the world of malware is worrisome enough without yo giving the bad guys even more ideas. A graduate student at Pennsylvania State University has upped the creepy factor by creating a concept app that can steal keylogging information by surreptitiously reading information from a smartphone's various sensors, like the accelerometer. The app is called "Taplogger", and it's just a proof of concept. For the moment.
Angry Birds Space is a lot of fun. No, really, it justifies the hype - if you haven't tried it yet, download the free game in the Google Play Store. But for Pete's sake, make sure you're using the Google Play Store: a fake app is unsurprisingly masquerading as the ultra-popular mobile game to add Android phones and tablets to its network of infected devices, remotely downloading more malicious apps and displaying ads. Security researchers at Sophos spotted the fake app in third-party app stores, but says that the official Rovio files are not affected.
AndroidGuys reports that all of them came from a single source, labelled as ReFraud, and were disguised as various popular but not overly obvious apps, like wallpapers and simple games.
"battery manager" app that not only compromises your data, but gives you a quick lesson on how to open up the "unknown sources" app install method your phone for easy exploitation. Once installed the app steals your phone number, email address, unique IMEI code and other personal information.
increasingly vigilant when it comes to non-Market apps and hacks. Nowhere is this more true than unofficial versions of the Netflix app. Security firm Symantec has documented a fake version of the video streaming app that steals users' log in data in a nasty Trojan exploit.
The next time you see a QR code in a public place, you might want to think twice before opening up Google Goggles. According to researchers at Kaspersky, a new Trojan has been found that uses the popular barcodes to steal Android users' hard-earned cash via a text message scam. The problem is not widespread at the moment, but the precedent highlights a disturbing trend of exploitation towards Android users.
Michael Vick spoke out against it after getting busted for running a dog fighting ring. That app is still around and now, there are reports that the app has been infected with a Trojan. The Trojan in this case is less "steal from you" and more "embarrass you."