PINDROP BLOG

Category: Device Security

March 18, 2016
FTC Warns App Developers Over Use of Audio Tracking Code
The Federal Trade Commission is warning a dozen developers about some code they’ve included in their apps that can surreptitiously listen to unique audio signals from TVs in the background and build detailed profiles of what consumers are watching. The technology, produced by a company called SilverPush, is used to track users across devices and the…
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March 17, 2016
FBI Victory in Apple Case Could Backfire
The FBI has been pushing hard, both publicly and privately, for Apple to help it unlock an alleged terrorist’s iPhone by creating a compromised version of iOS, and it may well end up winning that battle. And while that may set a precedent for future law enforcement operations in the United States, it may wind up…
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March 16, 2016
Apple Says FBI’s Request for Backdoor is ‘Offensive’
In a new brief in its ongoing legal battle with the FBI and Department of Justice, Apple said that the government does not have any legal authority to force the company to create a backdoored version of iOS and that the FBI has “belittled” Apple’s concerns about the danger of creating such software. In the…
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March 14, 2016
Obama: Middle Ground Possible on iPhone Encryption
Much has been said on both sides of the Apple-FBI debate in the last month, and now President Barack Obama has let his thoughts on the subject be known. Obama, speaking at the South By Southwest Interactive conference, said he is “way on the civil liberties side of this thing” but also said there needs to…
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March 14, 2016
WhatsApp May Be Next Front in Crypto Battle
The United States government, still entangled with Apple in the battle over an encrypted iPhone, has taken on another big opponent in its efforts to access encrypted communications: WhatsApp. The hyper-popular mobile messaging app is, in some parts of the world with poor phone coverage, the default communications mechanism. Now owned by Facebook, WhatsApp employs end-to-end…
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March 11, 2016
More Android Malware Bypassing Mobile Banking 2FA
The kind of features that once were reserved solely for top-shelf malware is becoming standard equipment for mobile malware. The latest must-have feature is the ability to bypass two-factor authentication and it is showing up in more and more malicious apps, especially those that impersonate banking apps. A couple months ago a new version of…
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March 11, 2016
Apple-FBI Case Gets Nasty
The federal government and Apple both have dropped any semblance of civility in their battle over an encrypted iPhone, with the Department of Justice calling Apple’s arguments “corrosive” and threatening to demand the iOS source code and its master signing key for the operating system, and Apple’s lawyers calling the government “desperate”. The government on…
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March 10, 2016
EFF Says Bills Requiring Vendor Decryption of Phones Could be Unconstitutional
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has come out in opposition of a proposed California bill that would require Apple and other phone manufacturers to be able to decrypt the contents of any device they sell in the state. The California bill was introduced in January by Assemblyman Jim Cooper and it is designed to force vendors…
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March 7, 2016
Bypassing Phone Fingerprint Sensors With an Inkjet Printer
Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a clever hack that allows them to scan and then print a target user’s fingerprint and then use it to unlock a mobile phone via the fingerprint sensor. The method uses an off-the-shelf inkjet printer equipped with some special cartridges with conductive ink to print the fingerprint image…
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March 3, 2016
FCC Looking for Help Securing 5G, IoT Devices
SAN FRANCISCO–The FCC is appealing to the security and cryptographic communities for help in defining new security standards for both the forthcoming 5G wireless network and the exploding number of smart devices that make up the IoT. David Simpson, the chief of the FCC’s public safety and homeland security bureau, said in a discussion at…
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