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Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Fingerprint readers have quickly become commonplace on our smartphones, and while they are touted as offering some of the best security, it seems that may not be true across the board. A group of researchers at FireEye have reported a flaw in certain Android phones like the Galaxy S5 that could allow hackers to steal fingerprint data. Now, before you start panicking and preparing to set your fingerprint-based phone on fire in the name of security, know that this can only take place in extremely limited situations, and as for Android itself, the loophole was already patched with the release of Lollipop.

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Whistleblowers’ lawyer: cops supplied infected hard drive

Whistleblowers’ lawyer: cops supplied infected hard drive

Attorney Matt Campbell is representing former and current law enforcement officers in a whistleblower case, and he reportedly discovered malware on an external hard drive supplied by the Fort Smith Police Department. Three officers, both former and current, are being represented by Campbell, and are said to have been wrongfully probed after reporting issues with overtime pay and wrongful termination within the police department. As part of his discovery request, Campbell supplied the police department with an external hard drive, and they were to load it with some documents in response. When it was returned, however, it included malware.

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Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

IBM has detailed a new variation of the Dyre malware, which it is calling "The Dyre Wolf". The malware targets large enterprises, and comes with an unexpected twist: a bit of social engineering involving a live operator posing as a representative. When on the phone with this operator, the hackers on the other side use banking information provided by the victim to initiate a large wire transfer...and in some cases use a DDoS attack to keep the company from discovering the transfer until it is too late.

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Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Android has a reputation for having a more open platform and ecosystem than, say, iOS, but, sadly, it is probably also notorious for sometimes being too open to malware as well. Of course, like any other software, it has its own fair share of vulnerabilities, but given its popularity and reach, sometimes those can be quite frightening. Take for example this "Android Installer Hijacking" technique that hails back from 2014, which could install malware on a user's Android device, naturally without the user being aware of it.

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Microsoft reports on its Superfish hunting trip

Microsoft reports on its Superfish hunting trip

Lenovo had a fish problem early this year, one that refused to die even when it was ignored. The Superfish adware fiasco left the world's biggest PC maker with mud on its face and an angry mob at its gates. While the scandal has seemingly died out, with Lenovo frantically moving to fix both the technical problems and PR fallout, not everyone is safe yet from the deadly fish. Now it's Microsoft's turn to give its users the weapon of knowledge to better arm themselves. Oh, and they are also providing an updated tool to remove Superfish.

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Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Yesterday, news surfaced that the Xiaomi Mi 4 came preloaded with malware. While we can handle a little bloatware, malware is just — no. Even more subversive than straight-up malware, some of the apps installed were disguised as Google apps. Security company Bluebox, who released the report, even suggested Xiaomi handed their handset off to a third party to get the malware installed, which is about as low as you can get. Now, Xiaomi has their say, and comfortably quashed any thought of malware on their devices.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Xiaomi Mi 4 malware accusation prompts security controversy

Earlier this week, Bluebox, a data security company, released a findings report on their tests of the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone. Unfortunately for Xiaomi, their results were far from stellar. Not only did the security firm find malicious malware installed on the device, but some of it was even disguised to appear as Google apps. Even worse, they believe an unknown third party tampered with the Android-powered smartphone. Read on for more details about what they found, as well as Xiaomi's official response to the report.

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Lenovo makes promise for “Cleaner, Safer PC”

Lenovo makes promise for “Cleaner, Safer PC”

This week Lenovo has released commentary regarding their future in clean, safe PCs. They recently ran into some trouble with their pre-loaded software Superfish, a visual discovery system which aimed to help users find helpful results in searches for items for purchase. Unfortunately for users and for Lenovo, that software wasn't entirely secure, and now Lenovo is working to remove Superfish from all computers, top to bottom. To do this, they've begun offering a free 6-month subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service to those affected by Superfish in the wild.

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Google’s new Chrome warning stops malware before you download

Google’s new Chrome warning stops malware before you download

As long as the internet has existed - and indeed before - there've been viruses. Malware - malicious software - has been a plague on the digital universe since inception, and Google hopes to help to put and end to it. With a new red flag set in place this month, Google Chrome will warn you when you're about to visit a website that has malware downloads. This is not the first such system Google has put in place, but it is the most advanced.

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First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

Things are getting serious for Lenovo, as the first lawsuit from their Superfish spyware scandal has been filed in a California court by Jessica Bennett. This is the first lawsuit in what may be a series of legal troubles for Lenovo. This different from run-of-the-mill adware that one might find from a scheduled virus check. Lenovo has been caught putting pre-installed adware from a company called Superfish on their products. This was exceptionally dangerous to Lenovo consumers because it not only leaked their data but left them vulnerable to outside attacks.

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