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Will new SMS regulations bring down fraudulent SMS scams?

 September 28, 2011

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Mobile users in India are letting out a sigh of relief as unsolicited calls and text messages selling a wide spectrum of things ranging from credit card services to weight loss solutions have significantly come down. This is the first day of this improvement as the TRAI (Telecom regulatory Authority...

Android – RogueSPPush Malware

 August 29, 2011

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The growing popularity of Android and the tendency of users to store important data on their mobile phones are attracting many hackers. They are targeting users of Google Android mobile operating system with a malicious application that harvests personal information, controls the system and sends it to a remote server....

Android malware gains root access

 August 26, 2011

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A new malware affecting the latest version of Android operating system (2.3 – Gingerbread) is now out in the wild and masquerading as an app featuring some “Beauty of the Day” photos. The package I downloaded uses the following permissions: android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE android.permission.READ_LOGS android.permission.DELETE_CACHE_FILES android.permission.ACCESS_CACHE_FILESYSTEM android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE android.permission.INTERNET android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE android.permission.MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS android.permission.READ_OWNER_DATA...

Android malware disguises itself as Google+ App

 August 18, 2011

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We have received a new Android malware from the Anrdoid market whose icon is like a Google+ app. This app is particularly dangerous as it gathers GPS data, call logs, text messages and even records phone calls before sending the information off to a remote server. After installation it asks...

Android Focus Stealing Vulnerability

 August 10, 2011

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Android allows applications to voluntarily come to the foreground or to become active while user is using another application. However, because Android’s SDK (Software Development Kit) allows apps to be pushed to the foreground, Android allows users to dismiss and override this behaviour be hitting the back button. This Android...

Fake SMS Scams On Rise

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 August 9, 2011

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Fake SMS scams are on the rise over the last few months. Fraudsters are mass spamming mobile users with fake messages claiming that they have won some lottery or lucky draw from the UK. Below are some of the scam messages: BT.UK: YOUR GSM NO. HAS WON 500,000GBP IN BTELECOM...

Conversation spying Android Trojan

 August 3, 2011

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It seems that Android malware is improving day by day. We have received an interesting malware which can store call logs, record whole conversations and even send them to remote computers owned by malicious controllers. Most of the previous Android malware we have seen has either sent text messages or...

Quick Heal Mobile Security for Android based mobile devices launched

 August 1, 2011

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Today is the official launch for Quick Heal Mobile Security for Android smartphones and tablets. The Quick Heal team is proud of entering the new and amazing world of Android. Thank you for the overwhelming response to the pre-launch registration offer. With 5,000+ registrations on the first day of the...

Phone Hacking: Are we safe?

 July 19, 2011

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Recent international news about the hacking of celebrities phones by news reporters from News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper published by News International, are doing the rounds. The allegations state that the individuals and reporters working for the newspaper are engaged in phone hacking. All this...