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Google Starts Blocking Sideloading of Potentially Dangerous Android Apps in Singapore
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Google Starts Blocking Sideloading of Potentially Dangerous Android Apps in Singapore

A new trial program from Google has been announced for Singapore, to stop users from sideloading specific apps that misuse Android app permissions to read one-time passwords and collect private information. When the user tries to install the app from an Internet-sideloading source (web browsers, messaging apps, or file managers), this enhanced fraud protection will analyze and automatically block the installation of apps that may use sensitive runtime permissions that are frequently abused for financial fraud," the company said. This feature looks for apps that attempt to obtain sensitive permissions related to reading SMS messages, understanding or dismissing notifications from legitimate apps, and accessibility services that are frequently exploited by malware based on Android to ...
More Android apps riddled with malware spotted on Google Play
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More Android apps riddled with malware spotted on Google Play

Twelve malicious applications were discovered to include the Android remote access trojan (RAT) VajraSpy; six of these applications were available on Google Play between April 1, 2021, and September 10, 2023. The malicious apps are still available on third-party app stores after being deleted from Google Play. They pose as news or messaging apps. Installing the apps resulted in the users' becoming infected with VajraSpy, which gave the virus access to their contacts, messages, and, depending on the permissions allowed, even phone records. The campaign's operators, according to ESET researchers who found it, are the Patchwork APT organization, which has been operating since at least late 2015 read more More Android apps riddled with malware spotted on Google Play. Get up to dat...
Two Spyware Apps on Google Play with 1.5 Million Users Sending Data to China
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Two Spyware Apps on Google Play with 1.5 Million Users Sending Data to China

Due to the discovery of two file management apps on the Google Play Store as spyware, up to 1.5 million Android users' security and privacy are at risk. These applications act dishonestly and covertly transmit private user information to malicious servers in China. This ominous intrusion was discovered by Pradeo, a top mobile security firm. According to the research, the same organisation is responsible for both spyware applications, File Recovery and Data Recovery (com.spot.music.filedate), which has received over a million downloads, and File Manager (com.file.box.master.gkd) which has received over 500,000 downloads. These ostensibly innocent Android apps, which activate automatically when the device reboots without user input, employ similar harmful techniques read more Two Spy...
Google Unveils Bug Bounty Program For Android Apps
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Google Unveils Bug Bounty Program For Android Apps

By introducing the Mobile Vulnerability Reward Programme (Mobile VRP), Google has improved the security of its first-party Android applications. Several hours after announcing the new project, the tech giant made the announcement on Twitter on Monday.The Mobile VRP intends to motivate security professionals and researchers to find and report vulnerabilities in Android apps created or maintained by Google. The program finds flaws in two primary categories: theft of sensitive data and arbitrary code execution (ACE) read more Google Unveils Bug Bounty Program For Android Apps. With ReconBee.com Stay ahead of the latest threats with in-depth coverage of cyber attacks and cybersecurity trends, and the latest cybersecurity news.
Android Apps Fail to Protect User Data During Device Transfer
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Android Apps Fail to Protect User Data During Device Transfer

Several Android applications have been seen to transfer app data from one device to another without invalidating or revalidating session cookies. According to a new advisory from CloudSEK researchers, the method would allow attackers with a highly privileged device migration tool to migrate programmes to a new Android device, leading to migration problems. This implies that if someone has physical access to your unlocked device for a while, they can copy your app data onto their device and use the programs on your behalf without entering a login ID or password, according to a statement from the firm read Android Apps Fail to Protect User Data During Device Transfer. With ReconBee.com Stay ahead of the latest threats with in-depth coverage of cyber attacks and cybersecurity trends...
Google Mandates Data Deletion Policy For Android Apps
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Google Mandates Data Deletion Policy For Android Apps

A new rule has been announced by Google for Android apps that support account creation. According to the rule, these apps must give users the opportunity to erase their accounts and all connected data. Bethel Otuteye, senior director of product management at Android App Safety, explained the new feature in a blog post that was released on Wednesday. She said it attempts to provide users more power over in-app data. According to Otuteye, "developers will soon need to give an option to initiate account and data deletion from within the app and online" for apps that allow users to create app accounts read more Google Mandates Data Deletion Policy For Android Apps. With ReconBee.com Stay ahead of the latest threats with in-depth coverage of cyber attacks and cybersecurity trends, and...
Privacy Concerns Raised Over Android Apps Data Safety Labels
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Privacy Concerns Raised Over Android Apps Data Safety Labels

The new Data Safety labels on the Google Play Store have drawn flak for being incorrect in almost 80% of instances. The assertions were made by Mozilla's *Privacy Not Included researchers, who on Thursday released a brand-new paper concerning them. A blog post regarding the research study states, "[We] found that the labels were inaccurate or misleading based on differences between the apps' privacy rules and the information apps self-reported on Google's Data Safety Form." Researchers came to the conclusion that the system does not assist users in making better decisions regarding their privacy read more Privacy Concerns Raised Over Android Apps Data Safety Labels. Stay informed with the best cybersecurity news and raise your cybersecurity awareness with our comprehensive cov...