A new app unveiled by whistleblower Edward Snowden will turn a phone into a spy system to help protect human rights activists and journalists.
The app uses a spare mobile phone to create a makeshift intruder detection and security system.
The app is entitled ‘Haven’ and uses sensors including the microphone and camera as well as the accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light to create a motion detector to monitor its surroundings.
The app has been created with help from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
The former National Security Agency contractor now lives in Russia as an exile and says Haven has been created using open source so the code can be edited by users to suit their needs.
Once Haven detects a disruption or movement, a notification will be sent to the user using an encrypted messaging service.
WhatsApp will stop working on these phones
The popular messenger service WhatsApp will stop working on a variety of phones from New Year’s Day with older operating systems being dropped.
WhatsApp these older system will no longer be supported and instead they are looking to develop further on the Android and iOS platforms.
The devices that will stop working are using BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS and also Windows 8 – and older version.
There are now more than 1 billion WhatsApp regular users.
Bank customers can now pay cheques in with mobile phones
Customers with Barclays Bank can now pay a cheque into their account by using their mobile phone camera.
The customers will need to use the bank’s mobile phone app and snap a photo to pay money in.
Once the customer has logged into their mobile app there’s a new option in the menu to ‘pay in cheques’. They are then given on-screen instructions about how to pay a cheque into their account.
While the bank says it still testing the technology, around 175,000 customers have already managed to pay in a cheque successfully.
Other banks looking to introduce the same function include HSBC, Halifax Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Santander.
Warning over new Trojan
Security researchers say a new Android malware has been detected that can pose as more than 2,200 banks to steal user’s passwords and then plunder the account holder’s account.
The Catelites Bot has been linked to Russian criminal gangs who have infected more than 1 million mobile phones to steal $900,000, according to research from SfyLabs and Avast.
The Trojan works by using fake mobile banking app interfaces which pulls bank names and logos from Google Play Store.
The bot is being spread via third-party app stores, the researchers have revealed.
In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …
A court in Spain has ruled that parents have the right to read their children’s messages on WhatsApp. One mother had complained that her ex-husband had breached the country’s privacy laws after checking his nine-year-old daughter’s phone for messages.
A news story broadcast in the US reveals that Japanese app developers are reliant on Google Play Store to generate most of their revenues. Of the top 12 public firms that generate at least 25% of their income from Google, seven are in Japan.
Researchers from the University of Dundee have revealed a warning system for flooding utilising data extracted from mobile phone apps that use crowdsourced information and also data from Twitter.
A team at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have developed a system that will correctly guess the PIN for a mobile phone based on information that is provided by its sensors. They have developed an algorithm that analyses the data and the way the phone is held to deduct which numbers are being used for the user’s PIN.