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Yesterday a security researcher revealed a series of high-severity vulnerabilities related to Stagefright, a native Android media player, that affect nearly all Android devices in the world. The Stagefright vulnerabilities carry serious security implications: an attacker could exploit them to remotely control and steal data from a device by sending a victim a multimedia message (MMS) packaged with an exploit.
This week, the security world exploded with the news that Hacking Team, a vendor of Italian spyware — software that captures Skype, message, location, social media, audio, visual, and more data, and is marketed as “stealth” and “untraceable” — was hacked.
One of the major takeaways is that a significant number of governments in the world, Hacking Team’s customers, are actively seeking to compromise iOS and Android devices, likely to access the trove of data stored on or accessed by these mobile devices.
The accessibility service in Android helps give the disabled and individuals with restricted access to their phones alternative ways to interact with their mobile devices. It also has unintentionally opened the door for Japanese surveillanceware to steal data from LINE, the most popular messaging service in Japan.
After discovering this threat, Lookout notified both LINE and Google. None of LINE’s systems were breached. All Lookout users are protected against this threat.
This week, former Cigna CISO Craig Shumard (who is also a consultant for Lookout) published an article in CSO explaining what the mobile threat landscape really looks like in reaction to a number of reports suggesting that mobile malware is no problem.
His biggest takeaway? Where the market for mobile malware is still maturing, the overall mobile device is not a perfectly secure piece of technology to be put in a drawer and worried about later.
We’ve received a number of queries regarding these reports, and we believe Craig’s article is a great explanation of the mobile threat landscape.
Shumard writes, “The [Verizon] report clearly highlights that malware infections are low, but it also shows two issues with direct impact to consumers and enterprises alike: vulnerabilities and data leakage.”
Read the article in full here.
Why should I, as an enterprise, care about mobile security?
It’s a question I’ve heard a lot since Lookout started developing Mobile Threat Protection, our brand new product announced today that will protect large, global enterprises from mobile threats using our predictive technology.
It’s been more than three years now since Lookout opened its doors in Europe. The team counts tremendous success, including building EMEA into the largest market for Lookout outside of North America and developing partnerships with major carriers including Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and EE. Now, it’s time to dig our heels in even more as we welcome Gert-Jan Schenck as VP of EMEA.
Lookout today announced the findings of its Mobile Privacy IQ study, a survey of smartphone owners in the United States, that examines data-based trends about our privacy mindsets and how they inform our perceptions, behaviors, and feelings toward privacy when using mobile devices.
What we found is that despite being increasingly tuned in to the importance of protecting the data on their mobile devices, a clear disconnect exists between people’s understanding of what it means to be privacy conscious and the actions they take in the real world.
Key findings include:
Interested in learning more? Read the full findings of Lookout’s Mobile Privacy IQ study.
FREAK is the latest in a line of recently uncovered vulnerabilities affecting the way communications are secured over the Internet. Specifically, it impacts SSL/TLS and stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys”. The bug allows an attacker to sit between your HTTPS connection and the vulnerable client or server and force you to use a less secure version of encryption. This downgraded encryption may allow an attacker to obtain your data.
No, Lookout’s infrastructure is not impacted by the FREAK vulnerability. Users are not at risk through Lookout’s product, however, that does not mean that your device itself is not otherwise vulnerable.
Unfortunately, like the Heartbleed and POODLE vulnerabilities, people need to wait for a patch from their carrier or device manufacturer to be released. Apple has released a patch for Safari on iOS and Mac OS. Google has promised a patch, but has not yet released one.
If you’ve received an official manufacturer or carrier update to your operating system, install it!
In the continued quest to build out the best leadership in the industry, Lookout has hired a chief marketing officer, Deb Wolf, and vice president of platform products, Santosh Krishnan.
Deb and Santosh will help Lookout seize the opportunity we have across both consumer and enterprise businesses by accelerating our ability to deliver innovative products and develop successful relationships with our customers. But what was it that brought these accomplished leaders to Lookout? It’s always best to hear directly from the source.
Unfortunately, even official app stores’ app-vetting systems are not perfect. Lookout has found 13 instances, or apps, with adware in Google Play, some of which pretend to be Facebook and have malware-like characteristics making it difficult to remove from the phone.
We alerted Google to these 13 instances and the company quickly removed them from the store. All Lookout users are protected against this threat.