Malware taking advantage of Android OS exploits, again: Gooligan

Gooligan is a mobile malware targeting Android OS devices, many of which are susceptible to long known exploits, such as VROOT (CVE-2013-6282) and Towelroot (CVE-2014-3153).

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Mobile Menace Monday: Adups, old and new

Recently, Kryptowire discovered a malicious app found on China-made mobile devices running the Android OS. This is a baked-in system app used to update the device’s firmware but is found to also steal personal information, among other things.

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Video found freezing Apple devices

A video has been found to freeze (a.k.a. cause a denial of service attack) on various models of Apple mobile devices according to YouTuber, EverythingApplePro, and reported by Bleeping Computer.

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Mobile Menace Monday: How dare that rootin’ Dirty COW

If you follow cybersecurity news, you may have heard of the latest Linux exploit referenced under CVE-2016-5195, which has been dubbed Dirty COW. The name is derived based on the exploitation of the copy-on-write (COW) mechanism in Linux.

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Mobile Menace Monday: beware of monitoring apps

We mobile researchers sometimes classify apps in order to warn users of its presence because of its potential harm, but leave it up to the users’ discretion to remove. This is the case when it comes to a subcategory of PUPs called monitors. Monitoring apps are those that can be great tools if you lose your phone, but could also be easily used to spy on an unsuspecting target.

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