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Skygofree Trojan, or why should Android owners be scared (again)

Ah, old love. It never fades and it always comes back. Just like this Trojan. Skygofree’s an old piece of malware, hailing back from the go… well, old days of 2014. Lately it made a return, seemingly going back to its old tricks; it can read all the traffic on your phone and even record your calls via a microphone. This Trojan is particulary difficult to remove, as upon installing itself on a phone it automatically grants itself access to everything on the device. Even hard reset may not be enough to get rid of it. Your best bet is to simply avoid any suspicious content (no, you ...

”Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound”, or how to make a country panic by a misclick

So yeah, that happened. Last Saturday, a short-lived panic swept across the Hawaii (lately also known as a ”sh*tty country” thanks to the benevolent president Trump) when a country-wide warning of an inpending missile attack appeared on people’s phones. Thankfully the alert was false, and after fourty minutes of fearing for their lives, all Hawaiians have received a ”false alarm” notification. Phew.So, what exacly went wrong? A pretty prosaic thing, really. According to The Washington Post, Hawaii emergency employee has initiated an internal emergency tool ...

Google is cleaning up Play Store, or how 60 aps got infected with adult advertisement

Check Point, a cybersecurity company, has found a so-called Adult Swine malware in a number of Google Play Store’s apps. Malware’s main function was to display adult content ads whenever the infected app was turned on. Thankfully, Google’s reaction was quick, largely thanks to the fact that many of the apps infected were aimed towards children, e.g. McQueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon or Five Nights Survival Craft. Other than showing illicit ads, malware’s job was to convince the user to download the ”antivirus” app and agree to the a premium service. ...

Teenager facing charges for sending a nude selfie

Long story short – and without too much judiciary lingo – is this: one Jane Doe (name, naturally, changed) from Minnesota, 14, has sent one or two of the boys she fancied nude picture of herself via Snapchat. One of the girl’s classmates reported this to the police (little snitch or good citizen? You make the call), after which Jane Doe was charged with ”dissemination of child pornography”, facing ten thousand dollars fine as well as being registered as a sex offender for ten years. Many sources consider this charge ridiculous and a dangerous and stupid ...

Google will remove all the 32-bit apps from Google Play

Not right now, not right away, but soon. Google plans to get its store rid of all the 32-bit apps by 2019. Why? According to Google, it is because the 32-bit apps are too old – they would not work well in a more modern Android system that Google is preparing and they would also be more susceptible to hacker attacks. I do not know why exacly, but maybe there is something to it that I do not see.Apple has got rid of 32-bit apps three years ago, with all the Apple store fulfilling the 64-bit standard. The reason for that was Intel’s CSM main drive module that could not support the ...

Oy vey, new polymer, press the phone to get rid of cracks, so tech, much sci-fi

Lets go ahead and learn about the newest scientific marvel of technology. After all it is not like the object in question is a half sci-fi that will not become an available reality in the next ten years. Always better to stay ahead when it comes to unneccessary information! Anyway, a group of scientists from Tokyo have published a study in which they describe self-repairing smartphone screens. Japan scientists are working on phone screens that will be extremely easy to repair – all it will take to smooth any crack on the surface will be to apply some pressure onto the phone. Drop it, ...

”Dune!” mobile game collects a lot of info about its user, and it is not the only one

It is time for more Terror From The Web stories. Redactors of Polish website Androidcompl found out that an extremely popular mobile game Dune! (5 million downloads and still going) possesses a large number of functions in its system which only tasks are to collect as much private information about the user as possible. Among the info ”stolen” is the app user’s country and localization, phone’s OS and phone number, battery level & other. The app is also connected to the third-party libraries which may be able to find and gather much more data.That does not sound ...

New AR effects in Facebook Messenger

New set of augmented reality tools will soon be available for Facebook Messenger. These new toys are called ”World Effects” and they allow putting 3D objects into the frame. Tool comes with a large number of pre-existing objects, but the more interesting option may be creating your own short, 3D messages to then render on the screen.”World Effects” are aimed mostly towards the younger generations of Messenger users. It is probably Facebook’s goal to compete with Snapchat and its very similiar ”World Lens” feature for young people’s attention. ...

A gang of illegal drone deliverers is now in jail

Guess they got what was coming to them… a group of eight British citizens responsible for up to 49 cases of smuggling contraband to prisons in the period of two years has been caught by the police and put under arrest. Two leaders of the group have been sentenced to six and seven years in prison (Craig Hickinbottom, 35, was the main ringleader). The organization have smuggled over one million pounds worth of contraband over the course of their illegal activities. Funny part is that the police had no luck apprehending the criminals themselves; it was only after they were caught on ...