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FBI Issues Malware Warning to Android Phone Users

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October 15, 2012 10:14:36 PM

Good thing I have an iPhone. Rain the iHate upon me now Droidsheep!
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October 15, 2012 10:19:43 PM

@Robochump: The iPhone also has isssues and just because you have one does not make you no better or worse than someone that doesn't or someone that has another phone. Grow up as there's more to life.
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October 15, 2012 10:21:57 PM

is this warning really coming from the FBI....this is too funny
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October 15, 2012 10:22:07 PM

robochumpGood thing I have an iPhone. Rain the iHate upon me now Droidsheep!

lol...true very true statement indeed....i also love my iphone :) 
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October 15, 2012 10:23:02 PM

So that means you are safe as your troll for your rich husband? So nice the FBI has moved from investigating murders and terrorists to protecting gold diggers who still don't know to not click on spam
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October 15, 2012 10:23:06 PM

i like how im reading this article and its surrounded by ads that say "MAKE 900 DOLLARS AN HOUR BY CLICKING HERE" and "THIS OLD BAG FIXED HER FACE WITH $5 OF STUFF AND DOCTORS HATE HER _ CLICK HERE!"
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October 15, 2012 10:23:53 PM

Android automatic downloading is a bit annoying. It should ask for a confirmation before downloading a file.
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October 15, 2012 10:47:16 PM

Really the FBI needs to understand that an Android phone is not something you can jump dump stuff on, it's not a big truck!
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October 15, 2012 10:49:31 PM

otacon72I'd rather have Apple's closed system than deal with all the malware BS with Android.


Well, I hope you're more than happy to torch your wallet than to be smart, go with Apple's loony map service, and risk having more features getting cut out.
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October 15, 2012 10:51:54 PM

MAC_HATERi like how im reading this article and its surrounded by ads that say "MAKE 900 DOLLARS AN HOUR BY CLICKING HERE" and "THIS OLD BAG FIXED HER FACE WITH $5 OF STUFF AND DOCTORS HATE HER _ CLICK HERE!"



what ads? ;) 
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October 15, 2012 11:01:04 PM

In both scenarios, when the user clicks on the link to find out more....

People haven't learned yet NOT to do this? You cant keep stupid safe from everything I guess...

I myself would hate to be the guy that had to write the 'warning' to people.
"Hey people are getting bad malware on androids"
"Hmm really? is it some bruteforce attack, or security hole being exploited?"
"No...they are clicking links that say 'Get rich now!' or 'Rich guys looking to marry you!"
"......really? your joking right..."


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October 15, 2012 11:02:42 PM

Wolley74what ads?


exactly. sorry toms, but this is one site i dont have on my adblocker whitelist. Why? the ads are hardly relevant, and theyre animated a majority of the time. Animated ads = nono
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Anonymous
October 15, 2012 11:27:55 PM

I'm glad I have a dumbphone.

For mobile, I have a laptop.
For home, I have a PC.
For a phone, I have a rock that I can throw at people.
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October 15, 2012 11:43:47 PM

Its always something.
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October 16, 2012 12:14:01 AM

Meh... same common sense needs to apply. It's a portable computer, keyword being computer. Modern version of PEBKAC.

Funny to watch the iTrolls coming out the woodwork, though. The fact that Apple has increased their ad-based "surveillance" with the latest iOS iteration doesn't seem to bother them a bit.
Pot, meet kettle.
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October 16, 2012 12:17:57 AM

This is nonsense. This is a commercial software package that is sold specifically to government agencies for the purpose of spying on people.
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FinSpy is a field-proven Remote Monitoring Solution that
enables Governments to face the current challenges of
monitoring Mobile and Security-Aware Targets that
regularly change location, use encrypted and anonymous communication channels and reside in foreign
countries.
Traditional Lawful Interception solutions face new challenges
that can only be solved using active systems like FinSpy:
· Data not transmitted over any network
· Encrypted Communications
· Targets in foreign countries
FinSpy has been proven successful in operations around
the world for many years, and valuable intelligence has
been gathered about Target Individuals and Organizations.
When FinSpy is installed on a computer system it can be
remotely controlled and accessed as soon as it is connected to the internet/network, no matter where in the
world the Target System is based.
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October 16, 2012 12:18:08 AM

Quote:
Usage Example 1: Intelligence Agency
FinSpy was installed on several computer systems inside
Internet Cafes in critical areas in order to monitor them
for suspicious activity, especially Skype communication to
foreign individuals. Using the Webcam, pictures of the
Targets were taken while they were using the system.
Usage Example 2: Organized Crime
FinSpy was covertly deployed on the Target Systems
of several members of an Organized Crime Group. Using
the country tracing and remote microphone access, essential information could be gathered from every meeting
that was held by this group.
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October 16, 2012 12:18:49 AM

otacon72I'd rather have Apple's closed system than deal with all the malware BS with Android.

Wish granted. Enjoy your "golden" prison.
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October 16, 2012 12:25:16 AM

Apparently you didn't notice that it also supports IOS so you're screwed.
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October 16, 2012 12:26:05 AM

supports iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Symbian phones.
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October 16, 2012 12:46:42 AM

damianrobertjones@Robochump: The iPhone also has isssues and just because you have one does not make you no better or worse than someone that doesn't or someone that has another phone. Grow up as there's more to life.Tom's Hardware

A Bad DayWell, I hope you're more than happy to torch your wallet than to be smart, go with Apple's loony map service, and risk having more features getting cut out.

You guys do realize that he's just trolling and is probably another Android user right?
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October 16, 2012 12:47:05 AM

house70Wish granted. Enjoy your "golden" prison.

Classic. LOL.
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October 16, 2012 1:34:10 AM

This malware seems like hardly a threat. Although if my wife ends up getting it I'll be pissed.
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October 16, 2012 1:50:18 AM

ExpensiveRockI'm glad I have a dumbphone. For mobile, I have a laptop. For home, I have a PC. For a phone, I have a rock that I can throw at people.

Same here.

My Nokia Mural has been holding up quite well, not as good as a 3310, but still pretty good.

Throw it across the room and the most that happens is that the battery cover might come off.
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October 16, 2012 2:33:35 AM

Perhaps this is just a cover for another one of their schemes..
Hell I wouldn't be surprised.
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October 16, 2012 3:36:59 AM

'block installation of non-market apps' Check!
Phone not 'rooted' Check!
Phone data encrypted, Check!
Don't click links to obvious scams, Check!
If your Android is using factory defaults it is just as safe as other smartphone OSes. But if your iPhone is jailbroken your no safer and probably at a greater risk. Why target money conscience Android users when wealthy iPhone users are using a single device with a single version of iOS to write for?
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Anonymous
October 16, 2012 8:18:15 AM

The title should read "Sheeple malmware-type trap on smartphones".
As always, the users are the weakest links. All the security systems in the world cannot account for one's stupidity.
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October 16, 2012 2:53:17 PM

If it's something you didn't ask for and/or you don't know where it comes from. DONT CLICK !

How hard can it be ?
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October 16, 2012 5:24:06 PM

robochumpGood thing I have an iPhone. Rain the iHate upon me now Droidsheep!

Are you in denial? You won't get negative comments because people care which smartphone platform you choose; You get it because you are personally a jerk. Hasn't someone tipped you off before?
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October 16, 2012 6:41:24 PM

"Oh no! there's a virus on my phone, and they can access my microphone and camera." For anyone that gives a crap about being "spied" on, like real spies, they all know better than to use "un-secured" devices. For the paranoid out there, that think the government is spying on them, they already put this on your phone, computer, television, smoke detector and microwave.

p.s. Thanks for wearing your tin foil hat, it gives better reception to the mind reading device.

One simple rule to follow. If you have something private and personal, don't store it electronically on any device that can connect to a network or the internet. As for working phone numbers and email addresses, who cares? They are all publicly available by trolling Facebook anyways...
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