Software

Square Introduces Bitcoin Trading on App

Square Introduces Bitcoin Trading on App

In its efforts to tap into the booming cryptocurrency market, payments company Square revealed that it is now testing the buying and selling of Bitcoins on its Cash app. The service, which is currently available only for select customers, had been initiated by their users who have shown an appetite for “alt-currency”, according to a spokesperson for the company. Square has expressed its interest in providing additional cryptocurrency services, saying that it will greatly help individuals participate in the global financial system. The company, as well as most Bitcoin investors, remain undeterred, despite recent efforts of governments opposing the increased […]

Google Cracks Down on Apps That Abuse Accessibility Services

Google Cracks Down on Apps That Abuse Accessibility Services

Google recently warned developers that apps which use accessibility services outside of its intended purpose will be banned from Play Store. In a Reddit post, a developer showed an email from Google which instructed him to explain to users how his app uses the ‘android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE’ to aid users with disabilities. It also said that apps which fail to comply within 30 days will be removed from Google Play. Accessibility services is an API which makes it easier for users with disabilities to perform tasks on a device such as filling out forms automatically, but it also often exploited by malicious […]

Uber Bands with Ride-Sharing Rivals to Counter Regulation in Brazil

Uber Bands with Ride-Sharing Rivals to Counter Regulation in Brazil

Uber has reportedly formed an alliance with three other ride-sharing apps in Brazil to counter the looming block regulation that could turn the companies into regular taxi services. Despite being the top player in the country’s ride-sharing sector, Uber joined forces with Cabify, 99 and Lady Driver to win over public support by leveraging digital influencers and social media. With the slogan “Together for Mobility”, the coalition mobilized their drivers to protest in the cities while their company country managers launched a video warning Brazilians of the red tape that threatens to suppress ride-hailing. The company is currently under pressure […]

Indonesia May Ban WhatsApp

Indonesia May Ban WhatsApp

Last Monday, the Indonesian government issued a warning to Whatsapp, saying that it would be banned if it does not take action on obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images on its platform. The government of the predominantly Muslim country said that the messaging service’s encryption allowed citizens to search for said obscene material via third-party providers, free from government monitoring. According to Communications and Informatics Ministry Director General Semuel Pangerapan, WhatsApp will be blocked within 48 hours unless the said images are removed from the service. The ministry already contacted WhatsApp regarding the issue. However, WhatsApp replied that the government […]

Fake WhatsApp on Google Play Gets Downloaded 1 Million Times

Fake WhatsApp on Google Play Gets Downloaded 1 Million Times

A fake version of WhatsApp was recently removed by Google from its Play Store, but only after it had been downloaded around a million times. The counterfeit,  called “Update WhatsApp Messenger”, was deliberately made to look like the real app. The developer also used the name “WhatsApp Inc.” which used a special character instead of a space to separate the words which can easily be overlooked by the average user. Users on Reddit said the fake app contained spam ads and downloaded malicious software to the user’s device.   Source: BBC

Facebook Investigates WhatsApp’s Temporary Outage

Facebook Investigates WhatsApp’s Temporary Outage

Facebook’s popular messaging service WhatsApp was reported to have had a temporary outage in several countries last Friday. Users immediately took to Facebook and Twitter to post about the issue, with “WhatsAppDown” being the top trending keyword on Twitter in India, Pakistan, Britain, Germany, and other countries. Users said that it took around 30 minutes before the app was able to function again. A representative from Facebook Singapore officially stated that the matter is now being investigated. The chat app had already experienced several outages this year, with the longest one lasting for several hours in May. Source: Reuters

Security Researchers Hack iOS 11.1 Right After Release

Security Researchers Hack iOS 11.1 Right After Release

At Trend Micro’s recently held Mobile Pwn2Own contest in Tokyo, researchers from Tencent Keen Security Lab were able to exploit two bugs in iOS’ browser, Safari. One of the bugs let a malicious app to persist in the browser and system service after a reboot, while the other allowed the researchers to break the sandbox and run the malicious code. The researchers earned $70,000 for their efforts. Specific details about the bugs will only be disclosed after Apple comes up with the fix, or when the three-month period of responsible disclosure ends. Apple did not yet say when a fix […]

Software Code Signing Certificates More Expensive Than Firearms on Dark Web

Software Code Signing Certificates More Expensive Than Firearms on Dark Web

Researchers from cybersecurity company Venafi recently discovered that digital code signing certificates fetch a higher price than guns or credit card details on darkweb markets. These certificates are primarily used to ensure the legitimacy of software and apps, but can also be used to install malware on devices and networks. A single certificate can reportedly go up to $1200. Venafi Chief Security Strategist Kevin Bocek said that cybercriminals can use such code signing certificates to make it impossible for organizations to detect malicious software. Certificates can also be resold a number of times before it diminishes in value, which reaps […]

Chrome May Deprecate Support for HTTP Public Key Pinning

Chrome May Deprecate Support for HTTP Public Key Pinning

Earlier this week, Google announced that support for HTTP public key pinning (HPKP) in Chrome may be deprecated. The IETF standard which was written by Google’s own engineers for the improvement of web security, but now considers it to be harmful. With HPKP, websites can instruct browsers to remember the public keys of a specific web server in a given duration, and researchers say that this can pose a security issue if an attacker were to install malicious pins or headers. Instead of HPKP, the Chrome team is now endorsing the use of Certificate Transparency and the Expect-CT header.    […]

New Google Play Protect System Gets Tested, Comes Dead Last

New Google Play Protect System Gets Tested, Comes Dead Last

In a recent experiment conducted by German antivirus testing lab AV-Test, Google’s new Play Protect System for Android gave a severely underwhelming performance compared to other mobile malware protection software. The test results showed Google Play Protect coming in last as it was able to detected just 65.8% of new malware, and only 79.2% of 1 month old malware. Almost all of the other software included in the test had scores in the 99-100% range. However, Play Protect is bundled with the Play Store app, which makes it the default free antivirus solution for Android users. Google also assured users […]