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Google Utilizes Global Kill Switch on Malicious Apps

Google Utilizes Global Kill Switch on Malicious Apps

Google was made aware of an issue with a little over 20 applications in the Android Market that were malicious.  These apps gained system access when downloaded and intercepted and secretly transmitted private data from user’s handsets to third party servers. To make matters worse, some of these apps have been downloaded over 50,000 times.

Google started using a remote ‘kill switch’ feature to wireless kill the apps on user’s handsets.  In addition to removing the apps, Google is […]

Mar 7th, 2011Comments Off on Google Utilizes Global Kill Switch on Malicious Apps
Charges Will Be Filed Against iPad Security Breach Suspects

Charges Will Be Filed Against iPad Security Breach Suspects

Earlier this week US authorities announced that they have two suspects allegedly in custody and will be filing charges for involvement with the theft of personal data from AT&T’s servers last year in which their servers were allegedly hacked and data belonging to roughly 120,000 iPad users was compromised.  (via Wall Street Journal)

Jan 19th, 2011Comments Off on Charges Will Be Filed Against iPad Security Breach Suspects
Google Launches Government Request Tool

Google Launches Government Request Tool

David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google, announced the release of a new Government Requests tool this week.  The tool will provide users with information about the number of requests for user data or content removal that Google receives from government agencies around the world.  This initial launch only includes data from July – December 2009, but they plan to continue updating the data in six month increments.

Mr Drummond stated that “we notify users about requests […]

Apr 22nd, 2010Comments Off on Google Launches Government Request Tool