DoubleLocker Android ransomware explained

Cybercriminals have developed an innovative ransomware that is based on the foundations of a particular banking Trojan to misuse Android accessibility services. Discovered by ESET malware researcher, Lukáš Štefanko, DoubleLocker, has two powerful tools for extorting money from its victims, and includes a combination that has not been seen previously in the Android ecosystem. WeLiveSecurity sat down … More DoubleLocker Android ransomware explained

DoubleLocker: Innovative Android Ransomware

ESET researchers have spotted the first-ever ransomware misusing Android accessibility services. On top of encrypting data, it also locks the device. Detected by ESET products as Android/DoubleLocker.A, the ransomware is based on the foundations of a particular banking Trojan, known for misusing accessibility services of the Android operating system. However, DoubleLocker doesn’t have the functions related … More DoubleLocker: Innovative Android Ransomware

Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

What’s safer? Using a numeric PIN code to unlock your Android smartphone or relying on a finger squiggle? Newly-released research suggests that, at least when someone close by could be looking over your shoulder, you might be safer with an old-fashioned PIN. The research, presented in a paper entitled “Towards Baselines for Shoulder Surfing on Mobile … More Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

Smartphone sensors ‘can reveal PINs and passwords’

A smartphone’s internal sensors may provide cybercriminals with enough information to be able to guess a user PINs and passwords, according to new research by Newcastle University in the UK. Experts found that PINs and passwords could be deciphered relatively easily this way. Tests carried out by the university, for example, found that cybercriminals could … More Smartphone sensors ‘can reveal PINs and passwords’

Cash machines turn 49 today: Are ATMs really that secure?

Forty-nine years ago, if you needed cash you had to head to your bank and request it from the clerk at the counter. But on the 27th of June 1967, all that changed. On that day Londoners had their first opportunity to withdraw funds from their accounts via a new specialized cash machine, which later … More Cash machines turn 49 today: Are ATMs really that secure?