Posted by: David Harley | December 22, 2013

Mac gets an eyeful, and Android scareware

I’m afraid I haven’t had much time to give to this blog recently, but here are a couple of items flagged by Graham Cluley recently.

Webcam spying without turning on the LED? Researchers prove it’s possible describes how researchers at the Johns Hopkins demonstrated that the webcam  on some older Mac models can be used to spy on you without your knowledge; warns that according to Charlie Miller, similar attacks are possible on more recent models; and adds a link to information about a somewhat similar attack on Windows PCs. See also article on Ars Technica.

Seen the Tapsnake virus warning on your Android? Here’s what you need to know recounts how a fake virus alert is being used to trick Android users into installing fake antivirus. There was a piece of spyware calling itself Tap Snake that looked like a Snake clone, but secretly disclosed the infected device’s GPS location to a remote server every 15 minutes. However, it was pulled from the Android Market (now known as Google Play) years ago.

David Harley

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