Morning Security Brief: Update on Egypt, Android Vulnerabilities, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

Egypt's Islamists have called for a day of resistance today to protest President Mohamed Morsi's removal, according to The Washington Post. Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president, but after he won with 52 percent of the vote, he angered many and caused protests with various power grabs--The Los Angeles Times has a chronology of his actions. He and several of his Muslim Brotherhood loyalists were arrested or detained with charges this week. The military has installed the head of the constitutional court as an interim president. The Post reports that the day of resistance has turned violent, with Islamists attacking security forces in numerous locations.

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence and several of the world's largest defense and telecommunications companies are joining forces to fight cyber attacks. The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership includes such companies as Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard, reports Sky News. It will focus on cyber resilience as well as information sharing.

Nearly every Android phone made in the last fours years has a major security vulnerability that would allow a Trojan virus to attack the phone, reports The Atlantic. The virus can come in through a malicious app. The article reports that Google has started patching the app and won't allow it to be downloaded in Google Play but that it can also infiltrate the phone through e-mail and other sources.

Also in the news: A fireworks accident in Simi Valley, Calfornia, yesterday injures 28 people; the FBI detained a "suspicious" individual who was flying into Charlotte, North Carolina; and Mashable lists 10 helpful security settings.


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