Category Archives: Android Malware

Samsung Galaxy ACE 2 Jelly Bean 4.1 Bean update in progress

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Samsung has always been really generous when it comes to updates, they regularly provide updates/fixes etc for their customer which is one of the reasons why Samsung users are so much more happier than others. The Samsung Galaxy ACE 2 seems to the next device in line for Samsung’s latest update and will be receiving Android Jelly Bean 4.1. According to the official statement from Samsung this Android 4.1.2 (build JZ054K) Jelly bean update for the Galaxy Ace 2 comes with improved notifications, overall better performance, improved battery life and a tweaked interface that makes TouchWiz more efficient than ever before. Current the update is available in only a few regions and will take some time to be available globally. You can receive this update via Samsung’s KIES software for PC or over the air directly to your phone, though keep in mind that there has been no official confirmation on which regions will be getting the update and which won’t neither is there any details about how long till it goes global, so if you cannot access the update yet it’s probably because your region is among the ones that haven’t received it yet. Though Samsung assured us that they are trying their best to roll out the update globally and it will be available for download on all the major regions soon.

Motorola X intended to be a brand rival to Samsung’s Galaxy series smartphones

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Up until recently we were lead to believe that Motorola X would be a single smartphone that Google acquired smartphone makers were working on.  However Motorola confirmed this rumor to be false and confirmed that the Motorola X will be a brand. Reportedly this is going to the first ever lineup from Motorola that is going to be directly influence by Google. This also explains why the first smartphone from the X lineup is planned to be announced at this year’s Google I/O. It was also confirmed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be available for purchase through the Google Play Store in addition as well as usual carrier and retail stores. This is also the first lineup that Motorola has guaranteed at least one full Android version update and also confirmed that they will be overseeing the update themselves as opposed to the carriers. Also Motorola reported revealed that they will allow customers to customize their X series Smartphones before purchasing, this customization process will allow users to specify how much ram and internal storage they would like in their X series smartphone and will also allow them to have the bootloader unlocked as well have the SIM configured for every any carrier they want. Motorola also guaranteed that these custom tweaked devices will reach their owners in one week’s time. Lastly it was revealed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be highly subsidized by Google themselves and will match the base Nexus 4’s price of $300. Further details will be revealed at Google’s I/O which will be starting may 15th 2013.

Android Viruses: What to fear?

The young hacker arrested in Amiens, designer virus has infected thousands of Android smartphones, says he has “not been aware of the risks.”

The young hacker (20 years) was arrested last week in Amiens says he was “not aware of the risks” in an interview published today Courrier Picard Monday, October 22.

Suspected of having developed a virus has infected 17,000 smartphones for more than 500 000 euros of damage, the young man has been indicted for fraud and piracy and placed under judicial supervision. He was summoned for a hearing on November 8 before the correctional court of Amiens.

“I was not aware of the risks: for me, the people who downloaded the apps I had copied illegally. They are paying and they got free on illegal sites, “said the young man of 20 years, a native of Amiens, Picardy daily.

A defense that some find awkward: those who scammed téléchargeraient illegally (which remains to be proven) is not necessarily an alibi point of view of justice ….

The design of the virus would have taken an hour!

The hacker would have developed dozens of types of viruses since 2011, intended for smartphones running the Google operating system, Android, by the Central Office of the fight against crime in information technology and communication.

The young man began to provide free software download that, without the user noticing, consisted of telephone numbers overtaxed. Users then receive an SMS containing codes that allow, in turn, micro-payments via hacked sites.

The young man would be launched in the piracy game, according to the Mail Picard. “I was in bed, and I had this idea. I had never worked on Android. I went to my PC and I did. It took me an hour, “he told the daily Picard. He adds that he then let the system run without “measure the consequences.”

More Android Users Infected With Malware; Apple Not Spared as Well

Malware is on a spree, lately. It was only days ago that reports surfaced regarding the Instagram app spoofs fooling the Android users, with even some of them losing money.

But malware apps are comparatively common in the Android app store, now renamed Google Play. Many security top dogs including Symantec have found a large number of malware at the Android Market.

However, the hottest news is that Apple’s OS X, which was widely believed to be impermeable to malware and other untoward apps, has now been broken in. A spiteful software Flashback, has acted villain to the high-end OS’s immaculate reputation.

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Malware for Google Android: the problems continue to grow

The number of malware that are created for smartphones continues to grow. And ‘this is the result of research that was conducted by Kaspersky Lab, a manufacturer eponymous anti-virus software. According to figures that were released in 2010 were discovered 153 new families of malware for smartphones, which have developed about 1,000 new virus variants, while the 2011 data are in sharp increase: 178 and 5,255 new families of malware different variants discoveries. The 2012 is likely to be even worse from this point of view.

Every week that passes, therefore, increase the risks for our smartphone, but what are the phones most at risk? It is not surprising that 65% of new malware that were created last year have been aimed Android , the Google operating system. In second place we find this particular ranking Java, with 27% of malware, then Symbian , with about 7% and finally Windows Phone , with only 1%.

What are the biggest risks to users? Theft of data and sensitive information in the first place, such as telephone calls, text messages, photographs and video. The malware more “bad” from this point of view, however, are even able to take control of the phone of the victim and, for example, to start phone calls.

Because Android is the operating system most affected by malware in general? Certainly the prevalence of the operating system itself makes it an easy target. If we consider that the operating system was developed from Linux, an open source platform, therefore, behold, it becomes easier to understand how and where to attack Android. Finally, Google has never put great controls that users can upload app on his Android Market, which will certainly ease the spread of viruses and malicious code.