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News  Android
News  Android
Pokémon Droidjack

Massive hit app attracts the bad guys

All of a sudden, Pokémon Go is everywhere! It's bigger than Tinder and about to topple Twitter in the number of daily users.

This is fantastic news for Nintendo, whos fortunes have been flagging recently and really needed the shot in the arm this game gave them. However, as with all things app-wise, with such a massive user base the malware guys suddenly get very interested too, and they have been quick to jump on the craze with a hacked version for Android found in the wild.

The APK discovered contained the "DroidJack" remote access tool (RAT) which enabled the attacker to gain complete control over their smartphone or tablet. It was first discovered by researchers at Proofpoint.

News  Android
Godless Android

Hits Lollipop or earlier

Android users are on alert for a dangerous new family of malware which has been given the name "Godless", after being detected as ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX.

Experts warn this is particularly worrying since it has the ability to root, and therefore gain complete control, over affected devices. Godless doesn't even use a single attack vector, instead making use of multiple explots and aiming at Lollipop or older - that equates to 90% of todays Android handsets.

Infected devices are turned into slave bots awaiting instructions from the attackers command-and-control system. Since these devices could be rooted, this means backdoors, keyloggers and any number of unwanted apps can be remotely installed.

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Galaxy S5 battery explodes on camera!

Hammer smash test

We've all heard the stories of cellphone batteries exploding, but not many have been caught on video in the wild.

Youtube user TechRax was conducting a torture test on a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a knife and a hammer when the battery literally exploded, spewing heat and chemicals all around.

His startled reaction is priceless, and most would say he got what he deserved, but now at least we can see exploding cellphone batteries are a real thing.

An extreme way to blast away viruses too!

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Samsung S7

Don't try this at home

Here's an epic Samsung vs LG battle - but is it fair? Max Lee decided to test the waterproofing claim Samsung are making of the S7 and took a video for good measure.

Now whilst there are endless jokes about keeping your phone clean we could make, or not leaving it in your jeans, in the end this was actually a deliberate waterproofing test. Just to really give things a twist, the handset is powered up throughout its entire ordeal.

Well, it makes a change from the usual "dropping onto concrete" antics. Wonder what this would have done to the warranty...