Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spyware & Malware Odds & Ends

A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised. (more)

Security researchers said they have uncovered bugs in Google's Android operating system that could allow malicious apps to send vulnerable devices into a spiral of endlessly looping crashes and possibly delete all data stored on them. (more)

Stingray is a US law enforcement spoof cell tower used to track the location of mobile phones. Snoopy is a project conducted by London-based Sensepost Research Labs that does similar and much more with any WIFI-enabled device. Now Snoopy has gone airborne – mounted on a drone it can hover above a target area and trick mobile devices into connecting: a form of flying man-in-the-middle attack... The drones collect the devices' probe requests, which could be looking for networks that the user has recently connected to, and mimic them. "If your device is probing for 'Starbucks', we'll pretend to be Starbucks, and your device will connect." Once that connection is made, Snoopy can listen in. (more)