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USB smartphone exploit turns Android into an invader

USB smartphone exploit turns Android into an invader

Next time somebody asks you if they can recharge their smartphone from your laptop's USB port, you might be opening yourself up to a potential malware attack. Professor and student team Angelos Stavrou and Zhaohui Wang from George Mason University have figured out a system whereby a compromised Android smartphone mounts as a standard HID (human input device) when plugged into a Windows, OS X or Linux computer, potentially giving keyboard and mouse access to malware or even a remote hacker.

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Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

A virus affecting third-party Android app stores has been spotted, with the potential to strip handset and SIM identifier data and send it, as well as location information, to the trojan's authors. Dubbed Geinimi, the malware is currently infecting various Chinese third-party app stores; according to Lookout, as well as stealing personal information, the trojan could leave an Android phone open to remote access and control by a hacker.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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IE9 5x more malware secure than Firefox say researchers

IE9 5x more malware secure than Firefox say researchers

Internet Explorer 9 has been praised for its malware-blocking abilities, with researchers NSS Labs finding [pdf link] the Microsoft browser was more than five times more likely to protect surfers from socially-engineered malware than Firefox 3.6. Looking solely at "a web page link that directly leads to a download that delivers a malicious payload whose content type would lead to execution, or more generally a website known to host malware links" - i.e. fake downloads as often seen on Facebook or Twitter - the research found IE9 capable of blocking 99-percent of the threats encountered.

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Sophos Mac anti-virus report prompts malware controversy

Sophos Mac anti-virus report prompts malware controversy

Macs don't get viruses, right? Not so fast, says anti-virus firm Sophos; the company released their free anti-virus scanner at the start of the month, and currently have around 150,000 users. They've just released the first batch of stats regarding malware, virus and exploit activity reported back to their servers, and the figures are already prompting controversy.

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Vodafone Spain Admits to Having 3,000 Malware Infected HTC Magics

Vodafone Spain Admits to Having 3,000 Malware Infected HTC Magics

There's no hiding the fact that when you get something new, the first thing you want to do is open up the box, pop in the battery (if it needs a battery), and then turn that thing on and start going about your business. What you don't want, is to turn on that said device, and find out that you've got some information-jacking malware botnet program running on it. That's a bad day. That's exactly what happened to several thousand folks who had recently picked up a Vodafone Spain HTC Magic, the wireless carrier has recently admitted.

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