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Google Play apps with 470k installs can log in to your Facebook and Google accounts

Google Play apps with 470k installs can log in to your...

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Researchers on Thursday documented two new malware campaigns targeting Android users. The first involved nine apps that had been downloaded from Google Play more than 470,000 times. With names such as Speed Clean and Super Clean, the apps masqueraded as utilities for optimizing device performance. Behind the scenes, they connected to servers that could download…
US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

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An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday. The UMX U686CL is provided by Virgin Mobile's Assurance Wireless program. Assurance Wireless is an offshoot of the Lifeline Assistance program, a Federal Communications Commissions…
Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves

Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank...

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A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that's designed to drain the bank accounts of infected users, researchers said on Monday. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to masquerade as legitimate apps that targets have already installed and come to trust, researchers from security firm Promon reported in…
Unrelenting “advertisement blocker” plasters users with– you thought it– advertisements

Unrelenting “advertisement blocker” plasters users with– you thought it– advertisements

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A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and constantly bombard users with…
Guidemaster: The very best Qi cordless charging pads for your smart device

Guidemaster: The very best Qi cordless charging pads for your smart...

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Valentina Palladino Update: Ars has stayed busy after publishing this guide in April 2019. We've tested a number of new Qi wireless chargers available since and have updated our top picks ahead of the 2019 holiday shopping season. Wireless charging has a long way to go before it replaces wired charging, but the technology has…
“Definitely ruthless” “advertisement blocker” plasters users with– you thought it– advertisements

“Definitely ruthless” “advertisement blocker” plasters users with– you thought it– advertisements

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A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and constantly bombard users with…
Google gets outside aid to tidy up Android’s malware mess

Google gets outside aid to tidy up Android’s malware mess

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Ron Amadeo Android has a bit of a malware problem. The open ecosystem's flexibility also makes it relatively easy for tainted apps to circulate on third-party app stores or malicious websites. Worse still, malware-ridden apps sneak into the official Play Store with disappointing frequency. After grappling with the issue for a decade, Google is calling…
Economical, unpatched phones put billions of users’ personal privacy at threat

Economical, unpatched phones put billions of users’ personal privacy at threat

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Enlarge / Cellphones charging in the Philippines at a station run by generator in 2013, while power was out in the wake of tyhpoon Haiyan. Privacy, it seems, is increasingly a luxury reserved for those who can afford it. "Free" services are rarely free, and in the 21st century, the adage seems to be that…
Microsoft introducing public xCloud streaming test on Android in October

Microsoft introducing public xCloud streaming test on Android in October

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Enlarge / Who needs a portable Xbox when you can stream Gears 5 to your Android phone? That seems to be Microsoft's proposition with an upcoming xCloud streaming test. Roughly one year after announcing plans for its Project xCloud game streaming service, Microsoft will roll out a public test of xCloud next month for Android…
Volkswagen’s vibrant strategy to produce a brand-new automobile os

Volkswagen’s vibrant strategy to produce a brand-new automobile os

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Aurich Lawson FRANKFURT, GERMANY—The cars we drive are increasingly defined as much by the software they run as their engines or chassis. It started slowly. Discrete electronic control units started to appear under the hood, controlling fuel management or anti-lock brakes. New functions required new code, run on new little black boxes, metastasizing to the…

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