Amobile Spy unveils Android spy app so you can snoop on your kids

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 14, 2014 4:18 PM CDT

Amobile Spy recently launched the iKeyMonitor Android Spy App, a custom app designed to help parents track what their children do using their smartphones.

The app has the ability to log passwords and keystrokes, monitor WhatsApp message recording, Web history tracking, capture screenshots, log email reporting and 2-side SMS/call logging. The keylogger monitors everything from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Skype, Yahoo Messenger and other popular social media or communication apps.

"iKeyMonitor Android Keylogger offers simple, secure, and secret ways to record the activities on Android devices with incredible monitoring features," said Kyle Davis, Amobile Development Department Manager, in a press statement. "We're also giving users smart features to review the logged data remotely."

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Jailbroken iOS devices being targeted, exploited by new theft malware

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 14, 2014 1:12 PM CDT

A new Chinese malware infected more than 75,000 jailbroken Apple iPhones, with the malware hijacking 22 million advertisements. AdThief, also known as Spad, is the iOS malware and was able to covertly operate around four months - and only works on jailbroken devices. Although originally found by researcher Claud Xiao in March, Fortinet senior mobile researcher Axelle Apvrille took a closer look at AdThief.

Operating on 15 different mobile adkits, the malware changed a developer or affiliate ID so the attacker would collect the revenue. Eight of the adkits are Chinese, and jailbreaking devices is a rather common technique among Chinese consumers. Security experts continually warn users that jailbroken smartphones and tablets pose significant threats to users.

The Chinese hacker, known as Rover12421 did contribute to the code, but denied saying he or she is behind the entire project.

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Facial recognition catches child predator on the lamb for 14 years

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 14, 2014 11:13 AM CDT

Way back in 2000 a man named Neil Stammer was accused of sex crimes involving a child as well as kidnapping and other charges in New Mexico. The man was released on bond and then he skipped town and remained at large for 14 years. He was recently captured after facial recognition tech was used on his photograph.

The case was shelved years ago after no new evidence surfaced and the criminal couldn't be located. Things changed earlier this year when the Diplomatic Security Service began using facial recognition tech to crack down on bogus US passports. Authorities ran the facial recognition tech on Stammer's old photo and came up with a match.

The old photo matched a photo of a man named Kevin Hodges, who was actually Stammer living under a new name in Nepal. Stammer was teaching English to children there and was described as "comfortable" in Nepal.

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Robot butler Botlr goes to work in California hotel

I'm sure many people out there have imagined having a robot that could bring them stuff when they want it like food or drinks. A hotel in California called Aloft Hotel has started to roll out robotic butlers that can bring things to your room for you. These robot butlers are called Botlr and perhaps the best part for hotel visitors is that all the Botlr wants for a tip is a tweet.

Botlr will bring things to your room like toothpaste, towels, and just about anything else that a person would normally bring you. Botlr will go into use for the first time on August 20 at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California.

The bot will be named A.L.O. and will even wear a butler uniform and nametag. A compartment on top of the robot is where items are stored for delivery. When the robot arrives at your door, the phone in the room will ring. Botlr is the product of a company called Savioki, which is backed by Google Ventures.

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Land Rover recalls 46,515 SUVs in North America due to airbag defect

Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Aug 14, 2014 6:00 AM CDT

Land Rover is the latest automaker to be forced to issue major recalls on its vehicles for airbag issues. The company has recalled 46,515 Land Rover SUVs in the US and Canada due to risk that the airbag may not deploy in an accident due to a component failure. Land Rover says that no reports of accidents or injuries have been made.

There is no indication at this time if the airbag issue will force recalls in other areas where the vehicles are sold. Vehicles covered in the recall include 2010 to 2015 LR2 compact SUVs and 2012 and 2013 Evoque SUVs. The issue in these vehicles is that the occupant classification system electronic control unit could fail.

If that failed, the passenger airbag would be partially or completely disabled. When owners take their vehicles to dealerships, the software for that control module will be replaced at no cost beginning August 30.

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LG rolls out LTE version of G Pad 8.0 Android tablet

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 14, 2014 5:30 AM CDT

LG has unveiled a version of the G Pad 8.0 tablet that packs LTE mobile web connectivity. With LTE connectivity, data connectivity while away from a Wi-Fi network is much faster allowing users to access video and other content on the go. The tablet has a sync feature that provides connectivity with other Android devices via QPair 2.0.

The users can connect their smartphones via Bluetooth and answer phone calls, text messages, and get notifications on the tablet. The tablet also includes other features from LG with Touch & Shoot letting users touch anywhere on the tablet to activate the camera. Gesture Shot makes it easy to take selfies by opening and closing the hand in front of the lens to get a three second count down.

LG uses an 8-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet has a 1.2GHz processor and 16GB of storage onboard. A microSD card slot is available for expansion and the tablet has 1GB of RAM. Power comes from a 4200 mAh battery and the rear camera is a 5MP unit with the front having 1.3MP. Pricing is unannounced and the tablet will ship in Europe this week before heading to other countries later.

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NVIDIA supercharges Metro Redux with GPU-accelerated PhysX effects

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 14, 2014 2:28 AM CDT

In just a couple of months time, 4A Games will launch its Metro Redux, which sees remastered versions of two of the most popular first-person shooters of the last few years: Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.

NVIDIA is backing this new remastered copy, so on top of the enhanced graphics, countless changes within the game, we can expect GPU-accelerated PhysX effects thanks to NVIDIA's technology. 4A Games have painstakingly changed so much of the two games, with improved geometry, encounters, lighting, and even how levels themselves end and transition.

The biggest change is going to come from Metro 2033, which will receive a graphics engine overhaul, with PnP tessellation, and some gameplay refinements that were found in Metro: Last Light. The PC side of things will see "higher-resolution textures, higher-quality effects, greater levels of PnP tessellation, support for 4K resolutions, and most significantly, re-tooled NVIDIA GPU-accelerated PhysX effects built using PhysX 3.x, the latest version of the critically acclaimed physics software".

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Malware increasingly targeting virtual machines as threats evolve

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 14, 2014 2:16 AM CDT

Newer generations of malware are finding their way to virtual machines - and instead of fleeing like before - are still executing when on VM. At least 70 percent of companies plan to utilize server virtualization by the end of 2015, so malware reaching the virtual machines could prove problematic.

In a study of 200,000 malware samples, analyzed on both VM and non-VM machines by Symantec, only 18 percent wouldn't operate on a virtual machine.

"The host server, as well as any virtual machine running on it, needs to be protected against malware," said Liam O'Murch, Symantec Security Response researcher, in a statement to SCMagazine. "To achieve this, advanced malware protection with proactive components that go beyond the classical static antivirus scanner needs to be in place. This can be agentless on the hypervisor or in the guest image themselves."

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Google Android KitKat running on more than 20% of Android devices

Google Android 4.4 KitKat continues to gobble up the market, now accounting for 20.9 percent of total market share, a jump from 17.9 percent from July. The 4.4 version rolled out in October 2013 and wireless carriers have been excited to include the latest and greatest version to customers.

The continued fragmentation of Android, with five different codenames running different versions, however, is seen as a security issue that must be addressed. In addition, there is complexity of Google creating an update or modification, and then phone manufacturers also needing to conduct their own tweaks.

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 still leads with 26.5 percent market share, but KitKat is quickly working to overtake that number in the future. Developers are always excited to get their hands-on newer versions of Android, and app development continues to evolve with each new version.

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New Silent Hill game announced, will make you 's**t your pants'

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 13, 2014 11:35 PM CDT

Gamescom has been filled with some big announcements, with the creator of Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima announcing that Metal Gear Solid V will be coming to the PC. Well, he also unveiled the new Silent Hills game, too.

Silent Hills is an interactive horror game that Kojima, Sony and Konami have been working with Guillermo Del Toro, who directed movies like Hellboy and the recent Pacific Rim. Joining them is Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on AMC's The Walking Dead. Kojima has promised that the new Silent Hills will be so scary that it will make gamers "s**t their pants". Kojima wants to create a game so scary that you'll want to turn your machine off to stop it from scaring you.

At Gamescom, Kojima said: "That's why there's a limit on how scary you can make a game, but in this case we're ignoring that. If you don't want to keep playing through the game, so be it we don't care. That's the game we're aiming for. We're aiming for a game that will make you shit your pants". We don't know what platforms Silent Hills will be hitting, but we can almost guarantee that the PlayStation 4 will be one of them.

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