G Data Offers Malware and Virus Protection for Android

The Android OS has already attracted the attention of malware and virus writers looking for new ways to extort money from unsuspecting victims. The BBC reported back in August of 2010 on a Russian media player that sent premium rate text messages, thus earning the virus writer hefty referral fees. More recently, the Geinimi trojan had been collecting personal info and passing it on to some Chinese remote servers.

G Data Software today announced their MobileSecurity solution for Android 2.0 and above to guard against malware and other fraudulent programs. By monitoring activity on the phone or tablet, it can detect unwanted sending of SMS text messages or web browsing in the background.

Using the security app on the smartphone, the user can authorise the activity of known apps but block those apps which start acting in an unexpected fashion. The security app will also maintain a blacklist of Android malware which is regularly updated with downloads from G Data.

Available from April 2011 for £9.99 from the Google Market Place or free to existing G Data customers from G Data’s website.

USA Continues As Spam King

Sophos has published its quarterly report into spam and the USA remains top of the league for spam-relaying, being responsible for nearly 19% of all spam messages. India follows with a little under 7% and then Brazil, Russia and the UK finishing the top 5 on 4.5%.

The vast majority of spam does not come directly from spammers’ servers, but rather from PCs that have been compromised by trojans or other malware and are now under the control of the criminals. This allows spam to be passed on by PCs without the owners’ knowledge – this is spam-relaying. Consequently, these figures indicate that huge numbers of PCs in the US are infected and under the control of the spammers.

Sophos also notes that the nature of spam is changing. Previously, pharmaceutical products would have been the mainstay of the spammers’ output but increasingly the spam is spreading malware and phishing for account information. As an aside, an estimated 36 million Americans purchased drugs from unlicensed online sellers.

The top spam relay countries for the last quarter were:

1. USA 18.83%
2. India 6.88%
3. Brazil 5.04%
4. Russia 4.64%
5. UK 4.54%
6. France 3.45%
7. Italy 3.17%
8. S Korea 3.01%
9. Germany 2.99%
10. Vietnam 2.79%
11. Romania 2.25%
12. Spain 2.24%
Other 40.17%

“Spam is certainly here to stay, however the motivations and the methods are continuing to change in order to reap the greatest rewards for the spammers,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “What’s becoming even more prevalent is the mailing of links to poisoned webpages – victims are tricked into clicking a link in an email, and then led to a site that attacks their computer with exploits or attempts to implant fake anti-virus software.”

Sophos also warns that social networks are increasingly attracting the attention of criminals through malicious apps, stolen profiles and junk messages.

GNC-2010-09-17 #611 Wait till you see the Rover Tracks!

There is so much great tech in this show, that I did not get through the entire stack some of the stuff at the end I only casually covered due to time constraints. Join me on Saturday for The Morning Show. Should be a great show, we have two new guest, one calling in from the UK. Have suggestions on topics for the morning show get them in today. Huge Thanks to all of the supporters of the show.

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Is Twitter All that?
More Bandwidth Please.
Tricaster Upgrade Update.
Backup Shuttle Crew Picked.
Malware everywhere?
Samsung serious about OTT!
Track flights near real time on Google Earth.
News Curation.
LTE to Bandwidth Rescue.
Time Warner appears to retaliate.
Is that Twitter DM really Private?
Get your iPhone App reviewed.
AVCHD + MTS – YouTube.
Gmail Priority Inbox Tips.
New way to Fly?
Google Interview Process.
Jobs at Google.
Will you buy Google TV?
Samsung Media Hub.
LRO gets new Mission.
Galaxy 15 Still a Zombie.
Moon Crater Map.
More Ad Tracking.
Google Employee spying on Teens Fired.
Freedom of Speech in Trouble.
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen Trademarked her Name Loser!
Low Power Sensors using Powerline Technology.
Some Netflix users need to get a life.
Why is Broadband so Expensive?
Yahoo Version 11 will it help?
New Solar company comes to Hawaii.
iPad killing Netbook Sales.
Newspapers on iPad.
Xprize Winner Announced.
JP Morgan Chase Online Banking Issues.
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GNC-2010-08-17 #602 AT&T or Verizon Challenge.

Will you make the commitment today to leave AT&T if Verizon get’s the iPhone. Two show appearance here in Hawaii and then 2 shows on the East Coast. I am once again on the move which will ultimately end up being a very busy August. If you have been following on Twitter you know I have been waiting for the next shoe to drop.. Tech news and more on the show!

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Verizon and Fiber Speeds.
Vending Machine for Pharmacy Drugs.
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Fingerprints reveal pin!
xbox 360 Jailbreak.
MagicTalk.
Cool Music Sites.
Automated Web Template Builder.
Long Tail Content.
Lady Criminals get Creative.
Way to catch Piegons.
Brain Simulation by 2020.
Space Junk Collector.
10 Dangerous Web Actions.
Apple TV what do you think?
Android Users are Data Pigs!
Video 101.
Apple Manager in Slammer.
Geek Squad ask for trouble.
Facebook Dislike Scam!
Slideshare pro.
Your Brain net Disconnected.
ISS Mission Accomplished.
Do you save Energy really?
Radio+RIAA+Greed=Stupidity!
Apple iAd = Apple Store
Geeks protest Like Geeks!
Windows Home Server to Support Mac’s.
Take the AT&T / Verizon Challenge.
Sony Dash Update.
Google & Verizon told to Pack Sand!
Network Solutions Infects 5 Million sites!
You will like the Cartoons.
Insanity of Music Licensing.

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GNC-2010-04-26 #570 Listen to Win a Roku

Live from Central Texas, if you want to win a Roku listen to win. You can watch the Geek News Central Podcast on Boxee and Roku be sure to check us out. Find out which star was on my flight out of Honolulu and the conversation I had with him. Show streamed tonight with my Clear Wimax connection. If you want to watch a live show tune in Thursday at 8pm CST for the show.

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Gizmodo Editor house Raided.
Will Gizmodo test the Blogger/Reporter Standard?
YouTube IPL Stream Beats Expectations.
7 iPad Apps.
50k Android Apps whats your Favorites?
Does your Device have a Off switch?
Windows Home Server Upgrade (Vail).
Lose your car often.
Cell Phone Jammer in Trouble with FCC.
Galileo #1 Almost Ready.
Scientist get deep in RSA Encryption Hack.
Windows iPad users Targeted by Malware.
Mcafee takes a beating!
DMCA Takedown for Personal Data.
New Zealand 3 Strikes Rules.
FCC Spectrum Task Force.
Floppy Disk R.I.P.
i7 Macbook your next Stove!
Wi-Fi Sync App.
iPad Camera Adapter.
Is their iPhone versus Android?
Samsung + GoogleTV = Win!

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GNC-2010-03-09 #558 Monster Show!

This show was a monster, lots of Audio comments from Call in Hotline at 619-342-7365 and a truckload of email. Lots of Tech Content and a new sponsor introduction tonight. Be sure to check out the sponsor link below. Lot’s of amazing news and commentary from all over the web. Big Thank You to the Ohana for staying subscribed and helping this show grow each month. Next stop SXSW in Austin will be recording live on Thursday night lots of fun for all.

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Anti-Data Caps Representative Resigns!
Lip Reading Mobile App?
Mac Video Storage Tips!
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Space Shuttle debate gets ugly!
ISP’s paid group to spy on P2P users!
Google Going after Microsoft Round 3!
PeePoo Bag.
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NY Post needs to learn how to give bloggers credit!
Low Power Radio Station Guidelines!
Browser Election Results!
Newegg and fake Intel chips!
Energizer Duo Software loaded with Trojan 3+ yrs!!!
This is Power Monitoring!
Verizon soon to be Wireless speed King?
Cisco to Announce something Major!
Air Video gotta Have it!
Tabbed Out for SXSW Beer Tabs!
Net a fundamental right 4-5!
411 on National Broadband Plan!
Apple App license Exposed by EFF!
iPad Apps may come up short!
Mediagazer tracking MSM!
Ad Blocking and the Impact on sites!
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WordPress CMS Lite?
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GNC-2010-02-09 #550 Big Studio Surprise!

Came home from Chicago to a Studio surprise that I was not expecting. Had a great trip to Chicago, great meetings with the team out there shaping up to be a year of growth and opportunity. Lot’s to share on today’s show. One thing is for sure better being here warm than freezing in the Windy City.

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Google Phone will be Translator!
Nexus One Termination Fees Decreased!
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Adobe Apologizes over Flash Bug!
Massive Patch Tuesday is coming!
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Scientist Tie Gene to Aging!
Craiglist Scams!
Boredom can Really Kill You!
Comcast CEO called to Carpet in Senate Hearing!
ZoomIT brings SD card Device to iPhone!
Endeavor on way to ISS!
Progress Docs at ISS!
China Shuts down Hacker Training Site!
Facebook causing more scam artist to harvest your data!
America the Beautiful!
Mozilla dropping Tiger Support!
User Generated Content mostly Scams Sites?
FBI wants two year tracking of ISP Data!
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Death Notice by Facebook?
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GNC-2009-12-22 #538 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

First of all Merry Christmas to all that celebrate Christmas and Happy Hauneka, may you all have a wonderful time with family. On this episode You will here me freak out at about the 50 minute mark? At that point the audio recording computer tells me I am at an 1hr 31 Minutes instead of 50 minutes which I don’t figure out for a few minutes? Turns out my trusty audio recorder lost its mind tonight? May have to rethink firewire.. Anyway I pulled the lower quality audio recording from the tricaster as a backup as the original recording was TRASHED. Great show regardless, just one of those things that happen, at least I did not have to record the entire show over.

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Show Notes:
Twitter Profitable?
Roku Grows Up!
Roku opens SDK to All!
5 Digital Audio Products of 2009.
Cancer Warning on Cell Phones?
Psystar still selling products sort of?
Tap Tap making Cool Million a Month!
Why is CableCards such a Mess?
Mars Phoenix has a recovery feature!
Mars Phoenix #2
Apple Fixes iMac Monitor Flicker.
Ford + Sync + Wifi = Cool!
Big Mac = Free Wifi
Firefox 3.5 now #1
Malware and Botnet Operators building own ISP’s
1 in 250,000 chance we get wacked!
Some Red Light Cameras causing more Accidents!
Apple your next TV Provider?
Levelator 2.0 in Beta Test!
What’s next for iPhone?
Another Idiot Criminal.
Think you have Bedbugs?
AT&T wins 3G race?
How to Measure Social Media ROI.
Youtu.be URL Shortner.
What is the state of RSS Readers?
Justin.TV launch PayPerView!
Soyuz of to ISS!
NASA to get new Priorities from President?
AT&T says it’s the Phone not the Network?

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Attention: Malware On Your Computer?

“Security center has detected malware on your computer.” Have you ever seen that message pop up on your computer? Have you ever seen it happen over Skype? Well, I’ve received that message three times in the last month as a Skype message. It tells me that my Windows software is infected and I need to install a patch. It even gave me a website (link) to go to to help me install the patch.

Skype Malware Message

I may have fallen for the trick but I don’t know how a Windows patch would fix my iMac running OSX. I don’t run Bootcamp, or Windows in a virtual machine, nor does my iMac know what an .EXE or ActiveX file is. I’m sure if I clicked on this link and installed the patch on my Windows machine, my machine WOULD have been infected with malware! (For now Mac machines may be safer from malware infections but it’s wise to still be careful.)

I’ve written before about being safe on the Internet and not going to sites you don’t know or clicking on links in emails, but this is the first I heard of a message over Skype. If you look at the message box (on my iMac), it doesn’t even say it’s from Skype and the window title says. “Software Updates.”

What concerns me is that many people may fall for this trick. I know most readers of GNC and listener’s to Todd’s podcast are tech savvy enough that they wouldn’t fall for something like this, but what about mom (or dad) or your grand parents who get a web cam for Christmas and install Skype so they can talk to the grand kids? Would they click on this link and install the “patch” if this message box appeared?

Google is trying to find sites that install spyware and root-kit software on your computer, but you can’t depend on this for every “bad” website. Recently there was a SQL-injection virus that infected a large number of websites. The virus takes advantage of PCs running Windows that have not been patched with the latest updates. You don’t have to click on any links to get infected — just visit a site taken over by this malware software. It does this by linking to the site 318x dot com (please don’t go to this site). If you search for 318x dot com using google, the first search listing says “This site may harm your computer.” That because this site has been around for a while and has given enough time for Google’s security bots to find the site and determine that it’s up to no good. Here is the link for the Google Safe Browsing page for the 318X site: http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=318x.com/

Now back to my Skype message. I mentioned that this is the third time I’ve received this message in the past month. Each time I did a Whois search of the linked website and found that the website was created within one day of when I received the message. The website mentioned in the most recent warning message was created the same day I received the message. This tells me that the author of this warning message is changing the website URL to keep it from being flagged by Google and the security monitoring sites. If you do a Google search for this site it comes up clean. Oh, did I mention that the owner of this site (and the previous two sites) is from Prague, Czech Republic (outside US laws)?

As you visit relatives and friends over the holidays make sure everyone knows about safe surfing on the Internet. Don’t click on links in emails (or Skype message boxes) and make sure to keep your computer’s OS patched and up to date.

Happy Holidays.

73’s, Tom

GNC-2009-12-11 #535 Are you ready for the 24hr Podcast?

I am not so sure I am a 100% ready but the 24hr Podcast will go live at 11am Eastern Standard Time Dec 12th here at GeekNewsCentral.com with Simulcast on a variety of podcasts and podcasting networks. I am excited about the event as we have a lot of very cool things planned with lots of ways to participate in the show. Details will be posted here at GNC Tomorrow on how you can participate in the live event.

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Show Notes:
Windows 7 on USB Stick!
Dragon Dictation on iPhone Awesome!
Clearwire Network Outages!
Facebook and your Privacy?
NASA Sky Mapping mission Short Delay.
AT&T wants you to Throttle back data Usage.. My idea crush em!
AT&T to charge more for more data usage on iPhone!
Android Root Hack!
We consume lots of Bandwidth every day!
Want a mini electric car?
Underwater robot makes it across Atlantic!
Gift for iPhone Gamers.
Magic of LitePanels.
Free iPhone apps that get good reviews.
Mozilla Dependent on Google.
Asa Doltzer brings out guns?
Is this Rational Thinking?
iTunes to be Web Page Based Soon?
How companies are cashing in on iPhone.
Google to buy Twitter?
500 Chrome Extensions!
iPhone Google Application Updated!
FCC gets spanked hard by GAO.
A little Malware for your Computer.
9 Lives in Appeals?
Spirals in the Sky did someone say BlackHole from Hadron?
HootSuite for Business Twitter Users.
iPhone gets Video Streaming Finally.
SpaceShipTwo Rolled out.

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