Monthly Archives: August 2017

Jolla selling Sailfish OS for Xperia X, BlackBerry may be licensing 'secure Android'

Smartphones are becoming more customizable. While projects like LineageOS (the successor to the now-defunct CyanogenMod project) have provided bloatware-free Android ROMs for popular phones—often with version updates for phones long since abandoned by the manufacturer—there are few phones that have the option of flashing a completely different OS. However, for devices with manufacturers that support…
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How a consortium of security professionals took down the WireX Android botnet

Android devices in over 100 countries were recently hijacked and turned into nodes for the WireX botnet, Akamai reported in a blog post explaining the attack. WireX operates in the background of seemingly legitimate apps, where it waits for instructions from its command and control (C&C) server for instructions. It then attacks targets through volumetric…
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