New Malware Targets Google Services; Pokemon GO Goes to Davos

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 1:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)

FILE – A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)

Cybercrime Gang Uses Google Services for Malware Command and Control

An organized criminal group known as Carabank is using Google services and office documents to distribute malware to turn their victims’ computers into command and control devices. This in turn enables them to launch further attacks. The notorious group has been in business since 2013 and has targeted financial institutions with Trojan malware, netting an estimated $1 billion.

Pokemon GO Adds 17 Pokestops to World Economic Forum in Davos to Combat Poverty

Niantic, the creator of the popular augmented reality game Pokemon GO said it is joining the fight against poverty in partnership with the Global Goals campaign. The announcement coincides with the meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and aims to keep people focused on sustainable development goals. Each of the 17 Pokestops represents a Global Goal. The venue where the World Economic Forum is taking place will also be turned into a Pokemon Gym.

Android Will Now Store Google Searches Offline and Deliver Them When You Get Signal

Google is introducing a new Android feature that lets users with spotty connectivity search the internet when they are offline. The search giant will save user search results and deliver them once the device gets its signal back. Writing in a blog post, Google’s product manager Shekhar Sharad said the feature works in the background and will not drain the battery.


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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