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Faketoken Alert: Malware Steals Bank Details from Android Apps

A new variant of the mobile banking Trojan Faketoken is stealing sensitive account related information from common Android apps used for travel and banking. The Kaspersky Lab uncovered this deceiving Trojan, which is a threat to anyone storing credit information for in-app purchases. There have been reports of the virus attacking and infecting popular apps such as Android Pay, and other ones used for travel and hotel booking, and making traffic fine payments. The virus can manipulate around 2,000 apps.

Is your Family being Spied on as your Child Plays Games Online?

A recent lawsuit in USA claims that Viacom and Disney are collecting data such as location, browsing history through their online game for children, for advertising and other commercial purposes. The apps in question are embedded with trackers which can access geographical information, browsing history, and third party information, this data is then sold on. Children in the UAE play most of these games unaware of their possible risks.

Mariam Game Ban: What are the Risks of Playing Games Online?

The mobile game Mariam, developed in the Saudi Arabia last month became controversial when the Sharjah police recently cautioned people against playing it. Experts believe that the game seeks players’ personal information that can be used for identity theft or other unlawful purposes. This issue sheds light on the trend of games with questionable content, which can harm players in various ways.

Mallory Grossman’s Suicide – How should a Family Treat a Bully and the Bullied?

In June this year, a 12-year-old girl Mallory Grossman from New Jersey, USA, committed suicide allegedly due to cyber bullying. Mallory’s parents Dianne and Seth told the press that they had asked the school authorities and parents of the bullies several times to take action against the emotional abuse of their daughter. This incident raises a question on the role of bullies’ parents in curbing such negative instincts in their children.

Is the Criminal Dark Net Spreading in the UAE, as Thousands Download TOR?

On July 11, 2017, British model Chloe Ayling was drugged and abducted in Milan by human traffickers to be allegedly sold on the Dark Net as a sex slave in an Arab country. When the 20-year-old recently arrived in Milan “for a photo shoot”, she didn’t have the faintest clue of the fact that she had already walked into a trap set by Dark Net criminals.