Pre-installed malware discovered on US government-funded phones

Pre-installed malware - Security protection for mobile phones

The UMX U686CL is a low-cost mobile phone with unwanted and un-removable surprises. One of the low-cost smartphones available through the U.S. government’s “Lifeline Assistance” service comes with pre-installed malware built right in. The phones are provided to users of the FCC-operated program when they can’t otherwise afford them. The Lifeline Assistance program helps low-income households offering, among other things, smartphones at a lower cost for individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these devices at full price. The program is meant to be helpful for these families, providing…

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US Navy bans TikTok social media app from government phones

TikTok social media app ban - US Navy

The Navy said the popular video clip application represents a “cybersecurity threat”. The United States Navy has banned government devices from downloading and using the popular TikTok social media app. It called the application a “cybersecurity threat”. This short video mobile app has become explosively popular over the last few months. The Navy issued a bulletin last week. A Facebook page serving military members posted it to show personnel that TikTok must be removed from all government smartphones and other mobile devices. The bulletin explained that military members who use…

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ToTok messaging app is very popular and also an Emirati spy tool

ToTok messaging app - person using messaging app on cell phone

The mobile application has been downloaded into millions of phones since it launched. The ToTok messaging app has become known as a simple and secure tool to communicate with friends and family by text and video. It is popular even in the United Arab Emirates, where other popular applications in that category – such as Skype and WhatsApp – have been banned. American officials recently identified this application as a spy tool for the UAE. According to an investigation in the New York Times which included American officials familiar with…

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Mobile commerce security breaches could prove highly problematic this holiday season

Mobile commerce security - Woman on Phone

A new study shows that careless using smartphones combined with large retailer hacks may be difficult. A new survey of over 1,000 Americans showed that mobile commerce security issues such as breaches may end this holiday season on a rough note for many shoppers. Hacks to large retailer databases and carelessness among phone users could be a brutal combination. The research was conducted by First Orion and showed that the security breaches afflicting retailers to an increasing degree are posing a rising risk for consumers. Moreover, this, combined with the…

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