Morning Security Brief: Security Tense at the Grand Prix, Fake Instagram App, Drug Subs, and More


 

?Security is heightened in Bahrain as the Grand Prix gets underway after activists have promised “three days of rage” at the decision to hold the event. Members of a team from India have asked to return home after an incident where a petrol bomb exploded near their car. Last year’s Grand Prix was canceled after 35 people died amid the struggle between protesters and government forces. Formula 1’s governing body only decided to go ahead with the race this year at the last minute after the government said it had security under control. “Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula 1 supremo, arrived at the track earlier. He has been in talks with teams, trying to reassure them. However, after what happened to Force India those reassurances may seem a little hollow,” the BBC reports.

?Facebook rocked the Internet when it announced its purchase of Instagram earlier this month. But Facebook isn’t the only one seeking to profit from the photo sharing app’s popularity. Malware writers have created a fake Instagram app, complete with its own Web site, that is available to download for free. But instead of the application, the victim is actually downloading malware that enables attackers to send premium SMS messages on their behalf. The app can access phone calls; modify and delete SD card contents; read, receive and send SMS; and access the Internet. Sophos products detected the malware as Andr/Boxer-F.

?The Coast Guard says on March 30 it intercepted its thirtieth drug sub in six years. Smugglers scuttled the vessel as two cutters chased it down. Authorities estimated the sub was carrying several tons of drugs.

?In other news, Maryland becomes the first state to ban employers from demanding employees to provide their log-in information for social media sites. ? University UAV programs are picking up speed. ? And a Tennessee license examiner is charged with accepting bribes after he’s caught taking money in exchange for passing scores on driving tests by undercover FBI agents. He had also created a fake Social Security Number for one agent.

 

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