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5 Worst Mobile Threats of 2012, NASA AMES Wins 2012 National Cybersecurity Innovation Award

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November 2, 2012
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Get ready to see your favorite Generals with smartphones and tablets

  • ComputerWorld Singapore and Craig Sprosts, VP of Nominum, have outlined the top 5 worst mobile threats of 2012 – Here are the top five threats mobile users have to compete with;
    • NOTCOMPATIBLE – this drive-by Trojan infects Android devices via mobile browser, which allows the device to be used as a proxy
    • SMSPACEM – Android malware which changes a device’s wallpaper and sends anti-Christian jokes to all contacts via SMS
    • LENA – Android malware which uses exploit or poses as a VPN. AFter gaining root access, LENA communicates with C&C.
    • NETISEND – steals information from Android phones, including IMEI, IMSI, model information and installed applications. Malware asks permission to connect to the internet and open a backdoor to C&C site.
    • BASEBRIDGE – gains root access on Android devices via exploiting netlink message validation. Can disable anti-virus software, download additional malware and open a backdoor to C&C site. Also sends SMS, deletes and dials phone numbers. (Via ComputerWorld, more here).
  • NASA Ames Research Center Wins 2012 National Cybersecurity Innovation Award  – The Ames research center won this award through their success with continuous monitoring at a low cost. “By normalizing and tabulating Common Vulnerability Scoring System scores for each host and cross-referencing hosts to our asset inventory, the Center produced a “scoreboard” showing which hosts (and which system administrators) are security heroes, and which are security problems.” Via CBS 8, more here.
  • Army Test program equipping top leaders with Tablets and Smartphones – 200 iDevices and Samsung Android devices have been issued to top Pentagon leadership and key staff in major commands. It is a joint effort between DISA and the Army. This program is hoping to increase demand for technology and push innovation in how technology can enable innovation. Via AOL Gov, more here.
  • Napolitano: US financial institutions ‘actively under attack’ by hackers – The Secretary of DHS warned on Wednesday that some of our largest financial institutions are being continuously attacked by cyber actors. Napolitano further said that we should look at the wake of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy as further need to boost our cybersecurity profile. Via The Hill, more here.
  • Joseph Marks of NextGov is foreseeing a “Seismic Shift in Federal IT” – Mr Marks has highlighted three trends which he sees shifting the way the feds do IT. The first, “Empowering the CIO,” would concentrate budgetary decisions (among others) in the hands of the CIO. The second, “Collaborative Tools,” is coming as social networks are replacing traditional messaging tools, and telework is forcing users to collaborate on the web. The third, “Bring Your Own,” is largely the result of users wanting to use their own devices instead of Federal BlackBerries (weird). Via NextGov, more here.

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