Android Tool Designed to Steal Information from PCs

Jul 1, 2013 | comments

Security researchers from F-Secure have managed to locate an interesting Android hack tool identified as HackTool:Android/UsbCleaver.A, allows anyone to steal sensitive information from a PC by connecting an Android phone to it.

The hacker must install an application called USB Cleaver on his/her Android device. Once executed, the app downloads additional files from a remote server.

These files are actually various utilities designed to retrieve certain pieces of information from a Windows computer.

When the Android device is connected to the Windows PC, it automatically starts collecting browser passwords, the Wi-Fi password and network information.

The app allows the user to select what type of information should be harvested. The gathered information is copied into a folder from the Android device’s SD card.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way for users to protect themselves against such hack tools. That’s because the app creates an autorun.inf file that triggers the automatic gathering of information.

Linux 3.10 Is Out With a New Method of SSD Caching

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Linux 3.10 was released by Linus Torvalds last night, bringing with it a new method of SSD caching and some upgrades to the Radeon graphics driver. 

The two most significant changes in Linux 3.10 are the aforementioned SSD caching "and support for the newer Radeon graphics cores' video decoder," Leemhuis wrote. "The Radeon driver in the Linux kernel now offers interfaces for interacting with the Unified Video Decoder on Radeon HD 4000 and later HD graphics cards. An open source UVD driver which uses this interface will be included in the next major revision to Mesa 3D (version 9.2 or 10.0). The kernel now supports the graphics chip on the recently released Richland processor family, otherwise known as A4, A6, A8, and A10 series APUs. Linux can also now address Radeon Hainan GPUs."
Other changes allow newer Intel GPUs to be overclocked. Systems with Intel GPUs can also now wake from standby faster.
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