The “PhoneSpy” malware is detected in 23 Android apps. However, none of these apps are available through the Google Play Store. It should also be noted that this particular malware is highly active in the US and Korea.
This malware is also common in apps outside the Play Store. This usually happens in apps that pretend to be legitimate popular apps that users download to avoid paying for them. This malware can steal important data from your smartphone, including messages, pictures, and calls, and even remotely access your phone location.
‘PhoneSpy’ malware detected in 23 Android apps
If other app permissions are granted, it can also access the full list of installed apps, while at the same time recording audio and video while accessing the microphone. It can also retrieve device information such as IMEI number, device name and brand.
The malware was detected by mobile security agency Zimperium. The malware is said to be able to uninstall any user-installed application, including mobile security apps.
So, as you can see, it does cause a lot of damage to the ‘phone’ if you allow it. What is the best way to protect yourself? Okay, download the app from the Google Play Store. If you need to, use other legitimate app stores and trusted sources as well.
Who knows, side-loading random APKs might make it harder for you to avoid paying for the app. PhoneSpy is just one example of malware and more hidden in such apps.
So, if you need to sideload the app, be very careful while doing it. Make sure it comes from a trusted source and that it is verified in some way. For most people, however, it is best to stick to the Google Play Store and other trusted app stores.
Telegram servers facing outage in various places
Update: Telegram outage
It looks like the Telegram servers are facing outages in various parts of the world, mainly on PC. As confirmed by HoiINDI, users are unable to access their Telegram accounts in India right now, which hints at server outage. However, DownDetector data shows that more than 1000 users reported outages within the last 30 minutes.
— HoiINDI (@HoiIndi) November 25, 2021
Previous outage – Oct 04: Instagram/Facebook
Are you also unable to access your Instagram or Facebook account right now? You are not alone as the Down Detector just confirmed that both of these social media giants are facing outages in some parts of the world.
Well, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is not left behind as it’s also facing server issues just like Facebook and Instagram. To be mentioned, the server outage is happening to random users in some parts of the world including the US and India.
Following the errors, I’ve directly opened Down Detector and the entire matter got confirmed that I’m not alone as more people are also unable to access these social media platforms.
Check live outage status here:
Update 1: Accepting a defeat, Facebook used its official Twitter handle for confirming the outage of Facebook and its products including Instagram and WhatsApp.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Meta (@Meta) October 4, 2021
Update 2: WhatsApp also confirmed that the server is facing issue that’s why consumers are unable to access their accounts right now.
We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience!
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) October 4, 2021
Update 3: Instagram asked its users to bear with it on Twitter! So funny😂
Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it! #instagramdown
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) October 4, 2021
T-Mobile agreed to pay $19.5 million to FCC for last year’s 911 outage in US
It must have been a really painful experience if you had to contact the respondent first and the 911 call did not connect, but the same thing happened to thousands of T-Mobile customers in the US on June 15, 2020, in 12 hours.
As a result of the alarming incident, the wireless carrier this week agreed to pay $19.5 million in a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
As a result of this horrific incident, the wireless carrier this week agreed to pay $19.5 million in settlements with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). According to the FCC report, 911 interruptions nationwide last year resulted in a “complete failure” of more than 23,000 emergency calls.
The FCC stated that the “brief failure of the leased fiber transport link on the T-Mobile network” was the initial cause of the useless time and that it was out and combined due to a temporary routing error in the single location. The restoration was also affected by a temporary failure. ”
In an extensively reported statement on the settlement with the FCC this week, T-Mobile said it had improved the reliability of its emergency systems to make 911 available to customers when needed.
It now “goes beyond FCC’s research and continues our focus on our ongoing network build-up,” the company said.
“We understand how critical reliable connectivity is to ensure public safety and we take that responsibility very seriously,” T-Mobile said in the statement. “We have built resiliency into our emergency systems to ensure that our 911 elements are available when they’re needed. This was a short-term isolated outage and we immediately took steps to further enhance our network to prevent this type of event from happening in the future.”
This is not the first time T-Mobile customers have encountered problems calling 911. In 2014, several interruptions blocked the service for a total of three hours. The carrier agreed to pay the FCC $ 17.5 million to resolve the issue.
Verizon, AT&T agreed to limit 5G midband power to avoid aircraft interference
Both Verizon and AT&T have agreed to temporarily reduce the power of their new mid-band 5G towers, following concerns from the aviation industry, eliminating fears that the new spectrum could be used for equipment in commercial and military aircraft.
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to auction off a new segment of the C-band spectrum last year, several commercial aviation groups expressed concern that these new 5G frequencies could lead to catastrophic failures in avionics.
As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. The Department of Transportation has jointly called on the FCC to suspend the auction until a more comprehensive investigation into the matter can take place.
However, the FCC went so far as to disagree with studies suggesting that the concentration of 5G telecommunications in the new 3.7–3.98GHz C-band may end up in the 4.2–4.4GHz range used by aviation equipment such as radar altimeters.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon and AT&T had agreed to delay their mid-band 5G rollout in early 2022 at the request of FAA officials. According to the WSJ, Verizon and AT&T have sent a joint letter to FCC Chair Jessica Rosenvorsel calling for six months to re-energize their 5G cell towers to give aviation security researchers time to further study the effects of the new spectrum.
AT&T and Verizon are both on track to launch their new mid-band 5G deployments on January 5, 2022, and officials note that they do not expect temporary restrictions during the initial rollout to have any serious impact on bandwidth.
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