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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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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?