According to an article in PCMag by Max Eddy, a Trojanized version of the app “Bad Piggies,” a sequel to the blockbuster game Angry Birds, was spotted on the Google Play store. The Bad Pigs malware app was pulled from Google Play, but not after being downloaded more than 10,000 times since May. The Bad Pigs app looks fairly suspicious given that the email address for the app’s developer was listed as “firstname.lastname@example.org.” The app also asks for a very long list of permissions. Other Android malware-infected apps include titles such as “Fruit Chop Ninja” (a rip-off version of “Fruit Ninja” by Halfbrick Studios) with over 10,000 downloads and “Paper Toss 2” (a rip-off of “Paper Toss 2.0” by Backflip Studios) with more than a thousand downloads. If you’ve downloaded any of these copycat apps, be sure to remove them from your Android device.
Just days after Apple unveiled its latest mobile operating system, iOS7, a security problem was discovered. Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg reported on a big security flaw that allows users to bypass the security lock screen. An iPhone user in Spain discovered the glitch that let him bypass the locked screen without a password. He promptly filmed the scenario and shared it with Forbes, who re-made the video and published it online. This isn’t the first time that Apple has had problems with its locked screen. A bug in iOS6.1 allowed a hacker to bypass the locked screen on an iPhone 5 and gain access to the phone’s apps, place calls, listen to voicemails and view photos in the contacts section.
With iOS7 slated for public release this fall, we anticipate that this locked screen bypass issue will be fixed. It’s also worth noting that iOS7 will have additional security features, including Activation Lock, which will protect lost and stolen devices from factory resets – a phone thief’s favorite trick. With iOS7, a user must enter their Apple ID and password in order to perform a reset.
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