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RedDrop Android malware

Another found *in* the App Stores

Wandera are warning Android users to watch out for the RedDrop malware, which attempts to record audio, take photos, copy files etc, and even storing them on the users own Dropbox account ready to be used as extortion against the victim. It can do this, since it has full access to the account the apps of the victim's device has.

It also does the usual SMS premium service trick, and this, alongside a sophisticated network of back end hosting locations, leads analysts to believe this is a well-funded, determined hack which Wandera describe as "one of the most sophisticated" they have seen.

It's only just getting publicity, but Kaspersky has been aware of the threat since 2017.

To date, the victims are mainly in China, and the pattern is users searching adult content. However, dozens of innocent-looking apps which contain the malware have been identified - including many inside the the Sky Mobi Android app store.

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Samsung phone explodes in pocket

Suddenly heated up

A terrifying incident happened at the Hotel Ciputra on 30th September, 2017, when a Samsung smartphone suddenly caught fire in a mans shirt pocket.

Yuliant, a 47 year old hotel supervisor, was in the lobby when he suddenly felt a fierce burning sensation on his chest.

He dropped to the floor and a colleague scrambled to help him rip off his shirt.

He said he'd never had problems with his phone before.

The whole incident was captured on CCTV.

Samsung seemed to be over the exploding Note ordeal of 2016 - let's hope this isn't about to start all over again for them.

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Acecard Trojan


Incredibly, new Android malware has been discovered which actually attempts to trick its victims into not only taking a selfie, but one of them holding a valid ID card such as a drivers license or passport. This is like the holy grail to id thieves, who are increasingly finding that government institutions, banks and other similar organisations such as utility companies are insisting on such proof before conducting business with their users.

Now let's be honest here, and a little discreet - it's only a "special" kind of user who's going to fall for such an obvious scam. We are, however, in the numbers game, and a tiny slice of a huge pie is still big enough to make it worthwhile for the bad guys.

Facebook and Twitter also use the "valid id" method to authenticate accounts which have had some kind of issue regarding security.

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Note 7 battery explodes on camera!

Samsung issues recall due to battery problems

Samsung's worst marketing nightmare came true this week when it had to issue a recall for its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Reports from the US and South Korea were coming in of the phone catching fire, or even exploding, during or soon after charging. They admitted the issues were fixed by replacing the battery but wanted to take no chances with customer safety issues.

The Note 7 was launched with great fanfare in 10 countries, but it was difficult to work out exactly which phones were affected because different companies supplied the batteries. Samsung said it would take two weeks to get new versions to customers, but urged them to return their current handsets as soon as possible.