Bad Trojan Threatens Two Thirds of All Android Devices

A malicious Android ransomware attack, which was first discovered in 2014, has returned with some new tactics that are succeeding in infecting Android devices around the world. According to a recent post at the Symantec site, the Android.Lockdroid.E attack affects all Android versions before Android 5 "Lollipop," which means it threatens around 67 percent of all Android phones.

The new version of Android.Lockdroid.E offers to install a package for the user in order to obtain admin privileges for the device. Once it has admin privileges, it can do anything to the device, including locking or deleting the data or even changing the device PIN.

Most versions of the attack eventually lead to the trojan encrypting the user data and insisting that the user pay a "penalty" for accessing forbidden materials online.

Critical Linux Kernel Bug Discovered

Security researchers at Perception Point Software have identified a 0-day privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel. According to the report, the problem has existed since 2012. The report states that the vulnerability "could affect tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers and 66 percent of all Android devices."

The problem, which has the CVE number CVE-2016-0728, is related to the keyring facility in the Linux kernel, which is "… a primary way for drivers to cache security data, authentication keys, encryption keys, and other data in the kernel."

All Linux users are urged to install the necessary patches as they become available. Refer to the security bulletin for your Linux distro. For more information, see the full report at the Perception Point website.

One Third of All IT Infrastructure Expenditure is Going to Cloud

According to a report from IDC, one third of all IT infrastructure money is now spent on the cloud. The Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker says a total of $7.6 billion was spent in the third quarter of 2015. The total cloud expenditure was up 23 percent since this time a year ago. The report does not track direct cloud space allocations but measures server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch spending for cloud environments. In other words, the study shows how much companies are investing in building data centers to support public and private cloud operations.

Dell sold the most cloud infrastructure, with a little over 15 percent share of the total vendor revenue, followed by Dell, Cisco, EMC, and NetApp. Unlike in some areas of high tech, the big players didn't own the whole market. Original Design Manufactures (ODMs) had 29.4 percent of the market share, and 17.5 percent went to smaller vendors grouped together into the "Other" category.

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