Mutant Malware Threatens Us Android Phones

MORE: Best Android Antivirus Software 2014 Moscow-based security company Kaspersky Lab, which first detected Svpeng , says that just a few months after its discovery, the malware already showed new abilities. For example, Svpeng gained the ability to remain hidden on infected phones until users access certain mobile banking apps. Svpeng blocked those legitimate banking apps from opening, and instead launched a fake interface designed to look like the real app. Disguised as a banking app, Svpeng prompted users to enter their banking credentials, which were sent on to the criminals behind the malware. Svpeng also did something similar with the Google Play store. When a user with a Svpeng-infected phone tapped the Google Play app, Svpeng launched an overlay designed to look like an authentic part of the app, which asked users to “re-enter” credit-card numbers or other financial information.
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Expanding its reach, Mozilla touts Firefox OS apps running on Android — Tech News and Analysis

Now the company behind the open-source Firefox browser is talking about software, showing how its Firefox OS apps can run on Google Android devices . The apps are all built with HTML5, meaning they arent like the native apps youd find on Android or on iOS or Windows Phone, for that matter. These are more akin to the third-party web apps available for the original iPhone in 2007. Firefox OS apps have more functionality than those web apps from seven years ago, however: The company has been working on various APIs that let HTML5 apps access phone hardware such the camera, gyroscope and internal storage, for example. Heres a look how this all works on Android phones: You can install Firefox OS apps from Mozillas online marketplace : Theres actually quite a bit of affinity between Mozillas smartphone platform and Googles. When Mozilla first started what is today called Firefox OS, it was actually implemented as Boot 2 Gecko on a few select Android handsets. Like Android, it runs on a Linux kernel as well.
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