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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

In case you're wondering, yes, there's a good chance at least some of your Android apps have tracked you rather more than you expect. That's the conclusion of a joint project between Yale University's Privacy Lab and French non-profit Exodus Privacy, which has this month documented snoopware features in apps from Uber, Tinder …
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Remember when Lenovo sold PCs with Superfish adware? It just got a mild scolding from FTC

Lenovo on Tuesday settled charges that it compromised the security of its computers to fling ads onto desktops from August 2014 through early 2015. The settlement with America's trade watchdog the FTC, plus 32 State Attorneys General, acknowledges no wrongdoing and imposes no financial penalty – other than a paltry $3.5m to …
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Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company

Mobile developers, listen up: when you pick up that easy-to-use advertising API, make sure it's not snoopware. That's the lesson, the take-out, or (god have mercy on my soul) key learning from work by security outfit Lookout, whose analysis of the Igexin advertising SDK ended with hundreds of apps returning “not found” on …

Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

The chap behind Chrome Web Developer, a popular third-party extension that was briefly hijacked to inject ads into browsers, today confirmed he was the victim of a phishing attack. Chris Pederick, a Brit living abroad in San Francisco, California, said he received an email on Tuesday claiming to be from Google warning that his …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Aug 2017

Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

A malicious Android app that downloads itself from advertisements posted on forums strongly resists removal, security firm Zscaler warns. The dodgy Android utility poses as "Ks Clean", an Android cleaner app. Once installed, the app displays a fake system update message in which the only option presented to the user is to …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2017

Goodness gracious, great Chinese 'Fireball' malware infects 250m systems worldwide

A strain of Chinese browser-hijacking malware dubbed Fireball has infected 250 million computers. The malware takes over web browsers and turns them into zombies, security firm Check Point warns. Fireball is capable of executing any code on the infected machines, resulting in a wide range of actions from stealing credentials …
John Leyden, 2 Jun 2017
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Rate this as five stars or we'll bombard you with pop-up ads

A malicious app that bombards Androids with ads is using all sorts of trickery to boost its ratings. The app, dubbed Hiddad-BZ by security firm ESET, is available in the Google Play store where it poses as a tool to download content from YouTube. The app uses a number of deceptive methods to trick users into installing its …
John Leyden, 8 Mar 2017

FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its case against a pair of developers accused of purchasing an Android game and turning it into an adware faucet. The FTC said Ali Moiz and Murtaza Hussain, proprietors of software company Vulcun, have agreed to requirements that include gaining explicit user permission before …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Feb 2016
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Avira turns tables to launch lawsuit against ‘crapware’ slinger

Avira, which re-affirmed its right to classify Freemium.com as a nuisance back in June, has launched a legal offensive against the controversial app. The security software firm's filing concerns Freemium.com's alleged practice of “confusing users into installing unwanted programs that can compromise users’ privacy or weaken …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2015
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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

Security researchers have uncovered malware that infects deep inside Android devices, spams screens with pop-up adverts, and obeys commands from its masters across the internet. The software nasty, likely crafted by Chinese crims, has already spread to over 20 countries across all continents, security firm FireEye warns. The …
John Leyden, 7 Oct 2015
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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Microsoft would really, really, really like you to upgrade to Windows 10. So much so that even if you've opted not to request the upgrade, you'll get it anyway, even if you never intend to install it. The software giant confirmed to The Register on Thursday that it's been pushing out the necessary files for the upgrade to …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2015

Malwarebytes slurps startup, hopes to belch out Mac malware zapper

Security software firm Malwarebytes is moving into the Mac security software market with the acquisition of a start-up and the launch of its first anti-malware product for Apple computers. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). The release …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015
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Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

Security researchers have developed an Android application that's capable of alerting when other apps on a phone or tablet are covertly tracking users and connecting to ad networks. The team at France's Eurecom and Technicolor Research – explained in a paper published in the Cornell University Library archive that their …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2015

Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

μTorrent users are furious after discovering their favorite file-sharing app is quietly bundled with a Litecoin mining program. The alt-coin miner is developed by distributed computing biz Epic Scale, and is bundled in some installations of μTorrent, which is a Windows BitTorrent client. Some peeps are really annoyed that …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Mar 2015

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

As Lenovo struggles to extricate itself from the controversy surrounding pre-installed Superfish scumware on its machines, a blast of cruft from the past may give the PC slinger's critics extra ammo this week. A Reg reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, reminds us that Lenovo is still shipping laptops with a potentially …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2015

SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

Updated The US Department of Homeland Security's cyber-cops have slapped down PrivDog, an SSL tampering tool backed by, er, SSL certificate flogger Comodo. Comodo, a global SSL authority, boasts a third of the HTTPS cert market, and is already in hot water for shipping PrivDog. What is PrivDog? Let's allow the US Computer Emergency …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Google is looking to cut down on the risk of attacks from web pages serving up unwanted downloads. The company said on Monday that it will add security protections into Chrome, Ads and Google Search in an effort to keep users away from sites believed to be installing adware, browser toolbars and other nuisance programs. For …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015

Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Lenovo is attempting to defuse controversy over its pre-installed Superfish crapware – which appears to have run man-in-the-middle attacks against consumers in order to sling ads – by saying it has discontinued use of the visual-recognition technology on new laptops and promising to review outstanding concerns. Superfish …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015

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