An app recently available in the Google Play store claimed to be a download for wallpapers, videos and music, but in reality, it was a SMS trojan app.
The package name “com.FREE_APPS_435.android” tricked victims by getting them to allow the app to access their SMS messages, according to a Malwarebytes blog post. If a user clicked through the app's Google Play homepage to the developer's website, they found two banners and links.
A new security feature for Google’s services will help users better protect their data by requiring that they insert a USB security key to log in to their account.
Malware-based espionage targeting political activists and other opposition is nothing new, especially when it comes to opponents of the Chinese government. But there have been few attempts at hacking activists more widespread and sophisticated than the current wave of spyware targeting the mobile devices of members of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution.”
A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Google tried to buy Cyanogen, Inc, the maker of the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod. According to the report, Cyanogen's chief executive told shareholders that Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android at Google, met with the company and "expressed interest in acquiring the firm." The report says Cyanogen Inc. declined the offer, saying that it was still growing.
Google shut down malicious Web attacks coming from a compromised advertising network on Friday. The move follows a security firm's analysis that found the ad platform, Zedo, serving up advertisements that attempted to infect the computers of visitors to major websites.