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Vulnerability in Android 4.3 allows apps to Remove Device Locks, POC app released

Vulnerability in Android 4.3 allows apps to Remove Device Locks, POC app released

Dec 02, 2013
In September, Google added the remote Device locking Capability to its Android Device Manager , allowing users to lock their phone if it's stolen or lost. The mechanism allows user to override the existing device lock scheme and set password scheme for better security. But Recently, Curesec Research Team  from Germany has discovered an interesting vulnerability ( CVE-2013-6271 ) in   Android 4.3 that allows a rogue app to remove all existing device locks activated by a user. ' The bug exists on the "com.android.settings.ChooseLockGeneric class". This class is used to allow the user to modify the type of lock mechanism the device should have. ' CRT team says in a blog post Android OS has several device lock mechanisms like PIN, Password, Gesture and even faces recognition to lock and unlock a device. For modification in password settings, the device asks the user for confirmation of the previous lock. But if some malicious application is installed on the device, it coul
Android Device Manager allows user to Lock, Wipe and Locate device remotely

Android Device Manager allows user to Lock, Wipe and Locate device remotely

Sep 24, 2013
If you lose your device, Google lets you secure it instantly from afar through Android Device Manager, that let you locate and remotely wipe your phones and tablets. The latest update to Android Device Manager enables remote password locking, overrides the built-in Pattern, PIN code, Face unlock or password-based security, making sure your data doesn't fall into wrong hands. To get started, go to google.com/android/devicemanager on your computer and go through your list of devices that are connected to your Google account. I tried the process with my Samsung Galaxy S4, and it worked like a charm. Google's new feature is a very useful one for those who don't have a lock on their phone and want to make sure their data is protected. A lock request will immediately secure any device connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, even if it's actively being used. If a thief has turned off a phone or enabled Airplane Mode, the lock will take effect as soon as a data co
Cybersecurity Tactics FinServ Institutions Can Bank On in 2024

Cybersecurity Tactics FinServ Institutions Can Bank On in 2024

Feb 14, 2024Financial Security / Cyber Threats
The landscape of cybersecurity in financial services is undergoing a rapid transformation. Cybercriminals are exploiting advanced technologies and methodologies, making traditional security measures obsolete. The challenges are compounded for community banks that must safeguard sensitive financial data against the same level of sophisticated threats as larger institutions, but often with more limited resources. The FinServ Threat Landscape Recent trends show an alarming increase in sophisticated cyber-attacks. Cybercriminals now deploy advanced techniques like deep fake technology and AI-powered attacks, making it increasingly difficult for banks to differentiate between legitimate and malicious activities. These developments necessitate a shift towards more sophisticated and adaptive cybersecurity measures. Take these industry statistics, for example. Financial firms report 703 cyberattack attempts per week.1 On average, 270 attacks (entailing unauthorized access of data, appl
Hacking Google account through Locked Android Devices

Hacking Google account through Locked Android Devices

Jul 19, 2013
Google being one of the top web based service provider, has huge number of Internet users availing the free and paid services for their day-to-day personal and/or professional needs. Many of them have configured their mobile phone number for their account password recovery options. Certainly, when comes the mobility, many of these users prefer Google's android based smart phones and tablets to access these services anytime, anywhere. In case of issues in accessing GMAIL services, user is been provided with the option to reset the account password by simply asking Google to send a verification code on the pre-registered mobile number. On the other hand, Android (mobile operating system from Google) based devices are bundled with security features to keep the privacy of user data/information intact. The user can opt to set the security level from none to Password (High), this ensures that, to access the mobile device and information within it, the user needs to pass through
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The Critical State of AI in the Cloud

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Wiz Research reveals the explosive growth of AI adoption and what 150,000+ cloud accounts revealed about the AI surge.
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