President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation.
Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.
Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.
Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.
If this claim is true, Samsung has some explaining to do. According to the folks that develop Replicant, Samsung has “remote access to data.” Now that is a very large claim to be making. So what do they mean? To do this, Replicant says that Android’s largest hardware manufacturer is utilizing two processors as a backdoor to gain user information. The applications processor handles all of the usual functions; however, the other is for the communication coming to and from the handset.
The past week has seen a couple big announcements from Samsung regarding their Knox security architecture, like the ability to run apps outside of Knox yet receive benefits of secured data and Common Criteria certification. To really help users capitalize from their Samsung devices, Samsung has announced yet another development for Knox, support for a variety of Microsoft services.
At the RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco, Samsung has announced select Galaxy devices that have KNOX embedded on them have received Common Criteria certification as assessed by Gossamer Labs. The Common Criteria certification is described as a “gold standard” for security, demonstrating compliance with a predefined set of security requirements. By meeting this standard, Galaxy devices with the certification can provide additional assurance to enterprises that the devices are acceptable for use in accessing “high-value information assets.”
Samsung has announced today the next step for its Knox security suite. With Knox 2.0, apps no longer have to be run within Knox. Instead, many apps from the Google Play Store can now operate with Knox to secure app data. Samsung has also launched the Knox Marketplace — a cloud-based store that allows managers to remotely install apps on employee devices. So far, Box and GoToMeeting have joined the Knox Marketplace and Samsung says more companies are actively working on adding their apps. While the Galaxy S 5 ships with Knox 2.0, other Knox-ready devices will be upgraded when they receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
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While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.
The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter.
SlickLogin, which announced a new sound-based security system a few months ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt event, has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. The goal of the SlickLogin team is to make logging in “easy instead of frustrating” and that it should not get in the way of a user even when two-factor authentication is used. According to their announcement, SlickLogin says Google agrees.
If you’ve taken a quick gander over in CM11’s Privacy settings, you’ll see that a new feature has been added. Over in the advanced AppOps view, a new panel has been added showing apps that start up upon your device booting up. This allows you to pick and choose which apps you would like to disable upon booting up.
Certainly a cool feature if you ask me. Out of curiosity, any of you guys use CM as your daily ROM?
source: CM’s Google+
Metasploit, a popular vulnerability testing framework, added a new test module that would allow users to test how vulnerable some versions of the Android browser are to being hacked from shell access, and that’s when this exploit was found in Glass. The exploit would involve a man-in-the-middle hijacking that WebView instance, which wouldn’t be too difficult to do if you’re on a public WiFi or anything that isn’t well secured. At that point, the malicious code could do anything from taking photos with your device to remotely turning on your microphone. Definitely not a good thing.
If you were worried that the NSA was spying on you while playing Angry Birds, fear not. Rovio has issued a press release to clear the air. Right out of the gate, Rovio makes it clear that they do “not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world.” This comes after news broke earlier that the NSA may actually be doing so. Rovio says that third party advertising networks seem to be the culprit of the rumors and the company does not allow any third party network to use or trade any user data.
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Here’s the latest revelation from documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
While you’re enjoying slinging birds at pigs in Angry Birds, chances are that N.S.A might be tracking your personal information. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, N.S.A and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters have been working since 2007 towards achieving a method to snatch data from smartphone apps that contain user’s information. The amount of data gathering is not yet known, but reports suggest that data is collected from social network, mapping and gaming apps.
Earlier reports revealed N.S.A eavesdropping on phone calls as well as intercepting text messages in an effort to prevent terrorism acts. However a recent report by the Guardian indicates that every time the user launches a “leaky” application, the spying agencies can collect information related to user’s location, sex, age and other personal information as well as the phone model and screen size.
Computer security giant Symantec has found a new piece of malware that targets Android devices through a Windows computer that have been infected. The malware goes by “Trojan.Droidpak” and uses ADB as its way of entry. An app will appear like the Google Play Store; however, it is called the “Google App Store.” After starting the malicious app, it will search for Korean banking apps. After that, it will prompt the user to install malicious ones over the originals. Also, it can intercept emails so users will miss fraud protection notices. It is unknown if this is widespread or just limited to Korea at this time.
As usual, you should be smart and only connect your Android device to a computer that you trust. Disabling “USB Debugging” and enabling “Verify apps” is likely your best choice. Hit the source link to see Symantec’s detailed breakdown.
Here’s the drawback to Google recently implemented voice recognition into Chrome; malicious websites can utilize that voice recognition to listen in and possibly record you.
Before you freak out, that sounds significantly worse than it actually is. The “exploit,” according to developer Tal Ater, involves a website asking for your permission to use your microphone for whatever purpose. Afterwards, that site can exploit a bug in Chrome’s voice recognition to listen in on you. A site may launch a pop-up to continue listening in even if you’ve closed the tab for that particular site.
A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.
Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.
You can check out the full security report below.