In the last months, new research has made it clearer than ever that every computer in the world is a potential target for Chinese government hackers. So perhaps it’s no surprise that smartphones appear to be among those state-sponsored hackers’ targets, too.
In a highly suggestive invitation to an April 4 event sent out on Thursday, Facebook welcomes media to "Come See Our New Home On Android," hinting the social networking monolith will finally reveal a much-rumored purpose-built operating system.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, TechCrunch says the Facebook OS will be a platform built on Android, with deep integration possibly baked into an HTC-manufactured smartphone. Speculation of a true Facebook-developed phone have been floating around for some time, though such a device has yet to appear.
Two security vendors have released temporary fixes for a flaw in some Samsung Android phones that could allow an attacker to bypass a locked screen.
The problem comes from Samsung's implementation of the emergency call feature, which allows people to dial emergency services or reveals a contact people can dial if they find someone's phone, said David Richardson, a product manager at Lookout Mobile Security.
McAfee today announced that it has delivered the industry’s first ever whitelisting security solution for Android based embedded systems. McAfee Application Control for Android is the only security solution that resides in the Android kernel, embedded in the operating system. McAfee provides protection from the installation or execution of a malicious application on an Android-based device. McAfee also provides protection at the application layer to Android devices.
When Facebook's mobile app began misbehaving on an older version of Android in late 2012, Facebook engineers had to dive deep into Android's code to figure out what was causing the mishap. In a whiteboard session today at Facebook headquarters, mobile engineering director Mike Shaver described how Facebook identified a problem in Android itself, then created a workaround for its own app so users wouldn't have to suffer.