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Google to #remove #apps found #violating #Accessibility Services, creating #cyber security #issues

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To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications.

Google has warned app developers not to use its Accessibility Services – designed for users with disabilities – for other purposes that may create security issues, adding that it will remove such apps from its Play Store. To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications.

“Google is most likely cracking down on Accessibility Services use due to security reasons. While applications like LastPass use the available APIs to identify password fields in other apps, this level of access can be used maliciously,” tech portal Android Police reported on Monday.

Google has sent an email to developers, stating that “unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off of the Play Store”, 9to5Google reported.

Apps like LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker and Network Monitor Mini use Accessibility Services.
The new directive could have major ramifications for several apps, especially those intended for customisation or power users.

“All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts,” Google said.

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

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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 be exploited to gain entry to iPhones and install malicious apps on them without the owners knowledge.

The details of the threat haven’t been made public yet as Apple hasn’t had time to patch the flaw. It’s discovery was enough to net the Tencent Keen Security Lab the top prize of $110,000.

The hacking contest is set up and run by the Zero Day Initiative, which seeks to find vulnerabilities in popular products and services and alert the manufacturers in time.

According to the official event page , the Tencent Keen Security Lab team used “code exectution through a WiFi bug” to escalate “privileges to persist through a reboot.” Effectively breaking through an iPhone’s lock screen through a Wi-Fi network.

The flaw will be relayed to Apple which could offer a software patch to close the gap.

“Once we verify the research presented is a true 0-day exploit, we immediately disclose the vulnerability to the vendor, who then has 90 days to release a fix,” explains the Zero Day Institute.

“Representatives from Apple, Google, and Huawei are all here and able to ask questions of the researchers if needed.

“At the end of the disclosure deadline, if a vendor is unresponsive or unable to provide a reasonable statement as to why the vulnerability is not fixed, the ZDI will publish a limited advisory including mitigation in an effort to enable the defensive community to protect users.”

As ever, from a security standpoint it is always advisable to make sure your phone is running the latest OS version and you closely vet the permissions you give to certain apps.

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Tinder hacked? #Scary #security #flaws discovered in #raft of popular #dating apps

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Tinder hacked? #Scary #security #flaws discovered in #raft of popular #dating apps

A bevy of mobile dating apps including the infamous Tinder, have vulnerabilities that could reveal a user’s messages and the people they have viewed in the apps.

Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab found that it was very easy to effectively online stalk Tinder, Bumble and Happn users due to the amount of information the apps display about their users, such as jobs and education, as well as linking to easily accessed Instagram accounts.

With this data, the researchers found that in 60% of cases, they were able to find a user’s social media profile on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, which reveal the person’s full or real name.

Furthermore, stalkers with a bit of technical nous and plenty of time on their hands can use location based apps like Tinder and Happn to work out a user’s exact location.

“Even though the application doesn’t show in which direction, the location can be learned by moving around the victim and recording data about the distance to them,” the researchers explained.

“This method is quite laborious, though the services themselves simplify the task: an attacker can remain in one place, while feeding fake coordinates to a service, each time receiving data about the distance to the profile owner.”

But more alarming still is that in a clutch of dating apps data flowing between them and the social media sites they connect to in order to authenticate user’s, mainly Facebook, is vulnerable to interception.

Authentication tokens from Facebook can be stolen by hackers and used to gain access to the victim’s dating app account. From there the hackers can access messages and other user-specific content and activities.

“In addition, almost all the apps store photos of other users in the smartphone’s memory. This is because apps use standard methods to open web pages: the system caches photos that can be opened. With access to the cache folder, you can find out which profiles the user has viewed,” the researchers added.

This situation isn’t helped with some of the apps found to be transmitting unencrypted sensitive data, for example Mamba transmits message data in an unencrypted format.

Kaspersky Lab has alerted the app makers, who should move to fix the vulnerabilities, but in the meantime the researchers suggest users of dating apps don’t put their job or place of work on their profiles and avoid unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.

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Online Dating Tips: How to Stay Safe Using Dating Apps

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Russian hackers were planning to hit Europe with fake Android banking apps

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Russian hackers were planning to hit Europe with fake Android banking apps

Hackers in Russia, after infecting over a million Android devices with malware to siphon money using fake banking apps, were planning a major attack on European bank customers. The group, known as ‘Cron’ after their malware, is in custody now. The hacking group tricked Android users into downloading malware via fake mobile banking applications, as well as pornography and e-commerce …

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The best dating apps and sites for men in 2017

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Gone are the days when a subscription to an online dating site came with a free, complimentary stigma. According to the latest data from Match.com, almost half of singles in the …

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Online STD Testing Service Fills Need In Age Of Dating Apps

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Los Angeles-based myLAB Box is the first nationwide testing service for STDs, which are at an all-time high in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The …

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EU students swipe right on dating apps

Four years ago, the phrases “swipe right” and “swipe left” typically meant nothing. Now, they seem to be part of millennials’ common vernacular, as the rise of online dating apps have become prevalent. Before dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, most online dating services were occupied by those people who were typically older than 30 years old. However, according to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, the number of 18 to 24 year olds who use dating apps has nearly tripled since 2013. Read More….

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Millennials, popular dating apps might have increased your risk of getting STDs, experts say

Over 1.5 million people dated last week thanks to dating app Tinder, according to company stats. It’s hard to say how many of them took it farther than first base, but public health officials say one thing is certain: dating apps are quickly becoming the primary way partners connect. The rise of online dating has correlated with another more disturbing trend: STD rates are also very much on the rise in the U.S. The total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, rose to the highest numbers ever in the U. Read More….

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