Skip to main content

US Government Want to Ban Android Devices For Its Employees

A document was jointly produced by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. It aims to highlight the dangers of malware on Google’s operating system.
Android was approved to be used by government employees last year. Apple’s iOS is also on the approved devices list.The government report found that nearly four out of every five pieces of mobile malware are written to attack Android devices.The vast majority of Android malware takes the form of SMS Trojans, root kits and fake Google Play domainsBoth the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice blamed Google’s open approach to Android as the root cause for the amount of malware and the apparent ease with which is is created and disseminated.It pointed to Apple’s iOS as accounting for only 0.7 per cent of mobile OS malware threats, despite powering nearly 30 per cent of US smartphones.

Apple has repeated pointed to its success in defeating malware creators by locking down its platform.
Nokia’s ageing Symbian platform accounted for the 19 per cent of all malware created in 2012. iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other smaller operating systems accounted for just 2 per cent of malware combined.It is not clear if Homeland Security and the Department of Justice believe malware is being written to specifically target Android devices with access to government data.Both departments also stopped short of suggesting revoking Android’s security clearance.At the time, several security companies questioned the US government’s decision to approve Android for use by federal employees.They warned that Google’s open approach meant social engineering techniques could leave the US government open for a serious cyber attack.

Popular posts from this blog

LG’s first flexible OLED phone due before the year is out

LG plans to launch a flexible OLED smartphone before the end of the year, the company’s VP of mobile has confirmed, though it’s unclear to what extent the work-in-progress handset will actually flex. The OLED panel in question is the handiwork of LG Display according to VP of LG mobile Yoon Bu-hyun, the WSJ  reports, with the proposed device set to launch sometime in Q4. LG Display’s work on flexible OLEDs has been underway for some time, though the company’s efforts have perhaps been overshadowed somewhat by rival Samsung’s YOUM development. Last year, according to a Korea Times report, LG Display was preparing for

Bing Apps for Windows 8 get major updates

Late least year, Microsoft rolled out a half dozen Bing Apps for Windows 8 users, each one focused on a specific category, such as travel and sports. The apps were designed to offer “immersive vertical experiences,” and now, about six months later, a big line of updates for them is being pushed out. Users can grab the updates now by heading into the Windows Store and selecting the updates notification.

Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Yesterday, several of CBS ’s Twitter accounts were hacked, including its main account, and its accounts for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and CBS Denver. The hackers got into the account and tweeted a series of things relating to President Obama and the United States being in cahoots with Al-Qaeda . The tweets also had links that led users to malware-infested sites. While CBS was able to regain access to its accounts, it was unable to figure out who was behind the attacks, until now. The Syrian Electronic Army , the same group that hacked 3 of the BBC’s Twitter accounts, claimed