Security researcher Mordechai Guri with the guidance of Prof. Yuval Elovici from the cyber security labs at Ben-Gurion University in Israel presented at MALCON 2014 a breakthrough method (“AirHopper) for leaking data from an isolated computer to a mobile phone without the presence of a network. In highly secure facilities the assumption today is that data can not leak outside of an isolated internal network. It is called air-gap security.
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Recently an exciting research on the topic of malware detection based on mobile networking activities analysis has been accepted to the lucrative Computers & Security journal. The paper was written as part of a project sponsored by Telekom Innovation Labs which dealt with different Android security solutions.
In simple words (though you'll need to get the full version to see all the exciting revelations and achievements) we built a technology which is able to detect malware activity based only on analyzing the network traffic coming out from a mobile handset (Android).
JVP, Israel's leading VC firm and the largest early-stage cyber-security investor in Israel, announced today that Titanium Core, an innovative startup that protects mission-critical infrastructure, has won JVP's first ever “Cybertition” cyber-security startup competition. Titanium will receive a $1M Investment and a spot in JVP Cyber Labs incubator based in the growing cyber epicenter in Beer-Sheva.
Following our second vulnerability report where we demonstrated an active VPN bypass on Android Jelly Bean 4.3 we have decided to further investigate the existence of the vulnerability on Android KitKat 4.4. At first we could not reproduce it with the original vulnerability code since KitKat has a modified security implementation.
Three weeks ago on the 23rd of December 2013, a story was published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) regarding a vulnerability we uncovered on Samsung KNOX devices. We’ll begin with a little background about the vulnerability. We found that a malicious app (without ROOT) running in the non-secure area of a KNOX based device (for example, Samsung S4) can affect the network configuration (important settings) of the secure container.
As part of our ongoing mobile security research we have uncovered a network vulnerability on Android devices which has serious implications for users using VPN. This vulnerability enables malicious apps to bypass active VPN configuration (no ROOT permissions required) and redirect secure data communications to a different network address. These communications are captured in CLEAR TEXT (no encryption), leaving the information completely exposed. This redirection can take place while leaving the user completely oblivious, believing the data is encrypted and secure.
A man in the middle is a classic attack. If there was a popularity contest for attacks I would bet that MitM (Man-in-the-middle) would score one of the top three! To our readers who don't know how it works then it is basically a setup of two endpoints that communicate with each other (i,e, client server) and someone or something seats somewhere in between and starts eavesdropping and maybe even changing the communications on the go.
Here is a nice illustration: