Articles about Android

Inside T-Mobile’s Massive Security Failure

Around the middle of August, a security research firm named Unit221B reached out to T-Mobile with some bad news—someone, or some entity, was attempting to sell reams of T-Mobile customer data on the dark web. A couple of days later, T-Mobile went public with the news that it had been massively hacked,…

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs-In on Google vs. Oracle

A prolonged legal battle between software behemoths Google and Oracle has, at long last, reached a conclusion. The US Supreme Court ruled in early April that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s copyright for the Java API when developing the Android operating system. The case put an end to a legal dispute…

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Understanding the SIM-Swapping Threat

Between the growth and accessibility of the internet, the proliferation of smart devices, and the increased portability and power of those devices, connecting people anywhere on the globe is easier than ever. But new technologies also represent new opportunities for bad actors: from the Nigerian prince email, to phishing, identify theft, hacking…

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The State of Play for 5G in 2020

5G is now a reality. AT&T and Verizon began offering service in limited cities in 2019, officially ushering-in the latest era of wireless network technology. While 5G is in the process of finding its commercial footing, the next generation of devices are here and ready for consumers to purchase. With the dawn…

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U.S. Department of Justice Mandates Changes to eSim Technology

The Justice Department (DOJ) has concluded an investigation into collusion between two wireless carriers and a related trade association regarding embedded SIM card (eSIM) technology. AT&T, Verizon, and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (or GSMA) were the subjects of the DOJ investigation that will yield changes to how eSIM standards…

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California Judge Rules that Qualcomm Violated American Antitrust Law

In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged semiconductor and telecommunications equipment giant, Qualcomm, with anticompetitive behavior. After a protracted legal battle, Judge Lucy Koh of the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the company had indeed violated antitrust law, creating potentially seismic repercussions for the chipmaker’s business…

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Lawsuits Alleges U.S. Cellphone Carriers Sold Customer Location Data

New class-action lawsuits have been filed against major US cellphone carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in US District Court in Maryland. Each suit alleges violation of Section 222 of the US Communications Act in mostly identical terms via (in the words of the AT&T suit) the real-time “collection of geolocation data…

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Relying on Sole Expert Witness, Samsung Wins Patent Case…Twice

Samsung prevailed in the retrial of a patent infringement case earlier this month as the jury found the asserted patents to be valid but not infringed. Quandary Peak software expert Dr. Nenad Medvidovic was called as an expert witness by Samsung in both the original trial, which took place in July, and…

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Quandary Peak Assists in Nokia v. HTC Patent Litigation

Nokia’s recent settlement with HTC over smartphone patents was widely reported in the media on Friday, resulting in the dismissal of all pending patent litigation worldwide between the two companies. Industry observers widely cited the outcome as an important step for Nokia in its effort to generate royalties from its patent portfolio.…

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Fresh Ideas for Addressing Mobile Software Security Vulnerabilities

Security has become the Achilles’ heel of most modern software systems. Techniques ranging from manual inspection to automated static and dynamic code analyses are commonly employed to identify security vulnerabilities prior to the release of software. However, these techniques are time-consuming and cannot keep pace with the growth of software repositories, such…

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