GDPR deadline arrived this week. Some companies used the 2 year runway to put forth a best effort to be compliant by today, and then there is everyone else. NowSecure has included GDPR compliance considerations within our assessments for quite some time and our elite research team will continue to monitor and continuously update the check as more details present regarding how the regulation will be enforced.
It’s been a busy week in mobile application security world over and above GDPR hype, including the following headlines:
- Pre-installed malware found on low-cost Android devices
- Morning coffee routine enables Starbucks to continue as leader of mobile payment adoption
- Industrial firms and safety systems alerted to continued sophisticated, targeted attacks to infrastructure
- Coca-Cola releasing beverage machines allowing restaurant patrons to start drink order from their phone
- And more!
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“Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including the US, are said to be infected. The good news is there’s a fix.”
Creating flexible, yet responsible, BYOD programs continue to present complexities for public and private sectors alike. NowSecure enables organizations to vet 3rd party mobile apps in minutes, so confident guidance or restrictions can be made, keeping everyone moving and safe.
“Starbucks is benefiting from the repeat use of coffee drinkers, while Apple Pay and Google pay see lackluster app adoption… Why it matters: An increasing share of in-store spending will be done using mobile payments. The question is whose mobile payment technology will win the day.”
Hundreds of Apps Can Empower Stalkers to Track Their Victims
(The New York Times)
“Widely available services offer a range of spying abilities, including tracking people’s phones and harvesting their texts. As survivors seek help, the legal and technical hurdles are many.”
Convenience tech, like mobile apps, is awesome at helping manage our daily lives efficiently. But, we have to approach with caution as no convenience is worth one’s personal safety.
“Malware-laden Android apps aim to steal photos, contact lists, and sensitive information belonging to defectors and their supporters.”
Actor Advertises Japanese PII on Chinese Underground
“The dataset contains 200 million rows of information stolen from websites across industries, likely via opportunistic access.”
“A group known for infecting a Saudi petrochemical plant with highly sophisticated industrial control malware has expanded its operations, according to new research, with a former U.S. official telling CyberScoop that companies inside the United States have been breached.”
“The Freestyle 9100’s wireless connectivity lets app users select a drink on their smartphone without scanning a QR code or interacting with the touchscreen on the dispenser. Restaurants will also be able to access real-time updates on how much product is left in the machine and when it will run out.”
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