Low-end smartphones sold to Americans with low-income via a government-subsidized program contain unremovable malware, security firm Malware bytes said today in a report.
The smartphone model is Unimax (UMX) U686CL, a low-end Android-based smartphone made in China and sold by Assurance Wireless, a cell phone service provider part of the Virgin Mobile group.
The telco sells cell phones part of Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans.
“In late 2019, we saw several complaints in our support system from users with a government-issued phone reporting that some of its pre-installed apps were malicious,” Malwarebytes said in a report published today.
The company said it purchased a UMX U686CL smartphone and analyzed it to confirm the reports it was receiving.
For starters, Malwarebytes said it found that one of the phone’s components, an app named Wireless Update, contained the Adups malware.
The Adups malware was discovered in 2017 by Kryptowire, and it’s a malicious firmware component created by a Chinese company of the same name.
Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump blasts media and their ‘Democrat partners’
Attorney General William Barr on Monday said President Trump had consulted the Department of Justice before ordering an airstrike that killed Iran’s top military general earlier this month.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you noticed helicopters flying and hovering over the city last night, there was no cause for alarm; it was just film crews continuing work on Jason Momoa’s newest Netflix movie.“Sweet Girl” started filming right here in and around the Pittsburgh area in late 2019. Production is now continuing into the new year.
Crews were spotted near the Golden Triangle over the weekend.
A camera rig, attached to the back of a car, was set up along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue.
There were also lighting crews and service trucks in Gateway Center.
The helicopters flying over PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center were also part of the excitement.
However, there were no Momoa sightings.
IMDb says he will play a grieving father protecting his daughter while trying to get justice in his wife’s death.
Police said after the confrontation, Charles Beiter, of Delmont, tried to break into a detached garage and then ran off.
Police said Beiter was wearing firefighter apparel and was driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV.
Investigators said home surveillance video helped them identify Beiter as the suspect.
Louis Gradisek lives in the home and told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he was home as this all was unfolding.
“I just happened to look out on the deck and I just happened to see him walking around out there,’ Gradisek said.
Investigators said troopers searching nearby heard about a man with the same description stealing items from a car and then running away.
Police also said Beiter was streaming on Facebook live around the time of the incident but attempts to locate him based on that were unsuccessful.
Police said he was later discovered in the area and taken into custody after a traffic stop.
Beiter is now in the Westmoreland County Prison facing several charges including attempted burglary and impersonating a public servant.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.
The residential fire was reported around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Robinson Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found the roof on fire and downed power lines on the roof, according to Chris Togneri, public safety spokesman.
Togneri said the blaze went to two alarms about an hour after it was reported, but crews were able to put it out after Duquesne Light shut off power to the lines.
The Fire Investigation Unit, which made up of police detectives and fire investigators, will determine the cause of the fire.
BALDWIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say the man shot and killed last night in Baldwin was armed and allegedly trying to break into a family’s apartment.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the alleged intruder as 22-year-old Joshua Brandon Long of West Mifflin.
According to police, Long was shot and killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday while attempting an alleged armed robbery at an apartment on Rosewood Court.
Police say the 25-year-old man living in the apartment retrieved his own gun during the incident and shot the suspect. The man was at home with his 24-year-old fiancée and their 10-month-old child.
Officers took a 19-year-old man into custody nearby shortly after arriving at the scene. He is facing drug charges.
Allegheny County Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.
They will be working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).
A man took a cash register from a market during a robbery Saturday night, according to Pittsburgh police.
Officers were called to the Brighton Road store around 8:15 p.m. in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Police said the suspect went inside the store, grabbed the cash register and fled on foot.
No one was hurt. Neither the suspect nor the cash register were found by police who searched the area.
Firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to a blaze at an abandoned building in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.
The fire was reported at 4:28 p.m. on the second floor of a home along South 12th Street. No injuries were reported.
(CNN)Apologies from Iranian leaders over the downing of an airliner last week have done little to quell mass anti-government protests spreading across the country.Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets this weekend condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board.The airliner disaster came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops. That was retaliation for a drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.Amid rising tensions in the region, eight Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, on Sunday, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, the Iraqi military said in a statement. No American or coalition forces were at the base when the rockets struck, a US military official told CNN.In Iran, demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted.
The Philippines raised the alert level for the Taal Volcano after it spewed a multi-kilometer high column of smoke and ash, prompting officials to close a Manila’s international airport and call for the evacuation of some 8,000 residents.
Continued volcanic activity could result in a more dangerous eruption. The volcano’s alert level was raised to “Level 4” by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), indicating an “effusive eruption” is underway. “Level 5” is the highest alert, indicating a life-threatening magmatic event that endangers nearby communities.
About 8,000 residents in communities near the volcano required immediate evacuation, according to Reuters. A PHIVOLCS “Level 4” alert indicates a danger zone of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) or more around the active crater. Manila, the capital, is some 40 miles from the eruption. Flights were suspended to the Philippines’ main international airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, by the Manila International Airport Authority.
The eruption also risks causing a volcanic tsunami in caldera lakes (formed by a collapsed volcano), like Taal Lake, according to a New York Times report. Such tsunamis can be caused by shock waves and underwater explosions from volcanic activity, Scientific American reported earlier this year.
President Trump’s allies are seeking to buy out the president’s new favorite cable-news channel, One America News Network, in a move that would shake up the conservative media landscape currently dominated by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that investment firm Hicks Equity Partners, which is owned by the family of the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Thomas Hicks Jr., is trying to persuade Republican donors to pitch in on a $250 million bid for an OANN buyout. Hicks Jr., who is also a friend of Donald Trump Jr., is said not to be involved in efforts to buy the network and has resigned at Hicks Holdings to avoid any conflicts of interest, but he could still opt in to a buyout deal, according to the Journal.
“Over the last 25 years, we have been active media investors. Any interest in OANN is from a purely business standpoint,” Rick Newman, a partner at Hicks Equity Partners, told the Journal. The network comes nowhere close to drawing the same viewership as other big names in cable news, but Trump has repeatedly singled out OANN for praise in recent months while at the same time disparaging Fox News over perceived criticism.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WJAC) — Police in Cambria County continue to search for a man following an altercation with an officer earlier Friday.
The Ferndale police chief says an officer suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon after getting into a struggle with a man who said he had a weapon.
Chief John Blake says the officer responded to the 100 block of Quaker Avenue in Ferndale for a parking complaint and reports of a man, who Blake identified as John Hoffman of Middle Taylor Township, trying to unsuccessfully carjack a vehicle.
Blake says the officer noticed Hoffman was intoxicated; Hoffman told the officer he had a gun, and they began to struggle.
According to Blake, Hoffman ran away, and a chase ensued involving other officers.
The injured officer was treated and is okay.
Hoffman remains at large and the Ferndale Police Department is currently consulting with the Cambria County district attorney to press charges.
A new record high temperature in Pittsburgh was set for the date Saturday, breaking a 130-year-old record.
The high temperature recorded at Pittsburgh International Airport was 70 degrees which beats the record high of 68 set in 1890.A normal high for this time of year is 36 degrees, with a normal low around 21 degrees.
It was the strongest shake yet since a magnitude 6.4 quake struck before dawn on Tuesday.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 8 miles south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles.There were no immediate reports of the extent of damage or injury.
It was the strongest shake yet since aon Tuesday, knocking out power across the island and leaving many without water. In the southwestern part of the island, that quake knocked some homes right off their foundations.
Small employers are the biggest segment lacking coverage, he says. That’s because many small businesses lack time and money to set such programs up, he says.
The new law, called the Secure Act, aims to help with that in part by allowing smaller employers to band together to share the administrative burden — making it cheaper and easier to offer retirement benefits. How many will do so and expand their retirement benefits is far from clear, because the program is optional.
And, Certner says, the law won’t apply to many other workers who aren’t classified as employees. That’s because they’re contractors or gig workers who aren’t eligible for those benefits.
Neil Peart, the longtime drummer and lyricist of the band Rush, has died at age 67. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died in Santa Monica, California, on January 7 after battling brain cancer, CBS Los Angeles confirmed.Peart’s bandmates made an emotional tribute to him on Twitter, saying he battled the cancer for three-and-a-half years and calling him their “soul brother and band mate of 45 years.” In asking for privacy, they urged those who want to express condolences to do so by donating to a cancer research group or charity.
Washington, DC (CNN)A voting rights group wants Georgia legislators to change the law that allows the state to remove voters it deems are “inactive.”Fair Fight Action, founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, has called on the state’s Republican-led General Assembly to “fix” and “clarify” the state election law that determines the time frame in which voters have before being considered “inactive” and later removed from election rolls. The move, first reported by the Atlanta Constitution Journal, comes after a federal judged denied last month a motion from the group to restore 98,000 voters to the rolls after they were removed under the 2019 law.
By Tom Davidson
Pittsburgh police arrested 10 people in an undercover prostitution sting this week at a city hotel.
Among those charged were:
• Moriah Asefi, 29, of Jeannette, charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Heather Madhat, 49, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Scott Porter, 40, of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. Porter is charged with prostitution. He worked under the name “Desire” and was billed as a female, according to a complaint.
• Clara Bass, 40, South Union Township, Fayette County. Bass is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Patricia Scarlett, 43, of Farmington, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Two passengers in a car, Brian Funk, 26, of Uniontown, and Joseph Chism, 22, also of South Union, were charged with prohibited acts after marijuana and a pipe allegedly were found by police.
• Cody Singletary, 24, of Mt. Oliver. Singletary is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Two others, Russell Hogue, 39, of Petrolia, and Kalil Bryant, 26, of Emsworth, were charged with patronizing prostitutes and possessing instruments of crime.
.Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, email@example.com or via Twitter .
(CNN)Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base was briefly locked down Friday morning over concerns about an armed person outside it, officials said.The base just south of Tampa was locked down around 7 a.m. ET after police reported that an armed and dangerous suspect was near the Tanker Way gate, base spokesman Terry Montrose said.By 8 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and all of the base’s gates except for the one at Tanker Way were opened, base officials said.“There were no shots fired on MacDill and no injuries to MacDill employees,” Montrose said.Details about the suspect weren’t immediately available.Earlier, US Special Operations Command spokesman Phillip Chitty said the lockdown came amid reports of a shooter and that commands on base were told it wasn’t a drill.
A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.
The merged fire, which straddles the country’s most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria, measures nearly 1.5 million acres, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia’s southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.
Things appear to only get worse for Boeing these days and Thursday was no different, as the American company disclosed more than a hundred pages of internal emails and instant messages to congressional investigators that showed employees describing coverups and concern over the safety of the 737 Max airliner. Whether employees are grousing or exaggerating or being darkly sardonic, the internal comments give an unvarnished view of some of those closest to the aerospace manufacturing company’s production of the 737 Max, the plane that has since crashed twice and been grounded worldwide. The nature of the crashes—particularly the functioning of the airliner’s software system—has raised troubling questions about the Boeing’s willingness to pursue profit at the expense of safety, its relationship with regulators, and what exactly it knew about the problems in its marquee aircraft.
While speaking at a press conference in Tehran, the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, reiterated the country’s stance that the plane was not hit by a missile. CNN’s Matthew Chance reports with Ukraine’s reaction.