Big Brother Internet Will Watch Your Home For You

Dropcam is a startup that offers a whole new take on video surveillance.  If you decide to pay for the provided package, you are getting a webcam and access to an application that shows you what the camera is recording at any given time.  You can actually view the live video feed anywhere you have an Internet connection.  It is also available on the iPhone and iPad.

You can choose to receive email or mobile alerts based on criteria such as motion capture and time of day.  By paying the monthly fee, not only do you get access to the live feed, but you can also record and archive video whenever you want.  You can record and download several full days of footage per month.   Read more of this post

Phishing Frauds

Dear Friend,

I am Prince Fayad Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf Island of Borneo. Have you received an email like this before? You probably have, it’s just gone into your spam folder. If you do ever receive an email from Fayad or another prince of Brunei, don’t respond, it’s a scam. Read more of this post

Polymorphic viruses explained

Some people have been affected by a new sophisticated type of virus which can wreak havoc on a computer system and avoid detection.
Now I have always been interested in topics such as computer network security and hacking and recently I have come across a threat which is relatively unknown within the public domain and hardly ever explained. Indeed most definitions of a polymorphic virus are confined within the offices of computer scientists specializing in network security. Polymorphic viruses are a prime example of the fact that even if you take the highest precautions then your computer can still become infected. Read more of this post

Suspicious Android Wallpaper App Shows “No Evidence Of Malicious Behavior,” Say Researchers

Earlier today, we covered the Android wallpaper application that, according to Lookout, a mobile security firm, was harvesting user data like text messages and browsing history and sending it to a suspicious Chinese website.  It turns out that the press went a bit overboard here by reporting this as a major mobile security risk, and Lookout has published a clarification on its blog.

The post says that while there is something suspicious about this application, it wasn’t accessing the kind of data the initial reports talked about (it does not access text messages or browser history).  Sure, the app is sending some potentially sensitive information, such as your subscriber identifier, but Lookout still says there is no evidence of malicious behavior from this app.   Read more of this post

Android Wallpaper App That Steals Data Downloaded By Millions

Editor’s Note: This app shows “no evidence of malicious behavior,” researchers say.  It is, however, being regarded as suspicious.  Read about that here.

According to mobile security firm Lookout, a questionable Android wallpaper app that collects data and sends it to a mysterious website based in China has been downloaded by millions of users.

Apps that seem good but could actually be stealing your data are a huge risk as mobile apps are skyrocketing on smartphones, said John Hering, chief executive, and Kevin MaHaffey, chief technology officer of Lookout, in their talk at the Black Hat security conference yesterday.   Read more of this post