In this week’s episode of the Naked Security podcast, Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin discuss a range of topics including the National Navajo Code Talkers Day and the FBI’s warning about mobile beta-testing apps.
The conversation starts with a discussion about the Navajo Code Talkers, a group of men from the Navajo Nation who used their language as a coded form to aid the Allied victory during World War II. Their language was unfamiliar to code experts, making their communications impenetrable to the enemy. The remarkable aspect of their work was that they were not just cipher machine operators, but also US Marines who fought on the front lines.
Moving on to technology news, the podcast highlights the FBI’s warning about mobile beta-testing apps. These scams, often referred to as TestFlight-style scams, lure users into becoming beta-testers for new apps. The FBI’s warning emphasizes the importance of being cautious when downloading apps, regardless of the platform or vendor. While iPhone users may feel more secure due to the App Store’s strict security measures, there are still risks involved. Scammers can trick users into signing up for corporate Mobile Device Management programs or special beta programs, allowing them to gain control over users’ phones or trick them into downloading rogue apps.
Doug and Paul also discuss the tactics used in these scams, such as targeting victims through romance or financial scams. Scammers build trust with their victims before convincing them to install the app or invest money. They may even allow victims to withdraw some money to make it seem legitimate. However, they eventually come after the victims with additional requests, such as paying taxes on their earnings.
Overall, the podcast sheds light on the historical significance of the Navajo Code Talkers and the ongoing threat of mobile beta-testing scams. It serves as a reminder to always exercise caution when downloading apps and to be aware of potential scams.