Android Security Ecosystem Investments Pay Dividends for Pixel

Posted by Mayank Jain and Scott Roberts, Android security team[Cross-posted from the Android Developers Blog]In June 2017, the Android security team increased the top payouts for the Android Security Rewards (ASR) program and worked with researchers to streamline the exploit submission process. In August 2017, Guang Gong (@oldfresher) of Alpha…

More details about mitigations for the CPU Speculative Execution issue

Posted by Matt Linton, Senior Security Engineer and Pat Parseghian, Technical Program ManagerYesterday, Google’s Project Zero team posted detailed technical information on three variants of a new security issue involving speculative execution on many modern CPUs. Today, we’d like to share some more information about our mitigations and performance.In response…

Tizi: Detecting and blocking socially engineered spyware on Android

Posted by Anthony Desnos, Megan Ruthven, and Richard Neal, Google Play Protect security engineers and Clement Lecigne, Threat Analysis GroupGoogle is constantly working to improve our systems that protect users from Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs). Usually, PHA authors attempt to install their harmful apps on as many devices as possible.…

Lock it up! New hardware protections for your lock screen with the Google Pixel 2

Posted by Xiaowen Xin, Android Security TeamThe new Google Pixel 2 ships with a dedicated hardware security module designed to be robust against physical attacks. This hardware module performs lockscreen passcode verification and protects your lock screen better than software alone.To learn more about the new protections, let’s first review…

New research: Understanding the root cause of account takeover

Posted by Kurt Thomas, Anti-Abuse Research; Angelika Moscicki, Account SecurityAccount takeover, or ‘hijacking’, is unfortunately a common problem for users across the web. More than 15% of Internet users have reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account. However, despite its familiarity, there is a dearth of…
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