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Barnes & Noble denied that some of its low-cost NOOK tablets were running software that had been observed siphoning off user data in some low cost Android phones. (Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble)

Barnes & Noble says Nook Tablets will drop Suspect Chinese Software

In-brief: Barnes & Noble said its Nook tablets have not been used to steal data and that it is taking steps to stop using software by the Chinese firm Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd. (ADUPS).

Tenable's survey of information security pros found concerns that advancements like application containerization and DevOps are complicating the jobs of information security pros, and reducing effectiveness. (Image courtesy of Tenable Network Security.)

Report: DevOps, Containerization, challenge Security Pros

In-brief: Despite the benefits of the DevOps paradigm and application virtualization in software products’ lifecycle, security professionals believe that in combination with cloud computing the two methods increase the complexity of the corporate network, making it more difficult to defend, the cyber security assurance report from Tenable Network Security outlines.

Mobile software is raising alarms again after researchers at the firm Anubis Networks warned about a hidden program in software running on millions of low cost Android smart phones that appears to be a "rootkit."

Another Week, Another Dangerous Mobile Firmware Vulnerability

In-brief: The security firm Anubis Networks said in a blog post that it has discovered a mystery code by the firm Ragentek that is used in a number of low-cost Android smart phones, used across 55 different device models.

The BLU R1 HD phone was observed sending sensitive user data back to a server in China. The company responsible, Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd., said that was a mistake and that the problem has been corrected.

Software Used in Mobile Phones Sends Texts, Location Data and Contacts Back To China

In-brief: software used in at least one brand of smart phones sold in the U.S. was found to secretly send private information about the phone’s owner back to servers in China, according to a report by the security firm Kryptowire.

The FTC is being urged to take a stronger stand on Internet of Things security in order to protect consumers.

Lawmakers to FTC: Do Something about Internet of Things Security

In-brief: Two lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to protect consumers from security issues linked to the Internet of Things.