Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The nightmare continues: the virus had been for six months in the App Store

Forensics go on after the XcodeGhost scandal in Apple. Today we've known that the virus would have been launched in March 2015, so it wouldn't be a surprise that there were a lot of affected apps. We'll explain it, as well as the blackout in Skype yesterday, today not totally solved yet; a notorious case of  disloyal employees in AT&T and a beautiful hack which pretends to spy from the stratosphere the communications by satellites, drones and other "birds".

According to Palo Alto Networks, who yesterday stated to have discovered 39 infected apps, today would be many more: Qihoo has discovered 344 and Pangu Team, 3.418. Pangu Team has created an app to detect the virus. We recommend our readers, iPhone users, to download it and, if they have an infected app, delete or update it, in case there's a new available version. It's also recommended to change every password because the virus would have monitored them.

Skype went down

The particular users of Skype aren't quiet as well. Yesterday the service went down and the complaints were all around the social networks. Today Skype announces that they have identified the problem which prevented to connect to its service or make calls, but they're already working in the solution. Meanwhile, some users have problems to make calls, the system doesn't know their number, the contacts appear disconnected and/or they can't modify their status. Enterprises haven't been affected.

Unlocking mobile phones in AT&T

We continue with the charge that AT&T has brought against three former employees who used the company's facility to earn money fraudulently: AT&T has a service to unlock its mobile phones, used only in special cases. The employees used malware which allowed them to unlock thousands of mobile phones from AT&T customers, collecting  $50 per phone.

To infinity and beyond

We finish with a curious hack unveiled by "Wired": a group of hackers called Critical Engineering has developed a device with antennas and cameras which has just been launched to stratosphere with an helium balloon. The idea is to monitor the present radio waves, coming from drones, satellites or plains, and analyze them. Considering that a big part of these communications travel without cipher, the project looks interesting.        

The hackers of the German Chaos Computer Club told so years ago: the next step is hacking the space.


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