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 September 28, 2012

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‘Dirty USSD’ hack thought to target Samsung Galaxy smartphones spreads to all Android devices Earlier this week a security researcher from Technical University, Berlin discovered a serious flaw in the Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII. Since the flaw could potentially trigger a factory reset on a device without the user’s...
 September 8, 2012

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AntiSec collects 12 million Apple UDIDs from hacked FBI laptop, FBI denies it! AntiSec, a hacker group associated with Anonymous, claimed to have gotten their hands on 12 million Apple UDIDs from a hacked FBI laptop. They published 1 million of these IDs to validate their claim. However, the FBI...
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 September 7, 2012

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Quick Heal Mobile Security has been protecting Android and BlackBerry users effectively. However, one of the most persistent threats to mobile devices is the abundance of spam, fraudulent, marketing and other unwanted text messages that people receive. SMS (Short Message Service) messages are the most widespread means of communication for...
 September 6, 2012

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Most of us have had to deal with rampant phishing emails at some point or the other, but the latest social engineering trick targets the device that we carry with us at all times – the mobile phone. SMiShing is an evolutionary form of phishing that uses text messages and...
 September 4, 2012

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Last month we posted a blog about the ‘Wangiri’ scam and the fake missed calls that many people received. The scammers made these calls from premium-rate numbers (based overseas) and bombarded people with one-ring missed calls. Some unfortunate victims who called back were charged anything between Rs. 50 to Rs....
 September 1, 2012

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Fake BlackBerry account activation email A fake BlackBerry account creation email is doing the rounds. The content of the email is the same as a legitimate account creation message sent by RIM, but the attachment with this email is a source of concern. Downloading the attachment can lead to infection...
 August 24, 2012

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In the past we have highlighted numerous fake antivirus applications that are available through unsolicited third-party sources. Installing such apps can turn out to be highly risky and should be actively avoided by Android users. ‘Sideloading’ is the process of installing Android apps from third-party sources other than the Google...
 August 14, 2012

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A new version of Android always brings with it tremendous amount of fanfare and adulation. Some versions gain more popularity than others and penetrate deeper markets. However, ‘fragmentation’ is a major hindrance that Android faces and the latest upgrades seldom reach all markets simultaneously. This creates several security loopholes that...
 August 6, 2012

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Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) was announced on June 27, 2012 at the Google I/O conference. With Jelly Bean, Google aims to revamp Android after the underwhelming Honeycomb (version 3.0) and the moderate success and reach of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Jelly Bean claims to be the most secure Android...
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 August 2, 2012

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Have you ever received a burst of missed calls from strange numbers in a short span of time? Such missed calls usually last for just one ring and it is strongly recommended that you DO NOT call these numbers back. This is an old scam that has resurfaced and we...