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Mobile Security

Read about the latest news and trends in the Mobile AppSec arena,
where we follow the direction of mobile cybercrime,
where the state of mobile security is today,
and where we're headed tomorrow.

Mobile Friday: Google Waze Hacked By Technion Students

Waze has come a long way since its launch back in 2008. Winner of the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, the Israeli based startup was sold to Google last year for a whopping $1.3 Billion. Unfortunately, two students from the Technion have revealed a huge security issue in the

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Mobile Friday: Ten Commandments of Android Safety

The Android mobile platform has come a long way since its introduction in 2008. Almost 80% of smartphones activated last year (2013) were powered by the “green robot”. But the customizable interface and other open source advantages come at a price. Android is ridden with vulnerabilities. Android’s biggest convenience is also its biggest security issue.

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Gaping Security Flaw in WhatsApp on Android Let Other Apps Steal Your Messages

If you’re using WhatsApp on an Android – even after yesterday’s update – your chats are prone to being downloaded by others, a security consultant has discovered.  Bas Bosschert, CTO and consultant at Double Think, along with his brother, discovered this exploit after wondering if it would be possible to upload and read someone’s WhatsApp

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Mobile Friday: WhatsApp Alternatives Not Really Safe

WhatsApp now belongs to Facebook and the acquisition has raised some serious concerns regarding the privacy of the app’s users. Facebook is not really commenting on the issue, causing more and more people to look at alternate solutions. Unfortunately, the alternatives are not really secure. Compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and even the

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Mobile Friday: iOS Apps Riskier Than Android Ones

The mobile app markets are booming. More and more developers are shifting their focus towards smartphone and tablet software. Despite the common belief that Apple has the safest mobile platform, an in-depth research by Appthority has shown that iOS apps are more vulnerable than Android ones. Appthority is a leading application security analysis provider that

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Second Major iOS Security Flaw Found, No Update Yet

Apple is having quite a rough week. While security world is still reeling from this past week’s vulnerability discovery and fix, researchers have identified yet another security flaw in Apple’s iOS that attackers could exploit to remotely monitor a user. With this newly discovered vulnerability, hackers are able to log a user’s keystrokes, including touch

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Mobile Friday: Flappy Bird Still Maliciously Flapping

The simplistic and straightforward Flappy Bird defied all odds and became one of the most popular games of early 2014. The sudden discontinuation of the app has disappointed millions of fans. But where there is disappointment, there is cybercrime potential. The single-player game conquered the mobile gamer’s hearts with its simple “Super Mario” type of

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Starbucks iOS App Vulnerability Exposed

App security has become a sensitive topic as more and more private information is being shared by users. Even minor vulnerabilities can be exploited and used to harvest sensitive data for criminal or commercial purposes. The latest high-profile loophole was exposed in the Starbucks iOS app.  The vulnerability was found by Daniel E. Wood, a

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