BBC Click’s Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week.
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Out of 284 flaws, 33 are rated critical. Big Red admins have big patches ahead
Oracle admins, here's your first critical patch advisory for 2019, and it's a doozy: a total of 284 vulnerabilities patched across Big Red's product range, and 33 of them are rated “critical”.…
Elon Musk's company has cancelled its long-term plans to assemble its biggest rockets at the Port of Los Angeles.
Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection—they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infected device before installing a powerful banking trojan to make sure it doesn’t load on emulators researchers use to detect attacks.
The thinking behind the monitoring is that sensors in real end-user devices will record motion as people use them. By contrast, emulators used by security researchers—and possibly Google employees screening apps submitted to Play—are less likely to use sensors. Two Google Play apps recently caught dropping the Anubis banking malware on infected devices would activate the payload only when motion was detected first. Otherwise, the trojan would remain dormant.
Security firm Trend Micro found the motion-activated dropper in two apps—BatterySaverMobi, which had about 5,000 downloads, and Currency Converter, which had an unknown number of downloads. Google removed them once it learned they were malicious.
Open-source CMS gets a pair of critical fixes
Drupal has issued a pair of updates to address two security vulnerabilities in its online publishing platform. The vulns are a little esoteric, and will not affect most sites, but it's good to patch just in case you later add functionality that can be exploited.…
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The antitrust case could decide how smartphones get made in the future -- and what they cost.
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Cock-up went unnoticed for two Olympics, one World Cup, an EU referendum, and a US presidential election
Twitter has fessed up to a flaw in its Android app that, for more than four years, was making twits' private tweets public. The programming blunder has been fixed.…
The tech giant says it's asked employees to remove their reviews.
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