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Here’s how to find out if the apps installed on your Mac are affected by Sparkle vulnerability and what to do to fix the problem.

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Google has pulled thirteen Android apps from its Play Store, which were found to be doing nasty things like seeking root access, making unauthorized app downloads and leaving bogus app reviews. Check to see if you have installed any of these apps on your Android device.

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Apple has proactively gone through a process of removing a number of applications from its iOS App Store after a framework within those apps was discovered which violates the developer guidelines. An analytics firm had recently discovered the issue by shedding light on the fact that the Youmi advertising SDK – meant for China – uses its integration in iOS and Android apps to collect and store personal information about the user of the app, seemingly without consent. Such activity is prohibited by Apple’s App Store guidelines and as such, the iPhone-maker has been quick in reacting to the discovery.

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It seems that a day or two can’t go by at the moment without another security researcher or research company finding vulnerabilities in the world’s leading mobile platforms. Two security researchers who have been undertaking work on behalf of the French government have discovered a new clever way for hackers to gain control of an iOS or Android device by tapping into the platform’s digital assistants, Siri and Google Now.

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A new strain of malicious mobile adware has yet again been discovered, and it seems to have the potential to cause some serious damage to any device that it sinks its teeth into. It seems that rarely a day or two can pass by at the minute without us hearing about a new form of infection on one of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Some are extremely malicious and can do serious damage, some are less so. This newly discovered strain, dubbed Kemoge, falls under the former category due to its ability to gain full access to the infected device.

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The existence of malware on Apple’s iOS platform isn’t exactly a new thing, contrary to the popular myth that iOS and OS X are bulletproof. With that said, as a mobile platform, iOS is seemingly a lot more secure than the competition, and has historically only come under attack if the device is actually jailbroken, meaning when it has been liberated from the security of Apple’s walled garden. Unfortunately, that may no longer be the case thanks to a new strain of malware known as YiSpecter, which has been discovered to attack non-jailbroken iOS devices.

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When you think of Apple devices and software, such as iPhones and iPads that run iOS, and Mac computers that run OS X from a security perspective, you tend to think on the more positive side. After all, Mac computers and iOS-powered devices are as secure as can be, right? Recent discoveries have shown that iOS isn’t as secured as consumers may have hoped, and now a newly discovered exploit in OS X has revealed that it’s possible to bypass Apple’s Gatekeeper protection to install malicious apps without a user’s consent.

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Apple has taken the opportunity to provide some additional information about a number of third-party iOS apps that were recently discovered to be infected with the XcodeGhost malware. After the existence of the XcodeGhost trojan filtered down into the public domain, Apple took a number of steps to not only combat the issue, but also provide clarification on what it means to users, developers, and how it plans to rectify the problem and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Now, as an addendum to that info, the Cupertino-based company has listed the top 25 apps that have been affected by the malware.

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Apple has today outlined what the XcodeGhost malware is in a FAQ published on its website, explaining what compromising of some App Store apps actually means for users via its Chinese website, and the steps that the company is taking in order to minimize the risk and ensure its developers can be protected moving forward.

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As we reported recently, Apple’s App Store was a victim of a large-scale attack, infecting a bunch of iPhone and iPad apps, mostly from China, with malware.

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It is becoming increasingly rare for few days to pass by without us hearing about yet another malicious Android app that is loaded with ransomware, and sent out into the wild to wreak havoc amongst unsuspecting users. Just a few days back we heard about a ransomware which communicated over XMPP, and now a new strain, being dubbed Android/Lockerpin.A, appears to be taking things to a higher, more sophisticated level, by setting or resetting the PIN that is required to grant access to the Android device. Device owners are then forced to perform a factory reset and wipe all data from the device, or shell out $500 to the malicious individuals operating the malware, which is the really the standard course of action now.

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Here’s how to check or find KeyRaider malware for iOS on your iPhone or iPad and then remove it if the device is found to be infected.

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