A leading Android news website is warning smartphone and tablet device users to take precautions when downloading apps from third party app stores following the discovery of new malware that has so far infected at least 100,000 mobile devices.
LimitlessDroid.com, the leading independent news and updates site for Android devices, warns that the MMarketPay.A Trojan is infecting devices in the guise of several fake applications that bear close resemblance to a number of popular weather and travel apps.
So far, LimitlessDroid.com said that the malware has been identified in nine different app stores – all of them based in China.
Dan Lim, editor of LimitlessDroid.com, explained how the new malware works, and how it can cost users financially if their device becomes infected:
“The MMarketPay.A Trojan is quite different from others that we have seen, as it takes control of the infected device and downloads paid content and applications from the M-Market, which is the unofficial app store of China Mobile.”
“The Trojan gets past the need to log in by sending its verification code via SMS to ensure that its purchases are validated. The result is that unwitting consumers who have been infected can expect to be hit by a substantially higher phone bill.”
Dan said that the new Trojan was so advanced that it could even circumvent Captchas, which require users to input the letters displayed in an image to verify their purchases. MMarketPay.A is able to upload its own images to a remote server, which are then reviewed and accepted as legitimate.
Users can protect themselves from this new threat in a variety of ways, says Dan.
He strongly recommends that users download well known mobile antivirus software and run this whenever they download applications.
In addition, he recommends that users only use those third party marketplaces that are hosted on legitimate, well known vendors. Finally, he warns that users should always read user reviews carefully before downloading.
Dan continued: “Furthermore, users should always pay careful attention to the creator’s name.
especially when downloading what seems to be a popular app from a well known creator, check that it is indeed made by that creator and doesn’t have a different author’s name listed. If it does, then this is a definite red flag.”
For the past thirty years, audiences around the world have followed Indiana Jones on his quests for treasure, adventure, fortune and glory. And now, Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology, a redefined modern exhibition experience, is set to premiere in the United States at Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, California on October 12, 2012. This innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, features an extensive collection of Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucasfilm Archives, along with photos and videos from the National Geographic Society and artifacts from the Penn Museum.
“I am absolutely thrilled that we are hosting the U.S. premiere of Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” says Joe Adams, President of Discovery Science Center. “For three decades, the Indiana Jones films have entertained generations of audiences and have become a part of our Americana. This exhibition is a perfect fit for the Science Center, as it merges the science of archaeology and excitement of the films, into an engaging and dynamic learning experience for visitors of all ages.”
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology transforms the museum experience into a multimedia and interactive adventure. Upon entering the exhibit, visitors will be immersed in the world of Indiana Jones, in an exhibit environment created with state-of-the-art technology and spanning over 10,000 square feet. Equipped with a personal video companion, visitors will embark on a quest to uncover the true origins of archaeological mysteries. An original audio greeting recorded by Harrison Ford – the world-renowned actor who brought Indy to life – welcomes visitors and invites them to begin their journey into the science of field archaeology. Charged with comprehensive educational content, photos and videos, the interactive hand-held device guides visitors on the “Indy Trail” and through the various archaeological zones. Visitors also have the ability to create their own adventure with an interactive quest.
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology not only features a vast and exclusive collection of Indy props, models, concept art and costumes, it also presents a wealth of historical and cultural facts and objects. The internationally renowned University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, otherwise known as the Penn Museum, is providing a remarkable array of archaeological artifacts and educational material. The National Geographic Society, the exhibition’s global presenting partner, also shares photos, videos and content from its impressive and historic archive.
“This exhibition is an exciting journey into the real world of archaeology,” says Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic’s Archaeology Fellow. “This is the perfect opportunity to introduce audiences of all ages to this fascinating scientific field through the inspiration of these highly popular films.”
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology elucidates myths associated with relics like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail and explores mythical places such as Akator or Mayapore. The exhibition also sheds light on how archaeologists really work on projects and make scientific breakthroughs such as deciphering ancient scripts, finding lost cities, and discovering treasure in unexpected places.
Visitors may begin their adventure of archaeology by visiting indianajonestheexhibition.com . A portal into the exhibition, the website hosts information that will allow visitors to discover the past, investigate lost civilizations, attempt to solve archaeological mysteries and prepare their journey into the world of Indiana Jones.
A Team of Experts:
In order to create a new kind of museum experience, one that will engage, educate and entertain visitors in innovative ways, X3 Productions has not only put its creative expertise to work, it has also gathered a team of distinguished specialists. With their recognized knowledge in academic and field archaeology Drs. Michel Fortin and Fredrik Hiebert have helped to create and develop the exhibition’s educational content. With a specialty in Near Eastern archaeology, Fortin is a Full Professor of Archaeology who has been teaching in the Department of History at Université Laval in Quebec City for nearly three decades. He has led numerous excavation teams in the Middle East and is a true ambassador to his profession. A world-renowned archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow, Hiebert is a field expert who has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and exotic places. His experience in both North and South America and across Asia is ideal for this project.
Archaeology and Local Treasures:
Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology sets the wheels in motion not only to inspire, but most importantly to cultivate a lasting interest in archaeology. The world abounds with treasures, some of which can be found in our own backyard. The exhibition is designed in such a way that the last gallery is dedicated to local archaeology that has been found throughout Orange County.
Information and Ticket Sales:
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition will launch at Discovery Science Center from October 12 through April 21, 2013. Tickets will go on sale for just $10 per person, in addition to Science Center admission, beginning August 8, 2012. For complete schedule and ticket information, visit Discovery Science Center’s website at http://www.discoverycube.org or call (714) 542-2823. For information on the exhibit, visitindianajonestheexhibition.com.
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