Social Engineering Example from the East

Recently, a new threat called Android.Fakeneflic has taken advantage of gaps in the availability of a legitimate video streaming service in order to target mobile users in North America. Here is another example of social engineering at work; however, this time the users that are being targeted are in Eastern Europe.

Premium SMS dialers have always been a problem on the mobile threat landscape, especially in Eastern Europe, where dialers showed up on mobiles phones not too long after the introduction of the micro edition of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for mobile devices. It should therefore come as no surprise that the authors responsible for leveraging this lucrative revenue source appear to be making a switch to newer platforms. Here is the latest example of a dialer that has come to our attention. The dialer attempts to pass itself off as a legitimate application by playing off the name of a popular VoIP/messaging app. It is written in J2ME and targets iPhone devices running a JVM. In this case, the author has even gone to the extent of setting up a dummy website to promote the app.

 

Smartphones are widely used as a communication tool in the enterprise environment as they work like a small computer that fits in the palm of your hand. Smartphones provide convenience to users, yet simultaneously pose a significant danger as they are often overlooked when it comes to protecting them. Therefore, it is important that proper privileges and policies akin to corporate computers should be implemented on such devices.

Despite Iraq Vet’s Cracked Skull, DoJ Sees No Evil in Occupy Crackdown


After Scott Olsen, a two-tour Iraq war veteran, suffered a skull fracture Tuesday when police shot Occupy Oakland protestors with rubber bullets and threw flash bang and tear gas grenades at them, you might think that the Justice Department would investigate.

After all, the Justice Department has the power and responsibility to investigate state and local police violations of Americans’ constitutional rights.

Sorry, Scott Olsen. Sorry, Occupy. No such luck.

The Obama Justice Department has not opened an investigation, spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa told Wired.

That’s despite Oakland having a long history of abusing protestors. Just last month, a federal judge hinted that he would take over the department for failing to rein in rogue policing practices identified in a consent decree from 2003 that the department has failed to obey. The National Lawyers Guild contends police violated that order again Tuesday.

Oakland’s paramilitary response was no accident.

Oakland assembled a small army of police decked out in paramilitary gear, comprised of officers from 18 California police units. Their task was to evict the protestors from what’s been one of the most organized Occupy events in the country, because the city said the protest site was dirty.

The protests, which have swept across the U.S., center on outrage at a political and economic system that has failed the middle class while continuing to help the richest 1 percent continue to get richer — often through highly complicated financial schemes that funnel wealth upward, without adding any value to society.

As for the Justice Department keeping an eye on the broader police response to Occupy protests around the country to see whether authorities are violating Americans’ constitutional rights (e.g., by punching them in the face in the street or macing women for exercising their First Amendment rights), the Justice Department says it’s not investigating that either.

But Hinojosa does promise that, “The Department will review complaints, as it always does, that indicate a pattern of misconduct or criminal misconduct.” The DoJ helpfully sent along the link where you can lodge a complaint.

Don’t expect much response if you do file one, however.

When Egypt teargassed and beat protestors in Tahrir Square, the world, including the Obama administration, howled in outrage.

But when police did the same to Americans in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, the Obama administration said nothing.

It’s clear that while there is no honor in hurting unarmed civilians, there’s no punishment for it, either.