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Ebola-Advisory Mobile Phone Application Expanding into West Africa

A Sierra Leone text-based messaging system used to advise residents about Ebola is being ramped up for a launch in seven other West African countries: Benin, Togo, Ghana, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, and Burkina Faso. The Trilogy Emergency Relief Application (TERA) was created by The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless telecommunications company. The system enables users to send text messages—to educate the public about Ebola symptoms, how to avoid infection, what to do in case of infection, and other health-education information—to every switched-on mobile telephone handset in a specific geographic area by drawing an outline around the targeted area on a computer-generated map. Phone owners’ privacy is protected because their phone numbers aren’t made visible. Recipients could opt out of the text notifications. The IFRC and Trilogy want to expand their system within nine months, but they need local mobile providers’ and government cooperation. The IFRC and Trilogy developed TERA following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. It was also used in Sierra Leone in 2013 in connection with that country's worst cholera outbreak in 40 years. (BBC)(IT Pro Portal)(The International Federation of Red Cross)

Kaspersky: Apple Mobile Application Contains Malware

Researchers with Kaspersky Lab have discovered an application in Apple’s App Store that contains  a Trojan. It is reportedly the first time an infected application has been found in the Apple store. The Find and Call application purported to make contact management easier for users, but it actually uploaded an infected user’s contacts to a remote server. The information was used to distribute spam via SMS. These SMS messages also featured a link to download the infected application. The application also uploaded GPS coordinates from an infected phone to the malware author’s server.  It was originally assumed the worm spread through text messages, but researchers found it to have originated with a Trojan. The malware was also discovered in Android’s Google Play. The application has been removed from both stores. (ZDNet)(Wired)(CNET)(Securelist -- Kaspersky Lab)

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