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Malware Hid In Apps On Google Play For Four Years

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Malware Hid In Apps On Google Play For Four Years

Movies and series about cybercrime often show viruses and other malware as destructive and scandalous, but in reality, they are the most discreet and quiet that are most successful. An example was a new threat, called Mandrake, which managed to spend years hidden in Android apps undetected.

According to Bitdefender researchers, Mandrake was spyware, developed with the aim of stealing information from all types of smartphones, exposing various sensitive information about the victim.

The threat has been active at least since 2016 and appears to have been developed targeting Australian Android users. Over time, however, infections began to spread throughout the world, with particularly strong outbreaks in the United States and Europe.

To steal user information, Mandrake used several legitimate Android functions but abused them to take complete control of the user. From there, he was able to collect the GPS location and record the smartphone screen, all without exposing his activity to generate distrust, allowing him to steal bank details and passwords for access to all types of internet services.

One of the important points that have made Mandrake successful for so long is the fact that it is hidden in several apps on Google Play. Cybercriminals have gone so far as to create multiple apps with legitimate functionality, published by different front companies, and keep them frequently updated and ad-free, with the aim of keeping their victims satisfied with the service, allowing them to be spied on by more time. The store has already removed the apps after reporting it.

As Bitdefender explained to the ZDNet website, in order to circumvent the detection of Google Play, the infection of the cell phone occurred in multiple stages.

When the user did the installation, the application was clean, but within a short time, he would contact the server to download the malignant part, which would effectively harm the victims. And, because it was downloaded voluntarily, the application asks for abusive permissions, tricking the user into giving them, offering total control over the system.

The researchers do not try to pinpoint the number of infected, however. According to them, the estimate is between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, which is not a very high number, but they speculate that the low volume of infected cell phones is part of the strategy to avoid detection.

Cybercriminals would also be targeting the attack to find more valuable targets and avoid some territories. In countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the malware has instructions not to work, even in case of infection.

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OnePlus Announces Series 7 Can Update Android 11

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Recently OnePlus has provided an Android 11 update to OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Of course, this makes other OnePlus phone owners wonder when their cellphone will get the same update.

Examples include the 7 series from the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro, as well as the 5G variant. Reportedly this series of phones will get the Android 11 update also in December.

But unfortunately, for the newly released OnePlus cellphone, the OnePlus Nord, it is not yet certain whether or not it will get a similar update. This middle-class cellphone cannot be ascertained whether it will get an update or not.

Oh yes, the newest OnePlus 8T cellphone is definitely using Android 11. Are you interested in owning this latest cellphone?

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Google Successfully Reaches 28.3 billion Downloads on the Google Play Store

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Google Successfully Reaches 28.3 billion Downloads on the Google Play Store

The use of smartphones in the period from July to September increased so rapidly compared to last year at the same time. Because of this, downloads on the Google Play Store have increased dramatically.

It is stated that in Q3 2020, Google found 28.3 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. These results beat Apple’s AppStore, which only got 8.2 billion downloads.

If calculated from the beginning of the year, Google itself has found 80.6 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. While the AppStore only got 26.6 billion downloads.

The most downloaded category on the Google Play Store is the Games category, followed by the Education category and the third position is occupied by the Business category. Here are the details:

Number of Apple App Store and Google Play mobile app downloads worldwide from 3rd quarter 2016 to 3rd quarter 2020 (in billions)

Source: Sensor Tower; AppleInsider

Most popular Google Play app categories as of 2nd quarter 2020, by share of available apps

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Google Assistant Can Now Tie Your Shoelaces If Your Shoes Are Nike Adapt

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Google Assistant Can Now Tie Your Shoelaces If Your Shoes Are Nike Adapt

Google today announced some of the changes brought to the Google Assistant. This change provides support for users to be able to control applications on their smartphones using voice commands.

So what are the benefits of the update to the Google Assistant? Recently the 9to5Google site uploaded a video showing one of the uses for the Google Assistant which can control Android applications.

In the 20-second video uploaded to YouTube, it appears that a man is wearing Nike Adapt shoes. Then the man opened Google Assistant and ordered the Nike Adapt application to tie the two shoes he was wearing until 100%.

As a result, Google Assistant immediately opened the Nike Adapt application and carried out the command as mentioned by the man, namely tying his two shoes up to 100%. Of course, this makes the man not need to use his hands to press a button to tie his shoes.

Not only can you tie the shoe, it is known that users can also check the battery of the Nike Adapt shoe and instruct the Google Assistant to change the color of the shoe is just a voice command.

Of course, this is still one use for updating the Google Assistant. Users can still find ways to take advantage of the Google Assistant to instruct applications to do things that can make it easier for users.

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