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Aeris & MACH Networks collaborate to offer IoT solutions

By Zenobia Hegde

Aeris, a technology provider in the Internet of Things (IoT), said it has agreed to work with MACH Networks, one of the nation’s providers of last-mile IoT connectivity solutions, to offer 4G long-term evolution (LTE) IoT connectivity solutions for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.

The fully managed bundled solutions available from Aeris and MACH Networks include enterprise-class 4G LTE routers, service plans on Aeris’ global IoT network and remote monitoring, management and ongoing technical support.

Aeris offers IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) services for a number of industries, including connected vehicle, telematics, fixed assets, healthcare, wireless point-of-sale and utilities. The Aeris® IoT Services platform provides in-depth visibility and control of devices, assets or sensors, regardless of time, number of assets or location.

The comprehensive Aeris IoT solution, with its suite of features built into the platform, is geared to help companies enhance revenue, create new services and business models and provide them with distinct market differentiation against their competitors.

MACH Networks provides fully-managed 4G LTE connectivity solutions for some of the largest landline carriers in the nation. By collaborating with Aeris, MACH Networks will be able to expand its product portfolio to include fully-managed primary and backup connectivity solutions for IoT across the globe.

It also will enable Aeris’ distribution channel partners to earn monthly recurring commissions selling connectivity solutions for IoT applications, one of the fastest growing segments of the telecommunications industry.

Aeris, in partnership with MACH Networks, will complement its existing IoT services platform with fully managed connectivity solutions for ATMs and kiosks, branch offices, business continuity, digital signage, industrial automation, point-of-sale, plain old telephone service (POTS) replacement, SD-WAN, transportation and video surveillance. Additionally, Aeris will be able to offer this functionality in an OpEx models as a fully managed IoT Solutions-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Don Ochoa, CEO, MACH Networks commented,“MACH Networks welcomes the opportunity to work with Aeris. The global market for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things solutions continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, and collaborating with Aeris represents a tremendous growth opportunity for both companies. We look forward to driving new business via Aeris’ global IoT network.”

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Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities

By Dan Goodin

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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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