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I have been wanting to write about this for a while now and been postponing it due to recent commitments at work and thus the lack of free time.
First of all I’d like to state that I am no security expert nor I claim to be an electronics geek but what I’m going to show you is more of what I stumbled on randomly at the beginning and decided to look further into it afterwards.
Skipping the smartphones introduction and the way they changed our lives, the way we’ve slowly become dependent on these devices that we now require them for the simplest of our daily tasks. I am going to go straight to the point of this post.
In the intention of finding an app that changes/alters the permissions given to an app to function on my phone, I instead found an app that lists you all permissions given to installed apps on your smartphones.
For those who still don’t know what we’re talking about, permissions are what an app asks you to grant it upon installation after you download it. Most of us including myself until recently, skip these steps by pressing NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT OPEN.
So the application I found is called App Permission Watcher (click for download)
This app scans all applications on your phone for “suspicious apps” judging by the permissions these apps require.
Here are some screenshots from App Permission Watcher of apps one could’ve never suspected to be suspicious or malicious.
So let us start with EVERNOTE, my favorite place to write notes.. Neat and nice interface and is used by millions worldwide.
It appears that Evernote (as shown in picture above) can relay your contact data allowing itself to send all contact information over the internet. One could say that’s cool, I don’t mind someone knowing my contacts but why does Evernote want to know my movement profile? Allowing it to track my position anytime anywhere and without my permission?! Fine again, one could argue that I don’t care if someone knew where I was and when.. It’s fine. But can someone please explain why evernote can use my phone as a covert listening device?!! They can actually listen to our phone calls and use our device microphone to record audio clips and send them over the internet without! I repeat again, WITHOUT our permission.
Now just as you’d think they’ve done it all, you learn that they can use your device camera to send data over the internet, which can be used to watch the field of view of your phone at anytime, without you finding out. Cool eh?
same goes for our beloved facebook and whatsapp apps
only whatsapp can send sms from your phone to anyone without your permission and without you even finding out about it..
but my biggest surprise came when I checked my what supposed to be ANTIVIRUS / ANTISPAM / ANTITHEFT / ANTIFRAUD app…
sadly this app simply takes full control of your phone and can and probably is or will hurt you in many ways.
AVG antivirus app can:
1- share your contacts
2- share your location
3- make phone calls
4- send and relay sms messages
but most dangerously… this app can FALSIFY sms messages sent TO YOUR PHONE such (as explained by the next pic) mTAN codes sent to your phone by online banking services and could lead to an attacker getting into your bank account.
pretty shocking and unbelievable in some cases but that doesn’t mean all apps are malicious..
For example the google drive, translate, hotmail and Instagram apps require only contact info and usually that kind of info is used to add your friends on these services.
To conclude this, there are many ways that these permissions YOU yourself allow these apps to have can be used against you. A simple example which some might call an exaggeration is the capability for a hacker/security expert to place you somewhere perhaps a crime scene without the possibility for you to deny that claim.
Another example would be to send sms or make a call on your behalf that could lead to financial, social or even physical harm.
Next time you are installing an application on your phone, make sure you read the permissions you are giving it.
Knowing that most apps require these permissions to allow you to install them on your phone, a way to come around this is to install an application called SRT appguard PRO which allows you to alter applications permissions AFTER you install them and thus being able to deny them any undesirable permissions and privileges.
Unfortunately, this is where we are today in our Arab world. None of the current Arab regimes have ever been bombed or defeated by Israel. Nevertheless, no regime dares to defy the Zionist state. In fact, they cooperate together to prevent whichever regime decides to do it. And that it not only shameful, but greatly saddening.. I hope our Monkeys will awaken one day, actually I’m almost certain they will and I wish to witness that soon,very soon..
A. S. Janbein
22 – 4 – 2013
Did you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities? It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City. As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness. In addition to the thousands of “tunnel people” living under the streets of America, there are also thousands that are living in tent cities, there are tens of thousands that are living in their vehicles and there are more than a million public school children that do not have a home to go back to at night. The federal government tells us that the recession “is over” and that “things are getting better”, and yet poverty and homelessness in this country continue to rise with no end in sight. So what in the world are things going to look like when the next economic crisis hits?
But according to the Daily Mail, police recently discovered a network of tunnels under the city that people had been living in…
Below the streets of Kansas City, there are deep underground tunnels where a group of vagrant homeless people lived in camps.These so-called homeless camps have now been uncovered by the Kansas City Police, who then evicted the residents because of the unsafe environment.Authorities said these people were living in squalor, with piles of garbage and dirty diapers left around wooded areas.
Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care – their 400sq ft ‘bungalow’ boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf.
The homeless people who live down here are called Mole People. They do not, as many believe, exist in a separate, organized underground society. It’s more of a solitary existence and loose-knit community of secretive, hard-luck individuals.
In the tunnels, their world is one of malt liquor, tight spaces, schizophrenic neighbors, hunger and spells of heat and cold. Travolta and the others eat fairly well, living on a regimented schedule ofrestaurant leftovers, dumped each night at different times around the neighborhood above his foreboding home.
This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle,15. Her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter. And, he’s been looking for work ever since Florida’s construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom’s a little camera shy – thought we ought to talk to the kids – and it didn’t take long to see why.Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck?Arielle Metzger: About five months.Pelley: What’s that like?Arielle Metzger: It’s an adventure.Austin Metzger: That’s how we see it.Pelley: When kids at school ask you where you live, what do you tell ‘em?Austin Metzger: When they see the truck they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate they kinda realize. And they say they won’t tell anybody.Arielle Metzger: Yeah it’s not really that much an embarrassment. I mean, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?
Roughly a third of U.S. states today jail people for not paying off their debts, from court-related fines and fees to credit card and car loans, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Such practices contravene a 1983 United States Supreme Court ruling that they violate the Constitutions’s Equal Protection Clause.
Some states apply “poverty penalties,” such as late fees, payment plan fees and interest, when people are unable to pay all their debts at once. Alabama charges a 30 percent collection fee, for instance, while Florida allows private debt collectors to add a 40 percent surcharge on the original debt. Some Florida counties also use so-called collection courts, where debtors can be jailed but have no right to a public defender. In North Carolina, people are charged for using a public defender, so poor defendants who can’t afford such costs may be forced to forgo legal counsel.The high rates of unemployment and government fiscal shortfalls that followed the housing crash have increased the use of debtors’ prisons, as states look for ways to replenish their coffers. Said Chettiar, “It’s like drawing blood from a stone. States are trying to increase their revenue on the backs of the poor.”
Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”
Components of the survey were consistent with the decline in headline optimism, as the net percent of respondents planning to hire fell to 0% (from +4%), those expecting higher sales fell to -4% (from +1%), and those reporting that it is a good time to expand ticked down to +4% (from +5%). The net percent of respondents expecting the economy to improve was unchanged at -28%, a very depressed level. However, on the positive side, +25% of respondents plan increased capital spending [ZH: With Alcoa CapEx spending at a 2 year low]. Small business owners continue to place poor sales, taxes, and red tape at the top of their list of business problems, as they have for the past several years.
As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event.