WhatsApp Encryption Makes iPhone Small

The D.O.J. versus Encryption; this may have been the biggest case regarding personal privacy in the digital age, and it went undecided. Rather than force the court to make a ruling the D.O.J. withdrew their petition because the F.B.I. found a way to hack the iPhone. But in the tech industry the fall out is…

New Malware Strains Infect 20k Apps on Androids

Security researchers at Lookout found three new families of “auto-rooting adware” for Android. Each one can root the device and install itself as a system application. The infections are designed to survive even a “factory data reset”. Lookout found over 20,000 popular apps infected, and some of these apps appear to be legitimate, having titles…

Cellular Carriers Kill Samsung ‘Kill Switch’

The FCC is trying to fight smartphone theft, but wireless carriers seem to be thwarting FCC efforts. The FCC claims more than  33% of all robberies involve a smartphone. Of course this works out well for cellular carriers who not only get to sell the victims a new phone, but also get fees when someone down…

China’s NQ Mobile Inc. A Threat

The investment research firm Muddy Waters LLC released a report on their investigation of the Chinese mobile security company NQ Mobile Inc., an NYSE traded company (NQ), charging they are a “massive fraud.” The report alleges 72% of their 2012 revenues is fictitious. That NQ’s market share is 1.5%, not the 55% they claim. Muddy Waters…

Android In South Korea Under Attack

Russian virus researchers at Dr. Web have detected a new Trojan “Android.Spy.40.origin” spread on android devices by SMS spam. The message contains a link that when clicked on executes an APK file. Once installed on the device the Trojan hides inbound text messages from the recipient and forwards them to a server which the Trojan…

Android Apps Violate Child Privacy Laws

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act protects personal information about children from being accessed or shared without parental consent. Specifically protected by COPPA is geo-location data, browsing history, photos, video and audio files of children under 13. However, Android apps are unnecessarily monitoring the location of children. Developers and companies admit there are many applications…