Tag Archives: mobile

iPhone SMS spoofing tool released

A French hacker has released a tool capable of sending SMS messages with spoofed sender details on the iPhone 4.  The “sendrawpdu” command-line interface tool allows users to customize the reply number on text messages and could be ideal for phishing attacks.

The hacker, known as pod2g, released the free tool after detailing a flaw in the way the iPhone handled SMS messages, which made it possible to spoof sender details. Continue reading iPhone SMS spoofing tool released

Google forced to temporarily deactivate copy protection for Android apps

Google has been forced to temporarily deactivate a security feature in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) intended to make it harder to pirate paid-for apps. The feature resulted in some purchased apps no longer working after devices on which they were installed on were restarted, requiring the user to reconfigure or even reinstall them. According to a bug report on Google Code, affected apps include several live wallpapers and applications with widgets or access to Google’s account system. Continue reading Google forced to temporarily deactivate copy protection for Android apps

Black Hat: NFC exploit could overtake mobile device through a simple graze

A vulnerability discovered in near field communication (NFC) could have end-users’ smartphones compromised by attackers who simply bump into them, said a security expert at this year’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

NFC, a wireless technology that establishes communication between phones through physical contact, is mostly used in smartphones on the Android platform, but is expected to be found on a majority of the upcoming mobile devices released. Continue reading Black Hat: NFC exploit could overtake mobile device through a simple graze

IBM Releases New Tools to Secure Mobile Applications

IBMIn an effort to help organizations develop mobile applications that have security baked-in from the start, IBM has announced a series of static application security testing tools for Android.

There are more than 5 billion mobile devices in the world, and according to a recent IBM study, when addressing the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon, 55% of CIOs said that mobile security has become their top concern. It’s just not feasible to ban personal devices in the workplace. Continue reading IBM Releases New Tools to Secure Mobile Applications

New Service Enables Encrypted Social Media Communications

scrambls logoWave Systems, a Massachusetts-based provider of security, data protection and encryption solutions, today launched “Scrambles“, a new service designed to enable users to post secure content across social media sites.

Scrambls is free and allows businesses and consumers to encrypt text over services including Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, and define who can and cannot see the “scrambled” posts.

The service also lets developers to build encrypted messaging into their own solutions via an API. Continue reading New Service Enables Encrypted Social Media Communications

Is Your Smartphone Safe?

Smartphone Security TipsThe recent move by the FCC and major cell phone carriers to create a database of stolen phones is in response to the danger your smartphone is in from thieves who want to steal and then sell them for profit. What about the hackers who just want the information from your phone – and then hope you continue using it to make financial transactions? Continue reading Is Your Smartphone Safe?

Ad-supported apps leave smartphones in high-power states, drain batteries By Casey Johnston

Ad-supported apps leave smartphones in high-power states, drain batteries

Apps can stick hardware into a high-power-usage state even when they’re not in use, resulting in excess power use.