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7/7/2015
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6 Emerging Android Threats

A peek at some of the Android vulnerabilities and malware that will be revealed at Black Hat USA next month.
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Fingerprint Hijacking

It's bad enough when attackers obtain legitimate passwords -- so what about when they get their hands on fingerprint images? (It's almost like machines looking and feeling human.)   

Unfortunately, that's precisely what FireEye researchers Yulong Zhang and Tao Wei will demonstrate in their session 'Fingerprints on Mobile Devices: Abusing and Leaking.'

The researchers have found severe issues with the Android's current fingerprint scanning framework. They will demonstrate an attack that hijacks a mobile payment authorization process protected by fingerprint authentication. And they will show a fingerprint sensor spying attack that allows them to harvest fingerprint images.  

(Image: 'Cylon Centurion,' by ckroberts61, via Flickr. Creative Commons.)

Fingerprint Hijacking

It's bad enough when attackers obtain legitimate passwords -- so what about when they get their hands on fingerprint images? (It's almost like machines looking and feeling human.)

Unfortunately, that's precisely what FireEye researchers Yulong Zhang and Tao Wei will demonstrate in their session "Fingerprints on Mobile Devices: Abusing and Leaking."

The researchers have found severe issues with the Android's current fingerprint scanning framework. They will demonstrate an attack that hijacks a mobile payment authorization process protected by fingerprint authentication. And they will show a fingerprint sensor spying attack that allows them to harvest fingerprint images.

(Image: "Cylon Centurion," by ckroberts61, via Flickr. Creative Commons.)

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7/9/2015 | 1:02:33 PM
Android vs. iPhone, Windows vs. Mac
This follows the same principle as malware created for Windows vs. Mac. Windows is a software and the hardware it sits on is made by many companys. Same with Android. Hardware made by Motorola, Samsung, etc. Due to this, there are many more instances of Android then competitors, making it have a larger surface area to penetrate.
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