Chinese Android smartphones shipped with pre-installed malware

Rather than wait for the user to do it himself, middle men in the Chinese mobile phone industry are pre-stalling malware, according to G Data. Some mobile phones are coming pre-installed with toxic software.

According to a newly published report on mobile malware from researchers at G Data, “well over 26” smartphones have been discovered shipping complete with pre-installed malware in the device firmware.

Earlier this year the same company revealed the presence of adware on Android devices, along with…


Google struggles to fix security flaw on millions of Android phones

Researchers have found holes in the patch meant to fix a recent flaw that threatens hundreds of millions of Android phones.

“We believe we are likely not the only ones to have noticed it is flawed,” said security firm Exodus. “Others may have malicious intentions.”


Pre-installed keyboard leaves 600 million Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hackers

The issue is with the preinstalled SwiftKey keyboard which looks for language pack updates over an unencrypted line. A hacker could create a spoof proxy server and send a fake update to the device with malicious code. The hacker could then exploit the device by eavesdropping on incoming and outgoing messages or voice calls, access personal data such as pictures or text messages, tamper with apps, and even install other malicious apps.


Details of Apple’s Fingerprint Recognition

Apple now takes multiple scans of each position you place finger at setup instead of a single one and uses algorithms to predict potential errors that could arise in the future. Touch ID was supposed to gradually improve accuracy with every scan but the problem was if you didn’t scan well on setup it would ruin your experience until you re-setup….