That’s good in theory, but based on new research from Zimperium, a disappointing percentage of app developers don’t do nearly enough to secure the data they’re housing for you. In fact, the recent study indicated that fully 14 percent of iOS and …

Major Security Issues Found With Popular Android App

Do you use the app “ShareIt?” It’s one of the most popular apps in the ecosystem, boasting more than a billion downloads from Google’s Play Store and nearly 2 billion downloads overall (including the Windows, iOS and MacOS ecosystems). On top of that, its original creator, Lenovo, preinstalled it on all Lenovo phones, which may have been the means by …

Update To Popular Android App Included Malware Infection

Do you use the popular Android app, “Barcode Scanner?” If so, you’re certainly not alone. The app has racked up more than 10 million downloads on Google’s Play Store and is one of the most popular apps in its class. It’s a simple, straightforward bit of code that does exactly what it sounds like it does, which is why so …