WARNING: There’s a MASSIVE security flaw in Android and BlackBerry phones, and it’s your carrier’s fault!

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With fears over hacking and NSA spying still mounting, the last thing we needed was yet another report of a serious vulnerability that leaves millions of people at risk — but that's exactly what we got recently when news broke of a huge security vulnerability that impacts millions upon millions of Android phones, BlackBerry handsets and even some iPhones.

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Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

NSA's Keith Alexander Private Online Security

Former NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a “unique” approach when it comes to detecting hackers online.

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1Password log-ins are coming to third-party iOS apps

The popular log-in repository 1Password is about to get a lot more useful on iOS devices. AgileBits has revealed an extension for using the add-on in third-party iOS apps -- if the developer chooses to build in support. Thanks to the enhanced security measures taken by Apple's pending mobile OS update, the option can be included and doesn't require you to go elsewhere in order to sort your passwords in standalone apps. Of course, this is in addition to 1Password's own built-in browser that currently included and Touch ID is leveraged to access the secured vault of username credentials. 1Password for iOS is a $18 purchase, and we're not holding our breath for similar functionality to arrive on the Android version anytime soon (although on Android LastPass has a similar feature for logging into apps). While you wait for your favorite software to opt in, there's a handy demo in GIF after the break.

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Russia asks Apple for source code to alleviate espionage concerns

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Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has suggested that Apple, along with German tech giant SAP, open the source code for its software to ensure that it’s not enabling US intelligence agencies to spy on the country.

The request comes just a week after a security researcher accused Apple of building surveillance backdoors into iOS, and as the United States and Europe expand their sanctions on Moscow over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine affairs…... Read the rest of this post here

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Samsung Smart Wireless Security AP will keep your network (and data) safe

Samsung Smart Wireless Security APAs part of the strategy that seems tailored to appeal to business customers, Samsung announced the Smart Wireless Security Access Point that helps businesses identify unauthorized intrusion in the wireless network. The device supports 802.11ac and is equipped with wireless intrusion prevention solution (WIPS) sensor that can detect unauthorized connections to the network. According to…

YIKES: ‘Fake ID’ security flaw could be the greatest threat to Android phones yet

Android Fake ID Security Flaw

One Android feature that never made its way to iOS may be the cause of one of the most worrying security exploits ever on the mobile platform. AppleInsider reports that Bluebox Security has found an Android design flaw that could potentially allow malware apps to take over someone's device without requiring users to manually give the app permission to access their phones.

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BT Smart Home Cam review


Things must be going well here at Coolsmartphone. People don’t just want to send us phones to review any more, they want to send us security camera kit too. This one is clever (and we agreed to review it) because it works with your smartphone or tablet.

There’s quite a bit of information about this but I’ll try and keep it fairly brief. It’ll basically sit in a room or office and monitor surroundings for you. You can connect to it on any web-enabled device and view what’s going on, and you can do that from anywhere with a web connection. It’s also clever enough to detect movement, and it’ll both record the movement in a video and take a picture too. All this is stored in a secure cloud and you then get notified via email when motion is detected in the room or office you’ve placed the device.

As you can see below, the camera sits on a stand and you can adjust it as required.

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First up though, let’s go through the setup. True to form, I’ve put the instructions in the bin. It’s the best place for them to be honest and this is how we roll at Coolsmartphone. To be fair though, just before I binned them, I did notice that they were very easy to follow and quite friendly. I’m sure many people don’t read instructions purely because they feel that they are going to be quite difficult or confusing. Not so, believe me. Not so.


The setup process involves you switching the camera to .. err.. “Setup” mode. Flick the switch, then connect to the hotspot it kicks out and put in some details.

Here I am doing just that. The “Step 2″ that is being referred to below is basically switching the camera to “Setup” as I just mentioned. That’ll stop the camera trying to connect to your WiFi and will instead pump out a hotspot of its’ own.


You then grab your smartphone of choice (Android or iOS) and connect to the WiFi hotspot. The name of the hotspot will be written on the back of your BT Smart Home Cam, so just connect to that and it’ll go to the next stage. The camera will then ask you for the details of your home WiFi so that it can connect to the internet itself. You’re presented with the WiFi networks it can see and then you just select your own and enter the required passcode for your home.

Here’s me giving the camera a name and entering the details it’ll need to create a BT Home Smart Cam account..

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That account, by the way, is required if you want to setup storage or connect to the device remotely. All the images and videos that the camera takes are stored in the BT cloud, so you can setup a free account so you can remotely connect and take snaps or video, but to store video and images that have been triggered you’ll need to sign up for a full account..

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During my review I’ve happily used the full account for more than two weeks. It seems that BT currently supply this as part of the £99.99 retail price, provided you’re aware that the captured videos and photos are deleted after 30 days. As you can see by the message above, this can be renewed every two weeks, which is a little fiddly granted. BT call this cloud storage their “Premium Service” and tell us that…

Premium service is currently a free to use trial service. BT is currently reviewing whether to continue with this service and at what price it will be offered to users. The standard product features will always be free.

With no ongoing pricing currently, renewing it every two weeks isn’t a massive burden.

At any time, regardless of whether you’ve activated this cloud storage or told it to do motion detection, you can log in via your smartphone using the BT Smart Home Cam app from your app store. This will let you log into the camera, see live video, and record video to be saved directly to your smartphone. You can snap a picture or simply just watch live HD video of your kitchen / garage / street or whatever you’ve pointed your camera at. Best of all, there’s no firewalls or stuff to worry about and, if you want, you can login via a web page from a PC or another web-enabled device by just browsing to myhomecam.bt.com and sticking the username and password in that you set up.

Here’s me checking my camera. In this shot, it’s facing the street outside as part of my testing. I can snap a photo at any time or record some video footage..


You get audio too, so you can hear exactly what’s going on. Oh, and it’ll do infrared too, so it works in the dark. Those four magic LEDs on the very top picture do the magic. In the shots below I’ve put the camera in my garage, which is really cluttered and messy. However, with the Night Vision turned off it looks like this..


Then here’s how it looks with the infrared enabled..


The back of the garage there is about 12″ away, yet it’s illuminated and you can see the shelves.

There’s a raft of options. You can also adjust the motion detection sensitivity if the camera gets a bit too over-zealous.


You can share your camera with family and disable audio if you wish. If you turn on the “Save Clips” option (which is off the bottom of the image below) it’ll email you every time movement is detected. If you position the camera incorrectly, or forget to turn this option off when you’re in the room itself, you’ll get a LOT of emails and notifications..


Yeah. I did that. Here’s some of the footage that got stored. All of these videos are kept in the cloud and, when you view them, they’ll get streamed to your device.


Here’s a video showing the app in action..


For notifying you of movement, you really need to ensure that this is only used when you’re away from home or out of a certain room for a certain length of time. If you’re going to use the notification / motion detection then you’re best to use it just for holidays and business trips when your home is empty as, without a scheduled on / off system to deactivate the motion detection when you’re using the room (daytime hours for example), you’ll end up with a lot of false positives.

This is an ideal solution if you’d like to keep an eye on your baby,  your pet or look at your home from far away. The ability to stream live footage to any smartphone is pretty great, and if you’re at work then it’s an ideal way to have a quick look at your home from where-ever you are. You can also use it to check on your child from downstairs perhaps.

Overall, for £99.99 it’s a fantastically simple camera which makes connecting to your home easy and quick. No firewall worries, no great technical problems to get past – just a solution that works.

BT Smart Home Cam review is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Apple outlines diagnostic capabilities in response to iOS ‘backdoor’ concerns

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Forensic expert, and former jailbreak hacker, Jonathan Zdziarski caused quite a stir earlier this week when he published a report accusing Apple of building backdoors into iOS that could be used for government surveillance.

Apple of course came out and denied the claim, saying that these so-called ‘backdoor services’ are actually used for troubleshooting. But this wasn’t a good enough explanation for a lot of users, so tonight it delved a little deeper…... Read the rest of this post here

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Former jailbreak hacker accuses Apple of building surveillance backdoors into iOS

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Former iPhone jailbreak hacker Jonathan Zdziarski recently gave a presentation at the HOPE/X conference regarding iOS device security. He said that the platform is reasonably secure from attacks by malicious hackers, but noted there are several backdoors built-in for surveillance.

In the presentation, called ‘Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,’ Zdziarski detailed a number of undocumented high-value forensic services running on iOS devices, and suspicious design omissions in the OS, that appear to be for snooping… ... Read the rest of this post here

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Security researcher: iOS security has been intentionally compromised by Apple

Apple's iPhone and iOS Security and Privacy

Apple’s placing a lot of emphasis on iOS security (especially when compared with that "toxic hellstew" Android) and on privacy (again, compared to its rival) but it turns out that iOS might not be as secure or private as Apple has led customers to believe. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has a new paper out calledIdentifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” in which he reveals Apple’s complex tools inside iOS that would allow Apple to share certain user data at the request of law enforcement without the user knowledge.

More importantly, with or without Apple's help, spying agencies such as NSA and other third parties that are very familiar with how iOS operates can apparently use these vulnerabilities to grab plenty of data from an iPhone, or to install applications for spying and other malicious purposes without the user’s knowledge.

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