Tag: Mobile Threats

Mira botnet infections globally. (Image courtesy of Imperva.)

Report: Millions (and Millions) of Devices Vulnerable in latest Mirai Attacks

In-brief: Attacks that took 900,000 broadband routers offline in Germany have hit other countries as well, as security experts warn that the number of devices vulnerable to attack could number in the millions. 

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 security firm Rapid7 said it is launching a consulting and advisory service to help companies design more secure Internet of Things products and assess the risk of deploying IoT products in corporate environments.

Rapid7 To Advise Firms on Making, Deploying Secure Internet of Things Products

In-brief: The security firm Rapid7 said it is launching a consulting and advisory service to help companies design more secure Internet of Things products and assess the risk of deploying IoT products in corporate environments. 

Hardware and software from the Chinese supplier XiongMai Technologies were exploited to create the massive Mirai botnet, according to an analysis by the firm Flashpoint. (Image courtesy of Shodan)

Shoddy Supply Chain Lurks Behind Mirai Botnet

In-brief: A common, China-based supplier of management software is the common thread that ties together the myriad digital video recorders, IP-based cameras and other devices that make up the Mirai botnet, according to analysis by the firm Flashpoint.