Google Play apps downloaded 300,000 times stole bank credentials


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Google Play apps downloaded 300,000 times stole bank credentials (Maria)

The author writes: “The researchers said they discovered a batch of apps downloaded from Google Play over 300,000 times before the apps turned out to be banking Trojans that surreptitiously siphoned off user passwords and two-factor authentication codes, log keystrokes and take screenshots. . The apps – posing as QR scanners, PDF scanners, and cryptocurrency wallets – belonged to four separate Android malware families that were distributed over four months. They used several tricks to get around restrictions that Google devised in an attempt to curb the endless distribution of scam apps in its official marketplace.

Big Teacher watches: How AI spyware took to schools (Sean)

From Bloomberg: “At Beijing Community High School, the teachers are almost omniscient. Education, even in-person education, is digital in the age of Covid-19, and staff members use software to monitor everything students do on school-provided laptops and for students. keep away from banned websites. The children know about it. “They pretty much know they’re being watched 24/7,” says Cynthia Hinderliter, chief technology officer at the school outside of Peoria, Illinois. Yet the class clowns persist. Hinderliter displays a detailed dashboard of student online activity, which reveals the identity of rule breakers. A yellow “EXPLICIT” tag appears next to the name of a youth who Google had typed “hot girls” and “date with Sugar Daddy”. Other students searched YouTube for videos of a farm simulation game, guitar tutorials, and for some reason, nursery rhymes about trucks. Another popular search: “How to bypass GoGuardian” which is the name of the tracking software used by Pekin High. GoGuardian has been around since 2014, but the pandemic has given educators new reasons to embrace it. Software is quickly becoming almost as common in American classrooms as standardized testing.

Afghan “Girl with Green Eyes” from iconic 1985 National Geographic cover finds refuge in Italy after fleeing Taliban (Dana)

Of Daily mail: “The iconic Afghan ‘green-eyed girl’ from the 1985 cover National geography took refuge in Italy after fleeing the Taliban. Sharbat Gula became the face of the Afghan war after her piercing green eyes were captured in an iconic photograph taken in a Pakistani refugee camp when she was just 12 years old. Years later, Gula was arrested in Pakistan in 2016 for living in the country under a false identity. papers and deported to war-torn Afghanistan. But Gula, a widow and mother of four, has finally found her refuge after arriving in Italy as part of the evacuation of Afghans by the West following the takeover of the country by the Taliban, announced Thursday. the Italian government.

Barbados to reject Queen Elizabeth II as Prince Charles Watches (Dan)

The author writes: “In Barbados, it’s over with the Queen, with a President as the Caribbean island nation becomes the first Commonwealth Kingdom in nearly three decades to declare itself a republic. The decision, debated for years, gained momentum amid the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and growing demands for reparations for slavery on the island. Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced last year that the nation of 300,000 people would become a republic by Tuesday, the 55th anniversary of its independence. It means removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, a break with nearly four centuries of history in the former British colony.

I made the blandest Facebook profile in the world, just to see what’s up (Russ)

The author writes: “In 2019, a Facebook researcher conducted an experiment to see if the platform really tends to send users into a burrow of extreme and conspiratorial content. … In 2017, journalist Ryan Broderick posted a blog version of the same idea on BuzzFeed News: “I created a Facebook profile, started liking right-wing pages and radicalized my news feed. in four days. … But none of these experiences have much to say about what might happen to a Facebook user who doesn’t care about politics at all.

‘Dancing Molecules’ Successfully Repair Serious Spinal Cord Injuries (Mili)

The author writes: “Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new injectable therapy that uses ‘dancing molecules’ to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injury. In a new study, researchers gave a single injection to the tissues surrounding the spinal cord of paralyzed mice. Just four weeks later, the animals regained the ability to walk.

Decades of misidentified dinosaur turns out to be a new species: “Big, Big Deal” (Reader Steve)

The author writes: “A newly discovered dinosaur species has been unearthed in Missouri, and it’s a ‘big, big deal’ for more than one reason, said a paleontologist. Finding a dinosaur skeleton in the Midwest is remarkable in itself, said Guy Darrough, but that of a previously unknown species? “It’s like finding King Tut’s treasure in Missouri,” he said in a phone interview with McClatchy News. Parrosaurus missouriensis, as the species has come to be known, has been misidentified for decades, based on a limited number of fossils found at the site. At one point, the creature was thought to be a type of long-necked dinosaur. Experts later said it was a species of dinosaur previously found in North Carolina.


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