BBC: Android ‘spoofing’ bug helps targets bank accounts

BBC: Android ‘spoofing’ bug helps targets bank accounts. “A ‘major’ security weakness in Google’s Android software has let cyber-thieves craft apps that can steal banking logins, a security firm has found. The bug lets attackers create fake login screens that can be inserted into legitimate apps to harvest data.”

Mashable: Hackers can spoof presidential alerts to incite mass panic, researchers warn

Hoo boy. Mashable: Hackers can spoof presidential alerts to incite mass panic, researchers warn. “Remember that emergency Presidential Alert system that made everyone’s phone obnoxiously buzz last year? It turns out hackers can spoof these alerts with relatively little effort, according to a terrifying new paper that warns the flaw could result in mass panic.”

ZDNet: New LTE attacks can snoop on messages, track locations and spoof emergency alerts

ZDNet: New LTE attacks can snoop on messages, track locations and spoof emergency alerts . “A slew of newly discovered vulnerabilities can wreak havoc on 4G LTE network users by eavesdropping on phone calls and text messages, knocking devices offline, and even spoofing emergency alerts. Ten attacks detailed in a new paper by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa expose weaknesses in three critical protocol operations of the cellular network, such as securely attaching a device to the network and maintaining a connection to receive calls and messages.”

The New York Times on Facebook Account Spoofing

I have mentioned before that Facebook is having an increasing problem with spoofed accounts. I have also mentioned Alan Levine’s attempts to have Facebook shut down the people who are misusing his images and his subsequent frustration. I wonder if Facebook will take it more seriously now it’s being written about in the New York Times? “…the Haggler has found Facebook useful when trying to contact people for this column. Recently, however, he learned that it would be wise to approach the social network with a touch of skepticism.”