Software

Developer Exposes Major MacOS High Sierra Login Flaw    

Developer Exposes Major MacOS High Sierra Login Flaw    

A Turkish software developer recently took to Twitter and exposed one of the biggest security flaws to be discovered on MacOS. Lemi Orhan Ergin tweeted last Tuesday of a flaw that allows anyone to gain root access to computers running High Sierra just by entering username “root” under Users & Groups, even without a password. Users with root access will be able to take full control of the system, and it was previously thought that this was disabled by default on Apple systems. Ergin was criticized by a number of users for not disclosing the issue privately with Apple. However, […]

Apple Drops ‘Duterte’ Games from App Store

Apple Drops ‘Duterte’ Games from App Store

A number of games featuring the likeness of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa had been removed from Apple’s app shop. Drug advocacy group Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (Anpud) recently noted that several Duterte-related games such as Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter, Duterte Running Man Challenge Game, Fighting Crime 2, Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba! Can no longer be found on the App Store. Anpud had previously called on Apple and its CEO Tim Cook to remove the games, saying that the apps promoted murder, extrajudicial killings, and violence. The […]

Over 300 Android Apps Embedded with Trackers

Over 300 Android Apps Embedded with Trackers

Earlier this week, a study conducted by the Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy identified around 300 Android apps embedded with invasive trackers which record user activity without user consent. The researchers found tracking scripts not only in lesser known apps, but also in highly popular apps such as Uber, Twitter, Tinder, Soundcloud, and Spotify. While some of the trackers such as Google’s CrashLytics collect only crash reports, a number of others collected sensitive data such as user details and app usage info. The study said that the issue is also likely to be present in iOS. A list of […]

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 […]