Google Hacked; Trump Mobile Alerts Are Coming to Your Phone

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 2:28 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. (AP)

FILE – This March 23, 2010 photo shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. (AP)

At Least 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan Android Malware

An Android-based malware dubbed Gooligan has compromised up to one million Google accounts. Researchers from security firm Check Point Software Technologies found the strain in at least 86 apps available in third-party marketplaces. When the apps are installed, they gain high-level access to devices running version 4 and 5 of Google’s Android operating system. The malware then steals authentication tokens that allow access to various Google accounts. Here’s how to find out if you were affected.

Starting January 20, Trump Can Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages to Entire Nation

The U.S. Congress created Wireless Emergency Alerts in 2006 to inform mobile phone users nationwide about critical emergencies. But starting next year, President-elect Donald Trump will be able to mass-text every single America – and you will not be able to block the them, thanks to a congressional demand that carriers make this line of communication unblockable.

Reported Webcam Blackmail Cases Double in UK, Are Linked to Four Suicides

Britain’s National Crime Agency says reported webcam blackmail cases have more than doubled over the past year and have been connected to at least four suicides. The numbers have gone up to 864 from 385 webcam cases in 2015. Ninety-five percent of the victims are men 21-30 years of age, and all the suicide victims were men.

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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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