CoolReaper Revealed: A Backdoor in Coolpad Android Devices

posted by: and on December 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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Coolpad is the sixth largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world, and the third largest in China. We recently discovered that the software installed on many of Coolpad’s high-end Android phones includes a backdoor which was installed and operated by Coolpad itself. Today we released a new report detailing the backdoor, which we’ve named “CoolReaper.”

After reviewing Coolpad complaints on message boards about suspicious activities on Coolpad devices, we downloaded multiple copies of the stock ROMs used by Coolpad phones sold in China. We found the majority of the ROMs contained the CoolReaper backdoor. …Continue reading

2015 Predictions: Cyber Threat Landscape

posted by: on December 22, 2014 5:00 AM

filed in: Threat Prevention

As 2014 comes to a close, our subject matter experts check in on what they see as major topics and trends for the new year. (You can read all of our 2015 predictions content here.)

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Ryan Olson, Intelligence Director for Unit 42, shared 2015 predictions on the cyber threat landscape with SC Magazine. Head here to read the full text.

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Palo Alto Networks News of the Week – December 20

Here is all of the top Palo Alto Networks news for this past week.

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Unit 42 reveals CoolReaper: A backdoor in Coolpad Android devices, potentially affecting over 10 million users. Download the report here.


A sample of CoolReaper coverage from around the globe: …Continue reading

UPDATE: Ignite Call For Papers Deadline Extended to Jan 18

posted by: on December 19, 2014 9:00 AM

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Due to overwhelming response, the Ignite Conference Call for Papers deadline has been extended to January 18, 2015. Don’t miss this extended opportunity to participate in the enterprise security conference of the year, happening March 30 – April 1 in Las Vegas and attended by over 2000 professionals annually.

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Learn more about Ignite Call for Papers and how to submit your proposed presentation. …Continue reading

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