OSCAR FILM MUSICIAN TURNS UP IN LETTERKENNY!

first_imgIt’s not often Donegal can boast playing host to a music star who has done the music score for an Oscar-winning film.But that’s exactly what happened in Letterkenny this week when Foy Vance turned up in town.The popular Northern Ireland singer-songwriter stayed at the Clanree Hotel where he was believed to be recording at local recording studios. Foy recorded the music for The Shore, the short film by Terry George which scooped an Oscar in Hollywood this week.A source at the Clanree told Donegaldaily.com “He was very down-to-earth and very nice.“He didn’t have any airs or graces about him and chatted away. As far as we know he was recording some stuff locally.”  OSCAR FILM MUSICIAN TURNS UP IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOY VANCETHE SHORElast_img read more

DDTV: Family fun – see Arena 7’s revamped Laser Quest!

first_imgArena 7 have revamped Laser Quest at the ever popular entertainment complex and it is bigger and better than ever before.Laser Tag is played over a large indoor, multi-level maze for up to 20 players.  Suitable for kids as young as 8 years old right up to adults of any age.  A single game is played over a 15 minute period.  It’s a great event for parties, team building or work night outs as part of a package.Have a look below at the amazing new promotional video and get ‘tagging’.  DDTV: Family fun – see Arena 7’s revamped Laser Quest! was last modified: July 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena7DDTVEntertainment ComplexLaser Questlast_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny plans to return to the Premier League next season

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will not complete a permanent switch to an Italian team as he wants to play in England next season.The Poland international is coming to the end of his second loan spell at Roma after struggling for action at the Emirates.The Serie A club want to keep hold of the 27-year-old, while Napoli have also enquired about his availability.However, according to Il Mattino, Szczesny will snub any offers from Italy as he wants to continue his career in England.The goalkeeper has just over a year left to run on his Arsenal contract, meaning he could be sold this summer rather than him leaving for free in July 2018.Premier League clubs will now, no doubt, be alerted by Szczesny’s desire to play in England and could make approaches for him during the next transfer windowlast_img read more

Top 30 clubs in Europe ranked by average attendance in 2016/17 – from 30 to one

first_img 24. Paris Saint-Germain’s average attendance: 45,317 – PSG finished runners up in Ligue 1, the first time since 2012 they haven’t been crowned French champions. 28. Chelsea’s average attendance: 41,507 – Stamford Bridge witnessed another Premier League title-winning campaign. 30 30 5. Real Madrid’s average attendance: 69,170 – Just shy of 70,000 for the Spanish champions. 16. Stuttgart’s average attendance: 50,515 – The Mercedes Benz Arena was packed to see Stuttgart win Germany’s second division title. 30 30 30 30 30 19. Ajax’s average attendance: 49,551 – Ajax reached a European final for the first time since 1996, which may have helped their Eredivisie attendances. 27. RB Leipzig’s average attendance: 41,454 – The controversial East German club finished runners up behind Bayern. 14. Borussia Moenchengladbach’s average attendance: 51,494 – Another Bundesliga club riding high in the top 30. 30 30 30 25. Atletico Madrid’s average attendance: 44,719 – This was the final season for Atletico in the Vicente Calderon Stadium. 30 30 30 23. Internazionale’s average attendance: 47,172 – Despite Inter’s disappointing campaign, they boast Italy’s highest crowds. 20. Eintracht Frankfurt’s average attendance: 49,088 – Frankfurt finished mid-table in the Bundesliga, but they still pulled in the punters. 30 30 26. Sporting’s average attendance: 42,772 – A healthy average for the Lisbon giants. 15. Newcastle United’s average attendance: 51,106 – Championship winners Newcastle were the best supported second tier team in Europe. 30 3. Manchester United’s average attendance: 75,289 – United continue to pull in the biggest crowds in the Premier League. 30 9. Benfica’s average attendance: 55,994 – Benfica picked up the Portuguese title for a fourth season in succession. What makes a big club?Lots of things, not least the number of fans who watch them play, week-in, week-out.With the 2016/17 season at its end, we’ve looked at the highest average attendances across European domestic leagues.Take a look at the slide show above to reveal all. 30 30 30 30 30 30 22. Feyenoord’s average attendance: 47,500 – De Kuip witnessed Feyenoord’s first Dutch title since 1999. 30 11. Manchester City’s average attendance: 54,018 – Some mock City’s attendances, but they are still ranked 11th in Europe. 29. Sunderland’s average attendance: 41,286 – Not bad for a club that was rock bottom of the Premier League for most of the season. 30 30 30 30 8. West Ham United’s average attendance: 56,970 – The Hammers’ first season in the London Stadium has seen their attendances reach a major new high. 30 7. Arsenal’s average attendance: 59,956 – No top four this season, but Arsenal’s Emirates regularly sells out. 4. Bayern Munich’s average attendance: 75,000 – German champions once more, but Bayern don’t boast the biggest crowds in the Bundesliga. 10. Celtic’s average attendance: 55,882 – The Celts went through the season undefeated in the league, home and away. 6. Schalke’s average attendance: 60,703 – Schalke finished 10th in the Bundesliga but are one of the best supported teams in Europe. 18. Cologne’s average attendance: 49,571 – Fifth place for Cologne in the Bundesliga, and 18th in this Europe-wide ranking. 30 13. Hamburg’s average attendance: 52,341 – HSV have struggled in the Bundesliga for some years now, but they don’t struggle to attract fans. 1. Borussia Dortmund’s average attendance: 79,653 – The best supported team in Europe! 17. Hertha Berlin’s average attendance: 50,267 – One place below Cologne in the league, but one above in the attendance rankings for Hertha. 30. Werder Bremen’s average attendance: 40,881 – click right to count down to number one – Bremen’s Bundesliga crowds were just high enough to put them in the top 30, above well-supported clubs including AC Milan, Everton and Marseille. 2. Barcelona’s average attendance: 77,944 – Second in LaLiga, but top of Spain’s attendance figures for Barca. 12. Liverpool’s average attendance: 53,039 – Anfield’s new Main Stand helped boost attendances to a record high. 21. Rangers’ average attendance: 48,573 – Crowds were healthy at Ibrox as it hosted top flight Scottish football for the first time in four years. last_img read more

‘Shades of Ledley King’ – Some Tottenham fans hail ‘new era’ as starlet thrills

first_imgTottenham Hotspur supporters were delighted last night and not just because they beat West Ham for the second time this season.Argentine starlet Juan Foyth was finally given a chance to play this season and showed just how talented he is with a superb display. West Ham were trouble, but our defence did us proud. Our attack was more clinical and won us the game. Foyth MOTM, then Winks and Son for me. Good to see Sonny getting some goals and looking sharp.— Phil Jones (@oasispj38) November 1, 2018 shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Foyth does well under pressure from Michail Antonio REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Foyth getting constant https://t.co/WdWsHOnCT1When someone comes in for bit parts and is as composed like that young man.lovely.Can’t be taught.coys— Neil Gammond (@NeilGammond) November 1, 2018 Foyth is better than @johnstones…nd has immense potential…#COYS #THFC https://t.co/bvibSooZOX— jogender dhankhar (@jogidhankhar) November 1, 2018 REVEALED Happy with the 3-1 win. Good performance as result. Foyth impressed tonight with some good tackles and play on the ball. #COYS— Christopher Finley (@Gingertfc) November 1, 2018 TOP WORK Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Popular Premier League Stories If poch can get foyth playing more he can turn out to be a top defender based on tonight’s performance I can see he really wants to do well at spurs and prove a point.— Huss (@HussDervish) November 1, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops predicted Dele was great as a creator. Son had the finisher’s touch again. Foyth has the makings of our next great CB. Llorente gave us a goal. That’s as good a result we could hope for. On to Arsenal.— J🎃sh G🎃llihar (@jdGollihar19) November 1, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Juan Foyth What a performance. We’ve found a gem here— Paul Hanley (@phanley55) November 1, 2018 Foyth showed last night why Poch bought him and why he rates him so highly believing he will develop into a top-class centre-back. How long will that take determines contract length for the older guys. Verts could be the Daddy to our crop. #thfc #coys— Clive (@THBNBlog) November 1, 2018 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Tottenham starlet Juan Foyth celebrates with Kyle Walker-Peters Putting in out there – start Foyth over Sanchez vs Wolves? What does everyone else think? #COYS— Glenn Sears (@GlennSearsTHFC) November 1, 2018 gameday cracker A season or 6 months on loan would do Foyth wonders. Get him regular first team football— Cash Cow FC (@JamesOdono) November 1, 2018 Can’t help but salivate at the mouth seeing this last-ditch tackle from Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Juan Foyth against West Ham.This has shades of legendary defender Ledley King about it, what a real star we have in the making here.😍💙#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/0LvS3bf06X— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) October 31, 2018 huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars revealed latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion huge blow The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 REPLY SORRY Latest Football Stories Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Foyth was excellent last night— Josh Davies (@JoshieD98) November 1, 2018 changes Last year he showed glimpses of it in the eight appearances he made, mainly in the FA Cup, but against the Hammers he really turned it on.Positionally he was aware and able to marshal the running of West Ham’s forward line, while also making good challenges when called upon with one block on Marko Arnautovic particularly impressive. RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Juan foyth absolute beast. I would give him 10/10.— Rob taylor (@robtaylor__) November 1, 2018 His ability on the ball didn’t go unnoticed either as he possesses an excellent array of passes.And his overall display against West Ham has won him a lot of new fans who now believe he should be starting more often.You can see what some supporters had to say on Twitter below. I want to see foyth play a bigger role this year, with the lack of signings we need to use our squad and we have some very exciting players there— Gage Cooper (@gagecoops) November 1, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 2 He is only young, plays balls to a full-back who has nowhere to go inviting the press which puts us in difficulty. Needs the confidence to take responsibility like Foyth was last night. He looked a real prospect, his most impressive display for us by a country mile.— Clive (@THBNBlog) November 1, 2018 Welcome to Juan Foyth era everyone. #THFC— DonMaurishio (@MayureshForever) November 1, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? ADVICE no dice Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? last_img read more

SENATOR HARTE REMAINS IN ICU A WEEK AFTER ACCIDENT

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte remains in a critical condition in hospital more than a week after being found in a collapsed state on a Dublin street.Senator Jimmy HarteThe well-known politician was found close to his Dublin apartment with serious head injuries in the early hours of Saturday week last.It is understood Senator Harte suffered a fall and has been in a medically-induced coma since. His condition remains critical and he is still in the ICU department of Beaumont Hospital.Messages of support and goodwill have been flowing in for Jimmy, 55, and his family from across Donegal and Ireland as he battles to regain his health. SENATOR HARTE REMAINS IN ICU A WEEK AFTER ACCIDENT was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentcomaSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Katrina evacuees struggle to find affordable housing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, Kelly had no idea how intense the storm would become. Winds whipped through her home, tearing up the roof and walls, and breaking windows. For five days, she did whatever she could to keep her family safe and fed. “Water was the main thing. It ran out fast,” she said. The 43-year-old mother of four used a barbecue grill to cook what food she had. When that was gone, she and neighbors took supplies from a corner store that had been abandoned. At night, her street was pitch black and she worried about looters. With her children, grandchildren and several neighbors, Kelly loaded up her Ford Explorer and Mazda Protege and went in search of a safe place to regroup. “The plan was for me to get somewhere to think. To analyze the situation.” WHITTIER – Schewon Kelly doesn’t want this to be a sad story. But for more than two months, she’s been a refugee. A victim. An evacuee. “It doesn’t feel good to be called a refugee,” she said. “We know what that is. It’s someone from somewhere with nowhere else to be.” Until last week, Kelly was homeless in Los Angeles and the nearby area for more than two months, living with family members and people she doesn’t know, but who were willing to help. With 11 others, she came to Los Angeles about a week after the hurricane hit. She stayed with her brother. Since then, Kelly’s family has scattered across the country with relatives, and Kelly struggles to regain the stability and identity she had before Hurricane Katrina hit the home she rented in Gretna, La. After seeking help for weeks while living in a Los Angeles homeless shelter, Kelly contacted Catholic Charities, and met the Rev. Roger Labont of St. Paul of the Cross Church in La Mirada. He and his congregation had collected money to sponsor a hurricane evacuee. “I had so many doors slammed in my face,” she said. “I’m displaced. I’m not on vacation. I didn’t come here because I want to be here. Two thousand dollars ain’t no money to put your life together.” She received about $3,000 from FEMA and the Red Cross, most of which she used to send her children to her sister’s home in Chicago. The real help came from St. Paul of the Cross Church. “We’ve tried to preserve her dignity,” said Donna Ponce, who heads the church’s Hurricane Katrina committee. “She’s just a human being who needs help.” Ponce quickly found that helping a hurricane evacuee is easier said than done. While philanthropists around the country pooled their resources to help those displaced by the storm, Ponce struggled to rent an apartment for Kelly. For six weeks, while Kelly worked in a J.C. Penney warehouse, Ponce filled out applications, wrote letters and visited homes for rent in the Whittier area. She submitted applications to 18 homes, and drove more than 150 miles in the search. At each place, she was turned away. “One lady told me the house was no longer for rent because she already found someone,” said Labont . “We called the next day, and found out it was actually still open.” In mid-November, their application was accepted at a home in Whittier. Now, they are collecting furniture donations to fill the home. In the next few months, Kelly hopes to bring her two youngest children, who are in high school, back to Whittier to live with her. Now, she looks forward to feeling like herself again as a mother and head of her household. She hopes to get back into construction, but is now working in a warehouse. “I’m just now starting to feel pretty again,” she said. “The most important thing now is getting my head straight. When am I going to stop jumping from place to place?” To donate to St. Paul of the Cross Church’s Hurricane Katrina committee, call (562) 921-2914. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Well-known local family to appear on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family

first_imgA well-known Donegal family are to become the first to complete in RTE’s hit TV show Ireland’s Fittest Family.The Ryan family from Letterkenny are to go head-to-head with other super-fit families from across the country when the show starts its fourth series.Dad Danny is, who is originally from Raphoe, is well known as Ireland’s former senior middleweight boxing champion before he went on to become a pro fighter. He will be joined by the rest of his family including sons Keane, Jordan and daughter Alannah as they slug it out to win the endurance show.Danny’s wife Maria will no doubt be shouting her family on from the sidelines.The Donegal family will be hoping to beat the others and claim a brilliant prize of €15,000.Since exploding onto our screens in 2014, three remarkable families have been crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family. Now it’s the turn of 12 brand new super fit families to take on Ireland’s toughest television challenge.Mairead Ronan returns to host series 4, which will deliver the usual mud, sweat and tears, and some gruelling surprises, but this year the courses are harder than ever before.This year there have been record numbers of applicants, each hopeful of bringing home the title.Over 8 weeks 12 of the fittest, fastest and strongest families in the country will push themselves physically and mentally to the absolute limits, each vying to be the last family standing.These families will hurtle themselves at some of the most challenging obstacle courses, and terrains Ireland has to offer, some never seen before on the show, and some Fittest Family favourites. As always 4 Irish sporting legends will be coaching the teams, hopefully to Fittest Family victory. The coaches are tough, their reputation is on the line, and they are here to win. Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary and Alan Quinlan return to the competition, joined by new coach, former premiership soccer legend, Stephen Hunt.With €15,000, and the coveted title at stake,the battle is on.to find Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016.Well-known local family to appear on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Express, KCCA renew league rivalry

first_imgExpress FC have lost their last two league games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs KCCA FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 11-12-2018WANKULUKUKU – Express and KCCA will renew their rivalry on Tuesday afternoon when the two Ugandan football giants clash at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.In the recent past, fortunes have changed for both sides with the Kasasiros being the giants of the game in Uganda while Express are playing catch-up.Going into the games, the two heavy-weights are separated by 9 places and 11 points on the standings after 10 games with KCCA sitting atop the log while Express lay 9th.KCCA FC are top of the League (file photo)The gulf in-between the two side should give the visitors an edge over Express and they must be confident about seeing off the Red Eagles.“Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game is not as strong as many people expect because we have a stronger technical team and squad depth, said KCCA FC forward-Suleiman Mutyaba ahead of the game.“We are also boosting of massive confidence going into the tie.“The players are in harmony and whoever plays is not anyone’s problem.Asked about what the game means to him as a player, the former Express FC and Vipers’ forward had this to say.“I for one, am going to enjoy the game because i can not go out to punish Express after all am a former player there.KCCA FC have no fresh injuries going into the game and will be boosted but the returning trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Gift Ali and Filbert Obenchan. With the treatment room almost cleared of visitors, Mike Mutebi and his stuff will have a strong pool of players to choose from.For Express, they are currently in a desperate situation, losing both of their last two encounters in the league. The Red Eagles lost 2-0 at home to Onduparaka and their misery was compounded on Saturday, when they went down 1-0 at Kirinya JSS.They will be boosted by the return to full fitness of Ibrahim Kayiwa and Tony Odur, who missed the defeat in Jinja last time out.Only Davis Mayanja is expect to be out after the Midfielder accumulated three yellow cards, a situation which automatically rules him out. Julius Ntambi was indefinitely suspended by the club.With currant head coach Kefa Kisala already witnessing pressure mount on him, there will be no room for error for Express.Match Facts:The two side share 18 league titles going into the game with KCCA enjoying the Lion’s share of them (16) while Express have six.Since December 2010, the two sides have faced off 18 times in the league with KCCA winning 8 times and drawing 7.Express have not beaten the Kasasiros since 2015.Last season, KCCA defeated Express home and away including a 2-1 victory at Wankulukuku in the reverse fixtures.Going into the game, Express have won only 4 of their last 16 games in all competitions (D7 L5).They are currently on a four game winless run drawing two and losing as many in their last 4 fixtures.At home, the Red Eagles have won only one of their last 7 games (D4 L2).For KCCA, they head into Wednesday’s fixture on a 10 game unbeaten run in the league (W10 D5). The last time the Kasasiros lost a league game was in the 3-2 loss away to Vipers in April.Away from home, Mutebi’s side have lost only one of their last 13 games (W6 D6). The loss came on 27th April at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The other fixtures on Tuesday (all at 4:30pm):– Paidah Black Angels vs Kirinya JSS– Bul FC vs Onduparaka FC– Ndejje University vs SC Villa– Mbarara City vs Tooro United– Maroons FC vs Nyamityobora FCComments Tags: Express FCKCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueSuleiman Mutyabatoplast_img read more

More DroidDream Details Emerge: It was Building a Mobile Botnet

first_imgTags:#Google#mobile#news#security#web Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezcenter_img New details have emerged regarding the purpose behind the DroidDream malware that was found in over 50 applications in the Android Market last week. After a brief investigation, Google opted to use its “remote kill switch” this weekend to wipe the vicious apps off end users’ mobile phones. Google also promised that going forward, it was “adding a number of measures to help prevent malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through the Android Market” in the future.But how dangerous was DroidDream, after all? What was it up to? And was it able to inflect any real damage to end users’ devices before it was removed?According to Lookout, a security firm which makes an anti-malware application for Android phones, DroidDream was the first piece of malware to use an exploit that gave it root permissions over the device. In layman’s terms, that means that the malware had complete administrative control over the phone. Or in iPhone terms, it would be like you downloaded an app that jailbroke your phone without your knowledge.Evil Androids Wake at Night, Do Server’s Bidding But what was the malware’s purpose? This appears to still be somewhat of a mystery. Much of the code appeared to be incomplete – a work in progress where some of its most dangerous aspects were still yet to be implemented. Instead, the malware was configured to run overnight – from the hours of 11 PM to 8 AM – when the phone’s owner was probably sleeping and wouldn’t notice strange behaviors on the phone, says Lookout. During this time, the malware author(s) could send down new code and new instructions and ask the phone to do their bidding.Upon installation, DroidDream would initially root the phone, as mentioned above, and install a second app that prevented its removal. It then sent select information about the phone to a remote server, the “command and control server,” which tells the malware what actions to perform.The details it collected, while disturbing of course, were not really that bad in the grand scheme of things. It did not attempt to determine a user’s password, phone number or sensitive financial information, it appears. It didn’t steal your files or photos. It didn’t login into your Gmail account and send out spam (well…yet). Lookout says that DroidDream gathered only the following info: ProductID, Partner, IMSI, IMEI, Model and SDK value, language, country and UserID. This is “device-specific” information, explains Google. Not personal info.What’s really interesting is that DroidDream had a commands section that dealt with details relating to the Android Market: ratings, comments, assetIDs and install states, specifically. Although incomplete, Lookout says it’s possible the author(s) intended to listen to Android Market downloads and possibly to trigger downloads and comments on downloaded applications.Those instructions could have been there to boost the ratings of its own malware-infected apps on the Market and to leave comments that would give them an air of legitimacy. That, in turn, would have encouraged more downloads of the apps in question.Mobile Botnet Creation was DroidDream’s End Goal But at the end of the day, DroidDream’s goal was not identity theft – although that could have come later – it was to set up a system for downloading and installing additional applications on the end users’ phone without their knowledge. DroidDream was laying the groundwork for a comprehensive system of remotely-controlled Android phones. A mobile botnet.Zombie Androids.DroidDream would have created a mobile botnet similar to those we have today in the PC world. There, infected, virus-laden Windows PCs are now controlled by remote servers for purposes that include everything from sending spam emails to launching distributed denial of service attacks on remote targets. For example, the attacks the online group Anonymous launched towards businesses and organizations severing ties with Wikileaks were botnet-driven. A botnet’s creator (the bot herder) can rent out his zombie machines to others for financial gain. It can be a lucrative business, in fact. It’s not surprising that someone would attempt to build a botnet using mobile phones, given their growing market share and capabilities. This won’t be the last time we see such malware, either, we can guarantee. This is only the beginning.What’s Google Doing?When asked what, specifically, Google was doing to make good on its promise to make sure threats like this are kept out of the Market in the future, a company spokesperson would not go on record to provide details.However, people with knowledge of Google’s plans say that the company will not take the dramatic step of pre-screening applications for security issues prior to their inclusion in the official Android Market. There will be no “curation” of apps, a la Apple. The Android Market will continue to be the open app store it is today, where Google only steps in after issues occur, not prior.These plans seem to fit with what Google says it’s working on: closing security holes (aka “working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues.”) But Google can’t lock down Android completely, nor does it want to. That leaves room for more mobile malware creations to make their way to users’ phones in the future. For end users, it means the burden is on them to be vigilant with app installations and security. And for Android developers, the challenge will not only be getting their app discovered from a group of hundreds of thousands of others, but establishing an app is safe and trustworthy, too. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more