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#1831 [Permalink] Posted on 12th December 2018 17:20
The 22 ‘criminal’ apps Android phone owners are being told to delete immediately

Android users beware: you are being warned over your phone storing 22 apps which can suck your battery down.

Apparently, owners of Android devices are experiencing huge phone bills as a result of the "clickfraud" apps.

The way "clickfraud" apps work is simple: they pose as normal Google Play Store apps.

But, unfortunately for unwitting device owners, they are secretly performing criminal actions out of sight.

Sophos has done research and identified 22 apps, which collectively, have been downloaded more than 22million times by device owners.

"The only effects a user might notice is that the apps would use a significantly greater amount of data, at all times, and consume the phone’s battery power at a more rapid rate that the phone would otherwise require," researchers explained.

"Because consumers would not be able to correlate these effects to the apps themselves, their Play Market reviews for these apps showed few negative comments."

These are the apps you should uninstall right now:
Sparkle FlashLight –
Snake Attack –
Math Solver –
ShapeSorter –
Tak A Trip –
Magnifeye –
Join Up –
Zombie Killer –
Space Rocket –
Neon Pong –
Just Flashlight –
Table Soccer –
Cliff Diver –
Box Stack –
Jelly Slice –
AK Blackjack –
Color Tiles –
Animal Match –
Roulette Mania –
HexaFall –
HexaBlocks –
PairZap –
It comes months after it emerged over 140 apps downloaded from Google Play Store contain malicious files designed to attack computers.

The malware affects PCs when a phone is plugged into a Windows PC, and it farms private data, according to LincolnshireLive.

But it will not affect the Android devices themselves according to the Mail Online .

If a computer is infected with the virus then credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers can be collected because the malware tracks keystrokes.

The apps are no longer available on the Play Store but may still be on some phones. The apps infected have been downloaded since October 2017.

Google was notified of the flaw by Palo Alto Networks.

They discovered not all the apps from the same developer had the same Windows files.

This means the researchers believe different computers were used when creating the codes of the apps - and some of these were infected with malware.

Users who have downloaded any of the files via the Android app and connected to a computer may be infected.

Anyone with any of these apps on their phones should delete them to avoid infection.

Here are the apps that have been affected:

Baby Room
Tattoo Name
Car garage
Japanese Garden
House Terrace
Skirt Design
Yoga Meditation
Shoe rack
Unique T-shirt
Mens Shoes
TV RuanG TaMu
Idea Glasses
Fashion Muslim
Clothing Drawing
Minimalist Kitchen
Nail Art
Ice cream stick
Children Clothes
Home Ceiling
PoLa BaJu
Living room
Knitted Baby
Hair Paint
Wall Decoration
Painting Mahendi
Couple shirts
Unique Graffiti
Paper flower
Night gown
Wardrobe Ideas
Dining table
Use Child
Window Design
Hijab StyLe
Wing Chun
Fencing Technique
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#1832 [Permalink] Posted on 29th January 2019 11:26

A major privacy flaw in Apple's FaceTime video chat product has been discovered allowing someone to secretly eavesdrop on another user before they answer the call, on both iPhone and Mac. 

FaceTime (Getty)

The bug is a serious problem in one of Apple's flagship products, and is especially embarrassing given Apple's recent campaign touting its privacy bona fides compared to rivals like Google. It also comes less than 24 hours before Apple is due to report close-watched quarterly earnings in which the company is expected to report a decline in iPhone sales.

News of the privacy bug was making the rounds on Twitter on Monday and was picked up by blogs like 9to5Mac. Some users were urging iPhone owners to switch off FaceTime until Apple fixes the vulnerability. 

Business Insider was able to replicate the privacy vulnerability in its own testing on Monday. 

The bug in FaceTime allows someone to dial one of their contacts and listen in to the recipient's microphone before they actually answer the call. This can be accomplished by using the "add a person" feature after dialing the contact, and then adding your own number as the other person.

An Apple representative sent the following statement to Business Insider: "We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week."

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#1833 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd February 2019 11:36

The future of copper
The ISDN switch off has been well publicised for several years. We've observed many of our partners migrating ISDN channels to SIP and hosted IP voice solutions, through other platforms.

It’s less well known that in 2025 the WLR (Wholesale Line Rental) network will be retired. This will include traditional, analogue Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) lines, which will be replaced by digital, internet based IP services. This is not a removal of the copper lines, but rather a change of how the service over those lines is communicated.
This is, in part, being driven by the fact that the current infrastructure is running equipment which is reaching end of life - parts and skills to repair them are becoming scarce.

The solution
PSTN is actively used today by many business and residential users. Uses include traditional voice calls but also the delivery of various broadband services as well as alarm and lift lines. Alarm and lift companies are busy working on alternative solutions to deliver their services over IP or mobile networks, leaving broadband as the major service reliant on PSTN.

Two acronyms you will hear more about in 2019 are SoGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access) and SoG.Fast.
• SoGEA is Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) including the copper pair as a single service. This delivers speeds of up to 80Mbps downstream and up to 20Mbps upstream – the same speeds as you can order today on FTTC
• SoG.Fast is a faster form of FTTC. It can also be described as “Fibre to the distribution point”. The copper run is far shorter, meaning that this service will support up to 330Mbps downstream and up to 50Mbps upstream

Additionally, there is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). Openreach announced a major investment in the fibre network in 2018. This can currently serve 650,000 premises, with the target to reach to 1.25M by March 2019 and 3M by 2020.

Openreach are also defining a product called Single Order Transitional Access Product (SoTAP), to potentially support ADSL beyond 2025. It's currently unclear whether or not this will be available nationwide, or only in locations where SoGEA, SoG.Fast and FTTP are not available.
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#1834 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd April 2019 10:39
Saudi Aramco Is World’s Most Profitable Company, Beating Apple by Far

The earnings of Saudi Arabia’s giant oil company have long been a mystery, kept under wraps by the country’s government. But on Monday, Saudi Aramco opened its books, revealing that it generated $111.1 billion in net income last year, making it probably the world’s most profitable company by far.

It handily beat Apple ($59.5 billion in net income in 2018) and ran laps around other oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell ($23.9 billion) and Exxon Mobil ($20.8 billion). The disclosure reveals a company that is hugely profitable but also tightly bound to one country and the price of oil.

Aramco issued the financial data as it prepares to borrow up to $15 billion through a bond sale, in what could signal a more aggressive approach to capital-raising for both the company and Saudi Arabia, which is seeking to cut its dependence on oil and gas revenue.

The money will help finance Aramco’s $69 billion purchase of most of a state-owned petrochemical company from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, whose chairman is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The crown prince wants to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy, and the sovereign wealth fund has been investing in technology companies like Uber and Tesla as a way of doing so. A planned stock sale by Aramco was expected to raise money for that purpose, but it was postponed last year.

The sale of a stake in Saudi Basic Industries, the petrochemical company, appears to be an alternative way to raise the funds.
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