By Dan Goodin
Last year, researchers found what at the time was quite possibly the world’s most sophisticated espionage app ever written for the Android mobile operating system. Now, in a discovery that underscores the growing arms race among competing malware developers, researchers have uncovered a new Android spying platform that includes location-based audio recording and other features that have never been seen in the wild before.
According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, “Skygofree” is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares. With 48 different commands in its latest version, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation in late 2014. It relies on five separate exploits to gain privileged root access that allows it to bypass key Android security measures. Skygofree is capable of taking pictures, capturing video, and seizing call records, text messages, gelocation data, calendar events, and business-related information stored in device memory.
Skygofree also includes the ability to automatically record conversations and noise when an infected device enters a location specified by the person operating the malware. Another never-before-seen feature is the ability to steal WhatsApp messages by abusing the Android Accessibility Service that’s designed to help users who have disabilities or who may temporarily be unable to fully interact with a device. A third new feature: the ability to connect infected devices to Wi-Fi networks controlled by attackers.
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Look out carriers: here comes Magenta, connecting all the things. T-Mobile’s nationwide first plan for narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) for just $6 per year. At one tenth the cost of Verizon’s Cat-M plans, T-Mobile’s new NB-IoT plan takes advantage of narrowband technology, and the efficiency it provides, to significantly lower the costs of connecting things and unleash […]
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With the arrival of December, stores and e-commerce sites expect the increase in sales that this holiday season provides. After Black Friday, there are many consumers who take advantage of these first weeks of December to acquire the gifts that are still missing, so the businesses ask themselves: How can we take advantage of the […]
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Infobip, the global communications platform for businesses, announced the rollout of its omnichannel enterprise messaging technology with Tele2. Delivered under the ‘Tele2 Messaging’ brand name, the deal brings new user engagement capabilities to the operator’s business customers.
Tele2’s customers now have access to Infobip’s enterprise messaging platform to reach more than 6 billion mobile devices around the world, and the ability to engage with their customers across multiple channels in a more advanced, user friendly, and secure way.
The group-level enterprise messaging agreement is the continuation of a longstanding A2P SMS messaging relationship between Tele2 and Infobip, and deployment has already started in Sweden, Estonia, and Latvia. It’s due to expand its European footprint with deployments in Lithuania and the Netherlands thereafter.
Tele2 can now offer multiple communications channels, including SMS, email, push notifications, Viber, and Facebook Messenger. As this is delivered through a single platform, Tele2’s business customers don’t need to rely on several disparate providers to design and deliver communications through different channels.
“Infobip is going above and beyond of just providing the messaging backbone to offer new capabilities, support, and long-time expertise to address various verticals. A2P messaging is growing rapidly as enterprises use it as a tool for marketing, customer engagement, and loyalty. We are so excited to build our partnership with Tele2, bringing the future of omnichannel technology to the Scandinavian market,” said Silvio Kutic, president and CEO at Infobip.
A centerpiece of Tele2 Messaging is the Infobip Portal user interface with powerful features including a campaign builder for multiple messaging channels, real time reporting, an intelligent recommendation system, and failover programming. The project will be powered by Infobip’s regional office in Stockholm.
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Quantify Technologies, an IoT company that develops smart/intelligent building applications and solutions raised $5M in venture capital. It was raised by placing 83M shares to new and existing investors at 6 cents a share. Quantify will use the funding proceeds for the testing of an integrated Amazon Alexa/Q Device product developed by Quantify.
“These funds will also allow us to accelerate development of further enhancements and integrations of technologies such as Amazon Alexa to further redefine the IoT industry standard and to make our solution the platform of choice,” Mark Lapins, head of Quantify Technologies.
The Q Device by Quantify can be used to control multiple IoT-based in-home devices. The core solution can be deployed at the time of a building’s construction or retro-fitted later.
Rolling out IoT solutions across an enterprise is considered a tough ask, especially when organizations have heterogeneous system operating upon different standards. This is where Quantify makes a difference by eliminating the needs to install dedicated gateway devices or communications hubs. It offers a core control and reporting API for the purpose.
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