Mobile Threat Monday: Please Stop Installing Android Flashlight Apps | PCMag.com

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Remember that Cool “Free” app you downloaded for your Android phone?  You might end up paying for it, either in money, time,  privacy or all of the above.  The article below outlines one of the reasons I recommend iPhones over Android.  They are (IMO) much less susceptible to malware because (short of JailBreaking your phone) all of the software must go though Apple’s testing and the (Apple) App store.  iOS also has sandboxing and restricts the access applications have to your phone.  Ex.  If the application needs access to your Photos, GPS, Contacts, etc. it has to ask when installed.  If you say “no” it doesn’t get that access.  If your flashlight wants to access your microphone or GPS there is something really fishy about that.  “Just say no”.  Read more from PC Mag below. – Randy
This week, Malwarebytes points us towards a nasty flashlight app that tries to take over your phone
Source: Mobile Threat Monday: Please Stop Installing Android Flashlight Apps | PCMag.com

Zero Day Weekly: Kaspersky hacked, OPM breach implodes, UK citizen spying continues | ZDNet

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Important Read.  Some Zero Day hacks you might not have known.
A bug in the default Apple Mail program appears to allow the theft of iCloud passwords. An iCloud password phishing email generator was created by a researcher as a proof of concept of an unpatched bug affecting millions of Apple users. Register reported the researcher created the iOS 8.3 Mail.app inject kit which exploits a bug in the operating system’s native email client to produce a realistic pop-up of which Apple users are accustom. Soucek (@jansoucek) says Cupertino did not respond when he informed it of the bug in January.
Source: Zero Day Weekly: Kaspersky hacked, OPM breach implodes, UK citizen spying continues | ZDNet

US court SHUTS DOWN scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff • The Register

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Score one for the good guys! US court SHUTS DOWN scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff • The Register.   I’ve dealt with this kind of scam many times.  I even wrote about it here.  Always beware of people calling you or unknown software.  When in doubt, Call us!  Don’t take the chance. R.