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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.

The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first.

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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Toast overlay being used by malicious Android apps to install additional malware

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Recently, Google has notified developers of apps that use Accessibility features for purposes other than helping users with disabilities to cease using those APIs or otherwise unpublish their app. The impetus for this move appears to be existence of (now removed) apps in the Play Store which use Accessibility features in conjunction with a vulnerability patched as part of the September security update to install malware.

The report from security software vendor Trend Micro identified various malicious apps titled "Smart AppLocker," one of which the company claims had over 500,000 installs.

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Toast overlay being used by malicious Android apps to install additional malware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Google has long maintained various reward programs for its own apps and services like Chrome and Android. However, most independent developers can't afford to run a similar program. Today, Google is stepping in to support Android app security with the Google Play Security Rewards Program. It's like Google's bug bounties, but for third-party apps.

Under the program, security researchers will be encouraged to hunt for vulnerabilities in popular Android apps on the Play Store.

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The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Google provides various tools to keep your account secure like login alerts and 2-factor authentication. If you're extra paranoid, Google just launched a program tailored to you. The Advanced Protection Program adds a set of stronger protections to your account, and it's available right now for all personal Google accounts. Why isn't it rolling out to everyone? Because Advanced Protection Program isn't going to be very convenient.

Advanced Protection Program is for people who are legitimately worried about someone gaining access to their account data.

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Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Major vulnerability discovered in WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, affects Android and pretty much everything else

Monday, October 16th, 2017

If you read any tech websites besides Android Police, you may have already heard about 'KRACK.' That's the name for a serious security vulnerability that affects virtually every device supporting Wi-Fi connections - including Android.

I'll do my best to explain in a way that doesn't leave you confused and/or bored. If you're not familiar with how Wi-Fi operates, most locked networks use the WPA2 protocol for security. There are a few older standards, like WEP and WPA1, but they have largely fallen out of use due to the massive number of ways to break into them (especially WEP).

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Major vulnerability discovered in WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, affects Android and pretty much everything else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile bug gave hackers access to customer data using only a phone number

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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A security researcher has revealed that a recently patched hole in T-Mobile's security made it possible for hackers to vacuum up all your personal account information, and all they needed was your phone number. And you probably give that out all the time. T-Mobile says the vulnerability has been corrected,  but there's some question how severe the data breach might have been.

According to Motherboard, the flaw was reported to T-Mobile by security researcher Karan Saini.

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T-Mobile bug gave hackers access to customer data using only a phone number was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Wink is a well-known name when it comes to the smart home space, and in a blog post today the company announced support for a bunch of new products. It supports five new lighting solutions, seven new security products/sensors, and three motorized window solutions (fancy words for automated window blinds). Connecting all your smart home devices into one seamless solution has never been easier. 

The full list of newly supported devices is just below.

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Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Wink is a well-known name when it comes to the smart home space, and in a blog post today the company announced support for a bunch of new products. It supports five new lighting solutions, seven new security products/sensors, and three motorized window solutions (fancy words for automated window blinds). Connecting all your smart home devices into one seamless solution has never been easier. 

The full list of newly supported devices is just below.

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Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official vulnerability tester app] Google’s September security patch fixes ‘BlueBorne’ Bluetooth vulnerability

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Google is still working on getting the September security patches out the door, but it has posted a security bulletin detailing the changes. Several of the flaws noted in the bulletin are part of an enormous Bluetooth vulnerability discovered by Armis Labs, which bills itself as an IoT security firm. The "BlueBorne" attack exposes billions of Android devices to complete takeover by hackers, but it's not only Android.

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[Update: Official vulnerability tester app] Google's September security patch fixes 'BlueBorne' Bluetooth vulnerability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s September security patch fixes ‘BlueBorne’ Bluetooth vulnerability

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Google is still working on getting the September security patches out the door, but it has posted a security bulletin detailing the changes. Several of the flaws noted in the bulletin are part of an enormous Bluetooth vulnerability discovered by Armis Labs, which bills itself as an IoT security firm. The "BlueBorne" attack exposes billions of Android devices to complete takeover by hackers, but it's not only Android. The same flaw exists in Windows, Linux, and some versions of iOS.

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Google's September security patch fixes 'BlueBorne' Bluetooth vulnerability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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