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This Android malware siphons PayPal accounts

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Researchers at security software publisher Eset have discovered malware targeting Android smartphones that can steal money from the victim ‘s PayPal account, even if the application is secured by two – way authentication. factors .

The Trojan is hidden in a battery optimization application and its operation is of great sophistication. When it is installed, it requests permission from Android’s accessibility service, which allows applications to automate screenshots and interactions with the OS. At first startup, the application closes without performing any action and hides its icon .

Theft on PayPal runs in five seconds

If the PayPal application is installed on the smartphone , the malware displays a false notification asking it to launch it. And she is patient … Once the victim has logged into his PayPal account, the malware takes over and triggers a transfer of money to an email address. The sum stolen seems to be set by default to 1,000 units of the relevant currency (1,000 euros in the case of the test conducted by Eset).

Eset explains that the process only takes five seconds and that the user has absolutely no way to intervene on the transaction that is happening before his eyes . The only consolation for this threat is that the verolated application is only served on unofficial third-party app stores . Mobile users who stick to content on Google Play have nothing to fear.

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Are MOOCs a good alternative to traditional education?

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MOOC. The term appeared in 2013 and it quickly made the buzz. This acronym comes from the English  Massive Open Online Course , understand “online course open to all”. But today, the concept seems to be struggling to take off.

Traditionally, when we think of teaching, we imagine ourselves on the school benches, facing a teacher. But this world in which it was enough to be formed during some years of our childhood to live and work a lifetime after no longer exists. It has given way to a more dynamic world in which it has become almost indispensable to learn new things every day. Thanks to MOOCs , among others.

For if integrating a foreign language , for example, always appears as a long-term apprenticeship, difficult to accomplish alone, discover how to use a new microwave oven or a version of a software, which was mastered already the previous, seems well within the scope of self learning.

MOOCs effective for certain populations

Some years of experience now show that MOOCs, these online courses open to all, are actually particularly effective with a well-informed public (bac +3 and beyond). An audience that has already learned to learn and who knows how to grab content and exploit it. And despite this, it also turns out that the least sophisticated MOOCs – those that boil down to a simple video, for example – are the most successful.

But perhaps the MOOC model will eventually find its place in developing countries. Countries in which the need for training is enormous and the number of teachers  insufficient. Increasing the productivity of these teachers – that is, the number of students per teacher – taking advantage of MOOC forces could open new horizons.

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