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New “Loapi” Android Malware Capable of Destroying Phone Hardware

New “Loapi” Android Malware Capable of Destroying Phone Hardware

Researchers from Kaspersky Labs recently identified a new malware strain called Loapi which is capable of damaging the hardware of mobile phones. Derived from Podec, an older malware strain discovered in 2015, Loapi downloads a Monero miner onto the mobile device which overworks and overheats its components. Loapi is embedded by a number of “antivirus” or security apps, and adult-themed apps on third party apps stores and infects phones by bombarding users with popups. Once the user clicks on a popup, it will give Loapi admin permission on the device and disable the Settings window so that the user cannot […]

Twitter Changes Policies on Hate and Violence

Twitter Changes Policies on Hate and Violence

Last Monday, Twitter said that it will be updating rules regarding hateful and abusive behavior as the company crafts new policies aimed at reducing violence and harassment on its platform. Twitter said that it will now be looking at accounts connected to groups which espouse or glorify violence, but may exempt certain groups which are involved in peaceful resolution. The company added that a single tweet will not warrant expulsion from the service, but the user will be required to delete the offending tweet. Twitter also announced recently that hate symbols and imagery such as Nazi symbolism (swastika) will be […]

China Accused of Using Mass Surveillance Apparatus Against Uighur Dissidents

China Accused of Using Mass Surveillance Apparatus Against Uighur Dissidents

It was recently reported that Chinese authorities have been using their new digital surveillance systems to hunt down Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority group in in China. Chen Quanguo, a Chinese Communist Party official, is leading a campaign tagging Uighurs to be a terror threat in the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Chen, who was recently promoted to Xinjiang party boss in 2016, blamed separatists for attacks that have killed hundreds and vowed to “bury the terrorists” and make them tremble. It is said that China is using the province as a test-bed for its predictive policing and is currently regarded […]

South Korea Blockchain Association Pushes for Greater Cryptocurrency Trading Transparency

South Korea Blockchain Association Pushes for Greater Cryptocurrency Trading Transparency

Last Friday, the Korea Blockchain Industry Association announced that it will be taking measures to promote increased transparency in the country’s cryptocurrency industry.   In an agreement reached by 14 exchanges including major virtual exchange Bitthumb, the association said that users will only be permitted to trade through one account only after their identity is confirmed by traditional financial institutions such as banks. The measures are not mandatory, but will be imposed starting January 1, 2018. Cryptocurrency analyst at NH Investment & Securities Park Nok-sun said that the announcement is not likely to impact Bitcoin prices, but should help curb […]

New Office Patch Disables Word DDE Feature to Protect Against Malware

New Office Patch Disables Word DDE Feature to Protect Against Malware

In the latest Patch Tuesday for this month, Microsoft issued an Office update that disables Word’s Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) feature to prevent attackers from using it to install malware. DDE allows Word to pull data from other Office applications such as Excel. However, it has been used by several malware campaigns in the 90’s, and once again in the past few months. It is said that malware distributors adopted a new method of using DDE from a tutorial published by security researchers from SensePost which showed how the feature can be weaponized for malware delivery. Microsoft also advised users […]

Researchers Identify Smartphone Using Only a Single Photo Taken by Device

Researchers Identify Smartphone Using Only a Single Photo Taken by Device

Researchers from the University at Buffalo revealed that they can now identify a smartphone just by analyzing a single photo that it has taken. The researchers studied a flaw in digital imaging called photo-response non-uniformity (PRNU). The study’s lead author Kui Ren, explained that no two smartphones are the same, and every device can be identified by looking at the pattern of microscopic imaging flaws present in the images it takes, similar to the process of ballistic fingerprinting. The researchers say that they were able to achieve 99.5% accuracy using 16,000 images and 30 different iPhone 6s and 10 Samsung […]

NoKor-backed Cybergang Found to be Launching Malware to Steal Bitcoin

NoKor-backed Cybergang Found to be Launching Malware to Steal Bitcoin

Secureworks researchers recently discovered a number of spear-phishing attacks directed at employees of cryptocurrency firms with the intention to steal Bitcoin. The attacks are said to to be the work of a prolific cyber criminal gang known as The Lazarus Group, which is thought to be backed by North Korea. Attacks including the WannaCry outbreak, the 2016 Bangladesh bank cyber heist, and the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. The phishing emails include a Microsoft Word attachment which launches a malicious macro used for the installation of a Remote Access Trojan on the computer.    Source: ZDNet

Alphabet to Provide New Wireless Internet Tech to Indian State

Alphabet to Provide New Wireless Internet Tech to Indian State

Alphabet X announced last Thursday that it will be selling Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology to Andhra Pradesh’ government to bring connectivity to remote areas of the Indian state. Alphabet X has committed to provide two thousand FSOC links which will be used to plug gaps to major network access points such as cell sites and WiFi hotspots. Only 20% of the state have internet access, and the state government’s goal is to give connectivity to around 12 million households and thousands of businesses and government organizations by 2019. Alphabet X, which was formerly Google X, was the first […]

French Children Under 16 Now Need Parental Approval for Facebook Account

French Children Under 16 Now Need Parental Approval for Facebook Account

Last Wednesday, a draft legislation which requires French children under 16 to seek parental approval to create a Facebook account was submitted to the Parliament for approval. In presenting the outlines of a data privacy bill which includes the requirement, Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet revealed that such children who wish to get on Facebook or any similar social networks would have to confirm that they obtained parental approval by ticking a box which amounts to a declaration governed by law. However, some observers have noted that it is not clear how enforceable the process will be. Source: FirstPost

Denmark Eyes Cryptocurrency to Fund Humanitarian Aid

Denmark Eyes Cryptocurrency to Fund Humanitarian Aid

Last Thursday, the Danish Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with Sustainia and Coinify, revealed in a report that they are investigating the use of blockchain technology as a solution for providing financial aid for development. Coinify’s CEO Mark Hojgaard cited a concrete example on how cryptocurrency can be used in such applications and said that the company is currently working on using cryptocurrency to pay for off-grid renewable energy, instead of using monetary donations. Hojgaard added that using cryptos is a good way to control the flow of money and can ensure that the funds will go to where it is […]