Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#1915 Symantec: Latest intelligence for December 2016
Some of the key takeaways from December’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include an increase in the number of web attacks blocked by Symantec, the return of a particularly nasty disk-wiping threat, and how Symantec played a vital role in two law enforcement operations.
#1914 CSIRO: VPNs are not as private as the name suggests
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has warned users of virtual private networks (VPN) that they may not be as secure as the name suggests.

The CSIRO recently looked at 283 Android VPN apps, investigating a wide range of security and privacy features to compile its report [PDF], An Analysis of the Privacy and Security Risks of Android VPN Permission-enabled Apps.

The research organisation found that 18 percent of the apps probed fail to encrypt users' traffic, with 38 percent injecting malware or malvertising straight into the user's device, and over 80 percent requesting access to sensitive data such as user accounts and text messages.
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