‘Pokémon GO’ Goes to India; ‘Popcorn Time’ Redefines Ransomware

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 10:17 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Indians play 'Pokémon GO' inside an autorickshaw in Mumbai, July 24, 2016. (AP)

FILE – Indians play ‘Pokémon GO’ inside an auto rickshaw in Mumbai, July 24, 2016. (AP)

Reliance Jio Brings ‘Pokémon GO’ to India Starting Wednesday

India is about to catch the Pokémon GO craze – beginning Wednesday. The country’s 4G-LTE carrier, Reliance Jio, has partnered with Niantic, Pokémon GO’s publisher and developer to bring the game to the Indian masses. Unofficially, however, many Indians have already been busy hunting Pokémon after force-installing the game on their smartphones.

The Latest Ransomware – Popcorn Time – Is Pure Evil Genius

A new type of ransomware, called Popcorn Time, takes hijacking and ransoming your computer files to new levels. Popcorn Time threatens its victims with permanent loss of their data if they don’t pay the Bitcoin ransom. It also claims the files will be unlocked for free if the target becomes an accessory and helps infect two or more people with the malware.

Nearly Half of Top 1 Million Websites Deemed Risky

A new report from Menlo Security found that almost half of a million websites or 46 percent put their visitors at risk. According to the report, web exploitation affects vulnerable websites that run advertising without having sufficient security safeguards in place, or those that still run outdated software.


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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *