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Your Android-powered devices could be watching your every move – and you may not know a thing about it.

New research has revealed that Android applications have the ability to quietly take photos and videos in the background and then send them on to others without alerting the user. The discovery could open the door to a new kind of Android malware that doesn’t try to steal your money or your personal data, but instead spies on you as you use your mobile devices.


The next malware attack you run into on Android could cost you hundreds of dollars. Researchers have discovered a new trojan that holds your handset hostage until you’ve paid a heavy ransom, and its fear-mongering tactics are designed to make you cough up quick.

After making its way onto your device, “Android-Trojan.Koler.A” displays a supposed FBI warning that accuses you of viewing or storing “banned pornography.” It tells you your handset has been blocked, and it restricts access to many important functions — including your home screen — rendering your device useless until you pay a $300 “fine.”


Google has announced that Android will soon run continual security checks on your devices to keep them free from malware and other malicious code. The popular platform already has a “Verify Apps” feature that scans APK files and ensures they are safe before they’re installed, but with continual checks, Android becomes even safer. 


If you didn’t get your hands on Flappy Bird before it was pulled from Google Play earlier this week, then you should be careful looking for an alternative. Many of the countless clones that have popped up over the past few days are taking advantage of the game’s success to get malware onto unsuspecting devices.


A seemingly harmless flashlight application built for Android has tricked tens of millions of users into handing over personal data, the Federal Trade Commission has revealed. Developed by GoldenShores Technologies, the Brightest Flashlight app took device ID and location data without informing users, then passed it on to advertisers.

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