Symantec Concludes Just Eight Google Play ‘Minecraft’ Apps May Have Added Millions to Botnets

In a blog post on Wednesday, Symantec security researchers wrote they had discovered at least eight Google Play Store apps that functioned as fronts for a “new and highly prevalent type of Android malware” called Android.Sockbot. The apps in question presented themselves as skins for player characters in popular app…

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The LAPD Has Decided It Needs Drones

The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long “small Unmanned Aerial System” program.

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Ajit Pai Took Six Days to Respond to Donald Trump’s Threat to Strip NBC’s ‘License’

On October 11th, President Donald Trump tweeted that if NBC was going to continue being so mean to him, he could simply have his subordinates “challenge their License,” adding that adversarial media was “Bad for country!”

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China Blocks WeChat Features Ahead of 19th National Congress

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this month—a major changing of the guard which will see widespread retirements among senior leaders—the country’s censors have been cracking down on everything from an unnerving sex doll-sharing company to even milquetoast criticism of the…

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Scott Pruitt’s EPA Says Maybe More Radiation Exposure Wouldn’t Be So Harmful

Donald Trump’s appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, because Pruitt had made his career as a longstanding legal opponent of the EPA and a prominent climate change skeptic. Since he’s been put in charge of the agency, Pruitt…

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Hey, Maybe Don’t Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

It’s understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fueled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of…

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GAO Will Investigate FCC’s Sketchy Claim That a Cyberattack Broke Its Comment System

The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency that provides investigative support to legislators, will look into the Federal Communications Commission and its chief Ajit Pai’s dubiously supported claims that a cyberattack took down the FCC’s public commenting system earlier this year.

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