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Off the beaten Google Market

Posted July 10, 2012    Jerome Diggs

There have been a number of recent articles and blog posts around Android devices infected with various malware and malicious apps.  One recent nasty piece of malware found in many Chinese Android app stores is ‘Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android’.   The interesting feature of this malware is that it can run up an unsuspecting user’s cell phone bill by downloading paid content leaving them holding the bag.

Android lets you download and install apps from anywhere provided you’ve configured your device to download from unknown sources.  Why would anyone do this?  Well, quite simply, because they can and they will.  Users who have their devices configured this way and are connecting to the corporate network (email, internal instant messaging, VPN, etc.) are putting the enterprise at an increased risk.

Retina CS and the Retina Android agent provide out of the box visibility into which systems are configured to allow non-Android market sources.  ‘15903  –  Android Device Non-Android Market Sources’

This information can be included in Enterprise dashboards, reports and email alerts to ensure security teams are aware of which devices may be introducing additional risk to the corporate enterprise.  To view this and other mobile platform configuration and vulnerability audits download a copy of Retina CS Community and the Android agent today.

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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