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by Carol~ Moderator / November 20, 2015 2:19 PM PST
Android adware can install itself even when users explicitly reject it

Two weeks ago, Ars reported on newly discovered Android adware that is virtually impossible to uninstall. Now, researchers have uncovered malicious apps that can get installed even when a user has expressly tapped a button rejecting the app.

The hijacking happens after a user has installed a trojanized app that masquerades as an official app available in Google Play and then is made available in third-party markets. During the installation, apps from an adware family known as Shedun try to trick people into granting the app control over the Android Accessibility Service, which is designed to provide vision-impaired users alternative ways to interact with their mobile devices

Continued : http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/android-adware-can-install-itself-even-when-users-explicitly-reject-it/

Related: Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power
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Microsoft Aces Antivirus Test
by Carol~ Moderator / November 20, 2015 3:12 PM PST

For years, Microsoft's antivirus has been the sad sack in antivirus tests. Several labs have taken to calling Microsoft's performance a baseline. If you can't beat the baseline, you're doing something wrong. That trend seems to be changing, though. In the latest test results reported by AV-Test Institute, Microsoft earned a respectable 14 points (out of a possible 18). That's a lot better than its previous score of 9.5 points; 10 points is the minimum to pass this test.

It seems that Microsoft is on a roll. Dennis Technology Labs certifies antivirus products at a number of different levels: AAA, AA, A, B, and C. For the first time, Microsoft managed AAA certification.

Continued : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2493962,00.asp

Related:
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(Hat Tip to R. Proffitt!)

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TrueCrypt is safer than previously reported ..
by Carol~ Moderator / November 20, 2015 3:12 PM PST
.. detailed analysis concludes

"Fraunhofer Institute gives clean bill of health to crypto tool used by millions."

The TrueCrypt whole-disk encryption tool used by millions of privacy and security enthusiasts is safer than some studies have suggested, according to a comprehensive security analysis conducted by the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology.

The extremely detailed 77-page report comes five weeks after Google's Project Zero security team disclosed two previously unknown TrueCrypt vulnerabilities. The most serious one allows an application running as a normal user or within a low-integrity security sandbox to elevate privileges to SYSTEM or even the kernel. The Fraunhofer researchers said they also uncovered several additional previously unknown TrueCrypt security bugs.

Continued : http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/truecrypt-is-safer-than-previously-reported-detailed-analysis-concludes/

Related: German Government Audits TrueCrypt
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Starwood Hotels Warns of Credit Card Breach
by Carol~ Moderator / November 20, 2015 3:13 PM PST

Starwood Hotels Warns of Credit Card Breach

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today warned that malware designed to help cyber thieves steal credit and debit card data was found on point-of-sale cash registers at some of the company’s hotels in North America. The disclosure makes Starwood just the latest in a recent string of hotel chains to acknowledge credit card breach investigations, and comes days after the company announced its acquisition by Marriott International

Starwood published a list (PDF) of more than 50 of its hotel properties — mostly Sheraton and Westin locations across the United States and Canada — that were impacted by the breach. According to that list, the breach started as early as November 2014 in some locations, ending sometime in April or May for all affected hotels..

Continued : http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/11/starwood-hotels-warns-of-credit-card-breach/

Related: Starwood Hotels Says Payment Systems Were Hacked

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