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Hacking, spamming, rogue SMSes and browsers - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The week's security news, turned into an entertaining lesson, turned into a 1-min video...

60 Sec Security, 26 July 2014

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...

Anatomy of an Android SMS virus - watch out for text messages, even from your friends!

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Paul Ducklin looks into "Andr/SlfMite-A", an Android SMS virus.

The malware sends itself to your top 20 contacts and foists an third party app for an alternative Android software market onto your device...

Orange bitten by data breach, leaks personal data from promotional messaging server

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Current reports put the size of Orange's latest data breach at 1,300,000 records.

It seems that the data wasn't stolen from one of Orange's primary databases, but from an ancillary system used for sending promotional emails and SMSes.

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese police have arrested 1,530 spammers who've been driving around, spewing spam at people's phones from mobile, fake base stations. But it's just a drop in China's enormously spammy bucket.

Flappy Bird really *is* dead - beware of infected fakes that promise to keep him alive!

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News about celebrities to do with births, deaths and marriages often prove to be handy hooks for cybercrooks.

So when the ultra-popular game Flappy Bird was withdrawn recently, the crooks wasted no time pretending to keep him alive...

UK to trial national emergency alerts via mobile phones - what are the risks?

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The UK is to trial a national emergency alerting system based on text messaging to your mobile phone.

Other countries have already done this, so it sounds uncontroversial - but can it be made to work safely and securely?

'Hack Facebook' works great - on YOU, not your intended victim

'Hack Facebook' works great - on YOU, not your intended victim

Hack not lest ye be hacked yourself, says researcher Josh Long. The "Facebook Hacking Site" actually leads hacker-wannabes into receiving premium SMS texts that jack up their phone bills and may also collect login details, he's found.

Rooting SIM cards - BlackHat speaker says he may be able to "own your phone" with a text message

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Mobile security researcher Karsten Nohl says he'll explain at the BlackHat conference how he can remotely "own" mobile phones with a single text message.

Paul Ducklin looks at what Nohl has said so far, and ponders how hard this might be to sort out...

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Papa John's pizza chain accused of SMS cheesiness, faces $250M class action

Papa John's pizza chain accused of SMS cheesiness, faces $250M class action lawsuit

US pizza chain Papa John's is in the firing line of a class action lawsuit over SMS marketing.

The lawyers are saying that this could be one of the largest awards of its sort, at over $250 million - that's 658 Spicy Buffalo Wings for every SMS.

Just how well do Android privacy apps hide your sexy photos and secret texts?

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Do you have photographs on your smartphone that you don't want others to see? If an app publisher tells you that they will keep your secrets safe would you trust them?

Gary Hawkins takes a closer look at Android apps that promise to keep your photos private, and finds some lacking.

Android Jellybean to scan apps for malware, and warn of expensive SMS scams

Android Jellybean to scan apps for malware, and warn of expensive SMS scams

Last month, Naked Security uncovered evidence that Google was planning to starting scanning Android apps for malware on users' smartphones.

Google has now shared more information about the technology it plans to introduce to fight malware on mobile devices.

Suspected Android SMS malware author arrested in France

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French police have arrested a 20-year-old man in Northern France, in connection with an attack that infected thousands of Android smartphones with money-making malware.

Monday review: the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of last week

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Dealing with mobile SMS / text spam [POLL]

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From insurance claims to adult content subscription services, SMS spam seems to be a growing problem. Well, for me at least. Do you know how you should report such text messages?

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

A Moscow-based firm has been ordered to refund victims who lost money as a result of Android malware.