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New spyware on Android pretends to be a system update for your phone

New spyware on Android pretends to be a system update for your phone

Google's monthly patches help keep Android safe from malicious attacks (assuming your phone's manufacturer is willing to ship updates on time). So long as you're careful when downloading apps from outside the Play Store, keeping your device secure is pretty easy these days, even as new attackers try to distribute dangerous viruses. This week, mobile security researchers have discovered spyware that pretends to be a system update, only to take total control of the smartphone after being installed.

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Google Chrome extensions found spying on users once again

Google Chrome extensions found spying on users once again

According to a report by Reuters, researchers at Awake Security uncovered a new spyware campaign that threatened the security of Chrome users. Google removed the more than 70 offending extensions from the Chrome Web Store last month after being alerted to the malicious activity, but not before they were downloaded 32 million times by unsuspecting users.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday. The abrupt decision came after American officials declared the service was actually spyware backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

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(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

Like most Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi's Android phones come with heavy UI customizations and many pre-installed apps featuring advertisements no one asked for — in fact, this release model is part of the reason why Xiaomi is routinely able to undercut its competition in price. However, the company might be too thirsty about collecting personal data to show individualized ads, as its Quick apps application has been blocked by Google Play Protect because of potential tracking issues.

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WhatsApp vulnerability exposed civil rights promoters to hacking attempts

WhatsApp vulnerability exposed civil rights promoters to hacking attempts

WhatsApp is scrambling to determine the impact of a now-patched vulnerability in its iPhone and Android apps that allowed hackers to inject spyware into users' devices. The security hole is at the center of at least one known recent hacking attempt against a lawyer representing a group suing the surveillance software vendor that made the spyware.

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New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

Many of you are visiting family for the holidays, which means you're sharing meals, telling stories, and exchanging gifts. In fact, quite a few of you may be giving phones or tablets to family members this year. If you're a regular around here, you're probably also known as the resident gadget expert, an honor that is both a compliment and a curse — you know what I'm talking about. While you might be trying to avoid impromptu tech support work, we would like to encourage taking a few minutes to do something for the greater good: Clean the trash apps from your family members' devices.

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After a short hiatus, BLU phones are back on Amazon

After a short hiatus, BLU phones are back on Amazon

Earlier this week Amazon took some of the low-budget manufacturer BLU's phones off the retailer's digital shelves, following allegations that BLU had included spyware in its products. It seems to have been a false alarm, though, as today BLU has announced in a tweet that Amazon is back to stocking its phones. Customers looking to pick up a cheap and capable phone can again purchase them at the US' biggest online merchant. 

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Play Store v7.7 prepares to roll out new security features and split notification settings to a separate screen [APK Teardown]

Play Store v7.7 prepares to roll out new security features and split notification settings to a separate screen [APK Teardown]

Google is pushing out a new version of the Play Store for Android users around the world. Like most updates to this version, there really aren't any notable changes showing up already, but there are a few interesting things hidden beneath the hood. There are some new features focused on improving security for apps that are updated from unexpected sources and making its security scanner more visible to users. There's also a plan to move notification settings to their own dedicated screen.

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Popular photo app Meitu is sending IMEI, MAC address, and more to remote servers

Popular photo app Meitu is sending IMEI, MAC address, and more to remote servers

Every once in a while, you might wake up and see everyone playing the same new smartphone game/app, much like in The Next Generation. Meitu is a bizarre Chinese photo app, that applies various filters and 'enhancements' to pictures of yourself and others. In just the past few hours, it has received massive coverage online. While the app is certainly fun to mess around with, several users have pointed out that the application is sending a massive amount of user details to external IP addresses.

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