Day: November 24, 2020

Baidu Android apps caught leaking sensitive data from devices

Capturing the phone’s IMSI number and MAC address, the leaked data could have made users trackable, potentially over their lifetimes, says Palo Alto Networks.

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Mobile apps can pose certain risks even if the developers have no malicious intent in mind. Bugs or errors in the development phase can lead to certain problems, such as data leaks. Discovered by cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, two apps from Chinese tech company Baidu were found leaking certain data from the devices. A blog post published Tuesday describes the type of data being leaked and why such leaks can be hazardous.

SEE: Top Android security tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

With the aid of machine learning (ML)-based spyware detection, researchers at Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 security arm found multiple Android apps on Google Play that were leaking data. In the lineup were Baidu Search Box and Baidu Maps, which together had been

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Redmi Note 9 5G Official Render Surfaces Ahead of November 26 Launch, Circular Rear Camera Module Spotted

Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G official render has been released by a company executive ahead of the Redmi Note 9 series launch this week. The render shows the back panel of the phone sporting a turquoise colour on top, blending towards a peach shade at the bottom. The smartphone is seen with a quad rear camera setup placed inside a circular camera module, along with an LED flash unit. Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G is speculated to feature a 108-megapixel primary camera. The three phones in the Redmi Note 9 series will be launched on November 26.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing shared an official render of Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G on Weibo. Besides the turquoise-peach shades of the smartphone back panel, the image reveals that the smartphone has a volume rocker on the right, along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Weibing also hinted that the Redmi Note 9

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Malicious Google Play apps caught masquerading as Minecraft mods

The Android apps promised Minecraft modifications but instead delivered intrusive ads aimed at kids and teenagers, says Kaspersky.

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Malicious Android apps have a habit of sneaking their way into the Google Play store without getting caught by the usual security protections. One tactic that often seems to work is to impersonate a legitimate app with the real intent effectively obfuscated. A collection of more than 20 apps found by security firm Kaspersky on Google Play pretended to be Minecraft mods but were actually adware. In a blog post published on Monday, Kaspersky identifies the apps and offers advice to anyone who may have installed one.

SEE: Mobile device security: A guide for business leaders (TechRepublic Premium) 

Released in 2009, Minecraft has proven a hot commodity, not just among gamers but among teachers, architects, and urban planners who use the program to help design public places. That’s

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