HACKERS #HIJACK #MILLIONS OF #SMARTPHONES TO #MINE #CRYPTOCURRENCY

Hackers have been secretly hijacking millions of smartphones in order to mine the cryptocurrency monero, new research reveals. Analysts at security firm Malwarebytes first spotted the illicit cryptocurrency mining, known as cryptojacking, in late January but only published details of the campaign this week. The research explains how a phone’s…


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Republican #senators want to #ban the US #government from using #Huawei and #ZTE phones

Two Republican senators have introduced a bill on Wednesday (7 February) that would ban the US government from buying or leasing products made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marco Rubio introduced the legislation citing concerns over the Chinese government using hypothetical backdoors…


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Avoid Watching #Porn On #Android #Smartphones Because They Are #Vulnerable To #Hacking And #Ransomware

If you are currently using an Android smartphone, you should avoid watching porn on your device. Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company found at least 1.2 million users across porn-disguised malware. The company published a report yesterday which details about a quarter of the 4.9 million people that use Android…


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Your #phone’s #gyroscope could let #hackers guess your #PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target’s phone using readings from “zero-permission” sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN. Zero-permission sensors Most smartphone hardware is protected against ordinary access from apps…


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Smartphone #sensors can #leak the #four-digit #PIN code to #hackers

Smartphones have remained the primary domain of experimentation for cybercriminals as they are always finding out ways to exploit and crack smartphones mainly Android devices. Apparently, researchers at Singapore based Nanyang Technology University or NTU Singapore, have identified a brand new way with which cyber-crooks can compromise a smartphone, which…


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Android #Service Allows #Hackers To Record #Audio, #Screen Activity

The vast majority of Android smartphones in use today are vulnerable to an exploit that would allow a hacker to hijack the smartphone and record system audio and a person’s on-screen activity, according to MWR Labs. Android smartphones and tablets running a number of versions of the operating system including Lollipop, Marshmallow,…


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How to #protect yourself from #downloading #fake #apps and getting #hacked

A cybersecurity expert is warning smartphone users to be cautious of downloading fake apps that can potentially give hackers unfettered access to the personal information on your phone. In September, hackers introduced dozens of malicious apps onto the Google Play store, also known as “doppelgangers” because these fake apps imitated some commonly…


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iPhone #Wi-Fi #bug lets #hackers #hijack your #phone and #secretly install #malicious #apps

The cyber security community is still reeling after the revelation of the KRACK security vulnerability that breaks down Wi-Fi encryption. Now it seems another Wi-Fi-based bug has also been discovered. Presented at the global Pwn2Own hacking contest in Tokyo, a team of researchers demonstrated how a separate Wi-Fi bug could…


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Mobile #Pwn2Own 2017 #Hackers #Exploit Fully #Patched #Mobile Devices

Security researchers demonstrate new zero-day vulnerabilities in fully patched Apple, Samsung and Huawei mobile devices at the Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 security event in Tokyo. On the first day of the Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 hacking competition in Tokyo, security researchers demonstrated new zero-day attacks against fully patched mobile devices. On Nov….


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