Android malware poses as security app
Kaspersky Labs identified a new variety of the Zeus malware that disguises itself as a premium security app. By masquerading as a top shelf security service and growing consumer concern over flourishing Android malware, it’s all the more likely that people will download such a convincing app, putting themselves at great risk. Another growing problem with this is that more people are using their own devices in workplaces, so more company data may be at risk as well.
The fake app, called Android Security Suite Premium, was first released earlier this month and since then, newer versions have been released. The Zeus malware steals incoming text messages and sends them to command-and-control servers operated by the attackers. Depending on the apps installed on the Android device, the text could include sensitive data, such as password-reset links.
“It is also important to mention that these malicious apps are able to receive commands for uninstalling themselves, stealing system information and enabling/disabling the malicious applications,” Denis Maslennikov, a Kaspersky security researcher said in a blog post.
Nokia works with Amazon for 808 PureView US release
Nokia fans in the US will soon be able to get their hands on the Nokia 808 PureView by way of Amazon.com. They can purchase an unlocked version for $699 and use it with a compatible SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile but it would only be at 2G speeds.
The Nokia 808 PureView is not Windows Phone-based, it runs Symbian Belle. And this might be Nokia’s last chance to entice US consumers to use a Symbian phone. So what would make you buy a Symbian phone? The 41-megapixel camera lens might pique your interest.
Cvent acquires CrowdCompass
Cvent, a cloud-based provider of event management solutions, announced the acquisition of CrowdCompass, a leader in creating mobile applications for business and association events. This will enable Cvent to offer cutting-edge solutions to accelerate popularity of meetings and events, and enhance communications between attendees via social media. Cvent and CrowdCompass will offer the ability for planners to create iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry apps for their business events.
“Cvent’s success is predicated on delivering best-of-breed technology solutions to our event industry clients and partners. This acquisition is an important step to ensuring we continue to lead the industry in the adoption of mobile technologies,” said Reggie Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Cvent.
“We selected CrowdCompass because it was clear that they are a leading developer of native mobile apps for business and association events. With experience building hundreds of apps for a wide variety of mid-to large-sized public and private events, the addition of CrowdCompass gives us unparalleled expertise in creating mobile apps for events. We have offered mobile friendly event web sites for some time, but the CrowdCompass product takes the mobile experience to the next level.”