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New Report Focuses on the Secureness of BlackBerrys on BIS

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SMobile’s Global Threat Center (GTC) has released a research study on proof of concept malicious applications that could potentially infect the BlackBerry platform. The paper concludes that there are certain instances of attacks that may be successful in bypassing BlackBerry’s security framework, and poses a significant risk to the confidentiality of the user. Since SMobile Security is in the business of creating anti-virus protection for mobile, it’s obviously in their best interests to release a report exposing “significant risks”, but nonethless they may be on to something.

The report was created using a Proof-of-Concept malicious application that focuses specifically on a BlackBerry using the BIS network. These BlackBerrys run on a weakened security platform when compared to the BES, and are primarily protected using a permissions accepted or denied by the user. Some of the questions this report brings to mind are: is the increasing number of BIS subscribers, going to affect the overall security of the BlackBerry platform? What will a primarily BIS customer base do to the reputation of BlackBerry as the most secure platform? Are permissions enough to protect a user who is new to smartphones, and may not know the harm a malicious application can cause?

Download the full report here.

SMobile Systems launch Net Nanny for BlackBerry

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SMobile Systems and Net Nanny have partnered to bring the Net Nanny solution to BlackBerry. Net Nanny Mobile gives parents the ability to protect their kids and family from misconduct, exploitation, unwanted communications, sexting, loss and theft, cyber bullying, malware and online predators.

Features include:

Monitoring

  • View the content of Email, SMS and MMS messages on the phone.
  • View all pictures taken, sent and received by the device.
  • View logs of all voice conversations.
  • View the complete address book and all applications installed on the phone.
  • View phone location 24/7.

Security

  • GPS tracking using Google Maps.
  • Remote device backup, lock, wipe and restore.
  • Anti-virus and Anti-Malware scanning.
  • Communication Control features for filtering of calls and text messages.
  • Net Nanny Mobile is available now on an annual subscription of $29.99 for the first phone and $14.99 for each additional phone. Existing Net Nanny users with a valid license can protect phones for $14.99 for each phone.

    SMobile Systems release complete technical analysis of Etisalat update

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    During the Etisalat controversy, one company that has been really helpful in determining exactly what is going on is SMobile Systems. They have sent me a technical analysis of the “upgrade” which I think the BlackBerry community would be interested in reading.
    Click through for a technical analysis of the Etisalat software update

    SMobile Systems release solution for Etisalat BlackBerry spyware

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    I was recently contacted by the good people at SMobile Systems, the providers of the only Antivirus/AntiSpyware solution for BlackBerry, about my article regarding malicious code found in a recent Etisalat update.

    SMobile Systems have released a solution for the recent spyware-laden update sent to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in the United Arab Emirates.

    The spyware intercepts emails and drains battery life remarkably fast. According to Chris Eng at Veracode, “the server receiving the initial registration packets (i.e. “Here I am, software is installed!”) got overloaded. Devices kept trying to connect every five seconds to empty the outbound message queue, thereby causing a battery drain. Some people were reporting on official BlackBerry forums that their batteries were being depleted from full charge in as little as half an hour.”

    If you are in the UAE and on the Etisalat network, I recommend going to the SMobile Systems site and purchasing their SMobile Security Shield or Anti-Theft and Identity Protection software, which will remove the spyware, as well as any other malicious code on your device. If you have already purchased the product, all you need to do is update your software to be protected.

    We are living in an age where our smartphones are becoming our personal computers, and therefore the focus of those who want to exploit our personal data in any way they can. Dan Hoffman, CTO of SMobile Systems said it best, “The truth about smartphones is that they are used in the same manner as personal computers and are susceptible to the same threats. It has become clear that smartphone users need to proactively ensure their devices contain the necessary security software to protect not only their e-mail and messaging data, but also to protect their identity and the integrity of their mobile financial transactions.”

    Security Shield for BlackBerry is available for $35.41 CAD.

    Anti-Theft and Identity Protection is available for $29.99 per year.