security

Chainfire foresees rooting problems in upcoming Android 4.4.3

The creator of the popular SuperSU and CF-Auto-Root tools has been quite vocal about his concerns regarding changes in the Android Open Source Project that affect rooting on Android. Now that Android 4.4.3, or 4.5, could just be around the corner, Chainfire is raising some potential issues that could change or even break the way devs and users approach root access on Android.

Bitly users warned of compromised accounts

Bitly has issued a security warning that will hopefully prompt users to take action. The post on the Bitly blog mentions they have "reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised." For reference, the credentials could include user email addresses, encrypted passwords, API keys and OAuth tokens.

Koler.A ransomware blackmails you for bad judgment

Proving again that mobile security is also only as good as your own vigilance, a new type of Android malware has been unearthed. The Trojan Koler.A holds your smartphone hostage, rendering it practically unusable, until you pay a not insignificant amount of $300.

Samsung Galaxy S5 now secured with KNOX 2.0

Samsung has announced the availability of KNOX 2.0 on the Galaxy S5. Samsung KNOX, as many will remember, is a security setup aimed at the bring-you-own-device (BYOD) crowd. Samsung touts KNOX 2.0 as offering cutting-edge core platform security, an improved user experience and expanding ecosystem.

Blackphone secure Android smartphone to use NVIDIA Tegra 4i

The security focused Blackphone was being shown back in February during Mobile World Congress. We managed to get a bit of hand-on time with the device during the show, and even had some details on the specs. At the time we were told the handset would have a quad-core 2.0GHz processor, however the specifics were left unannounced.

Viber transmits and stores images and videos insecurely

After the security scandals that rocked Snapchat, and later WhatsApp, it is now Viber's turn to get the hot seat. The instant messaging service was discovered to be transmitting images and videos posted by users and storing them on their servers with little security, allowing those with knowledge to get access to those pieces of data with no need for authentication.
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