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News ▶ Android
News ▶ Android
Acecard Trojan

Acecard

Incredibly, new Android malware has been discovered which actually attempts to trick its victims into not only taking a selfie, but one of them holding a valid ID card such as a drivers license or passport. This is like the holy grail to id thieves, who are increasingly finding that government institutions, banks and other similar organisations such as utility companies are insisting on such proof before conducting business with their users.

Now let's be honest here, and a little discreet - it's only a "special" kind of user who's going to fall for such an obvious scam. We are, however, in the numbers game, and a tiny slice of a huge pie is still big enough to make it worthwhile for the bad guys.

Facebook and Twitter also use the "valid id" method to authenticate accounts which have had some kind of issue regarding security.

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Note 7 battery explodes on camera!

Samsung issues recall due to battery problems

Samsung's worst marketing nightmare came true this week when it had to issue a recall for its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Reports from the US and South Korea were coming in of the phone catching fire, or even exploding, during or soon after charging. They admitted the issues were fixed by replacing the battery but wanted to take no chances with customer safety issues.

The Note 7 was launched with great fanfare in 10 countries, but it was difficult to work out exactly which phones were affected because different companies supplied the batteries. Samsung said it would take two weeks to get new versions to customers, but urged them to return their current handsets as soon as possible.

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Pokémon Droidjack

Massive hit app attracts the bad guys

All of a sudden, Pokémon Go is everywhere! It's bigger than Tinder and about to topple Twitter in the number of daily users.

This is fantastic news for Nintendo, whos fortunes have been flagging recently and really needed the shot in the arm this game gave them. However, as with all things app-wise, with such a massive user base the malware guys suddenly get very interested too, and they have been quick to jump on the craze with a hacked version for Android found in the wild.

The APK discovered contained the "DroidJack" remote access tool (RAT) which enabled the attacker to gain complete control over their smartphone or tablet. It was first discovered by researchers at Proofpoint.

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Godless Android

Hits Lollipop or earlier

Android users are on alert for a dangerous new family of malware which has been given the name "Godless", after being detected as ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX.

Experts warn this is particularly worrying since it has the ability to root, and therefore gain complete control, over affected devices. Godless doesn't even use a single attack vector, instead making use of multiple explots and aiming at Lollipop or older - that equates to 90% of todays Android handsets.

Infected devices are turned into slave bots awaiting instructions from the attackers command-and-control system. Since these devices could be rooted, this means backdoors, keyloggers and any number of unwanted apps can be remotely installed.