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Lookout Mobile Security Firm Tracks Down Questionable Advertising Apps
2013-06-26 13:57:57

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Mobile Security firm Lookout is apparently living up to its name and is on the lookout for apps that feature questionable advertising tactics. On Wednesday the firm began naming and even shaming the ad networks involved. While the company noted that the majority of mobile ads are “A-OK,” it also warned that adware can get in the way of user privacy and can further capture personal information without proper notification. Even...

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2012-07-09 14:40:53

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Consumers who worry that their carriers collect data from every action on the phone have a new cause for concern. Mobile security firm Lookout published its first Mobile App Advertising Guidelines in an attempt to provide a framework of best practices in a still unregulated industry when it comes to ad insertion, and collecting data on those ads. The company drafted mobile app ad guidelines in an effort to encourage a healthy mobile...

Microsoft Gives Away Free Phones To Angry Android Users
2011-12-14 08:23:25

Google recently removed 22 applications from its Android Market on the suspicion that they were malware. The questionable applications were found by Lookout, a security firm, and targeted users in Europe by exploiting premium SMS fraud services that cost users money. Lookout wrote in a blog post, “The initial batch appeared as horoscope apps with a fairly hidden ToS [terms of service] indicating charges. The initial application activity presents the user with a single option to...

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2010-12-30 13:35:00

Security firm Lookout is reporting that a new malicious trojan virus known as "Geinimi" has just been discovered on popular Android gaming apps. The risk could be limited to Westerners since versions of the malware-infected gaming app have only turned up on a Chinese mobile apps website.  "Geinimi is effectively being 'grafted' onto repackaged versions of legitimate applications, primarily games, and distributed in third-party Chinese Android app markets," Lookout said in a blog post...

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2010-08-04 07:35:00

A recently discovered vulnerability in software that runs Apple's iPad and iPhone could allow hackers to take complete control of the mobile devices, according to three security firms on Tuesday. The problem affects Apple's iOS, which also runs the iPod Touch. Symantec Corp, Lookout, and Vupen all said the vulnerability could allow hackers to enslave the devices. Apple is aware of the issue and is investigating the claim,Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for the company, told Reuters. The...

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2010-06-06 06:45:00

According to a security firm specializing in mobile devices, hackers have started planting viruses in video games for smartphones that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. According to John Hering, CEO of San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, the games are available on sites that provide legitimate software for mobile devices. The games - 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art - are bundled with malicious software that automatically dials premium-rate telephone services in...