Pokemon Fraud Rising; AI Could Be Key to Fighting Cybercrime

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A gamer uses the Pokemon Go application on his mobile phone at a park in Barcelona, Spain, on July 14, 2016. (AFP)

A gamer uses the Pokemon Go application on his mobile phone at a park in Barcelona, Spain, on July 14, 2016. (AFP)

A Surge of Pokemon GO-related Apps Is Out to Steal Your Data

If you’ve caught the Pokemon GO fever, keep your wits about you. Numerous unofficial apps taking advantage of the popularity of the Nintendo game are raising red flags for their pursuit of users’ personal data. Cybersecurity experts warn that some of these fraudulent apps are offering tips and cheats, subscriptions, and game-related content in exchange for access to sensitive data that users’ should not be willing to part with.

Maxthon Browser Sends Sensitive Data to China

The Maxthon browser, developed by China-based Maxthon International for more than 50 languages, seems to have a few problems. Researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and Poland-based Exatel recently discovered that the browser regularly sends a zipped file to China that contains information about the computer’s operating system, installed programs, and Internet search data, among other things. It bears mention that Chinese companies have raised concerns in the past for security and privacy issues in their web browsers.

Why AI Could Be the Key to Turning Tide Against Cybercrime

Today’s cybersecurity operations have to be performed by human employees who need to monitor cybersecurity alerts and keep an eye out for malicious software and false alarms – a repetitious and boring process. But security experts see promise in the fight against cybercrime in artificial intelligence (AI) that learns about malware and fraudulent activity trends the more it analyzes without getting bored.


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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