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Did You Install Super Mario Run APK for Android? That's Malware

Did You Install Super Mario Run APK for Android? That's Malware

December 27, 2016Swati Khandelwal
After the success of Pokémon Go , Nintendo's " Super Mario Run " has become the hottest game to hit the market with enormous popularity and massive social impact. The game has taken the world by storm since its launch for iOS devices over a week ago. Can you believe  —  it was downloaded more than 40 million times worldwide in its first four days of release. But if you have downloaded a Super Mario Run APK for your Android device, Beware! That's definitely a malware. Since Super Mario Run has currently been released only for iOS devices and is not on Google Play, it caused a lot of disappointment among Android users. So, eventually, many Android device owners who love Mario games and can not wait to play Super Mario Run ended up downloading APKs outside of the Google Play Store. But those tons of phony copycat unofficial Super Mario apps on many third-party Android app stores turn out to be malware or viruses that attempt to look like the legitimate Super
Uber Now Tracks Your Location Even After Your Ride

Uber Now Tracks Your Location Even After Your Ride

December 09, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Uber was in controversies at the mid of this year for monitoring the battery life of its users, as the company believed that its users were more likely to pay a much higher price to hire a cab when their phone's battery is close to dying. Uber is now tracking you even when your ride is over, and, according to the ride-hailing company, the surveillance will improve its service. Uber recently updated its app to collect user location data in the background. So, if you have updated your Uber app recently, your app's location tracking permissions have changed, allowing the app to monitor your location before and five minutes after your trip ends, even if you have closed the app. A popup on the Uber app will ask you, "Allow 'Uber' to access our location even when you are not using the app?" You can click " Allow " or " Don't Allow " in response to this request. If you don't allow it, Uber won't track you. According to t
Russia to get rid of Android and iOS by launching its own Mobile Operating System

Russia to get rid of Android and iOS by launching its own Mobile Operating System

June 07, 2016Mohit Kumar
Last month, it was reported that the European Commission is planning to impose a record antitrust fine of about 3 BILLION euros ( US$3.4 Billion ) on Google for violating antitrust laws. Not just Europe, Google also lost an anti-monopoly appeal in Russia two months back against ruling for violating its dominant position with the help of its Android mobile OS by forcing its own apps and services like Google Map, Youtube, and others, on users — reducing competition. Now to put an end to the monopoly of major mobile Operating System, Russians are developing their own mobile operating system to compete with Android, iOS, and Windows mobile OS. The Minister of Russian Communication Ministry, Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted last month about the initiative to develop a new Russian mobile operating system, for which the Russian company Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is hiring developers, testers and security engineers. Open Mobile Platform is developing a Linux-ba
Apple Could Offer iMessage App for Android

Apple Could Offer iMessage App for Android

February 09, 2016Mohit Kumar
Although Apple has its own operating system for both desktop (Mac OS X) and iPhone (iOS), the company has always tried to port its in-house applications to other OS platforms. Apple debuted on its rival mobile OS platform last year with the launch of Apple Music on Android. However, iTunes and Safari has already been made available for both Windows as well as Mac. Now, the company will soon move more of its mobile applications to Android if comments made by Chief Executive Tim Cook at the recent company-wide event for Apple employees are to be believed. iMessage App for Android Platform Cook reportedly told his staff that sooner Apple may bring other apps and exclusive services to the Android Systems, and added that bringing Apple Music to Android in November was "a way of testing the waters for growing its services division through other platforms," reports 9to5Mac. So, you could see iMessage , the company's encrypted messaging application, ex
Latest Windows 10 May Have a Linux Subsystem Hidden Inside

Latest Windows 10 May Have a Linux Subsystem Hidden Inside

February 03, 2016Wang Wei
A Few Months Back, Microsoft impressed the world with ' Microsoft loves Linux ' announcements, including, development of a custom Linux-based OS for running Azure Cloud Switch and selecting Ubuntu as the operating system for its  Cloud-based Big Data services . Also Read:  Microsoft Drops a Cloud Data Center Under the Ocean . Now, a renowned Windows Hacker and computer expert, who goes by the name ' WalkingCat ', discovered that the latest version of Windows 10 may have a Linux subsystem secretly installed inside. According to his tweets, hacker spotted two mysterious files, LXss.sys and LXCore.sys, in the most latest Windows 10 Redstone Build 14251 , which are suspected to be part of Microsoft's Project Astoria . Project Astoria , also known as Windows Bridge for Android , is a toolkit that allows running Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile devices. The naming convention for latest discovered files is very similar to the Android Subsystem files from Proj
How to Run Multiple Android apps on Windows and Mac OS X Simultaneously

How to Run Multiple Android apps on Windows and Mac OS X Simultaneously

December 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Bluestacks , the first app player for running Android apps on Windows, has launched the latest version of its Android emulator platform with one major upgrade: The Ability to Run Multiple Android apps Simultaneously. BlueStacks 2 Released Bluestacks previously only run a single app at a time. However, with the launch of BlueStacks 2 , the app adds a tabbed interface that allows you to jump between multiple Android apps in the same window. This is great for you to run gaming and messaging apps, or news and messaging apps at the same time. The update also adds a toolbar that allows you to quickly tell the Android emulator to simulate rotating the device screen or to perform other functions, such as copying and pasting. In BlueStacks 2, players now have options to marry gameplay and app discovery, meaning when they click an advertisement, a new tab will appear so that the players can continue playing their games without being interrupted. How to Run Mult
With Its First Android app, Apple tried to Kill Android Community, But Failed Badly!

With Its First Android app, Apple tried to Kill Android Community, But Failed Badly!

September 19, 2015Khyati Jain
Are you a Die Hard Android Fan? If you are also one of those millions Android fans, for whom the brand has turned into an insane religious devotion, then Apple has something that could give you second thoughts. Apple is losing control, wants you to ditch your Android! Few days ago, Apple made its debut on Google Play Store with its First App, called " Move to iOS ", for Android Users. With its first ever Android app, Apple tried to kill Android Community and fans, But failed badly! Apple's new app works as an " Uncalled Assistance " in a manner where you have bought a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and are confused about how to migrate data from your current Android device. Apple's ' Move to iOS ' app is designed to help Android users transfer their content quickly and safely from an Android device to an iOS device. The Apple App will help you in Migrating Data, like: Calendars Camera photos and videos Contacts Mail accounts Message history Web b
This Creepy App Captures Users' Private Moment Photos and Blackmails for Money

This Creepy App Captures Users' Private Moment Photos and Blackmails for Money

September 08, 2015Swati Khandelwal
How difficult is for hackers to take over your personal photographs? They just need to trick you to download an app, or may be a Porn app . Yes, if you are one of those who can't resist watching porn then you could be an easy target for hackers who are distributing ransomware via malicious pornography app to run you out of your money. A pornography application for Android called Adult Player that promises free pornographic videos has been caught taking photographs of users and then extorting them for ransom ( Cyber Extortion ). Once installed, Adult Player gains administrator access to the victim's device, which then allows it to load malicious ransomware files. When Hackers Turn to Blackmail: Demands $500 Ransom When a user opens the app, Adult Player secretly takes photos of the user with the help of front-facing camera and then demands a $500 (£330) ransom in order to restore the device access and delete all photos stored on attackers server.
Your Location has been Shared 5,398 Times in Last 14 Days

Your Location has been Shared 5,398 Times in Last 14 Days

March 30, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Do you realize how often your smartphone is sharing your location data with various companies? It is more than 5000 times in just two weeks. That is little Shocking but True! A recent study by the security researchers from Carnegie Mellon reveals that a number of smartphone applications collect your location-related data — a lot more than you think. The security researcher released a warning against the alarming approach: " Your location [data] has been shared 5,398 times with Facebook, GO Launcher EX, Groupon and seven other [applications] in the last 14 days. " During their study, researchers monitored 23 Android smartphone users for three weeks. First Week - Participants were asked to use their smartphone apps as they would normally do. Second Week - An app called App Ops was installed to monitor and manage the data those apps were using. Third Week - The team of researchers started sending a daily " privacy nudge " alert that would ping particip
Google Now Manually Reviews Play Store Android App Submissions

Google Now Manually Reviews Play Store Android App Submissions

March 18, 2015Mohit Kumar
Google has changed the way it managed apps on the Google Play Store . After years of depending on the automated app check process, the company just made some changes to its Play Store policies  that will successfully weed out malicious and undesirable apps from Google Play store. Google has introduced an update for developers and users that's sure to make some parents happy and some developers sad. The new features are — Better App Review Process Age-Based Rating System BETTER APP REVIEW PROCESS The search engine giant announced on Tuesday that it has started employing humans to review apps before they go live on the Google Play Store , a move intended to " better protect the community " and " improve the app catalog ." The new approach would definitely affect app developers, as they'll have to wait for their apps to be approved by Google after they submit them to the Play Store. But, it would keep users safe from harmful malware or offensive content.
Crashing Google Email App for Android Just By Sending a Malicious Email

Crashing Google Email App for Android Just By Sending a Malicious Email

February 17, 2015Swati Khandelwal
A vulnerability has been discovered in the wildly popular Google's Stock Android Email App , that could be exploited by malicious attackers to remotely crash your smartphone application just by sending a specially crafted email. A Spain security researcher, Hector Marco , successfully exploited the vulnerability on his Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini running version 4.2.2.0200 of Stock Android Email App. He said the flaw appears to affect all older versions of Stock Android Email App, though devices running 4.2.2.0400 and newer versions are not affected. According to the researcher, when the victim receives the malicious email and tries to view it, the email app crashes. Further attempts to open the email again triggers a crash in the application before the victim can do anything. The flaw ( CVE-2015-1574 ) is due to incorrect handling of the Content-Disposition header . Hackers could exploit the vulnerability by sending an email with a malformed Content-Disposition header to th
Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service In India

Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service In India

February 11, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Last year, the founder of the Social Network giant highlighted the future of universal Internet access, the dream that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to fulfill — Making Internet access available to everyone across the world just like a service as essential as of 911 in the case of an emergency. Dreams are transforming into Reality!! Facebook's Internet.org app has launched in India to offer free Internet access to a set of websites for users in seven different circles, including Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Internet.org , with motto ' Internet for All ' , named after a project developed by the world's biggest social network site Facebook to expand Internet access to "the next 5 billion people" around the world who currently don't have it. Facebook has tied up with India's Reliance Communications in an effort to provide free Internet services to users on mobile phones, making India
Whatsapp Banned Users For Using WhatsApp PLUS App

Whatsapp Banned Users For Using WhatsApp PLUS App

January 20, 2015Mohit Kumar
Are you one of those victims whose WhatsApp app has recently been banned?? Then you must have installed a 3rd-party version of WhatsApp client, like WhatsAppMD or Whatsapp PLUS in your mobile phone for sure. Reportedly after 12 AM IST on 21st January 2015 , WhatsApp, the widely popular messaging application, has started temporarily banning users for 24 Hours who are currently using any third-party WhatsApp clients and are being directed to download the official app on the Play Store instead. Just in last few hours, large number of users have started complaining on Social media websites that they are being banned from the messaging service for 24 hours. Though the ban is temporary and the users facing the issue now could access their app after the period of 24 hours. In an attempt to clear up why this is happening, Whatsapp team explained via its FAQ website , that it is against 'Terms of Service' to use WhatsApp Plus or any other 3rd-party unofficial app. Why am
Verizon FiOS app vulnerability Exposes 5 MILLION Customers' Email Addresses

Verizon FiOS app vulnerability Exposes 5 MILLION Customers' Email Addresses

January 18, 2015Wang Wei
A critical vulnerability discovered in Verizon 's FiOS mobile application allowed an attacker to access the email account of any Verizon customer with relative ease, leaving almost five million user accounts of Verizon's FiOS application at risk. The FiOS API flaw was discovered by XDA senior software developer Randy Westergren on January 14, 2015, when he found that it was possible to not only read the contents of other users' inboxes, but also send message on their behalf. The issue was discovered while analyzing traffic generated by the Android version of My FiOS , which is used for account management, email and scheduling video recordings. Westergren took time to put together a proof-of-concept showing serious cause for concern, and then reported it to Verizon. The telecom giant acknowledged the researcher of the notification the same day and issued a fix on Friday, just two days after the vulnerability was disclosed. That's precisely how it shou
Uber’s Android app is Literally Malware?

Uber's Android app is Literally Malware?

November 29, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The popular ride-sharing service Uber has been hit by various controversies lately, but now the things gone even worse for the company when a security researcher made a worrying discovery this week and claims, " Uber's app is literally malware. " The ride-hailing company is in disputes of handling privacy of its customers data. A Phoenix-based security researcher Joe Giron found that a surprising amount of users' data is being collected by the company's mobile application for Android. Researcher, who runs a cyber security firm in Arizona , just reverse-engineered the code of Uber's Android application and come to the conclusion that it is a malware. He discovered that the app " calls home " and sends data back to the company. But this excessive amount of access to users' data is not the sort of app data a taxi company should have access to in the first place. It really seems strange and unnecessary to collect. " Christ man! Why the hell woul
Facebook “Safety Check” Allows You to Connect with Family during Natural Disasters

Facebook "Safety Check" Allows You to Connect with Family during Natural Disasters

October 16, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Facebook is moving a step ahead from others and making its social media service as an information sharing platform in serious situations as well. The social networking giant has announced a new tool, which lets users notify their family and friends that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, named " Safety Check, " will soon be available globally to over 1.32 billion Facebook users on Android, iOS, feature phones and the desktops. The tool is designed to be activated after a natural disaster and by using either the city you lived in or your last location - if you have checked in on " Nearby Friends ", it let's you alert your friends and family that you are safe, while also tracking the status of others. " In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates, " wrote the company in a blog post about the feature. " It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected
NSA-Proof "Blackphone" Gets Rooted Within 5 Minutes

NSA-Proof "Blackphone" Gets Rooted Within 5 Minutes

August 11, 2014Wang Wei
The ultra secure NSA-Proof Blackphone titled as, " world's first Smartphone which places privacy and control directly in the hands of its users, " has been rooted within 5 minutes at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas this weekend. Blackphone , a joint venture between encrypted communications firm Silent Circle and Spanish Smartphone maker Geeksphone , has a fully customized version of Android known as PrivatOS and pre-installed with lots of privacy-enabled applications, which claims to offer its users a high-end security at consumer level. A security researcher with twitter handle @TeamAndIRC took only 5 minutes to achieve root access on the Blackphone without having the need to unlock the device' bootloader. The hacker even mocked Blackphone's team by saying that "It is apparent no one ran CTS [ compatibility test suite ] on this device." The so-called " secure " Android phone that was promising security given the fact that its basically a suite of secure
Spotify Hacked, Urges Android Users to Upgrade app and Change Password

Spotify Hacked, Urges Android Users to Upgrade app and Change Password

May 27, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Today, the popular Music streaming service Spotify said the company has suffered a Data breach and warned users of its Android app to upgrade it in the wake of a potential data breach in their servers. Spotify is a commercial music streaming service launched in October 2008 by Swedish start-up Spotify AB and is freely available for Android and iOS devices as well as for desktop computers with more than 40 million active users, out of which about 10 million users are its paid subscribers. It offers offline listening and ad-free playback are also available for Premium subscribers of the service. The company announced that a hacker had allegedly broken into its systems and gained unauthorized access to the internal company data. So far only one of its users' accounts has been accessed in the data breach, but the company believes that there is no harm to the financial information, payment details or password of the affected user. " Our evidence shows that only one Spot
Android Privilege Escalation Flaws leave Billions of Devices vulnerable to Malware Infection

Android Privilege Escalation Flaws leave Billions of Devices vulnerable to Malware Infection

March 24, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Android -  a widely used Smartphone platform offered by Google is once again suspected to affect its users with malicious software that puts their android devices at risk. This time the vulnerabilities occur in the way Android handle the updates to add new flavors to your device. Researchers from Indiana University and Microsoft have discovered [ Paper PDF ] a new set of Android vulnerabilities that is capable to carry out privilege escalation attacks because of the weakness in its Package Management Service (PMS) that puts more than one billion Android devices at risk. The researchers dubbed the new set of security-critical vulnerabilities as Pileup flaws which is a short for privilege escalation through updating, that waylays inside the Android PMS and intensifies the permissions offered to malicious apps whenever an android update occurs, without informing users. The research was carried out by Indiana University Bloomington researchers, Luyi Xing, Xiaorui Pan, Ka
TextSecure: End-to-End encrypted and Open Source Messaging app

TextSecure: End-to-End encrypted and Open Source Messaging app

March 04, 2014Mohit Kumar
With revelations of NSA spying and some of the most jaw-dropping surveillance leaks, many people feel unencrypted and central-server service is bad in most of the cases, but end-to-end encryption can be used to reduce this problem. Worldwide Government surveillance raises privacy concerns and acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook also made us think about the security concern with chat applications as well; though it was not so secure previously. People who care about having their SMS and Instant messages protected from prying eyes, now they can use end-to-end encrypted services, like  TextSecure .  It is a free Android-based messaging app, completly open-source , easy to use and designed with privacy in mind. Encrypting the stored data on the servers is as important as transferring data over an encrypted connection, but the most important factor of the encryption is that ' who has the decryption key '. If the company has the keys, then Government could snoop through your fi
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