British Royals touch down in SA

first_img3 November 2011The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon for a four-day visit at the personal invitation of President Jacob Zuma.The Prince was greeted by a military guard of honour – and a stunning amber sunset – as he touched down under blue skies at Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria on Wednesday.His Royal Highness was met on arrival by British High Commissioner in South Africa Nicola Brewer, who introduced him to South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and South Africa’s Chief of State Protocol Vusi Bruce KolwaneThe Duchess arrived separately in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. Together, the royal couple will attend engagements in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Town before leaving after a church service on Sunday.The royal tour will go to townships, community programmes, a nature reserve and sustainability projects, giving special attention to sustainability issues in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Durban from 28 November.It will also focus on the issues of trade and investment, jobs and development, education and disadvantaged youth, and shared heritage and conservation of traditional livelihoods and wildlife, particularly the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Prince Charles recently became president of WWF UK.The Prince will not be meeting President Jacob Zuma, who is attending the G20 Summit in Cannes, France.The Prince of Wales visited South Africa in 1997 when he introduced his son, Prince Harry, to southern Africa. His last official visit to Tanzania was in 1984.This is the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to southern Africa, though she has visited privately. She has never visited Tanzania.SAinfo reporter BuaNewslast_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

NGT seeks response on sand mining in Yamuna

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has sought response from the Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, after a committee headed by the officer failed to submit a report on the alleged illegal sand mining in the area.A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said, “The committee was to furnish a report which has not been furnished. Issue notice to the Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, as to why penal action be not taken for non-compliance of orders of this Tribunal.”The officer has been directed to be present before the Tribunal on January 22.In September last year, the green panel had directed constitution of a committee to be headed by the officer and sought a report on the allegations of illegal mining. Petitioner Atul Singh Chauhan had challenged the ongoing sand mining in the Yamuna riverbed in Allahabad without the requisite environmental clearance.last_img read more

Former Haryana Minister writes to Sonia over ticket distribution

first_imgSenior Congress leader and former Haryana Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav has written to interim party president Sonia Gandhi to express his displeasure over “loyal workers” being ignored in ticket distribution.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Yadav, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, said he has apprised Ms. Gandhi of the matter but refused to divulge details of the letter. “I wrote to Ms. Gandhi saying that those who have worked for the party for the past five years and supported me during the Lok Sabha election were being ignored in ticket distribution. Candidates who can win should be given tickets, not those who opposed me during the Lok Sabha election,” he said.He also tweeted to express his “disgust” over the list finalised by the screening committee headed by Madhusudan Mistry giving preference to “defectors” and “non-Congressmen”. The six-time MLA claimed to have information about the candidates finalised by the committee. He said some of the screening committee members joined the party recently and had no right to be on the panel.last_img read more

Mayweather unfazed by ‘dirty’ McGregor

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The undefeated former welterweight king, who is coming out of retirement to fight McGregor in Las Vegas, said he had spotted rabbit punches in footage of McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, appears to floor Malignaggi in the footage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMayweather, 40, was unimpressed.“I had a chance to see it and my thought were, it was interesting,” Mayweather said of McGregor’s Malignaggi knockdown. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather has accused Conor McGregor of “fighting dirty” in training but is confident of a clean battle when the two men meet in their August 26 superfight.Mayweather told reporters on a conference call on Thursday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor had used illegal tactics in sparring sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ “A lot of rabbit punching, a lot of illegal shots, behind the head,” he added.READ: McGregor vows fast finish against MayweatherMcGregor has hired veteran referee Joe Cortez during his training camp to help advise on boxing rules and ensure he fights clean.“He’s had Joe Cortez in his training camp and I’ve still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said.Veteran referee Robert Byrd will be responsible for managing the fight and Mayweather is confident he will maintain control of the contest. Byrd officiated in Mayweather’s 2013 win over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I truly believe the referee is going to do a great job,” Mayweather said.“The referee’s job is to keep the fight clean. He don’t have anything to worry about. I’m looking forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing,” he added.Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record to emulate former heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. A win against McGregor would see the welterweight become the only man to ever hold a perfect 50-0 record.Mayweather insisted however that moving clear of Marciano’s historic benchmark was not on his mind.“Even though this is my 50th fight, this is not my focus,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, he did it his way. I just like to do it the Mayweather way.”Win or lose, Mayweather is adamant that nothing will be able to tempt him back into the ring following his return against McGregor. He reiterated an earlier statement that this month’s fight will be his last.BACKSTORY: Mayweather ‘out of retirement for McGregor’“This is my last one. I gave my word to (adviser) Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, I don’t want to break that,” Mayweather said.“I’m going to stick to my word — this is going to be my last fight.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more