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December 10, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Dec. 10, 2012


Hackers Nab $47M from European Banks

Hackers have scored more than $47 million from banks in western Europe due to an endemic banking Trojan that intercepts two-step authentication text messages sent to customers’ phones.

According to Ars Technica, Eurograbber, a modification of the Zeus and Zitmo banking Trojans, has stolen amounts ranging from $650 to $32,000 at a time.

Once a user clicks on the phony link, a malicious Windows code, which injects HTML and JavaScript into the victim’s browser, is installed on the victim’s device without his or her knowledge. Then the hackers simply wait for the customer to log into his bank account.

The malware then steals the user’s login credentials and requests his or her phone number. If the user complies, a malicious text is sent containing the mobile malware, adding the second step of the attack.

When the user next accesses his bank account, the Trojan filters a small percentage of the balance to a criminal-controlled account. The hacker catches the confirmation text so the victim is unaware of the theft. This occurs every time users log in from their computers or Smartphones.

FCC Pushing for Smartphone Use During Flights

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pushing for greater use of Smartphones and tablets during airplane flights.

According to The Hill, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” during flights, in a letter sent last week to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the FAA.

“This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives,” Genachowski wrote. “They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness.”

Currently, passengers are prohibited from using tablets and other such devices during takeoff and landing due to fears of aircraft interference.

DoorBot Doorbell Streams Live Video to Smartphone/Tablet

If you hate answering the front door without knowing who is on the other side, DoorBot may be the answer.

DoorBot is a doorbell that streams live video and audio of your front door directly to your Smartphone or tablet. Once DoorBot is installed, download the free app and it is ready for use. The device not only allows you to see your visitors, but to talk with them too.

“DoorBot is the perfect device because of the peace of mind you get while away from home, and the convenience you get while in it,” the website reads.“DoorBot brings your front door to you – wherever you may be.”

There is only one problem — the product is not yet a reality. It is currently in the fundraising stage on crowdfunding site Christie Street. So far, roughly $50,000 of the $250,000 goal has been raised with 41 days left to raise the remainder.

The gadget was  invented by design laboratory Edison Junior, a company with the goal of “creating innovative products that solve real world problems.”

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