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Google Removes 17 Android Apps Caught Engaging In WAP Billing Fraud

Slashdot - 6 hours 13 min ago
Google has recently removed 17 Android applications from the official Play Store because they were infected with the Joker (aka Bread) malware. ZDNet reports: "This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services," Zscaler security researcher Viral Gandhi said this week. The 17 malicious apps were uploaded on the Play Store this month and didn't get a chance to gain a following, having been downloaded more than 120,000 times before being detected. Following its internal procedures, Google removed the apps from the Play Store, used the Play Protect service to disable the apps on infected devices, but users still need to manually intervene and remove the apps from their devices. But this recent takedown also marks the third such action from Google's security team against a batch of Joker-infected apps over the past few months. [...] The way these infected apps usually manage to sneak their way past Google's defenses and reach the Play Store is through a technique called "droppers," where the victim's device is infected in a multi-stage process. Malware authors begin by cloning the functionality of a legitimate app and uploading it on the Play Store. This app is fully functional, requests access to dangerous permissions, but also doesn't perform any malicious actions when it's first run. Because the malicious actions are usually delayed by hours or days, Google's security scans don't pick up the malicious code, and Google usually allows the app to be listed on the Play Store. But once on a user's device, the app eventually downloads and "drops" (hence the name droppers, or loaders) other components or apps on the device that contain the Joker malware or other malware strains.

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Ignite your SQL Server with a broken Cumulative Update

The Register - 6 hours 48 min ago
Plus: All the rest from Microsoft's shindig – it's only wafer-thin

In brief  Rounding out Ignite for all the wrong reasons came news last week that Microsoft had pulled Cumulative Update #7 for its flagship database product, SQL Server 2019.…

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Man dies at train station after being 'electrocuted' on the tracks

This Is Total Essex - 7 hours 9 min ago
He was pronounced dead at the scene
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Poundland selling Ouija boards for Halloween in UK stores

Braintree and Witham Times - 7 hours 23 min ago
POUNDLAND has come under fire for selling Ouija boards in UK stores.
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G'day mate, I'll take two tinnies, a packet of Tim Tams, some Vegemite, and a bork

The Register - 7 hours 43 min ago
Do you come from a bork down under?

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Bork is going down under today after a Register reader eyeballed Windows doing its worst on a Canberra ATM.…

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Police searching for William Bargate last seen in Great Bardfield

Braintree and Witham Times - 7 hours 43 min ago
POLICE are appealing for help as they search for a man who went missing last week.
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McAfee seeks $2bn return to stock market after Intel unpleasantness

The Register - 8 hours 44 min ago
Warns investors that big clouds could start to sell native security tools direct to customers and reduce the need for third-party vendors

Security software outfit McAfee has filed to return to the stock market.…

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The latest major supermarket rules on delivery slots

This Is Total Essex - 8 hours 53 min ago
Delivery slots, priority customers and product caps have all been changed
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Good news: Euro sat spots liquid pools on Mars. Bad news: Under ice, saltier than someone who put last penny into a failed crypto biz

The Register - 9 hours 19 min ago
ESA also finds planet hot enough to melt iron

Video  Pools of salty liquid surround a larger lake of water hidden beneath a thick crust of ice below the Martian south pole. That's according to findings published in Nature Astronomy on Monday.…

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Square Kilometre Array signs off on construction plans – UK last holdout before building phase begins

The Register - 9 hours 45 min ago
Now to figure out how to run 100,000-plus antennae and squeeze out 130 petabytes of data each year

The Board of the Square Kilometer Array has signed off on plans to build the colossal radio-telescope.…

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Wanna get all those PST files off your network and into the cloud? We can help

The Register - 10 hours 13 min ago
Join us and Quadrotech on September 30 and learn how to finally escape the 1990s

Webcast  Aging file formats are always a pain, but how often do you consider the implications of the seemingly innocuous PST files that may be spread around your organization.…

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Essex primary school shuts for two weeks after coronavirus case

This Is Total Essex - 10 hours 24 min ago
The school has been closed to all children and staff
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Objections flood in against plans to build 130 homes in Hatfield Peverel

Braintree and Witham Times - 11 hours 13 min ago
OBJECTIONS have flooded in against plans to built 130 homes on the edge of a village.
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Everything we know after Powers Hall closes due to coronavirus case

Braintree and Witham Times - 11 hours 13 min ago
SCHOOL students will be returning to virtual learning this week after they were forced to self-isolate due to a confirmed case of coronavirus.
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REVEALED: The number of ASBOs handed out in the Braintree district last year

Braintree and Witham Times - 11 hours 13 min ago
Braintree Council used ASBO-style orders aimed at tackling nuisance behaviour on just two occasions last year, figures reveal.
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Halstead DOUGH&co set to open next week

Braintree and Witham Times - 11 hours 13 min ago
THE countdown is ticking to the opening night of a new in demand Halstead restaurant which is set to open next week.
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Airbus drone broke up in-flight because it couldn’t handle Australian weather

The Register - 11 hours 41 min ago
‘Zephyr’ is designed to either beam down data or spy for weeks, but lasted about 90 minutes

A drone that Airbus once flew for 25 days without landing and suggests as either an airborne communications platform, or a stratospheric spy, broke up after its automation failed in rougher-than-expected weather.…

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Hacker Publishes Info On Las Vegas-Area Students After Demanding Ransom

Slashdot - 12 hours 43 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Last month, Las Vegas' largest public school district announced that a hacker compromised some of its files using ransomware and was holding the files hostage while demanding a ransom payment. Now, a hacker has published files containing students' grades and personal information after school district officials refused to pay the ransom. Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Business Insider that he discovered leaked documents published to an online hacking forum that purported to include records from Nevada's Clark County School District, including students' names, social security numbers, addresses, and some financial information. Callow's findings were first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Monday. "Ransomware attacks happen for one reason, and one reason only: they're profitable," Callow told Business Insider. "The only way way to stop them is to make them unprofitable, and that means organizations must stop paying ransoms."

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