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drag2share: A Company Is Profiting Off Of Phantom YouTube Ads

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Ad Scam Company Profits On YouTube Ads That Should Not Exist (Forbes)
Web security firm Spider.io found that an advertising company, Sambreel, baits YouTube users with a plug-in to download video content. The plug-ins then ultimately become new ad slots on various YouTube pages. The new slots trickle down to small ad exchanges and are ultimately bought up by small companies like dating sites or weight-loss companies, with Sambreel being the sole beneficiary of the zombie ad slots.


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Friday, August 16th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Researchers Hack Verizon Device, Turn It Into Mobile Spy Station For Less Than $300

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two security experts said they have figured out how to spy on Verizon Wireless mobile phone customers by hacking into devices the U.S. carrier sells to boost wireless signals indoors.

The finding, which the experts demonstrated to Reuters and will further detail at two hacking conferences this summer, comes at a time of intense global debate about electronic privacy, after top-secret U.S. surveillance programs were leaked by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, last month.

“This is not about how the NSA would attack ordinary people. This is about how ordinary people would attack ordinary people,” said Tom Ritter, a senior consultant with the security firm iSEC Partners.


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Monday, July 15th, 2013 news No Comments

A Security Company Is Neutering Hundreds of iPads So The Government Can Use Them

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5983017/a-security-company-is-neutering-hundreds-of-ipads-so-the-government-can-use-them

A Security Company Is Neutering Hundreds of iPads So The Government Can Use Them Traditionally, Blackberry has been the choice of the majorly security conscious, but the times are changing. iOS has been shaping up to be pretty secure, and has even coaxed some US government agencies to jump ship. Now a security firm in Virgina is “neutering” iPads so G men can use those too.

The report comes from Bloomberg, which says the company with the cyber-snippers is one CACI International Inc. What this “neutering” process—CACI’s own words—actually involves is anyone’s guess, but chances are it has something to do with the wireless capabilities, and maybe the camera. CACI CEO Dan Allen put it this way to Bloomberg: “It’s a neutered iPad. We’re working on how do we effectively brand it.”

According to Allen, any iPads you already see in a government leader’s hands, probably came from CACI or someone they work with. So far no one in the government has made a statement about whether or not Obama’s iPad has gotten the treatment, but it doesn’t seem unlikely. If this really takes off, you could start seeing a lot more iPads in active government service, but only if they’ve lost their fun bits first. [Bloomberg via 9to5Mac]

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 news No Comments

Here’s A Disastrous Stat For Microsoft (MSFT, AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-a-disasterous-stat-for-microsoft-2012-11

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USA Today reports that software security firm Avast surveyed 140,000 of its users, and came up with this stat:

About one-third of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users who are ready to buy a new personal computer say they intend to switch to an Apple product.

Obviously that’s very bad news for Microsoft as it rolls out Windows 8/RT.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says its great news for Apple:

Historically, the single biggest problem Apple faced in the PC market is that most consumers never even considered buying an Apple computer. If this number of potential switchers is even close to true, Mac and iPad sales are going to continue to grow.

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Friday, November 16th, 2012 news No Comments

Fake Angry Birds Space Android App Is Full of Malware (Updated) [Android]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5901691/psa-fake-angry-birds-space-android-app-is-full-of-malware

PSA: Fake Angry Birds Space Android App Is Full of Malware (Updated)There’s a fake Angry Birds Space app in the Android Market available on Android phones that infests your phone with malware.

According to Sophos, a digital security firm, the malware hides its “payload” deep inside two .JPEG files. Once installed, it downloads additional malware to your phone, and enlists your phone as part of a botnet. From there, your phone can be used as muscle for any number of hacker ops.

The easy way to avoid getting nailed by fake app malware is to always be sure to check the developer on any app you download. If you’ve already downloaded Angry Birds Space, take a second to make sure that you’ve got the right one, and if not, consider securely wiping your phone once you’ve backed up important data.

Malware happens, but erm, isn’t this one that Google’s Android Market Bouncer really should have caught? [Business Insider via All Things D]

Update: We originally posted that the fake app was available through the Android Market. That’s incorrect. It is only available through third party stores, so if you go through official Android channels for your apps, you shouldn’t have any problems.

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Friday, April 13th, 2012 news No Comments

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