Samsung Electronics has launched a new Secure Element (SE) chip with model number S3FV9RR to prevent smartphones and other devices from malware attacks or unauthorised software updates. This chip offers protection for tasks such as booting, isolated storage, mobile payment and others. Samsung claims this to be one of the most secure chips with Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certification. This new security chip is the successor to the first-generation S3K250AF chip that was announced in February. It can cater to services like e-passports and hardware wallets for cryptocurrency. Samsung’s new security chip, S3FV9RR, is expected to be available later this year. With twice the secure storage capacity, the new security solution also supports hardware-based root of trust (RoT), secure boot and device authentication “As a bootloader initiates, a chain of trust is activated through which each and every firmware with approved keys is sequentially … [Read more...] about Samsung launches security chip for smartphones to prevent hacks
Yesterday, that changed. A security firm called Palo Alto Networks discovered a malware program they’re calling Wirelurker, which sneaks into computers through unauthorized Chinese apps, then attacks iOS devices when they connect over USB. It’s an obscure line of attack (when’s the last time you actually plugged your iPhone into your computer?), confined to China, and so far the effects have been minimal. The actual payload for non-jailbroken phones was just a test balloon, side-loading a comic book app to prove the attack really worked. Jailbroken phones got a nastier payload, infecting payment apps, but that's to be expected. Last night, Apple blocked the apps, saying "We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources." Less than 24 hours after Palo Alto … [Read more...] about The iPhone just lost its perfect security record — now what?
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The exact motives of a hacker group will always remain unclear, but Matthieu Faou, the ESET researcher who analyzed the malware, told ZDNet that Turla operators might be collecting antivirus logs to "allow them to better understand if and which one of their malware sample was detected." … [Read more...] about Turla hacker group steals antivirus logs to see if its malware was detected
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