Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

ESET researchers have discovered several third-party add-ons for the popular open-source media player Kodi being used to distribute Linux and Windows cryptocurrency-mining malware. If you use Kodi, you may have noticed that a popular, Dutch repository for third-party add-ons, XvBMC, was recently shut down upon copyright-infringement warnings. Following the shutdown, we discovered that the repository was … More Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

Semi-annual balance of mobile security

For Android, malware detections were down 27% compared to the first half of 2017; for iOS, they decreased 15% compared to the same period last year. Mobile security plays an increasingly important role in the protection of information assets, and this applies to both home and corporate users. So, this publication will focus on analyzing the … More Semi-annual balance of mobile security

Let’s hope other app developers don’t follow Epic‘s example

After Epic Games shunned Google Play, debates about threats faced by Android users have taken on a whole new tenor. Joining us to add his voice to the mix is ESET Malware Researcher Lukas Stefanko. Yesterday, we reviewed a few possible implications of the Epic Games decision to snub Google Play and, instead, distribute the Android version … More Let’s hope other app developers don’t follow Epic‘s example

Why now could be a good time to fortify your Android defenses

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: avoid installing apps from outside Google Play. But what if you’re itching to battle it out in Fortnite? First, a quick recap: Epic Games has decided to eschew distributing the Android version of its blockbuster game, Fortnite, via Google Play, instead making it exclusively available from its own website. … More Why now could be a good time to fortify your Android defenses

Google slapped with €4.34bn fine by EU over antitrust violations

Tech giant has 90 days to comply with ruling or faces further penalties over ‘anti-competitive’ practices. European antitrust regulators fined Google a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) for being in breach of EU antitrust rules. The landmark fine was imposed on Google on Wednesday after the European Union (EU) found that the tech giant required … More Google slapped with €4.34bn fine by EU over antitrust violations

Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play

Tricksters have been misleading users about the functionality of apps by displaying bogus download numbers. It seems that tricksters on Google Play have found another way to make their deceptive apps appear more trustworthy to users – that is, at least at first sight. The trick takes advantage of the fact that apart from the app icon … More Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play

Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says

Researchers find that a great portion of popular children’s apps may run afoul of US privacy legislation by improperly collecting data – albeit often probably unintentionally. A response from Google to the unflattering findings wasn’t long in coming. More than 3,300 children-oriented Android apps on Google Play are possibly gathering kids’ data in an improper … More Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says