Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Android Malware Dougalek Steals Contact Information

Dougalek is a mobile malware that runs on Android devices. It downloads and plays movie clips from a predetermined remote website while stealing information in the background.

The mobile malware requests the following permissions:

INTERNET - Allows applications to open network sockets.
READ_CONTACTS - Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
READ_PHONE_STATE - Allows read only access to phone state.

Dougalek Permissions

Looking at the requested permissions, this kind of gives the mobile malware away by requesting more permissions than what it is trying to portray.

Dougalek Installed on the Android Device

Upon execution, Dougalek collects information from the compromised Android device and sends the stolen information to:


Dougalek Stealing Contact Information

It also attempts to download and play a video from:


Meanwhile the affected user only sees this on the screen:

Dougalek stealing information in the background

Friday, April 6, 2012

Google's Project Glass

image courtesy of wired.com

Google has recently unveiled Project Glass.

The idea is that it's going to be a kind of an augmented-reality device that provides google services via a sort of slim eyewear.

It sounds kind of cool to be able to take photos of what you are exactly looking at, and immediately share it to your friends, access maps, and all that kind of stuff. 

But knowing that Google is an ad company, this technology will bring the ads straight into our eyeballs.

The potential applications for this kind of technology is endless, but there is one thing that I am sure of: the cyber criminals are looking forward to it too.

Watch the Project Glass Youtube video here: