Mobile Internet Sets Milestone; IoT Devices at Risk With New Malware

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 1:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Indians use a mobile phone at a market area in New Delhi, Sept. 27, 2015, following a rare visit to Silicon Valley by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP)

Indians use a mobile phone at a market area in New Delhi, Sept. 27, 2015, following a rare visit to Silicon Valley by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP)

Study: Mobile Internet Use Passes Desktop for the First Time

The PC market has been struggling, largely due to the popularity of mobile devices. A new study from internet monitoring firm StatCounter found more people around the world are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In countries like India, mobile devices account for 75 percent of use, while in the U.S. and Britain, desktops still hold sway. But that margin is narrowing, according to the study.

Hackers Release New Malware Into the Wild for Mirai Botnet Successor

The recent take-down of major websites, thanks to Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS), driven by hijacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices, was just the beginning. Researchers have discovered a new malware strain similar to the one used in that attack. The new strain, Linux/IRCTelnet, is designed to turn unsecured IoT devices into slave components for more attacks.

Twitter Joins Bot Battle With Automated Messages in DMs

Twitter is trying to improve customer support. The next time you send a direct message to Twitter, you will receive an immediate response – faster than a human can send it. That means the fully-automated responses will be run by bots. Facebook has already been using customer service bots in its Messenger app.

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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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