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Android "FakeID" security hole causes a pre-BlackHat stir

Seems that a rogue Android app can get more privileges than it deserves simply by saying that someone trustworthy has vouched for it.

It's been dubbed the "FakeID" hole...

Free Wi-Fi - but it'll cost you your privacy

Citizens asked to trade their privacy for free WiFi

The UK city of York is planning to roll out citywide free Wi-Fi. Correction: it's only "free" if you don't count the privacy you stand to lose.

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

Having a tough time breaking into your neighbor's house? Not terribly conversant with key gauges or making clay molds? Don't worry, there's an app for that!

Android "FBI Lock" malware - how to avoid paying the ransom

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The latest "FBI Lock" Android ransomware reported by SophosLabs follows a familiar theme.

But it has a slight sting in the tail to make it trickier to remove, so we thought we'd take you through the steps...

Android app market pirates busted by FBI

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Six Americans charged with large-scale piracy of Android apps.

But what about their "customers"?

Is there really an increased risk of malware from unlawfully acquired apps?

iSpy? Researcher exposes backdoor in iPhones and iPads

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A "backdoor" that Apple built into iOS for developers can be used to spy on iPhones and iPads by governments, law enforcement, or cyber criminals, according to forensics researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.

Notorious Shylock banking malware taken out by law enforcement

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Law enforcement action led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has knocked out the infrastructure of a banking malware known as Shylock, because of excerpts from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice hidden in its code.

Here's how to check to make sure you weren't among the more than 30,000 PCs that were infected.

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

There's a public spat between BlackBerry and Blackphone, the spunky start-up company trying to break into the crowded mobile market with promises of air-tight security. Can BlackBerry survive the competition?

SSCC 156 - Warbiking in Manhattan, hubris for Google, and how less can be more [PODCAST]

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Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin are back with this week's security podcast, turning plain old news into advice you can use.

iPhones are a security threat to the state, China claims

iPhone's a security threat to the state, China claims

China has cited Apple iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp users' whereabouts as reason to declare the mobile phone hazardous to state security.

SSCC 155 - cybercrime bust, cloud laws, phishing and malware back from extinction [PODCAST]

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In this episode, Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin tackle the week's interesting security stories.

John and Duck get stuck into: a high-profile cybercrime arrest; how mainstream brands help phishers; and why macro malware is making a comeback.

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian federal and state police have joined the ranks of mega-data slurpers - namely, the US, where 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies have reportedly used a "tower dump" - ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, regardless of whether or not those people are under investigation.

Google's Android security chief: Don't bother with anti-virus. Is he serious?

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Google's chief security engineer for Android, Adrian Ludwig, claims that most users shouldn't bother with anti-virus and that security companies are overstating the problem of Android malware. Can he be serious? ...

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Patch Tuesday for July 2014 - 6 bulletins, 2 RCEs, 3 EoPs and get ready to reboot

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Here's what to expect from Microsoft in the July 2014 edition of Patch Tuesday, scheduled to ship on Tuesday 08 July 2014...

Is Apple slack at security on iOS? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What went wrong with PayPal's 2FA? Why did Microsoft do an email U-turn? Is Apple slack at security on iOS?

It'll only take a minute to find out...

SSCC 154: Fraud, viruses, patches and encryption (in that order!) [PODCAST]

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Where does your country sit on the fraud list? Just how much can you trust SMSes on Android? Is Apple serious enough about iOS security? And will Google's End-To-End email encryption plugin save the world?

Find out with Chet and Duck in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Coinbase wallet app in SSL/TLS SNAFU

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The popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase has a security flaw in its Android apps which could allow an attacker to steal authentication codes and access users' accounts, according to a security researcher.

Coinbase is far from alone in leaving its wallet app users vulnerable, so what should you do to stay safe when using mobile banking apps?