ICSA Labs Blog: Google Play

Ad Networks and Smartphones

Free mobile apps often come chock full of ads.  And it’s not just the free apps.  A surprising number of paid apps come with ads as well.  App developers typically link in one or more advertising network to monetize their otherwise inexpensive mobile apps.

Users are relatively tolerant of mobile app advertising.  That is until a mobile ad network in a seemingly benign mobile app distributes malware or exfiltrates sensitive user information without the user’s knowledge or consent.

A Hidden Apple in the DNS Changer Sandwich

I wonder if I am following the right crowd on Twitter? Last week, I was inundated with a superabundance of tweets about battling DNS Changer. Sources everywhere warned that if you didn’t take steps soon, you could lose access to the Internet on Monday July 9th (i.e., today). With so many folks tweeting, blogging, and writing articles about the evils of DNS Changer, one might suspect that it’s a really big problem out there on the Internet...