Mar032011

Android apps infected with rootkit malware

Published by hirantha at 8:36 AM under Google | Andriod | Security

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More than 50 applications on Google's Android Market have been discovered to be infected with malware called "DroidDream" which can compromise personal data by taking over the user's device, and have been suspended from the store. The apps, according to analysts, may have been downloaded up to 200,000 times before they were found.

The apps were not newly developed ones. The malicious apps were just a bunch of existing applications that had been repackaged to include the virus code.

According to “Android Police” , the malware sends sensitive data including product ID, model, partner (provider), language, country, and user ID. The most dangerous aspect of the rootkit malware is its ability to download codes.

Those who are on  version 2.3+ not vulnerable to the exploits DroidDream uses. They can simply uninstall the offending application(s).

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Feb252011

Speed up the internet with DNS Settings

Published by hirantha at 9:42 PM under Google | DNS

When Google launched its own DNS service a year ago, one of the main stated goals behind the project was speed. While there are alternative services such as OpenDNS and UltaDNS, the problem is that most Internet users have no idea what a DNS server is, let alone how to configure one, or test how fast it is.

Google created Namebench, a piece of software to find the fastest DNS server available for you to use. The program is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux, and the entire thing has been open sourced.

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Jan272011

Android 3.0 SDK Released

Published by hirantha at 10:10 AM under Google | Andriod

Google has officially made available the SDK, and further official details about the new version of Android, codenamed Honeycomb.

it appears that the new version of Android does not target mobile phones, but only larger devices such as tablets, as the interface has received a complete overhaul to become more tablet friendly. New features include a new 2D and 3D framework, a new system bar (found at the bottom of the screen), an action bar for quick OS-wide actions, five new customizable home screens, a redesigned keyboard and new text selection tools.

Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools



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Jun122009

Google updates for Chrome

Published by hirantha at 8:12 AM under Google | Security | Chrome

Google has released an update for Chrome, their own web browser. From their advisory here: "Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to version 2.0.172.31 to fix two security issues in WebKit." CVE-2009-1690 is a memory corruption which can lead to arbitrary code execution within the sandbox. CVE-2009-1718 is an information leak. Both CVE's name Apple Safari, however they also affect Google Chrome.



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Mar272009

Google Street View is coming to Canada

Published by hirantha at 6:29 AM under Google

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Google will soon be coming to 11 of Canada's largest cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. The Internet giant will be driving around cities in the coming weeks to map the streets of Canada to include a street-eye view of streets, buildings and their surroundings.

The street view will provide users to help locate meeting spots, buildings and a better idea of their destination. With the added bonus of being able to see your own home on Google, many people raise privacy concerns, which Google is ready to handle. Images of people's faces and licence plates will be automatically blurred out, and any requested offensive images will be removed from the web site.

Google Street View - Canada will be added to the small list of available countries, including Australia, France and Britain. The popular service has been in use on Google for some time on mapping U.S. cities and streets for public view. Some popular street data has already been collected in Canada, where it will be made public soon, along with the 11 new major cities in Canada.

 

More info : Globe and Mail



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