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The Telecom Digest for December 11, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 289 : "text" Format
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Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones (Monty Solomon)
Disruptions: How Smartphones Are Making Wallets Obsolete (Monty Solomon)
Hands-on: Gmail 2.0 for iOS is more Google-Plus-ified than ever (Updated)
(Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:59:25 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones Message-ID: <p06240826cceb29eea2f5@[]> Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones Intercepts SMS messages from bank, defeating two-factor authentication. by Sean Gallagher Dec 5 2012 Ars Technica A new version of the Zeus trojan - a longtime favorite of criminals conducting online financial fraud - has been used in attacks on over 30,000 electronic banking customers in Europe, infecting both their personal computers and smartphones. The sophisticated attack is designed to circumvent banks' use of two-factor authentication for transactions by intercepting messages sent by the bank to victims' mobile phones. The malware and botnet system, dubbed "Eurograbber" by security researchers from Check Point Software and Versafe, was first detected in Italy earlier this year. It has since spread throughout Europe. Eurograbber is responsible for more than $47 million in fraudulent transfers from victims' bank accounts, stealing amounts from individual victims that range from 500 Euros (about $650) to 25,000 Euros (about $32,000), according to a report published Wednesday. The malware attack begins when a victim clicks on a malicious link, possibly sent as part of a phishing attack. Clicking on the link directs them to a site that attempts to download one or more trojans: customized versions of Zeus and its SpyEye and CarBerp variants that allow attackers to record Web visits and then inject HTML and JavaScript into the victim's browser. The next time the victim visits their bank website, the trojans capture their credentials and launch a JavaScript that spoofs a request for a "security upgrade" from the site, offering to protect their mobile device from attack. The JavaScript captures their phone number and their mobile operating system information - which are used in the second level of Eurograbber's attack. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/12/sophisticated-botnet-steals-more-than-47m-by-infecting-pcs-and-phones/ https://www.checkpoint.com/products/downloads/whitepapers/Eurograbber_White_Paper.pdf
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:48:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Disruptions: How Smartphones Are Making Wallets Obsolete Message-ID: <p06240824cceb27b71e20@[]> Disruptions: How My Smartphone Emptied My Pockets By NICK BILTON DECEMBER 9, 2012 Growing up, I noticed that something happened to my father as he aged: his wallet expanded with each passing year. There were new credit cards, membership cards, coffee cards, business cards, pictures of his family, stamps and other plastic and paper things, added almost weekly. Eventually, his wallet grew so large that he would pull it out of his back pocket when he sat down, dropping it on the table like a brick. As I've grown older, something entirely different has happened to my wallet: each year, it has become slimmer. Things that once belonged there have gradually been siphoned out by my smartphone. Last week, I realized I didn't need to carry a wallet anymore. My smartphone had replaced almost everything in it. So, it's gone. Add that to the pile of things - my address books, Filofax, portable music player, point-and-shoot camera, printouts of maps - that have melded into the smartphone. So where did the things that used to live in my wallet go? ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/disruptions-how-my-smartphone-emptied-my-pockets/
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:47:16 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Hands-on: Gmail 2.0 for iOS is more Google-Plus-ified than ever (Updated) Message-ID: <p0624082acceb35bb66f3@[]> Hands-on: Gmail 2.0 for iOS is more Google-Plus-ified than ever (Updated) Aside from the UI, multiple account support is the best new feature. by Jacqui Cheng Dec 4 2012 Ars Technica Google completely redesigned its Gmail app for iOS, releasing the 2.0 version to users through the App Store on Tuesday afternoon. And although the feature list may not be lengthy, the ones that were added have so far been met with great jubilation from regular Gmail users. In addition to being Google-Plus-ified in the UI (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you feel about Google+), the app has gained a number of very practical features. These may tempt users of Mail-or even Sparrow-away from their apps of choice. I decided to take the Gmail 2.0 app for a spin after its release (which is apparently still making its way through the App Store for some users). As noted above, the first thing I noticed was how much the interface has been redone to more closely resemble the redesigned Google+ app released earlier this year. The fonts now match between the apps, and Google uses a clean-but appropriately colorful-layout to draw the eye to the appropriate buttons and avatars. Lots of avatars. Everywhere Google can fit them in. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/12/hands-on-gmail-2-0-for-ios-is-more-google-plus-ified-than-ever/
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