Malware sidesteps Google permissions policy with new 2FA bypass technique

ESET analysis uncovers a novel technique bypassing SMS-based two-factor authentication while circumventing Google’s recent SMS permissions restrictions. When Google restricted the use of SMS and Call Log permissions in Android apps in March 2019, one of the positive effects was that credential-stealing apps lost the option to abuse these permissions for bypassing SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) mechanisms. … More Malware sidesteps Google permissions policy with new 2FA bypass technique

Your Android phone can now double as a security key

An extra layer of security never hurt anybody, and now you can turn your phone into a physical security key. Google has announced that any smartphone running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later can now be used as a hardware security key for two-factor authentication (2FA). Available in beta at the moment, the new feature is intended … More Your Android phone can now double as a security key

Google hit with €1.49 billion antitrust fine by EU

The third penalty that Europe has levied on the tech giant in less than two years brings the total to €8.25 billion. European Union (EU) authorities have handed down a €1.49 billion (US$1.7 billion) fine to Google for abusing its dominant position in the brokering of online search adverts, according to a statement by the European … More Google hit with €1.49 billion antitrust fine by EU

First clipper malware discovered on Google Play

Cryptocurrency stealers that replace a wallet address in the clipboard are no longer limited to Windows or shady Android app stores. For security reasons, addresses of online cryptocurrency wallets are composed of long strings of characters. Instead of typing them, users tend to copy and paste the addresses using the clipboard. A type of malware, … More First clipper malware discovered on Google Play

Can you spot the phish? Take Google’s test

Everybody loves quizzes. So why not take this one and hone your phish-spotting prowess? Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw has revealed a quiz that tests users’ abilities to identify phishing attacks. In asking you to distinguish legitimate emails from phishing scams, the test reveals some of the most common scenarios that fraudsters use with a view to … More Can you spot the phish? Take Google’s test

Google fined €50 million for violating EU data privacy rules

France’s data protection watchdog issues the first major penalty under the EU’s new privacy regime. France’s data protection watchdog CNIL has slapped Google with a fine of €50 million (almost US$57 million) for what the authority views as the tech giant’s failure to adhere to its obligations that stem from the European Union’s (EU) data … More Google fined €50 million for violating EU data privacy rules