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Android P Will Block Background Apps from Accessing Your Camera, Microphone

Android P Will Block Background Apps from Accessing Your Camera, Microphone

February 26, 2018Mohit Kumar
Yes, your smartphone is spying on you. But, the real question is, should you care? We have published thousands of articles on The Hacker News, warning how any mobile app can turn your smartphone into a bugging device—' Facebook is listening to your conversations', ' Stealing Passwords Using SmartPhone Sensors', 'Your Headphones Can Spy On You' and 'Android Malware Found Spying Military Personnel' to name a few. All these stories have different objectives and targets but have one thing in common, i.e., apps running in the background covertly abuse ‘ permissions ’ without notifying users. Installing a single malicious app unknowingly could allow remote attackers to covertly record audio, video, and taking photos in the background. But, not anymore! In a boost to user privacy, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, Android P, will apparently block apps idling in the background from accessing your smartphone's camera a
Google Play Store Launches Bug Bounty Program to Protect Popular Android Apps

Google Play Store Launches Bug Bounty Program to Protect Popular Android Apps

October 19, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Better late than never. Google has finally launched a bug bounty program for Android apps on Google Play Store, inviting security researchers to find and report vulnerabilities in some of the most popular Android apps. Dubbed " Google Play Security Reward ," the bug bounty program offers security researchers to work directly with Android app developers to find and fix vulnerabilities in their apps, for which Google will pay $1000 in rewards. "The goal of the program is to further improve app security which will benefit developers, Android users, and the entire Google Play ecosystem," the technology giant says in a blog post published today. Google has collaborated with bug bounty platform, HackerOne, to manage backend for this program, like submitting reports and inviting white-hat hackers and researchers. White-hat hackers who wish to participate can submit their findings directly to the app developers. Once the security vulnerability has been resolved, th
Turkish Hacker Crashes Google Play Store Twice while testing vulnerability

Turkish Hacker Crashes Google Play Store Twice while testing vulnerability

March 18, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Last Weekend Google Play Store was crashed twice by a Turkish hacker when he tried to test vulnerability he discovered on the Android  apps  publishing system, known as Google's Developer Console . Turkish hacker ' Ibrahim Balic ' claimed responsibility for the Google Play Store attack and told ' The Hacker News ', he found a flaw in the Android operating system while working with Android tools i.e. Compiler, debugger on his Emulators, that was crashing again and again.  ' I successfully confirmed that it affects Android 4.2.2 , 4.3 and 2.3 ' he said. Then he created an Android app to exploit the vulnerability, ' causes a possible memory corruption '  and uploaded it to the Google's Developer Console. Unfortunately, OR Luckily the malformed Android app crashed whole Google's Developer Console, and he didn't expect that the app will knock everyone offline from Play Store. He was not sure about the outage caused by him or not,
Fake Grand Theft Auto V iFruit Android app fools thousands

Fake Grand Theft Auto V iFruit Android app fools thousands

September 23, 2013Wang Wei
Android malware is continuing to cause problems for end users with huge amounts of fraud and Malware campaigns going on. A lot of fake apps are currently on Google Play Store fooling thousands of consumers. Grand Theft Auto 5 , which hit stores last Tuesday and is shaping up to be the most lucrative video game release ever. Now, Rockstar Game do plan to bring their Grand Theft Auto V iFruit app for Android devices, but before official released, it’s fake malicious versions are out in Google Play Market. Rockstar have confirmed that they haven’t released the Android version yet, only the iOS version is available right now and Android owners are warned not to download them, because some could contain malicious malware . There are at least two fake apps have surfaced on the Google Play Store that use the same icon as iFruit in an attempt to mimic the real thing. The deceptive part about these apps is that the developer publicly listed appears as “Rockstar Game,” suggesting that th
Android WebView vulnerability allows hacker to install malicious apps

Android WebView vulnerability allows hacker to install malicious apps

September 16, 2013Mohit Kumar
WebView is an essential component in Android and iOS. It enables applications to display content from online resources and simplifies task of performing a network request, parsing the data and rendering it. Today AVG Security expert reported a critical vulnerability in Android's WebView feature that allows an attacker to install malicious software, send SMSs and performing more tasks. WebView uses a number of APIs which can interact with the web contents inside WebView. So this allows the user to view a web application as a part of an ordinary Android application. Users can be infected when they click on a URL link using a vulnerable application that allows opening a Java enabled browser or web page. The commands in the JavaScript code can enable attackers to install malicious software, send SMSs, steal personal information and more. To exploit the flaw, attacker can trick users to click a malicious link from a vulnerable WebView application and which will
Several Malicious Android apps found on Google Play affects 25,000 devices

Several Malicious Android apps found on Google Play affects 25,000 devices

August 10, 2013Mohit Kumar
As time goes on, though, the Malware Risk on Mobile Platforms appears to be increasing. A flood of scammy apps that are difficult for Google to detect, and therefore stays available for download for several days before being removed. The Russia-based firm Dr Web today said it has discovered several malicious  Android apps found on Google Play  which send SMS to premium numbers and  about 25,000 devices are infected by these malwares . A number of malicious programs have been discovered by Dr Web's analysts belong to the Vietnamese developer AppStoreJsc . These programs are published in the form of audio players and a video player that generally display adult content. Dr Web explains, " While running these carrier applications, dubbed Android . MulDrop, Android.MulDrop.1, and Android.MulDrop.2 by Dr . Web, can prompt the user to download the content they need, but their consent initiates the installation of another application rather than the downloadin
'BadNews' Android Malware downloaded up to 9 million times

'BadNews' Android Malware downloaded up to 9 million times

April 21, 2013Mohit Kumar
It appears as if another malware scare has come to Android . Lookout Security said on Friday that it has discovered a new family of malware called BadNews .  Malware that avoided detection and made its way onto the Google Play store has been downloaded around 9 million times by users from all over the world. The company uncovered the malware in 32 applications listed by four different developer accounts on Google Play. Google was notified and the company removed the affected apps and killed the developer accounts associated with them. In their report, firm describes the malware: " BadNews masquerades as an innocent, if somewhat aggressive advertising network. This is one of the first times that we've seen a malicious distribution network clearly posing as an ad network. Because it's challenging to get malicious bad code into Google play, the authors of Badnews created a malicious advertising network, as a front, that would push malware out to infected devices
Google Play privacy issue, sends app buyers personal details to developers

Google Play privacy issue, sends app buyers personal details to developers

February 16, 2013Mohit Kumar
Google is again under attack for its apparent mishandling of its users’ personal information. An Australian software developer ' Dan Nolan ' revealed that the search giant was sending him the full names, email and post codes of everyone who purchased his app on Google's Play. In a blog post , Nolan said the information was so detailed he would even be able to use it to ' track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase '. Nolan discovered that he has obtained a fair share of customer info himself after logging into his Google Play merchant account to update his payment details. The main problem is that Google is not asking explicit permission from buyers to share that information with developers, but according to privacy groups and with careful inspection of the policies, Google does not clearly mention that it is sharing personal information to app developers nor does it create a good deal of effort in informing buying custome
Developer expelled by Google Play Store on posting Malicious Android apps

Developer expelled by Google Play Store on posting Malicious Android apps

January 01, 2013Mohit Kumar
Google Play Developer Console enables developers to easily publish and distribute their applications directly to users of Android-compatible phones. Recently someone posted on Reddit that a developer is trying to spread malware by masquerading infected programs as legitimate software. The account of the developer called, “ apkdeveloper ” and readers spotted that they are posting fake malware apps by names of famous android games and apps, using the word "Super" as suffix to them, making them seem as an upgraded version of the game. The users can find the difference between the real app and malicious app by observing the device permissions, like as compared to the simple permissions like network access and read write access of the original Temple Run app, the ‘ Temple Run Super ’ app asks for sensitive information like location, phone status, identity and access to user accounts. After many report abuse Google Play has removed the developer from the store p
Android Malware that can DDoS Attacks from your smartphone

Android Malware that can DDoS Attacks from your smartphone

December 28, 2012Wang Wei
The Russian anti-virus vendor Doctor Web has found a new malicious program for Android which allows hacker groups to carry out mobile denial of service attacks. While it’s not entirely clear how the Trojan is spread, researchers suspect that the attackers use social engineering tactics since the malware appears to disguise itself as a Google Play clone. This malware works in the background without your knowledge. Once it is activated it searches for its command and control center and sends out information regarding your device there. One piece of information that will be sent is your phone number. The criminals will be using this number to send text messages to your phone to control the malware. Dubbed TheAndroid.DDoS.1.origin, creates an application icon, similar to that of Google Play. If the user decides to use the fake icon to access Google Play, the application will be launched. When it receives a DDoS attack command, the malware starts to send data packets to the sp
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Security Improvements overview

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Security Improvements overview

November 02, 2012Mohit Kumar
Google is bringing a host of new features to its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system designed to increase productivity, creativity and peace of mind and some very promising security improvements including: client side malware protection, Security Enhanced Linux, and always-on VPN . Most important Security Improvements in Android 4.2 is that it now includes a service based on Bouncer that works with all apps, not just those on Google Play. For example, it can check the apps you download on the Amazon App Store, or from 3rd Party sites. Whenever user will install any app from a different source than the official market, and will scan it for any malicious code that may prove potentially harmful for your device. Other than this, Users can now control how much data apps can access and share. This is made even more secure by something called VPN lockdown that can limit the amount of information sent over a connection that may not be secure or that is shared rather than priv
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