spyware

Power consumption info can be used to spy on you

Most people think that data leaks often happen through those apps that require the phone users to allow GPS, WiFi, and other possible entryways to be hacked. Some apps that can now track your every move via GPS are most likely to be open to hack attacks but researchers recently discovered that Android smartphones actually reveal information about one's location to every app installed on device through the power consumption.

Turning off your smartphone won’t save you from this spyware

There might come a time when we get so frustrated or so scared of malware threats that we just give up and turn off our phones in exaspertion. There might be a case, however, where even that won't be enough to protect you. Security software makers AVG just released a report revealing a new kind of malware that attacks Android devices even while they're turned off. Or to be more precise, it just makes it look like you've turned off your device already when, it truth, it could still be phoning home.

Flashlight app spyware maker only gets a slap on the wrist

Perhaps the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took the phrase "crime doesn't pay" a bit too literally. The government agency has reported reaching a settlement with one-man company GoldenShores Technology regarding its spying Flashlight Android app and imposed a punishment that practically only constitutes a reprimand and some guidelines to follow.

Flashlight app caught collecting and selling user data

This latest case of an Android app gone bad is a reminder that even popular apps aren't always so innocent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just disclosed an incident of what is supposedly a popular flashlight app that was discovered to be spying on its users and selling off their personal information to the highest bidder.

Spyware found in Japanese Google Play Store

Ho boy. It seems that at Android enthusiast can't get his head down before yet another malware story slides across his writing desk. This time it's from Japan, where a researcher employed by McCafee found naughty apps in the regional Google Play Store sending private information to a remote server. Carlos Castillo documented his work on McAfee's website. The apps in question are the usual low-quality, generally useless fare, promising video players, anime and sexual content, which they only deliver after stealing personal information. Good grief, they could at least have the decency to engage in some good-old-fashioned piracy while they're at it.