iOS Spyware Pegasus Returns for Android; Apple’s Mac Pro Faux-pas

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 12:43 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - People visit an Android stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. (Reuters)

FILE – People visit an Android stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. (Reuters)

State-backed Spyware Is Using Android Phones to Eavesdrop, Grab Data

A new incarnation of spyware previously used to snoop on activists on iPhones now targets Android smartphones. Lookout and Google researchers announced the original strain, also known as Pegasus, last year, when it was being used by a state to monitor Middle Eastern activists using iPhones. The Android version – Chrysaor – has targeted users in the Middle East, Europe and South America for keylogging, video and audio capture and app data.

Apple Admits the Mac Pro Was a Mess

For some reason, Apple just realized it had been neglecting its Mac Pro users. More importantly, Apple execs conceded the 2013 Mac Pro redesign was a mistake. They acknowledged they did not pay Mac Pro users enough attention, but announced minor fixes in the short-term. Meanwhile, a new model is in development.

Things were a lot different when Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web more than two decades ago. And he’s not too happy with recent changes affecting the privacy of internet users as he accepts the Turing Award for historic accomplishments in computer science. Lee told The Post people should unite in protest in support of privacy that they should not be forced to use workarounds to protect.


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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