Watchout for Unflod, a malware targeting jailbroken devices

Unflod malware

We often praise iOS as a very secure platform, and this is mostly true, as many studies have confirmed over the years. But sometimes, it’s not so much the platform that is responsible for the lack of security, it is the user himself.

The perfect illustration of this is when you jailbreak your device. By gaining root access to your iPhone or iPad, you start walking outside of Apple’s walled garden and actually put yourself at risk of having untrusted files installed on your device without your knowledge.

As a jailbreaker myself, I am very well aware of the risks, but I do not mind them because the benefits usually far outweigh the drawbacks, and I assume most jailbreak users feel the same.

This being said, a new malware called Unflod has been targeting jailbroken devices for a few weeks. While there is still a lot we don’t know about Unflod, the little information we have about it is enough to raise concerns…... Read the rest of this post here


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Biometrics expert slams Apple and Samsung fingerprint scanners as unsecured ‘gimmicks’

Apple Vs. Samsung Fingerprint Scanners

It's pretty safe to say that computer science Professor Willy Susilo won't be relying on a fingerprint scanner to keep his mobile phone secure. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Susilo says that the fingerprint scanners used by Apple and Samsung are mere "gimmicks" that hackers can easily fool and that don't give users and real biometric security. 

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‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

Michaels and Aaron Brothers Malaware Hack

After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm.

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Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android malware targets Facebook users

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.”

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New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

Google CAPTCHA Hacking Technology

If there's one thing more annoying than passwords, it's CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that's able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only.

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Not even Tor can keep you safe from Heartbleed

Heartbleed Bug Fix Tor

So here's some sort-of good news: Cybercriminals might be just as freaked out about the Heartbleed bug as the rest of us. Trend Micro analyst J.D. Sherry writes that revelations about the gaping hole in the Open SSL, the security protocol used to encrypt web traffic, have caused "shell shock in the Deep Web as many of the hidden services within the TOR (The Onion Router) are impacted as well."

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Major security flaw discovered in Android

Android Phishing Apps Security Flaw

Security firm FireEye has discovered a major security flaw in Google’s mobile operating system, ComputerWorld reports, which could allow an attacker to modify the behavior of an app icon in the launcher in order to send users to a malicious site that would collect personal data. It’s not clear whether any apps in the Google Play Store, or anywhere else, have already used this particular security issue to steal data from users. Google has apparently acknowledged the problem and already released a patch to OEM partners, though it will be a while until the fix hits affected Android devices.

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Terrifying interactive map shows global cyber attacks happening in real time

Cyber Attack News Map

Heartbleed is hardly the only online threat we have to worry about these days. The massive OpenSSL bug should certainly be taken seriously — here are all the passwords you should change immediately because of Heartbleed — but there are threats around just about every corner on the Internet. LaCie on Wednesday confirmed that it was the last company to fall victim to a massive cyber attack where users' credit card data was compromised, but it is hardly the only recent target.

In fact, you'll be shocked to learn how many cyber attacks are taking place right now as you read this.

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Apple joins Google, HTC and others to curb smartphone theft

s5 iphone 5s 2

Apple has entered into the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” with HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and others, to curb the smartphone theft epidemic that has been plaguing many city streets.

Under the voluntary agreement, the manufacturers are planning to add several new security features to their smartphones going on sale after July 2015, to make for an industry standard.

Under the Commitment, manufacturers’ smartphones must: (...)
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Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner isn’t immune, can also be tricked like iPhone 5s

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The fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 is suffering from the same security flaw as the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s, creating a bit of a risk for owners.

Germany-based security blog H Security found that using a wood glue mold from the fingerprint already set on the Galaxy S5, someone else could gain unauthorized access to your phone. Given Samsung’s fingerprint scanner tie-ins with the PayPal app, this means not only contacts and photos are up for grabs, but mobile payments, as well. (...)
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