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Know How Androids Crack

There was news about older versions of the iPhone OS being maliciously cracked. Now, news of the Android in a worse situation.


Protecting Users Against This Kind of Attack—This attack takes advantage of the poor way that Android GUI displays permissions requests and takes advantage of the fact that Google does not attempt to vet apps before they appear on the Android Market (and allows them to be distributed elsewhere as well.) The best way to mitigate against it is to educate users of the importance of examining and understanding all permissions requests that an app presents, and warning them that some permission requests may not be visible without scrolling down list, before deciding whether to install the app or not. In particular, users should probably be advised not to install any application that asks for permission to change APN settings.

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Simple Great Passwords v Cracking Dictionaries For Rent

“Passwords are the softest security target and until people and organisations start adopting strong authentication in the form of, for instance, two-factor authentication this problem won’t go away” – Jason Hart, VP Security at CRYPTOCard.

The article in IT Pro Is your password really as secure as you think it is? has some thoughts on how to create and encourage better passwords. The methods seem a bit tedious for normal computer users who have little on their computers to steal, but the logic of creating a method for all passwords and sticking to it is an important one to promote.

The overall topic is social engineering…and how the BlackHats are getting very clever at making tools to crack more elaborate passwords. 

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