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  • Spam-happy iOS trojan slips into App Store, gets pulled in rapid fashion

    Spamhappy iOS trojan slips into App Store, gets pulled in rapid fashion

    You could call it technological baptism of sorts… just not the kind Apple would want. A Russian scam app known as Find and Call managed to hit the App Store and create havoc for those who dared a download, making it the first non-experimental malware to hit iOS without first needing a jailbreak. As Kaspersky found out, it wasn’t just scamware, but a trojan: the title would swipe the contacts after asking permission, send them to a remote server behind the scenes and text spam the daylights out of any phone number in that list. Thankfully, Apple has already yanked the app quickly and explained to The Loop that the app was pulled for violating App Store policies. We’d still like to know just why the app got there in the first place, but we’d also caution against delighting in any schadenfreude if you’re of the Android persuasion. The app snuck through to Google Play as well, and Kaspersky is keen to remind us that Android trojans are “nothing new;” the real solution to malware is to watch out for fishy-looking apps, no matter what platform you’re using.

    Spam-happy iOS trojan slips into App Store, gets pulled in rapid fashion originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink MacRumors  |  sourceKaspersky, The Loop  | Email this | Comments

  • Apple aware of corrupt apps issue, working on a fix

    Apple aware of corrupt apps issue, working on a fix

    Earlier this morning, reports started circulating that the App Store was pushing corrupt binaries to iOS and Mac users, resulting in constant crashes of the affected apps. Marco Arment, of Instapaper fame, was one of the first to notice and very vocal — bringing the issue to the attention of many in the media and at Apple. The list of affected apps is pretty staggering, including such high profile titles as Angry Birds Space, Yahoo! Search, Google Reader and, of course, Instapaper. The number of developers affected now tops 115, so we’d hold off on those updates. For the first several hours Apple was mum on the issue, but it has finally acknowledged the problem in the support forums and even reached out to developers via email. Suspicions seem to be that the FairPlay DRM is at the root, but until we have official word from Apple we’ll refrain from laying the blame at its feet. Cupertino is working (we assume tirelessly) on a fix, which will hopefully be delivered sooner, rather than later.

    Apple aware of corrupt apps issue, working on a fix originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink   |  sourceTechCrunch  | Email this | Comments

  • Artega fails to sell auto business, files for bankruptcy

    Artega fails to sell electric car manufacturing business, files for bankruptcy

    As things seem to be incredibly promising at Tesla Motors’ California headquarters, the situation for a competitor on the other side of the world is growing quite grim. Artega, which reached our hearts at the Geneva Motor Show just last year with its beautiful all-electric SE sports car, has filed for bankruptcy after failing to sell the company to “an Asian investor.” Meanwhile, Artega will continue the search for business partners, and will keep running its German operation with 34 employees. The news is disappointing to say the least, especially with Tesla’s Roadster dropping from production in 2011. Hit up the source link below for a (German-language) explanation, directly from Artega.

    Artega fails to sell auto business, files for bankruptcy originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink Autoblog  |  sourceArtega (German)  | Email this | Comments

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