6PR Tech Guy April 18 2012

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McAfee : Andriod Android malware promises video but steals contacts.
A new trojan has been found on the official android market known as Google Play. Targeted at fans of Japanese video games and movies the malware copies the address book from your android device while it is asking for permission to have access to read your contacts database and other information relating to your phone.
It seems to be that the malware is asking for access to this data so even though permission may be refused, the code submitted to the Google Play service is fooled into thinking that the request is legitimate AND that permission is needed for access.
Fortunately, Google has been advised and the offending malware has been removed from the marketplace.
This is a timely reminder that with the amazing functionality we find in the palm of our hand we also have a responsibility to ourselves and the people we deal with to make sure we treat our phones as more than just playthings.
Full story here.
Typo in title kindly spotted by Joseph of Edgewater (Thanks for keeping me on my toes!) 

 Samsung may “return fire” with Apple on May 3.
Invites for a launch event in London on May for “The Next Galaxy” has fueled speculation that we are about to see versions of the Galaxy S III. This next blow in the battle for smartphone supremacy is tipped to have a larger 4.6 inch screen, quad core processor, 4G connectivity, a 12 Megapixel camera and Andriod 4.0 also known as Icecream Sandwich.
We may see this phone taking a sleeker look with clues in the invitation pointing towards a brushed aluminium body.
If you want to catch the announcement, you can monitor the announcement live from the Samsung facebook page.
Read more here.

Another company chases Google into wearable computing.
Well known game developer Valve has broken silence on an odd job posting for an engineer with  specific hardware skills. It turns out that Valve is serious about creating something like Google’s Augmented Reality glasses and the target is to produce these in the next 3 to 5 years.
Looks like we can look forward to gaming with our faces.
Point your web browser here for more.

Apple’s security headache continues.
Hot on the heels of the Flashback trojan, Apple is bothered by another Java-delivered nasty called Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a or SX/Sabpab-A.
This malware uses a Java based exploit to get into the computer and then waits to receive commands from a remote site as with most other botnets.
For more detailed information go here.
To look at software to protect your Mac check out Kaspersky and Sophos.

 US of A gives AUS a serve over domestic cloud strategies.
The Office for the United States Trade Representative recently released a report on barriers to foreign trade. Cloud computing was flagged as an issue as many large Australian companies and Government organisations opted to use domestic cloud service providers over US based organisations. This follows remarks by the Victorian Privacy Commissioner which imply “hosting data overseas, including in the United States, by definition entails greater risk and unduly exposes consumers to their data being scrutinised by foreign governments”. (At this point I would have to say “DUH!”)
This is in most cases data that is business critical and sensitive. Trust is a major hurdle when it comes to committing to cloud services and anyone would be hard pressed to ship data overseas where unknowns relating to privacy and data security play a significant factor. The US would quickly state that this is merely a misinterpretation of the Patriot Act and other regulations creating trade barriers.
In my mind, this is like being told I have to drive further to a strange neighborhood to do my regular shopping because the businesses there are not having a fair go at my dollar.
Sorry US. I don’t see you racing to Australian businesses when you have perfectly fine US based businesses selling the same.
Doing business is about trust and if we can support our own we should not be blamed for shopping local. This is before I even get started on the time difference.
Read the rest of the story here.