Posts Tagged 'mobile security'

YouTube videos are like today’s candid camera: they can be fun, educational, and, sometimes, a window into someone else’s most embarrassing moments. But videos we watch could just as easily flip the tables and allow intrusions into our own lives. How? By containing secret instructions capable of triggering voice-recognition tools on our smartphones. It just […]

“Florals for Spring, groundbreaking.” There are few movie quotes that continue to resonate as much as the line delivered by Meryl Streep’s character in the modern classic “The Devil Wears Prada”. The line sparked memes galore, poked fun at the showy culture surrounding fashion, and mocked the pressure our society places on keeping up with […]

Let’s imagine you traveled back in time, smartphone in pocket. Let’s say a medieval peasant sees you using this strange device. Naturally, they’d be curious. Would you be able to explain how it works? Most people wouldn’t, for a reason—smartphones are designed to be easy to use. And this can create a problem: tech-savvy criminals […]

The McAfee Labs Mobile Malware Research team found early this week on Google Play a set of malware published by the developer account ValerySoftware: Each one of these apps have been downloaded and installed up to 500 times, which means up to 3,000 devices could be infected by this threat. Some characteristics of this malware: […]

Recently the McAfee Labs Mobile Malware Research team found a sample of ransomware for Android with botnet capabilities and a web-based control panel service. The malware is running on a legitimate cloud service provider. The payload of this malware can encrypt a victim’s files, steal SMS messages, and block access to the device. In this […]