Android Malware Hijacks Bank Accounts; Facebook’s Dilemma in India

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - People visit an Android stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, March 4, 2015. (Reuters)

FILE – People visit an Android stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, March 4, 2015. (Reuters)

Android Malware Steals Banking Passcodes, Hijacks Accounts Protected by Two-factor Authentication

Internet security firm Symantec has warned that an updated Android malware, called Bankosy, can intercept one-time passcodes that help safeguard online banking accounts. While banks have moved to relay the codes by phone, instead of email, the updated malware forwards all calls to the hackers and allows them to control a smartphone’s silent mode and locking mechanism.

Facebook Has 24 Hours to Find 11 Million People It Says Support Free Basics in India

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is looking into Internet neutrality violations by Facebook’s Free Basics network, which provides free, limited Internet services in some areas. TRAI said the 1.89 million autofilled responses it received from Facebook users supporting the network failed to address its concerns. Facebook claimed earlier in January that 11 million people actually contacted the regulators about the campaign.

Warning: All but One Internet Explorer Will Now Be Open to Attack

Microsoft just discontinued support for older versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser. So if you still have not upgraded to version 11 or the latest Edge browser, you will be using Internet Explorer at your own risk.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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