‘Invisible’ Malware Circulating Globally; China to Control Citizens’ Apps

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 10:46 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - DRAM memory chips are pictured in Taiwan. (Reuters)

FILE – DRAM memory chips are pictured in Taiwan. (Reuters)

‘Invisible’ Memory-based Malware Is Infiltrating Organizations Worldwide

Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity researchers have discovered that hackers are using legitimate software and tools to hide malware in the memory of targeted computers to infiltrate organizations. The attacks are thought to have targeted 140 organizations, including banks, telecommunications companies and government organizations as criminals search for login credentials and financial data.

China Wants to Control Its Citizens’ Apps

Western companies, like Google, are having a tough time taking their app stores to China as the government tries to control what apps its citizens install on their devices. The Cyberspace Administration of China had ruled that app stores have to register with the government to curb fraud and copyright infringement. But the registration also requires app stores to keep track of user activity for 60 days and hand over to police anything Beijing deems as “illegal content.”

US Considers Asking for Social Media Passwords for Visa Applications

People looking for an entry visa into the United States might have to provide social media details if they are from Muslim-majority countries included in the U.S. travel ban, currently being challenged in court. The countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the move is being considered in an effort to toughen measures to screen out visitors who might be a potential threat. Those who refuse to provide social media credentials would be denied entry, according to Kelly.


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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