SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines
SmartNews is the award-winning news app downloaded by 35+ million readers in 100+ countries! It analyses millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories influencing the world right now.
 
SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post and also from Indian channels like Times of India, Indian Express, Scroll.in, News18, Hindustan Times, etc.
 
You can browse the headlines quickly, customise your channels and read the news offline. It also gives you the option to connect to your Twitter account and view the trending news from friends and family. You can even connect to your Evernote account and clip news directly into it.
 
An excellent free alternative to other popular news apps. 
 
 

 

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MIHIR AVINASH KULKARNI

3 months ago

Thank you so much. Have been trying different apps lately.

Android Users Falling Prey to Rogue Apps. What To Do about It
India is one of the largest markets for Smartphones that use Google's Android operating system (OS). However, due to lack of digital literacy, many Indian continue to fall victim of new threats like click fraud, Trojans, spyware and hostile down-loaders. Alarmingly, many popular handsets from different mobile-makers have been found to have backdoors, or harmful apps, disguised as system apps pre-installed, across the globe!
 
Google, in its annual report for 2018—Android Security & Privacy Year in Review—says that the most common threats in India were: a video app which mines crypto-currency in the background (without the knowledge of the user) and various Trojans. Sometimes, backdoors are installed when the user tries to upgrade the OS over the air (OTA) from websites other than the manufacturer’s. Let’s understand what these are.
 
Trojans 
According to Google, during 2018, India was one of biggest targets for Trojans, at 22.4%, followed by Germany, at 6.5%. About 0.007% of all app installs and 16% of all potentially harmful applications (PHA) installed through Google Play were infected with Trojans in 2018. As crypto-currency prices rose dramatically at the end of 2017 and early 2018, the number of malicious actors also rose. Google Play Protect started warning users about the potential problems of crypto-currency mining on their devices. In 2018, four of the top-11 Trojans were crypto-currency miners, all embedded in a popular video-player app, Google says.
 
In February this year, security researchers at ESET discovered a dangerous clipper malware app called MetaMask that steals bitcoin and other crypto-currencies from a user’s phone. AIMP, a popular audio-player with over 10 million downloads, was found being used for mining of crypto-currencies. 
 
The most commonly used Trojan is the Idle Coconut family which turns affected devices into endpoints for commercial virtual private network (VPN)-providers without the knowledge or consent of the device owner. For app installations from outside Google Play, India accounted for 27.7% of Trojan activity, particularly apps that try to mine crypto-currency in the background without user consent.
 
Hostile Down-loaders: As the name suggests, hostile down-loaders are apps that facilitate installation of other apps with or without the knowledge of the user. India accounted for 18.9% of such threats. The main reason for the spread of hostile down-loaders is apps downloaded from third-party app stores or the user trying to fall victim of click baits, especially from messages spread from social media or WhatsApp, in particular. 
 
Some of these apps (now banned by Google) were downloaded by more than one million users. These include, Pro Camera Beauty, Cartoon Art Photo and Emoji Camera. Trend Micro had listed 29 such camera- or photo-related apps, some of which used to show full screen ads or pop-up ads. On clicking the pop-up ads, a pornography player was downloaded; but since it was a paid app, it was incapable of playing the content. 
 
For example, small messages that promised huge discount on the latest mobile handset contain links to a webpage which asks the user to download, install and run several unnecessary (or not required for the user) apps. This is done by scammers to earn money from companies that are eager to increase the number of their app users. 
 
SMS Fraud: According to Google, the next biggest threat in India is SMS fraud that comprised 0.003% of Google Play app installed and 6.8% of total PHAs. India is not as highly targeted, with only 2.1% of such threats being directed here. Google says that, as of October 2018, an app cannot even ask for SMS permissions in Android unless the user has set it as his or her default SMS app.
 
The Dangerous Players: The review report from Google also lists some of the most dangerous PHA families. These include, Chamois (199 million installs), Snowfox (16 million installs), Cosiloon, BreadSMA (11 million installs), View SDK (5.2 million installs), Triada, CardinalFall, FlashingPuma, EagerFonts (12 million) and Idle Coconut. 
 
What To Do?
Unusual activities or very high usage of mobile processor and random access memory (RAM) even when you are not using any heavy app, such as games or watching movies, is a good marker. The best way to prevent compromising your mobile phone is to use an antivirus suite or applications. 
 
In addition, limit the number of apps installed on your phone or even uninstall apps that you no longer use or have no idea how it was installed in the first place. 
 
Before installing any app, do a fair amount of research. One way to check the legitimacy of an app is to visit the site of the app developer and check if the app is, indeed, listed there as well, besides on the Google Play store. Do read user comments on the Play store. It would help you understand the pros and cons of the app.
 
We take our digital life for granted. You need protect it as much as you protect your real life.
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Uber sued for $ 10 mn in sexual assault case in US
Global ride-sharing major Uber has been sued for $10 million by a Washington-based woman on charges of being sexually assaulted by an Uber driver last year.
 
The driver, Raul Rodriguez Vasquez, has pleaded guilty and is serving jail-time. 
 
Based on the DNA samples collected during police investigations, the victim was proven right. According to the lawsuit filed last week, the incident occurred on April 1, 2018.
 
The victim claimed that Uber "breached its duties" to her as a customer by failing to "warn her of the risk its services posed to women, and in particular to women who had been consuming alcohol or who were intoxicated", The Verge reported on Monday.
 
The woman is seeking $10 million in damages from both the driver Vasquez and Uber to compensate for the physical and emotional injuries she sustained from the assault. 
 
According to media reports, over a period of four years, at least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the US alone. 
 
A total of 31 Uber drivers have been known to have been convicted for crimes, the report said. 
 
In June 2017, the company fired over 20 employees after an investigation into the workplace culture and sexual harassment claims. 
 
The same year, the company was sued by a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India, following which former Uber CEO and Co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down from his post. 
 
In October 2018, Cameron Poetzscher who headed corporate development at Uber was asked to step down amid allegations of sexually harassing female colleagues. 
 
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